Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Earth - The Power of the Planet

Hopefully, you will have just finished watching Earth - The Power of the Planet. Tonight's spectacular programme was the first of a new series on BBC2, and looked at volcanoes - "the most important force in the creation of the planet as we know it today"...

If you missed the programme, and didn't see Dr Iain Stewart abseiling into a lava lake, then it is repeated on Sunday at 6.oopm - make sure you are watching!! (You can also pre-order the DVD of the series from the BBC Shop... I wonder if Santa reads Geogtastic...)

Sunday, 18 November 2007


How exciting!!! This was the view from my front door an hour or so ago...

Weather warnings are in place for parts of the Midlands, Wales and southwest England. Have a look at the Met Office website to find out more and see what you make of the pressure charts.

River Features...

A quick reminder of what you need to include in your lessons...

- what the feature is
- how the feature forms
- how the feature develops/changes over time
- where the feature occurs (stage of the river, conditions, where in the world)
- a case study

Remember, there are lots and lots of ideas and teaching strategies that you can use - ask if you need some help. BUT copying and pasting into PowerPoint is a big no-no! (And reading out a PowerPoint is even worse!!)

As well as the textbooks, there are lots of websites that might be of use... Check out www.geographypages.co.uk and www.geographyatthemovies.co.uk as a starting point.

Make sure that you are ready on Wednesday, and let me know in advance if you need to use the flume, need anything photocopying, or need any special resources/equipment.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Witches' knickers?!

If you're a regular Geogtastic visitor, you will no doubt already know my feelings about plastic bags... I've written about them a number of times - and Yr8 did some fantastic work on plastic bags last year... But I've never, until this evening, heard them referred to as "witches' knickers"!! According to an excellent new article from the BBC though, that is what they are called in Ireland (where, by the way, they'll cost you 9p each in a supermarket).

Councillors in Brighton and Hove recently voted on a bag ban, asking shops to stop handing them out to customers, and the village of Modbury in Devon have been pleased with their bag ban trial and have just made the ban permanent.

Check out the BBC article to find out more - including 10 arguments FOR the plastic bag... And a great video of A Day in the Life of a Plastic Bag...

Here's a picture of the superb plastic bag collage that 8HCh (now 9NSq) produced last year...