Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sustainable Transport: the start of the next stage of the course...

Transport is defined as:
The MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE AND GOODS from one place to another.

Sustainability: What is the definition of this term ?

Put them together, and you get Sustainable Transport

So how would you define it ?

Is the car a sustainable form of transport ?

If not, why not ?

1. Research the following methods of transport:

a) Rickshaw - where have they been used, and which cities have they

b) Light Rail

c) Guided bus - this has been planned for North of Cambridge

d) Maglev - a short section of track has been laid in Shanghai between the airport and the city - how fast can it travel ?

e) Tram - the example of Sheffield and its SUPERTRAM network should be looked at - what other cities in the UK also have tram networks ? - produce a map to show those towns and cities which have introduced a tram network

f) Community bus - is there a local community bus scheme ? what is it called ? how does it work ?

g) Car pooling

h) Velib - bicycle hire scheme in Paris

Provide an example of an actual place where each of these have been used, and how successful the project has been (also try to identify any costs, and other issues involved in setting up the scheme)

The BUS is a more SUSTAINABLE form of transport. Why ?

2. Think through the various stages involved in taking a bus journey – try to account for every stage in the journey. Produce this in the form of a flow chart. I will get you started on this...

3. Now try to think of the different problems that could occur at each of the stages, which might put people off using the bus as a form of transport. Remember that not everyone is able bodied and has all their senses working 100%

4. Now try to come up with a solution to the problem that would encourage people to keep using the bus

Where do the following fit into this ?

· Heavy rainfall

· Bus full by the time it gets to your stop

· Electronic information boards

· Kneeling bus

· Bus shelters

· Oyster cards

· Pre-payment tickets

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

And..... relax......

They think it's all over....
It is now...

Any thoughts ?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Last minute reading...

...on cheap T Shirts
BBC NEWS MAGAZINE article and little iPlayer video
Relates to tonight's PANORAMA programme.

A final Tony Cassidy contribution...

If you get an A*, you owe Tony a pint....

We will use an edited version of this, where we look at OUR PLACE, and also Svalbard rather than Antarctica...

Exam tomorrow...

Do a few last minute bits of revision tonight
Get a good night's sleep - don't stay up late
Don't forget to bring your equipment with you tomorrow
Set the alarm clock before you go to bed
Eat breakfast !

So don't forget: DGDSE....

And don't forget FUGIS either....

Good luck to all KES students, and good luck to all Kirk Hallam students !!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Final few days of revision...

Enjoy your weekend, but try to do a few short revision sessions...
Use the blogs
Play Tony's Apprentice mega-quiz

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What's so special about Bristol ??

Special prize for the first KES student to tell me....
Clue: it has something to do with the work you'll be starting the week after the exam is over...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome to Mrs. Clarke - new blog author...

I gave Mrs. Clarke an intensive training course yesterday (well, 5 minutes...) and she has posted her first blog post. Mrs. Clarke will be keeping up the blog next year in my absence, and reminding you of the various deadlines. Remember that the Year 11 work is already on the blog in the relevant months (scroll to the bottom of the right hand column...) and also all labelled accordingly.

Here's a nice transport cartoon I came across recently, showing how the transport we use changes with age...

Don't forget to check Tony's blog for the latest and last help with revision....

New post

Testing this new post

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Stripy icebergs...

These pictures arrived in e-mail attachment today - they're obviously doing the rounds... Anyone know what causes the stripes to happen ?
Post a comment below KES pupils....

As Svalbard melts away (a possible future...) is this going to be a more common sight ?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Greenland has a very cool flag...
Of course it's not called Greenland by everybody: Kalaallit Nunaat...
It is an amazing place, and the Wikipedia article has some very useful information.

There is a GREENLAND statistics site here.

Here are some questions for this section of the Pre-Release booklet.
The focus is a place called NUUK. This is also known as Godthab.
Here is the climate information for NUUK.

Why not go here on HOLIDAY. There are quite a few YOU TUBE videos too...

Use this in relation to the work in the booklet...

