Wednesday, 9 December 2009
AQA Geography Skills - book written specificially for our course, covering GEOG2 (AS) and GEO4a (A2).
and Essential Geographical Skills - a general skills book covering a range of graphical, statistical, cartographic and fieldwork skills...
I've just noticed that there are also guides for GEOG1 and GEOG3 available in the same series as the first book - I've not got copies of them yet, so can't say how useful (or otherwise) they are.
Monday, 23 November 2009
Wales is Monday 22nd to Friday 26th March.
The cost will be confirmed asap, but you need to get your permission slips and deposits (£20) in as soon as you can please!
Click on label below for more about Wales from previous years....
We've also spent a long time working on fieldwork investigations in preparation for GEO4A in January. Look at the previous post if you need a reminder of the enquiry structure (you shouldn't!). The majority of the paper will be focused on your fieldwork enquiry, so you need to make sure that you know your investigation inside out. There will also be some questions based on secondary fieldwork data, and it might be that you have to do some calculations as well as interpreting and analysing the data.... Make sure that you have a look back at Spearman Rank and know how to calculate Rs values (AND test their statistical significance!). We will have a look at Mann-Whitney and Chi-Squared in the next couple of weeks.
Most of the Year 13 group also enjoyed a trip down to "the big smoke" just before half-term. Although it was a pleasant morning considering, the layby and the school minibus are not necessarily a welcome sight at 6am. A sleepy trip down the M1 and we were at Stanmore, and then - after an impressively quick assessment of the Tube map - it was the Jubilee Line to South Kensington (an opportunity for Miss Breider to do the SuDoku, Jonny to do the crossword, Myles to catch up on the news, Michael to collect some McDonald's vouchers, and Ellie to do her make-up), and then a v speedy walk to the Royal Geographical Society. There were a number of interesting lectures (although, admittedly, some of them might have been more appreciated had we not been up so early...) and some good advice about Geography at university. Before we left, we had a chance to explore the Map Room, and we tiptoed through the Fellows' Tea Room so that we could have our photo taken in front of the rather lovely perspex globe. (A shame Jonny felt it necessary to block the view of the lovely perspex globe...)
We made the most of our venture 'down south' with a trip to the Red Zone of the Natural History Museum, where we experienced the Kobe earthquake first hand, looked into the structure of the Earth in a bit more detail, and saw some of the rocks and 'spun sugar' produced by the eruption of Mount Saint Helen's in 1980.
After spending the first few weeks of term getting to grips with the hydrological cycle and river processes, it was off to Dovedale for Year 12. Fortunately this time, it wasn't the morning after a Sixth Form Party, but the weather when we arrived at our first site was thoroughly grey and miserable, and the fog made it pretty difficult to see the nice v-shaped valley and interlocking spurs. Luckily, things improved as the day went on, and we almost had some sunshine when we got to Site 3. We measured a number of variables at each site - channel width and depth, velocity, gradient of the long profile, and size and angularity of bedload, with the aim of understanding how these variables changed with distance downstream. After lunch (and all those gates) we arrived at Milldale, from where we walked down Dovedale to the famous stepping stones, stopping to look at a variety of interesting geographical and geological features along the way, including Ilam Rock, the Tissingon Spires, Thorpe Cloud and Lover's Leap (although I was disappointed with the response that my rendition of the Lover's Leap legend received...). The highlight of the day, of course, was the ice cream...
For more about Dovedale, including various links, click on the label at the bottom of this post.
Since our return from Doevdale, we've spent a lot of lesson time writing up our findings in preparation for the GEOG2 exam in January. You should, by now, be very familiar with the enquiry structure:
- Aims (what you were trying to find out)
- Hypotheses (predictions of what you expected to find - with some theory to back them up!)
- Method (what you did - remember, your method should be clear enough that someone who knows nothing about what you were doing could replicate your investigation)
- Results (maps, graphs, tables, statistics, etc. - presentation of your findings)
- Analysis (discussion of the results of your investigation... make sure that you link back to your hypotheses)
- Conclusion (a summary of your findings - link back to your aims and hypotheses... Make sure that you are not saying anything new in this section!)
- Evaluation (what was successful about your investigation, what was less successful - and how could those problems have been resolved, how could you extend/develop the investigation?)
We also had to make sure that we considered the risks that we faced, and it might well be that you are asked about risk assessment in your GEOG2 exam.
