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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'.
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.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-11. Intro to carbon cycles
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-11. Intro to carbon cycles

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - to assess any prior knowledge on this topic. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information and activities to introduce, describe and explain how what carbon is, the carbon cycle and the size and distribution of carbon in the spheres. - Plenary task to review learning .
ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 6. Impacts of deforestation (Amazon)
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ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 6. Impacts of deforestation (Amazon)

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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 - activity 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 to identify, describe and explain the impacts of deforestation on climate change, the nutrient cycle (activity sheets for this task at the end of the PPT) and the economy in Brazil. - Plenary task to summarise/consolidate learning from this lesson.
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.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-17. Impact of human changes to carbon - ocean and climate.
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-17. Impact of human changes to carbon - ocean and climate.

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - activity to recap prior learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information, hyperlinked video clips and activities linked to human impacts from changing carbon on the ocean (developed from last lesson) then introduction of how the interaction of water and carbon created the planet as we know it today. - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading - with hyperlinked web pages.
WEATHER HAZARDS - 1. Global atmospheric circulation
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 1. Global atmospheric circulation

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Weather Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This lesson introduces key terms and how heat is circulated globally. - Starter tasks (there are 2 because this lesson may take more than 1 lesson to complete) to assess prior knowledge and link to the lessons learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - Key new information with hyperlinked video clips and activities with supporting hand-outs at the end of the PPT - one of the main task being an around the room activity with information to stick up around the room. - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task.
Water and Carbon Cycles for AQA A-Level
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Water and Carbon Cycles for AQA A-Level

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This bundle contains 20 PPT resources linked to the AQA specification for the 'Water and Carbon Cycles' topic. *Please note this excludes... - The end of topic assessment (no space left in the bundle! Sorry) - The final local case study for a river catchment as my students completed this through their independent study.
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.
WEATHER HAZARDS - 10. End of topic test
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 10. End of topic test

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This is an end of topic test designed to address the exam specification for AQA GCSE topic 'Weather Hazards'. This resource has been created using free sample exam material from AQA, along with some of my own additional questions, to create a test that can be completed in one lesson and questions students on most areas of the specification for this topic. There is not a markscheme provided, but you can use the AQA SAM markscheme and general AQA guidance to help mark effectively. As I have used some free SAM material from AQA I have not charged for this resource.
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.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-16. Impact of human changes to carbon - atmosphere, land, ocean.
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-16. Impact of human changes to carbon - atmosphere, land, ocean.

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - activity to recap prior learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information and activities linked to human impacts from changing carbon on the atmosphere, land and ocean. One of the tasks uses Water and carbon cycles by C McDonnell – Available on Amazon in print and kindle e-book. - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading - with hyperlinked web pages.
CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 3. Resources in UK: Water
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CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 3. Resources in UK: Water

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This resource has been created for the AQA GCSE Geography topic 'challenges to resource management'. It focuses upon the UK case study and explores changing demand for water, the geography of surplus and deficit, water transfer schemes and sources of pollution. This PPT resource includes; Starter task - with some interesting facts to get them thinking about the topic content of this lesson. Clear learning objectives with success criteria. A range of new information is provided to introduce and develop understanding the supply, transfer and pollution of water in the UK. This information is found on the slides along with a variety of learning tasks, including an around the room task whose activity sheets are attached as Word documents. Plenary task - to sum up the learning from this lesson. Homework - Task outlined that refers to text book (AQA GCSE (9-1) Geography by J. Widdowson et al. Hodder – page 317) to complete specification learning on how water quality is managed in the UK.
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.
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.
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).
WEATHER HAZARDS - 5. Monitoring, predicting + Preparing for hurricanes
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 5. Monitoring, predicting + Preparing for hurricanes

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Weather Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This lesson covers the monitoring, prediction and preparations people can make in order to reduce the risks of hurricanes. - Starter task - recap and reflection on hurricanes, with supporting hyperlinked video clip. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - New information with a supporting hyperlinked video clip, task and then a variety of differentiated activities for students to choose from for the main learning task. This PPT and package also includes supporting hand-out material, however, these are free resources available on the Internet and therefore are not included in the price of the main teaching resource, but included for your ease of use. - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task. - Further reading - with a variety of appropriate hyperlinked websites.
COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Coastal management types + strategies
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COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Coastal management types + strategies

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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. - Learning objectives and success criteria that are clearly linked to the specification. - A variety of slides with new information and activities that link to increased risk of flooding and erosion then onto the main learning about management types and hard and soft startegies of coastal management. Student worksheet provided at the end of the PPT. - Plenary task - to consolidate learning from the lesson. - Further reading with hyperlinked websites.
COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Sea level change AQA A-LEVEL
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COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Sea level change AQA A-LEVEL

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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. - Learning objectives and success criteria that are clearly linked to the specification. - A variety of slides with new information and activities that link to changing sea levels and reasons behind this. Please note that one of the activities requires some information from AQA A-Level Geog by Skinner et al. (Hodder Education) to complete. - Plenary task - to consolidate learning from the lesson. - Homework 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.