Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Extreme Environments Coursework

Extreme Environments Coursework Planning...
We started to do the planning for the first piece of coursework today.
Remember that you will have a 2 hour time limit on this, but that there will be opportunities for coursework improvement as we go through the year. I am also waiting for a few samples of coursework from one of the other centres who offers the Pilot to act as modelling.

The coursework is adapted from work originally produced by Paula Cooper and made available on the Geographical Association website. Many thanks to Paula and her colleagues at KEGS.

So the schedule is:
Homework from today's lesson: prepare for Task A
Next lesson (Friday): in B1: Task A
Homework from Friday's lesson and half term: Prepare for Task B
Lesson on Tuesday 31st October: Task B

It's important that you get the preparation done appropriately, as I will not be there on the Tuesday 31st October as I'm lecturing at the University of East Anglia.

Here is the resource you received today:

Pilot GCSE: Extreme Environments

Year 10 coursework

What Does the Future Hold for Svalbard?

Global Warming and Svalbard


In this coursework you will be asked to consider how global warming and associated environmental change might affect Svalbard. You must apply your knowledge and understanding of this extreme environment and link it with what you know and understand of global warming to present your view of a possible future for Svalbard.

You will have one lesson and private study time for each of the following tasks.


Produce a concept map OR any other diagram of your choice/creation to show your full understanding of how global warming and environmental change might affect the extreme environment of Svalbard.

You must demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the current landscape, ecosystems, climate and human uses of Svalbard.

Follow the ‘Top Tips!’ below and the ideas over the page to help you create your diagram. Your diagram may be up to A3 size, with scope for going up to A2 if you really need to.

Top Tips!

  • Refer to specific places on Svalbard
  • Show how the different aspects of Svalbard and global warming are interconnected e.g. wildlife, landscape, people, buildings
  • Be creative!
  • Include appropriate detail to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.
  • Use geographical vocabulary.
  • Try to describe (the aspects of Svalbard) and explain (how global warming might affect them).
  • Plan your diagram.
  • Keep your diagram organised on the page.
  • Be concise!
  • If you have taken information from a webpage you must credit the source by including the URL (i.e. http://www.svalbardstuffonglobalwarming.com)


So what do YOU think the future holds for Svalbard? What human and physical changes might occur as a result of global warming? What is your vision for a future Svalbard?

Write a 500-word report to describe and explain your view of a likely possible future for Svalbard.

You may choose to take an overview of the human and physical characteristics of the Islands


You may focus on one broad aspect such as the landscape

OR you may even like to refine your report and focus on one aspect such as ecosystems or even polar bears.

Your intended audience of readers is a group of KES geographers from Years 10 to 13. You may wish to write for another intended audience, consult your teacher.

Folow the ‘Top Tips!’ below to help you.

Top Tips!

  • Incorporate the idea of sustainability within your answer: the idea that we need to use resources in such a way as to allow them to remain viable for the future
  • Show you understand likely future changes on Svalbard
  • Describe and explain these changes.
  • Refer to who might be affected by the changes.
  • Refer to human and physical changes.
  • Refer to local, regional and global implications of this change.
  • Present and justify your own view.
  • Include diagrams, maps and photos to support your view. At all times make sure that you credit your sources.

Possible aspects to include on your concept map or diagram:

Oceans around Svalbard.

Climate of Svalbard.

Glaciers and ice caps on Svalbard.

Landscapes, landforms and processes of Svalbard.

Land-based ecosystems of Svalbard.

Ocean-based ecosystems of Svalbard.

Human activities on Svalbard.

Culture and peoples of Svalbard.

Scientific exploration of Svalbard.

You could focus on some or one of these in your report.

Good to see some of you adding comments to the blogs. Why not start your own ? I can show you how...

More details on Coursework to come later today...

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