Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Watching the news first thing this morning, and they showed some houses in Gloucester which were flooded. Gloucester is on the River Severn, and the Severn is a river which floods quite frequently because of the area that it drains, and the nature of the floodplain.
They then showed some fields on the edge of town where almost 600 houses were due to be built - this was the LONGFORD site which was featured on the pilot map.
A large area of the fields they showed was underwater !
http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/DownloadFile.aspx?File=1402 - this is a link to a PDF showing the detailed application and some objections that were raised (I don't expect you to read this, but it might be interesting to some of my other readers...)
http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/DownloadFile.aspx?File=7213 - another interesting document
Not clear what happened in the end... Anyone in Gloucester know ?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
We will be focussing on the topics of:
Sustainable Transport and Cultural Geography
These are new departures for us in terms of some of the content, although we have loads of resources thanks to my extensive Geography connections !
We'll keep you posted !
More next week...
What I found interesting was the absence of the usual questions where candidates were asked to define the FUGIS terms.
We seemed to do quite well at spotting the possible questions - an interesting poster task on organic farming was a bit of a surprise: I hope that you didn't spend too long on it...
Please add a comment below to let me know what you thought about the exam, and if there was anything you thought you weren't really ready or prepared for ?
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Click for an 18 page teacher guide on the project.
Also on the site is a series of resources:
- a range of task sheets in PDF format
- a selection of comic strip style activity tasks
- some supporting powerpoint presentations
- a board game to play
- a selection of images
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Add a comment below to let me know that you have read this post, and that you are ready !
And if not, what questions do you still have about the exam ???
It's going to rain tomorrow, so STAY IN AND REVISE
And following the 5 posts above...
Put them together and what have you got ?
No peeking now....
There are 5 key concepts in the Pilot GCSE, and they spell out the word FUGIS. All students need to be aware of these concepts, and they have a copy in their exercise books and we keep referring to the specific ones which relate to the work that we are doing.
Friday, June 22, 2007
1. Look at the aims of the fieldwork. What do you think about the questions that the students asked ?
2. Do you think Friday morning in October is a good time to carry out the fieldwork (remember issue of sampling) ? Explain your answer
3. What were
a) the smallest age group sampled
b) the largest age group sampled
4. How would you ensure that the sampling was better / fairer than the method used by the students ?
5. What are the main differences between the arguments given for building at:
a) the docks
1. Read the comments made by the
2. Try to summarise the type of person who prefers
a) the docks area
b) the Longford area as a place to live
3. Overall, do you think the views expressed are in favour of the docks or the Longford development ?
1. Summarise the main differences between organic and non-organic food
2. What are the suggested benefits for the consumer ?
3. Why might organic farming be more SUSTAINABLE than non-organic ?
4. What do you think might happen to the demand for organic food in the FUTURE ?
What problems face British farmers given the changing nature of the population ?
Tony Cassidy has added a section on Organic Food, and a link to a useful WORD document which you will get a copy of next lesson (cheers Tony !)
On a related matter, thinking about sourcing local ingredients etc. I came across the EDIBLE site today.
It features a range of 'interesting' foodstuffs which you might like to try (or not...)
I particularly like the Monkey Picked Tea (check it out) and the Giant Hornet Honey...
A local(ish) food I like a lot are PIPER's CRISPS.
Read their website.
What do they say about their produce ?
Sports Hall is the venue for the exam
Paper 1: Foundation
Paper 2: Higher
Check the seating plan when you get there
Bring pen(s), pencil(s), ruler, crayons, calculator etc.
Use ALL the time !
Read the instructions on the front of the exam paper carefully !
I don't want to see anybody sat there doing nothing - you work until the time is up - check and check again ! This is your ONE chance of getting the marks, and you all need to get as many as possible !
Thursday, June 21, 2007
As some of you may know, a tall ship called the Earl of Pembroke sailed up the Great Ouse yesterday and a crowd of thousands was there to see it.
Captain Vancouver's statue stands outside the Customs House.
This week sees the start of a Vancouver Festival.
Here's the blurb from the website:
Captain George Vancouver was born in King's Lynn in 1757 and sailed with Captain Cook as a young midshipman. His later explorations and meticulous survey literally put onto the map of the world the intricacies of the North West coast of mainland Canada, an achievement that places him in the first rank of marine surveyors.
Remember to work through the questions, but also to make sure that you really appreciate the links to FUGIS.
Each topic is labelled and the labels can be seen down the right hand side of the screen.
Revise smart !
I have told all staff that you have GCSE exam next week, so if you are given a homework for another subject that is not as 'important' (for the next week only of course....) please explain the circumstances...
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I hope you had a good time, and learned something. Perhaps you got to use your Geography at some point.
It's important that your attention now turns to the Pilot exam, which is in just under 2 weeks time. We have 3 lessons where we will concentrate on the final sections, and then it is over to you !
Read back through the recent postings and make sure that you are familiar with the contents of the booklet...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Hope you're enjoying your Work Experience placement and have not been sacked yet...
Remember to check the previous posts and work through the checklist at the back of the booklet.
We will only have 3 lessons when you come back...
Thursday, June 07, 2007
To raise the profile of Geography and also have a bit of fun and interactivity, this summer the KS3 pupils (plus Year 10) and also the Year 6's who will be coming in on a taster day, will be asked to send us a postcard from their summer travels..
Anyone sending a postcard will have their names entered into a prize draw (to be drawn in the year assemblies) to win a Geo Goody Bag...
Also doing a Staff competition too for the most amusing card.
All cards will then be put on a large world map display in the geography area, and we will also use the places visited as the basis for a piece of mapwork in the first term, and perhaps an assessment as well.
Monday, June 04, 2007
When you get home...
Review Questions 1 to 5 from the Pre Release booklet, turn to the back page and make sure you know definitions of FUGIS, and then tick off the check list so that you know you've done those...
And don't forget WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY tomorrow.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Where are the rest of you ?
Remember that when you return from Work Experience we will have just 3 lessons remaining before the exam, and these SHOULD be spent reviewing your preparation and getting you as prepared as we can be!
Get posting !
A bit of good news is that GOOGLE EARTH has FINALLY !!! been updated for the UK with some high resolution images of most of Norfolk.
For example, here is the image of KES taken from around 2000 feet up.
Why not visit KES yourself (PE30 2QB) and post the answers to the following questions:
1) How recent do you think the images are ?
2) What is missing from the local area around KES shown on the Google Earth images ?
3) What time of day / year do you think the pictures were taken ? (Clue: school car park, amount of traffic on roads...)
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Just watched via YouTube this black and white documentary of him taking the train from King's Lynn to Hunstanton via Wolferton and Snettisham.
Interesting to see how "our place" has changed over the years.