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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'.
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
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.
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
WEATHER HAZARDS - 4. Typhoon Haiyan case study
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 4. Typhoon Haiyan case study

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Weather Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This lesson uses the case study Typhoon Haiyan to explore the primary + secondary effects as well as the immediate and long-term responses to a hurricane. - Starter task - uses a variety of case study examples and students have to 'guess the strength' (there is a supporting hand-out at the end of the PPT linked to the Saffir-Simpson scale and also a supporting hyperlinked video clip). - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - New information both on the PPT and also an information sheet (provided on another PPT document) with supporting activities. - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task. - Further reading - with a variety of appropriate hyperlinked websites.
URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES-Rio lesson 2-growth + challenges
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URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES-Rio lesson 2-growth + challenges

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography GCSE specification. It includes; - Starter task - to recap prior learning on Rio de Janeiro - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. Focus upon the growth of Rio and introducing some of the challenges it faces. - Skills task linked to changing population in Rio, with development questions with linked new information and hyperlinked video. - New information and photo task to illustrate inequality in Rio (supporting hand-out at end of PPT). - Listen and summarise task about the different zones in Rio. Supporting teacher information to read out found on the following slide. - Plenary task to consolidate learning.
WEATHER HAZARDS - 7 + 8. Extreme weather in the UK
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 7 + 8. Extreme weather in the UK

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Weather Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. These 2 lessons cover two examples of extreme weather events in the UK - heat wave and winter storms. - Starter task - to recap prior learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - New information with supporting hyperlinked video clip and activities. Some activities also refer to Text book: Geography Student Book, GCSE for AQA by Kitchen et al (Cambridge) as a source of further information. There is also a supporting information sheet, taken from the BBC, therefore this resource is not included in the price for this package. - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task. - Further reading - with a variety of appropriate hyperlinked websites.
15.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-urban regeneration in Stratford
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15.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-urban regeneration in Stratford

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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: 4 and/or 6 mark style exam question on prior lesson’s learning. Learning tasks: New information about a regeneration project in London, with a focus upon Stratford in the borough of Newham. Reasons why regeneration was needed, the project and outcomes are all explored using a range of supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Home learning task outlined to complete this case study.
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).
Understanding drugs and their effects
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Understanding drugs and their effects

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Starter activity: Recap prior learning on key illegal and legal drugs - hand splat exercise Learning objective and success criteria clearly outlined Main tasks are simply to bullet point/brainstorm key learning from a series of short documentaries ‘The truth about…’ (these are hyperlinked on each of the relevant slides). I then used these as a discussion point to find out key learning about the drug and lessons that could be taken from it. Plenary: Compare and add to knowledge from the start of the lesson on the drugs explored in this lesson.
10.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-Impacts of migration
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10.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-Impacts of migration

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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 heads and tails (with supporting hand-out at the end of the PPT) Learning tasks: New information about population and migration in London, with supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Plenary: Summary task
7.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-Improving Rio's environment
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7.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:RIO-Improving Rio's environment

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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: Image discussion point Learning tasks: New information with supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Plenary: Exam style question with structure support Further reading links provided.
PSHE: Expectations - starting yr 9 + GCSE
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PSHE: Expectations - starting yr 9 + GCSE

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I created this lesson for my year 9 PSHE group. In this lesson they are asked to reflect on how they feel and link this to the journey ahead as they start GCSE, before exploring why GCSE is important (with supporting hyperlinked video clip), understanding what the number grades mean and linking those standards to expectations of work and homework. Finally students consolidate learning from the lesson to think about a learning toolkit of strategies to help them do well. 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. Plenary - reflection of key ideas explored in the lesson.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-19. Mitigating climate change
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-19. Mitigating climate change

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - with hyperlinked video. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information and activities on climate change to link to mitigation. The main task is an around the room activity, with a range of information sheets and handout at the end of the PPT. This activity also makes reference to and is supported by Water and carbon cycles study guide (by C McDonnell – Available on Amazon in print and kindle e-book). - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading - with hyperlinked web pages.
Revision Top Tips
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Revision Top Tips

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This PPT is presented as a straight forward, easy to present and understand guide about the things students need to know when preparing for exams. I have shown this to a range of age groups, but it is especially helpful for those preparing for GCSE and A-Level examinations.
PSHE: Peer pressure
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PSHE: Peer pressure

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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 reflect on their own experiences. 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: What is peer pressure? Why do people give into peer pressure? How can you deal with peer pressure? Plenary - reflection of key ideas explored in the lesson.
CHANGING PLACES:1. Introducing 'PLACE'
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CHANGING PLACES:1. Introducing 'PLACE'

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This lesson (which took me 2 lessons to deliver) has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes the specification outline (not included in price) and the key lesson resource which has... - Starter task - to encourage students to think about the concept of 'place'. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information, hyperlinked video clips and activities (student hand-out at end of PPT) that introduce 'place' and then break down this term into physical and human definitions, with further development into theoretical approaches to place, insider and outsider perspectives on place, near and far places and also experienced versus media places. - Plenary task to review learning. - Homework - linked to text book reading and activity. - Further reading - with hyperlinked web pages.
ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 5. Deforestation in the Amazon
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ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 5. Deforestation in the 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 - with key facts 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 reasons for deforestation in the Amazon. To support this learning there is a consolidation question with differentiated answer sheet. - Plenary task to summarise/consolidate learning from this lesson - Further reading - hyperlinks provided.
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: 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.