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I have taught Geography for the last 14 years and for my woes am a bit of a perfectionist, in that I like my lessons to be just so; as a result I have created lots of Geography based resources to suit all secondary year groups. As a HoD (who shares!) the resources are designed to be clear and straighforward, so easy to use. With the new specifications at GCSE and A-Level I have been rather busy updating my resources and also wrote and published a A-Level study guide on 'Water and Carbon'.

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I have taught Geography for the last 14 years and for my woes am a bit of a perfectionist, in that I like my lessons to be just so; as a result I have created lots of Geography based resources to suit all secondary year groups. As a HoD (who shares!) the resources are designed to be clear and straighforward, so easy to use. With the new specifications at GCSE and A-Level I have been rather busy updating my resources and also wrote and published a A-Level study guide on 'Water and Carbon'.
King John and the Magna Carta
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King John and the Magna Carta

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By the end of the lesson you should be able to… Investigate whether King John was a good or a bad king. Describe and explain what the Magna Carta is and why it is important. This Powerpoint resource includes hyperlinks to video clips and a range of tasks to complete the learning objectives. It also refers to a text book resource, which could easily be replaced or suplemented by another text, but in this case it refers to either the SHP History Year 7 text book by I Dawson et al, or KS3 History: Invasion, plague + murder by Aaron Wilkes.
14.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-urban sprawl + commuter settlements
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14.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-urban sprawl + commuter settlements

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This resource has been designed for the GCSE AQA Paper 2, section A topic: Urban issues and challenges. All lessons reference the exam specification, are structured with a ‘learning link’ (starter), learning objectives + success criteria, a range of learning tasks, reflection (plenary) and also hyperlinks to key further reading resources designed for students. This lesson; Learning link: Key term review (possible quiz) Learning tasks: New information about on urban sprawl, the urban-rural fringe and the impacts of one on the other, and commuter settlements, with a focus upon the London area. Plenary: Summary task
CLIMATE CHANGE - 6. Managing climate change - Mitigation
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CLIMATE CHANGE - 6. Managing climate change - Mitigation

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This lesson has been designed to ensure students understand the ways in which humans can manage climate change through a variety of mitigation strategies, as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. The PowerPoint is clearly structured with; - A starter to link prior knowledge to this lessons learning - with hyperlinked video clip. - Clear learning objectives with success criteria and links to the exam specification - Variety of activities and new information supported by new information sheets and differentiated worksheets (these are ound at the end of the PPT); the main learning task is an around the room activity. - Plenary - consolidation of this lesson and prior lessons learning.
8.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-improving the favelas
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8.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-improving the favelas

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This resource has been designed for the GCSE AQA Paper 2, section A topic: Urban issues and challenges. All lessons reference the exam specification, are structured with a ‘learning link’ (starter), learning objectives + success criteria, a range of learning tasks, reflection (plenary) and also hyperlinks to key further reading resources designed for students. This lesson; Learning link: Photo to prompt discussion linked to this lesson and prior lessons learning Learning tasks: New information about the location of the favelas, painting project in the favelas, strategies to improve the favelas and the Favela Bairro project, with supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Plenary: 9 mark exam style question
ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 4. Rainforest structure
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ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 4. Rainforest structure

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This lesson resource has been created to address the AQA Geography GCSE topic on 'The Living World' with a focus on ecosystems and and tropical rainforests. It includes; - Starter - to get students into the right mindset for this lessons learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria, with reference to the exam specification - New information and learning tasks with supporting hyperlinked video clip and reference to the AQA GCSE Geography text book by R. Kitchen at al, Cambridge, to identify, describe and explain the different layers of the rainforest and biodiversity of plants and animals found in each. To support this learning there is a layer worksheet, which is readily available from various sources on the Internet. - Plenary task to summarise/consolidate learning from this lesson - Further reading - hyperlinks provided.
NATURAL HAZARDS - 2. Risk factors
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NATURAL HAZARDS - 2. Risk factors

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This lesson has been designed to introduce students to factors affecting risk linked to natural hazards, as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. - Starter tasks to assess prior knowledge, with supporting hand-outs at the end of the PPT. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - Variety of activities and new information to introduce factors affecting risk. - Main learning task a card sort activity that is provided free by AQA, hence why this resource is free despite my inclusion of my own resources and formatting (differentiated worksheets found at the end of the PPT). - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task.
CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 1. Introduction
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CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 1. Introduction