Friday, 2 October 2009
More info here but if you think that you might want to apply for this, you need to get a wriggle on as the application deadline is 18th October.
I can't see the details of the application process as you have to register first, but there is lots of information on the website, and the more I read about it, the more I think it sounds like a fantastic opportunity and that some - or all - of you should apply!
The website is here and the deadline for applications is 18th December 2009.
Give me a shout if you decide that you want to apply and need a reference. Also, pass the details on to anyone else you think might be interested - non-geographers welcome too!
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Remember that you should, by now, have a plan together of what you are doing and when - regardless of whether you are replanning a new investigation, or are about to start writing up your project. We will spend Friday lessons on project work, but we need to make sure that write-ups are finished by mid-November so that we have time to get plenty of practice of exam questions in before your exam in January.
This morning's lesson was an intro to Plate Tectonics - and a reminder that you need to be keeping an eye on the news so that you have an up-to-date knowledge of what's going on in the world, and some "golden nuggets" to incorporate into those essays you'll be writing.
Homework, for when I see you on Tuesday next week (I said Thursday initially - but it's Stop the Clock Day, and Friday is project work) - is to find out about Alfred Wegener... Who was he? When was he around? What did he do/say?
Thursday's lesson was then spent looking at the systems approach, the idea of open (eg the drainage basin hydrological cycle) and closed systems (eg the global hydrological cycle), a recap of the features of a drainage basin. We then had a more detailed look at the drainage basin hydrological cycle, and you began putting together your hydrological cycle flow charts.
I've spent some time this afternoon marking these, and the exam question you did, and I am pretty impressed on the whole (not least with the fact that all of them were handed in on time!). We will start tomorrow's lesson with a quick look at those.
Make sure that you visit the blog regularly - summaries of lessons will be posted here, together with resources, websites, news stories and other interesting bits and pieces.
Your first interesting website is this one - a set of podcasts from the NERC on a variety of topics...
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
I've also downloaded the official BGS photos from the day, and they are in the folder in Student Share, together with my pictures that we looked at this morning.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Not had a look at the photos yet as I can't find my camera cable and have been busy exam marking. But, I really enjoyed today - I thought that you looked very smart, conducted yourselves very well (apart from trying to make them interview me again...), were knowledgeable and articulate, and I was very proud of you! You definitely held your own! Hopefully you enjoyed the day from a Geography point of view, as well as a "making new friends" (Jo!) point of view and a "three lots of lunch" point of view (boys!).
Keep an eye out for some pics in the next couple of days. In the meantime, very well done!
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Don't forget to have a look through the Stakeholder Terms of Reference that I gave you this morning, and also the Environmental Statement that is saved in Share and I will email to you tomorrow. Jo and Michael, you will need to collect the ToR for your roles at some point so you have chance to have a look at them before Tuesday.
- smart dress (not necessarily a suit, although there'd be nothing wrong with that... but not jeans either).
- we need to leave school at 8.30am (not start arriving at school at 8.30am!) - I will let you know on Monday morning where we will need to meet.
- you will need to bring your ToR, etc. with you, and writing implements might be of use. If you want to bring a camera, that is fine, but remember that cameras, mobile phones (which will obviously be turned off during the time that we're at the BGS), and anything else that you choose to bring with you will be your responsibility for the duration of the visit.
- lunch and refreshments will be provided by the BGS.
Dos and don'ts of questionnaire planning and execution this morning... You demonstrated that you know the "right" answers; your task now is to apply them in the questionnaire that you are planning (either linked to school transport, or something that is directly related - and therefore could be used as your pilot - for your own investigation). By Thursday morning, your questionnaire needs to have been written and carried out - you will be analysing your results and then evaluating your questionnaire on Thursday, so if you don't have any results, you will be in something of a mess.
Monday we will look at locations, maps, and get those action plans sorted.
Oh... and this is Survey Monkey!!
Thursday, 18 June 2009
And the official video from the event...
Don't forget please, permission slips, money and photographic consent forms back to me as soon as possible please!
Monday, 15 June 2009
Remember, the specification is here, and you can also access sample questions, etc. on the AQA website. The ppt from this morning's lesson is in a new folder in Student Share, and you have a copy via email too.
We then went on to look at GEOG4A - the individual fieldwork investigation, and after we'd talked about the process of planning and carrying out an enquiry, you started to think about topics that you might be interesting in investigating.