Location Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Nuuk -4.4 -4.5 -4.8 -0.8 3.5 7.7 10.6 9.9 6.3 1.7 -1.0 -3.3 1.74 Mean Daily High
-10.1 -10.6 -10.6 -6.1 -1.5 1.3 3.8 3.8 1.6 -2.5 -5.8 -8.7 -3.89 Mean Daily Low
39 47 50 46 55 62 82 89 88 70 74 54 756 Precipitation

Here are the questions:

1. What is the precipitation in Nuuk in June ? (1)
2. What is the temperature range in Nuuk ? (2) (for this you need to subtract the lowest temperature from the highest - don't forget that there may be some negative values involved here...)
3. List 6 reasons why tourists might visit Greenland.
4. What makes Greenland an extreme environment ?
5. How might Greenland change in the future ?
6. What was your example of an extreme environment ?
7. Describe how 3 different groups of people are making use of Greenland.
8. Name one group of people who live in Alaska in a sustainable way.

Public thanks to Tony Cassidy again for sending me a very nice FUGIS document to use with this final week of preparation.

Car Sharing on the rise...

A good article with a video from the BBC NEWS site on the increase in people car sharing.
This will be useful for the Year 11 Sustainable Transport work

With the rising price of diesel, this could well become even more likely.
There is a range of websites that already exist to help people make contact with others.


How is this more sustainable ?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Many thanks to Comrade Cassidy !

From the time that we started on the Pilot GCSE Geography, we have been lucky to have worked with Tony Cassidy and Ingrid Marston at Kirk Hallam Community Technology College. I would recommend that you continue to follow Tony's blog next year (as well as look at back posts... I will tell you all about the Year 11 work once the exam is over...)

Tony has produced a new version of an infamous resource that he produced using 'The Apprentice' as a guide. This is a MEGAQUIZ....
Remember that in the section on MY PLACE, there may be references to a place other than King's Lynn.....

There are only 10 days to the exam, so you will need to be in TOP GEAR for your revision now...
The final section on GREENLAND will be added tomorrow...

This POST on Tony's blog has the final links to some pre-release assistance that he has added recently...

Pre-Release latest...

OK, so work experience is now over...
Back to school next week for 2 weeks of preparation...
We will have 3 hours to recap on the booklet, but I hope you have been using these blog posts and can come with some evidence of this. I have to say that there should have been a lot more comments on the blog posts over the last few weeks.

Read Resource 16, and visit a few suitable websites. is an obvious one...

Create a MIND MAP explaining:

  • What organic farming is.
  • Why some people say it is more sustainable than conventional farming.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blankety Blank...

Gap fill exercise on Bangladesh. Once again, thanks to Penny Parry for this activity...
Do you know your onions ?Fill words in the blanks (Use Resource 9) -

In Bangladesh _______ jobs in the textile and ____________ industries produce items for sale in _______ and __________. Most workers are ___________, aged between _____ and ______, working between _____ and _____ hours a ______.

Unskilled workers take home _____ taka, or £_____ a month, but many are not paid ___ ______. Working conditions are poor: for example __________________________________________ and many managers do not allow _____ _______ to be formed.

(15 marks) - use the information in the booklet.

Bonus point if you identify the person in the picture...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

North or South ? If only it was so easy....

This post refers to Resource 8....This is a world map, which contains some information on the manufacturing of clothing work by a year group who are the focus for the pre-release booklet.
TONY has produced a very nice powerpoint on this resource too, which we shall use next week when the great adventure that is Work Experience is over...

You will notice that there is a solid line which separates what we could call the rich 'North' from the poor 'South', but it is seldom as straightforward as that... Indeed, there is some debate over whether the line is valid anymore given the economic growth in places such as the Arabian states, South Africa, Brazil and China to name but a few...

The line is called the BRANDT DIVIDE, (also known as the North South divide) after Willy Brandt, who chaired the group who proposed the position in the late 1970s. I had a copy of the book when doing my degree in the early 1980s...
Wikipedia article linked to above also offers a suggested updated position for the line (see below)Some questions on this map today:

1. Which continents are in a) the North and b) the South ?
2. How can Australia be in the North, and China be in the South ?
3. Which countries that were in the South on the map in the booklet are proposed to be in the North in the map above (i.e. are now shaded blue) ?
4. How many of 10SR's clothing were manufactured in a) the North and b) the South ?
5. Do a similar survey of 10 items of clothing from your wardrobe and bring the results in when you come back next week ! (this is important)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Euro 2008 - Who will you support ?

Interesting that as none of the UK teams have qualified for this tournament (it's Football by the way) the BBC and other broadcasters are making a lot of the fact that we have pockets of people from different countries living in the UK. There has been a push to support Poland by certain retailers, who are keen to sell products as they will miss out on the bonanza that occured in 2006. The cost could be as much as £2 billion in lost sales.