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This lesson has been created for the AQA GCSE Geography topic 'challenges to resource management'. It is the introductory lesson and includes; Starter task - to get them thinking about the topic content of this lesson. Clear learning objectives with success criteria. New information and learning tasks - this includes some information that is widely available about water on the Internet (hence why this resource is provided for free) as well as other information, hyperlinked video clip and tasks that address the spec regarding water, food and energy. Plenary task - to sum up the learning from this lesson.
6.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-economic opportunities + challenges
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6.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-economic opportunities + challenges

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This resource has been designed for the GCSE AQA Paper 2, section A topic: Urban issues and challenges. All lessons reference the exam specification, are structured with a ‘learning link’ (starter), learning objectives + success criteria, a range of learning tasks, reflection (plenary) and also hyperlinks to key further reading resources designed for students. This lesson; Learning link: Application of learning from last lesson, linked to photos with supporting video hyperlink Learning tasks: New information linked to the different sectors of the economy, work and crime in the favelas and unemployment provided, with supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Plenary: Summary of the lesson’s learning using sentence starters.
CLIMATE CHANGE - 5. Managing climate change - Adaptation
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CLIMATE CHANGE - 5. Managing climate change - Adaptation

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This lesson has been designed to ensure students understand ways in which humans can adapt to the effects of climate change, as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. The PowerPoint is clearly structured with; - Starter tasks to assess prior knowledge - there are 2 because this takes me 2 lessons to complete. - Clear learning objectives with success criteria and links to the exam specification - Variety of activities and new information supported by a hyperlinked video and worksheet (found at the end of the PPT). - Plenary - consolidation task to enable students to think about and discuss key points learnt and their implications.
PSHE: Self esteem and confidence
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PSHE: Self esteem and confidence

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I created this lesson for my year 8 PSHE group for them to consider 'is it good being me?'. The lesson focussed upon their strengths and then leads onto self esteem and confidence. This lesson is structured in a clear and easy to follow manner, with... - Starter task - Clear learning objectives - A range of new information with supporting video hyperlinks linked learning tasks and activities clearly outlined. Please note one task refers to a resource from PSHE Education 2 teacher support by de Meza et al, 2014 (Hodder Education), however, this task could easily be made up yourself, I have given some suggestions to get you started if you do not have access to this resource. - Plenary - A chance to reflect on some interesting quotes linked to this subject area.
PSHE: Managing relationships
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PSHE: Managing relationships

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I created this lesson for my year 9 PSHE group, although it would be appropriate for years below or above this year group. The lesson PPT contains; Starter task - students are asked to categorise people they know into different groups within a bullseye (supporting hand-out at the end of the PPT). Clear learning objectives A range of new information with linked learning tasks and activities clearly outlined and supported with hyperlinks to appropriate video clips. Key areas addressed are: My family, healthy and toxic relationships. Plenary - reflection of key ideas explored in the lesson with supporting worksheet (at the end of the PPT).
COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Shoreline Management + ICZM's
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COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Shoreline Management + ICZM's

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This lesson is designed to meet requirements of the AQA A-Level specification for the 'Coastal Systems and Landscapes' topic. As per my usual format this lesson consists of; - Starter activity to get them thinking about prior knowledge and using this to link to this lessons learning (hand-out at end of the PPT). - Learning objectives and success criteria that are clearly linked to the specification. - New information and activities that link to shoreline management plans (SMPs) and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). Use of the AQA A-level by M.Skinner et al (Hodder) is referenced for one of the learning activities. - Plenary/application task - to consolidate learning from the lesson. [- Ongoing study task linked to fieldwork is also provided, with prior exam resources that are relevant included although not part of the cost of this resource as these are available as a free resource from the exam board.] - Further reading with hyperlinked websites.
Quantitative skills: Spearman's Rank and Chi Squared
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Quantitative skills: Spearman's Rank and Chi Squared