We will spend Thursday's lesson (p1) continuing to discuss topics and investigation ideas, and then on Monday you will need to be ready to present your initial proposal to the rest of the group, and to hand in one side of A4 outlining your intentions. Don't forget to talk to people at home (who are likely to need to be roped into helping you collect your data!) and have a chat to the Year 13 geographers too...
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
The BGS also has a rather nice education booklet (although it is less nice because it is in Comic Sans... BGS - Earthquake Education Booklet and excellent landslide case study resource - well worth a look, especially as we didn't spend an awful lot of time on landslides. Landslide case studies
A reminder about the Italy and China earthquake links that you have on your handouts:
Italy earthquake - BGS report
Italy earthquake interactive map (BBC) (as always with the BBC - check out the links to related stories on the right hand side too)
How the Italy earthquake happened BBC video clip (and links from there to lots of other video clips)
The Big Picture
China Earthquake In Depth (BBC)
One Year On - Special Coverage (China Daily)
China Earthquake One Year On (National Geographic)
Recent report about tourism in Sichuan Province (synoptic!!)
Monday, 27 April 2009
I have also just added a Cold Environments Revision Guide, written by Rob Chambers, who is a Geography teacher in Cambridge. Although it is specifically written for AS, it is also of use to Yr13. There is some stuff at the beginning that is specific to Rob's school but you can just ignore that bit!
The password is Ben's geographical nickname... If you can't remember, ask me at school, email, or ask one of the Yr13s.
Friday, 10 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
We then watched the Volcanoes episode of Power of the Planet, where Iain Stewart visited, amongst other places, Erta Ale in Ethiopia ("the first time you're gonna abseil, you kinda didn't want it to be into an active volcano"!) and Thingvellir in Iceland.
We finished with a discussion about the theory of hotspots - still somewhat controversial, but the most commonly accepted explanation for the formation of volcanic islands such as Hawaii, well away from plate boundaries.
On Thursday, we started to look at the LEDW case - we started by brainstorming our perceptions of shanty towns, based on the work you did last year, and on what we "know" from the media, etc.. We then had a look at Dharavi, the Mumbai slum where Slumdog Millionaire was filmed, and talked about whether we thought it was a "slum of hope" or a "slum of despair".
The links to the photos, etc. we looked at are here:
Audio slideshow from The Guardian
Images from the National Geographic
BBC Interactive Tour of Dharavi
There are various clips on YouTube that are worth a look too...
After the holidays, we will have a look at the plans for the redevelopment of Dharavi...
Various links here which will remind you about the distribution of Inuit people, their traditional way of life, and how their lives have changed.
Inuit Communities (in our least favourite font, sorry Laura - but some good info)
Inuit Culture, Traditions and History
The Inuit (this one is a portal linking to lots of different sites including the Nunavut Government, various maps, and a site about Inuit games!)
We also watched the second (Baffin Island) episode of Billy Connolly's fab Journey to the Edge of the World series. The ITV pages for the series are here and have a variety of photos, video clips, etc. and a map of the journey.
Some fab photos on Flickr too, including this one from Gattou/Lucie/In and Out...
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
In the meantime, however, a reminder about the revision guides that I put together at Christmas... Although they were written for resits for the old spec (ie the one that Yr13 are doing at the moment), much of the Population, Settlement and Rivers stuff will be of use to Yr12 too.
They are here and the password is Ben's geographical nickname (email if you can't remember!).
I hope to be able to get some more stuff together in the next few days, esp Cold Environments - will add to 4shared and post here, if and when it's complete.
You might also like to check out the couple of revision bits that I have put on GeogtasticGCSE as well - the ideas could easily be adapted, so if you fancy putting together some mobile phone revision quizzes (or perhaps "flashcards" of key words?) or Xtranormal videos, send them to me and I'll put them here so everyone can use them.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Strong quake hits North Indonesia
There is a nice arcticle and video clips from the BBC here and their expedition is the subject of this evening's Timewatch at 8.40pm on BBC2. Will be well worth a watch for Cold Environments!
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Plenty of good photos - many of which demonstrate Yr12's ability to pull strange faces... We'll look at them properly next week, but here are a few:
View from Clogwyn Station
View down the Llanberis valley from Pen-y-Pass (no hail in this pic!)
The Conwy estuary and Llandudno from Conwy Mountain (see what you missed out on!!)
