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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.
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.
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.
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.
UK PHYSICAL LANDSCAPES-1. Intro to UK physical landscapes
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UK PHYSICAL LANDSCAPES-1. Intro to UK physical landscapes

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography GCSE specification. It includes; - Starter task - to assess prior learning and key knowledge they'll need. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information, activities (some linked to textbook resource: GCSE for AQA Geography, R. Kitchen et al. Cambridge) with hyperlinked video clip and additional information sheets (at the end of the PPT) to identify, describe and explain the varying landscape in the UK by linking to the different types of geology. - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading slide with appropriate hyperlinked web resources.
PSHE: Feeling down?
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PSHE: Feeling down?

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I created this lesson for my year 8 PSHE group. In this lesson they are introduced to the term 'mental health' and consider what it means to feel down and think about strategies to deal with feeling 'down' or being sad. This lesson is structured in a clear and easy to follow manner, with... - Starter task - Clear learning objectives - A range of new information with linked learning tasks and activities clearly outlined. Please note one task refers to a page from PSHE Education 2 by de Meza et al, 2014 (Hodder Education), however, this task could easily be replaced by another example if you don't have this text available. - Plenary
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 for AQA A-Level
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Water and Carbon Cycles for AQA A-Level

20 Resources
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-9. Human change to water cycle - abstraction
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-9. Human change to water cycle - abstraction

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - review task on learning from the prior lesson. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information with hyperlinked video clip and activities (main task is an around the room activity with information sheets provided) to identify and explain how humans, specifically over-abstraction, are changing the water cycle. - Plenary task to review learning - hot seat activity. - Further reading - with appropriate websites hyperlinked.
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.
CLIMATE CHANGE - 2. Natural causes of climate change
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CLIMATE CHANGE - 2. Natural causes of climate change

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This lesson has been designed to ensure students understand the natural causes of climate change, as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. The PowerPoint is clearly structured with; - A starter to assess prior knowledge (there are two on this because it usually takes me two 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 differentiated worksheet which can be found on the last few slides of the powerpoint. Information sheets can either be talked/discussed or stuck around the teaching room for students to collect information to complete differentiated worksheet. - Plenary activity with opportunity for collaboration and improvements to work. - Homework/Further reading - I have referenced a page in the CGP exam practice workbook for homework and also provided some hyperlinks for appropriate further reading to extend and challenge.
Finding Places: 1. Continents, countries + capital cities
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Finding Places: 1. Continents, countries + capital cities

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I use this with the year 7's, but I have found it useful as an insert lesson for classes that need a reminder on the basics. This lesson includes... Starter activity - continents word search with challenge task. Clear learning objectives, success criteria and key words. Main activity to locate continents, countries and capital cities with differentiated worksheets and challenge task. Opportunity for peer assessment. Pleanary activity - hangman, which you can click through for wrong guesses to make a little hanging man!
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-12. Factors driving change - Carbon cycle
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-12. Factors driving change - Carbon cycle

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - fun task (!) to consolidate prior knowledge on this topic (key words for this at the end of the PPT). - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information (sheets at the end of the PPT taken from my self published study guide) and activities to introduce, describe and explain factors driving change to the carbon cycle at different scales. - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading - with hyperlinked web pages.
CLIMATE CHANGE: AQA GCSE
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CLIMATE CHANGE: AQA GCSE

6 Resources
This bundle of 6 resources addresses the AQA GCSE specification linked to climate change. Each resource is structured in a clear and easy to use manner with supporting information sheets, differentiated work sheets, challenge activities and key video hyperlinks.
CLIMATE CHANGE - 3. Human causes of climate change
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CLIMATE CHANGE - 3. Human causes of climate change

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This lesson has been designed to ensure students understand the natural causes of climate change, as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. The PowerPoint is clearly structured with; - A starter to assess prior knowledge - focus here is on natural causes of climate change, then after the introduction of learning objectives another to assess prior knowledge of human causes of climate change. - 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. - Plenary - practice exam question to apply knowledge with differentiated exam structure sheet at the end of the PPT.