A simple but effective way of engaging young people in the field is to challenge them to replicate a photograph. In this case, the task is impossible as the Barton-on-Sea cliff is so unstable, the sign above has vanished. This can lead to a discussion about why the photograph couldn’t be matched.
This technique can also add a little bit of time and stop pupils rushing through a fieldwork site. For example, this image:
or this one:
requires students to really explore a location. Of course, it also helps to have an edible food prize!