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This lesson is designed to meet requirements of the Geography AQA A-Level specification on quantitative and qualitative skills. As per my usual format this lesson consists of; - Starter activity to get them thinking about prior knowledge and using this to link to this lessons learning (the learning linked to this is found on slides 12-16 as I set this as for students to work on in study time/homework). - Learning objectives and success criteria that are clearly linked to the specification. - New information on Spearman's rank and chi squared with examples designed to work through as a class or in teams, with supporting worksheet at the very end of the PPT. - Plenary/application task - to consolidate learning from the lesson. - Further reading with hyperlinked websites. - Further study - hyperlink and consolidating exam style question on fieldwork techniques that would be used in coastal areas.
6 Figure grid references
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6 Figure grid references

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I teach this to the year 7's, but it could easily be transferred to other age groups.The resource is planned with a clear structure and easy to follow activities that should guide students and teachers easily through the teaching of 4 figure grid references. Lesson outline: Starter activity to recap prior learning on 4 figure grid references. Clear learning objective Class discussion/Q and A to introduce why 6 figure grid references are extremely useful, followed by a brief note taking task. New information to introduce how to use 6 figure grid references with consolidation task, good to complete as part of class Q and A to assess understanding. 6 figure grid reference questions - these refer to an AQA GCSE Chester map excerpt or alternatively use these questions as a guide to write your own with an OS map resource you already have (these questions did not take long to create). I have also included the answers which I use as a peer marking exercise. Plenary - how to give/find places using 6 figure grid references consolidation task.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-End of topic assessment
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-End of topic assessment

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This assessment has been created to test the learning of the AQA Geography A-Level topic 'Water and Carbon'. The assessment is made up of my own questions, which are written in the style of the sample material shared by AQA. I have also constructed a mark scheme, where again I looked at the AQA example and then tailored it to the questions asked.
GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS-5. Gradient, contours + spot heights
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GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS-5. Gradient, contours + spot heights

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography GCSE specification. I use this at the beginning of year 9 as that is when our students start their option choices. It includes; - Starter task - to see what they already know about contours. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information and linked task (reference to AQA GCSE text book by Kitchen et al). - Application and discussion of new information by linking pictures to maps. - Activity - worksheet where students use contours to create cross sections. - Plenary task - Map pictionary! - to consolidate understanding and practice quick interpretation of contours (I do this on pupil whiteboards).
5.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-Social opportunities + challenges
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5.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-Social opportunities + challenges

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This resource has been designed for the GCSE AQA Paper 2, section A topic: Urban issues and challenges. All lessons reference the exam specification, are structured with a ‘learning link’ (starter), learning objectives + success criteria, a range of learning tasks, reflection (plenary) and also hyperlinks to key further reading resources designed for students. This lesson; Learning link: Review of prior learning Learning tasks: New information on urban population growth, with supporting video hyperlinks, photos and learning tasks. Plenary: Development of learning link task from the start of the lesson
Geographical Fieldwork Investigation: Self assessment for the NEA
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Geographical Fieldwork Investigation: Self assessment for the NEA

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This lesson resource has been created to help enable students to reflect effectively on their independent study, as per the rules of independence set out in the specification for the AQA A-Level in Geography. In this PPT the mark scheme is broken down and allows the teacher to discuss each element without being specific about an individual piece of work. There are supporting hand-outs (at the end of the PPT) where students can made notes to annotate the mark scheme and then add comments about the strengths and areas for development in their own work when taking into account the mark scheme. Using these notes students can then make improvements and modifications to their NEA/independent study.
TECTONIC HAZARDS - 8. Responses to Haiti earthquake
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TECTONIC HAZARDS - 8. Responses to Haiti earthquake

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Tectonic Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This lesson explores the responses to the Haiti earthquake. The PowerPoint is clearly structured with; - Starter tasks with responses to an image of the Haiti earthquake. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - Key new information with hyperlinked video resources and activities about the Haiti earthquake and then the immediate and long-term responses - the hyperlinked video is a vimeo resource and does have some images of the dead, although in relation to images/videos linked to Haiti this is mild but I have attached a warning to the slide. - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task
What is Geography?
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What is Geography?

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This lesson has been designed as an introduction to Geography. The PowerPoint is clearly structured with; - Getting started into the new academic year slide - with a reward map that can be stuck in the front of the books (this can be found on the last few slides of the ppt). - A starter to assess prior knowledge - Clear learning objectives with success criteria - Activity with supporting information sheets about the different types of Geography (human, physical and environmental). - Plenary activity to help evaluate understanding of the different types of geography. - Homework task outlined.