It was a great few days - you worked very hard, asked lots of good questions, and provided plenty of entertainment.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
You then put some nice maps together showing the major tectonic plates and the directions in which they are moving.
For the next time I see you, you need to be finding out about the main types of plate margin:
Destructive (convergent) - oceanic/oceanic, oceanic/continental, continental/continental
For each, you need to be thinking about processes and landforms, you need a named/located example, and you need a diagram.
You might also like to check out the post on Geogtastic about Hunga Ha'apai, the underwater volcano near Tonga that erupted earlier in the week - some spectacular photos about, and also check out the Smithsonian Global Vulcanism and USGS Earthquake Monitoring overlays in Google Earth.
For the next time I see you, on Tuesday 31st March, your groups need to be ready with presentations on UDCs, City Challenge, and the 21st century inner city initiatives such as "sustainable communities".
There are lots of links on Geography Pages that might be of use to you, particularly in the GCSE Settlement section.
Urban Development Corporations
City Challenge Partnerships Evaluation
The Sustainable Communities Plan
As ever, click on the tags at the bottom of the post to link to previous posts about periglaciation, links, etc.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Don't forget that you need to be completing the worksheet for me for this Thursday (p1).
You also should have spent some time checking that you had thorough notes about each of the glacial landforms we mentioned (U-shaped valleys/glacial troughs, ribbon lakes, corries, aretes, pyramidal peaks, roche moutonnees and drumlins).
Yesterday, we looked at fluvioglaciation - processes and landforms caused by glacial meltwater. The photos we looked at at the start of the lesson were of Skeidarasandur - lots more on Flickr and it is worth a quick search to find out a bit more about the jokulhlaups that we mentioned.
For Tuesday next week (to Mrs Chambers), I asked you to describe and explain the landforms that you would expect to find in a fluvioglacial landscape. (You should be including outwash plains, braided streams, eskers and beaded eskers, kames and kame terraces, kettle holes, diverted drainage and proglacial lakes.)
We spent Thursday's lesson mapping the best and worst places to live in the UK (according to Phil and Kirstie) and we spent the first part of today's lesson talking about the patterns that the maps showed and the possible reasons for this.
We then went on to think about the causes of inner city decline, and discussed some of the problems of inner city areas and how they've come about, and the cycle of deprivation. Don't forget though, that I also gave you a piece of writing by Tony Cassidy, a geography teacher who lives in inner city Nottingham - an interesting alternative perspective.
Linking back to the Bradford work that we did recently, you might be interested to know that the Westfield development has been "put on ice" according to an article in the Telegraph & Argus. Unsurprisingly, there have been plenty of letters in response to the news, and if you search for "westfield" on the T&A website, you can look at those, as well as a number of other related articles. The "Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Pull Your Finger Out" group on Facebook is also worth a look!
I also asked you to find out about coastal barrages - what they are, how they work, and an example (Cardiff Bay Barrage is one example you could use). I also asked you to think about the proposals for the Severn Barrage, and be prepared to tell me tomorrow whether or not you think it should go ahead.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Isle of Wight Centre for the Coastal Environment
Medina Valley Field Centre
Netherlands (large scale scheme)
Delta Works Online
Coastal Guide (use search function - Netherlands)
Sefton Coast, NW England (small scale scheme)
Sands of Time
Sefton Coast Partnership
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
You then began to look at various glacial erosional and depositional landforms. Remember that for next Monday, you need to be ready to teach the rest of the group about your landform or landforms, including:
- process of formation
- alternative names
- examples (located)
- photographs, and OS maps
If you need any resources, or any help, let me know BEFORE the weekend...
EDP 24 (Norfolk News and Property Search)
North Norfolk District Council
DEFRA Flooding and Coastal Erosion
Environment Agency - Managing the Coast
Sunday, 25 January 2009
This is Centenary Square, in front of City Hall - and this will be the site of the "Park at the Heart":
Centenary Square in Bradford from victoria ellis on Vimeo.
I have to say that, having been there this morning, the park idea doesn't seem quite so far-fetched, and it wasn't so hard to imagine a hot summer's afternoon with music playing and people sitting outside various bars and cafes.... who knows?!
I didn't feel quite so positive about the proposed Westfield development, however:
Westfield Bradford from victoria ellis on Vimeo.
More about Westfield and the vision for Bradford, complete with a "flythrough" of what the centre will look like here.