Some local towns have links with certain places.
The TIMES had a very useful article on Saturday looking at why some retailers are supporting certain countries:

Two years ago the World Cup in Germany helped Tesco to sell more than half a million St George’s flags, 400,000 footballs and 50,000 two-pint glasses in the shape of the tournament’s trophy.

This summer the supermarket is again draping its shelves in red and white: it is backing Poland.

Tesco has brought in extra supplies of Polish snacks and beer at 150 stores in areas with large Polish communities such as Slough, Hammersmith and Glasgow.

“There are three good reasons to support Poland,” a Tesco spokesman said. “They’ve contributed a lot to our economy, they’re underdogs, and they’re in the same group as the old enemy - Germany.”

THETFORD has a large Portuguese community.

Useful GUARDIAN article on a similar theme.

Using BBC's BORN ABROAD site, can you suggest which country these retailers should be supporting ?

  • An off license in ...
  • A cafe owner in ...
  • A sportswear retailer in ... etc.
Also check out the excellent mapping produced by Danny Dorling and co at Sheffield University on their SASI site. There is also the excellent HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OF THE UK site.

Add a comment below - who are you supporting and why ?

Also an interesting article on Liverpool's CAPITAL OF CULTURE status and how it is affecting the city.

Using Resources 4,5 and 6

Image by iStockPhoto

Whose results are better: Simon or Purdeep's ?

  • Why are Purdeep's results not going to accurately represent the customer base at Broadmead ?
  • What other survey(s) could Purdeep have done to get over these problems ?
  • Suggest three other ways that the information that was collected could have been represented. Which method(s) would you prefer and why ?

Think about carrying out a similar investigation in the Vancouver Quarter in King's Lynn (as the town centre has now been 'rebranded'...)Image by Flickr user richgpz600, who also has some other great image sets in the King's Lynn area

You are going to find out how shoppers in the town feel about the new development (advantages and disadvantages) compared with going to a mall like Chapelfield or Castle Mall in Norwich, Grand Arcade in Cambridge or Queensgate in Peterborough.

What aims / hypotheses would you begin with ?
How would you collect data ?
What secondary sources might you use to support your primary findings ?
How would you present your results ?
How would you consider different target audiences for your report ? Who might these different audiences be ?

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Signature... Multicultural UK Resource

Last week they were wowing an audience of millions.

This week, there was an article in the "Daily Mail" which would make a very good resource for use with MY PLACE and also CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY.
It's an article about the 2 people that make up the act "Signature". They explain why they are both PROUD TO BE BRITISH

Friday, June 06, 2008

Velib problems...

I mentioned the VELIB scheme earlier. This is a good one for Sustainable Transport for Year 11 next year.
It's a scheme which involves renting bikes, which are placed in numerous locations around Paris. One of my FLICKR contacts Evan Austin posted this photo recently.Apparently the lack of maintenance upkeep and vandalism is reducing the 'fleet' of Velib bikes ?

Similar scheme also works in SANDNES in Norway, which I've visited...

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Work Experience going well ?

I hope so...
Stanley - will be popping in tomorrow to see you.

Apologies for not posting for a few days. I had to go down to London to collect an award for excellence in geography teaching...

For today's task, I would like you to answer some questions using Resources 9-11, taken from Tony Cassidy's PRE RELEASE page.

1. Write a list of the working conditions the workers face
2. Write a list of the living conditions the workers face
3. How is the workers' employment connected to their quality of life ?

Also, if you haven't already played the TEACHER INVADERS game, scroll down and have a go and post your score...

Monday, June 02, 2008

First day of Work Experience

Hope you had a good first day, apart from those who were in school today who I saw this morning...

Look at the two different ways that were used to represent the visitor data: the map and the shaded bar (1 square = 1%) - which do you think was the better way of representing the data ?
What advantages did each have over the other ?

You may also have noticed that the Channel 4 programme "The Devil wears Primark" was replaced by fairly dire 'buddy movie' "Without a Paddle". It will presumably be on at some point in the future, hopefully this side of the exam.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

A new month, and a new task...

For this, you'll need resources 4, 5 and 6

1. How many people were surveyed ? (1)
2. What do you know about the people who were surveyed ? (3)

Start with the obvious e.g. they were shopping in... (or were they ??)

3. What other information would you need to know about the survey to decide how reliable the results of the survey are ? (2)

First day of work experience tomorrow. Enjoy it !