The video we looked at with Will Alsop's Masterplan is here:
And the "streetsweeper one" (which I understand better now, thanks to Joel!) is here:
Should you not have heard enough of Linda Barker the other day, you can also watch the Building Britain programme, which looked at plans for the regeneration of Bradford, and compared them with how Leeds has developed in recent years, on YouTube...
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Make sure that you have explanations of fjords, rias, raised beaches and relict cliffs, together with an example and a photograph of each... I would like a copy by email please, and you need to print yourself a copy out to go into your notes.
If you want to have a play with the sea level change in Google Earth, the instructions are in the ppt (in Student Share) and you could also investigate Noel Jenkins' Sea Level Change in Australia resources.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Some excellent pictures from Keele University here, and worth checking out Peter G. Knight's glacier pages...
Don't forget that if you click on the cold environments label at the bottom of this post, it will bring up all the posts from when Yr13 studied Cold Environments before Christmas.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
If so, check out You, Me and the Climate and become a Climateer! The National Trust are recruiting 16-19 year olds to join a network of young people to lead climate change projects in their local communities...
Sounds like a great opportunity not only to make a difference to your local community, but also to learn new things, meet new people and will look good on application forms and CVs as well! Have a look at the website for more information, application forms, etc. and if you want some help with your application, come and see me.
Thanks to John Barlow for pointing this out.
Better still, make yourself a set and upload them to Flickr so that other people can use them too!
Friday, 16 January 2009
Image - Flickr user Sharkbait (CC)
Click here to find out more from the Times Online...
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
- headlands and bays
- caves, blowholes, geos, arches, stacks, stumps
- wave-cut notches and platforms
- beaches (storm beaches, berms, ridges, runnels, cusps, ripples)
- spits, bars and tombolos
Some nice sketch maps of the key landforms of the Holderness Coast and the Jurassic Coast, a discussion about whether Chesil Beach was a bar or a tombolo, and the some short-answer exam questions - don't forget that if you have time before next Wednesday, that it would be useful for you to have had a go at marking your questions.
My photos that we looked at of the Flamborough area and of the Jurassic Coast are all on Flickr - not brilliant pictures, but should serve as a bit of a reminder of the landforms and features that we talked about this morning.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Urbed Design Guide
City Centre Map
All of the photos that we looked at were from Flickr - a search for "bradford" or "west yorkshire" will bring up lots of excellent images for you to look at.
Your task, which you will be continuing with tomorrow (and probably on Tuesday) and which will be due in from everyone on Tuesday 27th January, is to come up with a plan for the redesign of the city centre. Your finished piece of work can be presented in whatever way you wish, but should include an annnotated map showing the key features of your plan.
You need to make sure that you are considering the issues and challenges that we talked about at the start of the lesson that are specific to Bradford, as well as the more general problems of CBD decline, and thinking about how to address these...
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The Coast as a System
High and Low Energy Coastlines
Erosional landforms (especially those wave-cut platforms!)
Landforms related to sea level change
And the best news of all.... Coursework is packaged up and gone!!! Well done!!!!!
We then looked at cities and considered the issues and challenges that face cities today - those in MEDCs, those in LEDCs, and those that are common to both.
Dan's Urban Earth videos are here http://www.urbanearth.co.uk. And if you liked the Urban Earth idea, you might like to check out Noel's Rural Earth... Maybe we should be making a Semi-Rural Earth one - get planning a route!
We also started to look at the CBD and the key features of the CBD. We will continue this tomorrow, and consider what is happening to many CBDs.
We then revised some of the key rivers ideas - the drainage basin hydrological cycle, river processes and landforms, flooding and management. If you look back at previous posts on Geogtastic6 (click on the Yr12 or Rivers labels at the bottom of this post) there are various bits and pieces that will help you - and if you look at the post below this one, you will find the link to the revision guides I've put together for the Year 13s who are resitting GGA1. The two Water on the Land documents, and the Exam Command Words one, will both be of use to you. If you have forgotten the password that I gave you the other day, email, or ask one of the Yr13s.
A quick reminder about the exam:
Monday 12th January - 9.00am - 6th form block
50 marks - 25 marks on Rivers-based OR Population-based skills questions, followed by 25 marks on your fieldwork.
Email (or leave a comment on here) if there are things you are unsure about.
And remember READ THE QUESTION!!!