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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 for AQA A-Level

Water and Carbon Cycles for AQA A-Level

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.
clmcdonnell
CARBON for AQA A-Level 'Water + Carbon cycles'

CARBON for AQA A-Level 'Water + Carbon cycles'

This bundle includes the second half of the specification for the AQA A-Level 'Water and Carbon Cycles' topic. Within it you will find it all focuses upon the carbon cycle and some lesson that explore the interactions between the carbon and water cycles. This bundle also contains the end of topic assessment, but not the local case study example (this was covered as part of the independent study with my students).
clmcdonnell
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-End of topic assessment

WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-End of topic assessment

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.
clmcdonnell
Water and Carbon Cycles for AQA A-Level

Water and Carbon Cycles for AQA A-Level

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.
clmcdonnell
COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Sea level change AQA A-LEVEL

COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Sea level change AQA A-LEVEL

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.
clmcdonnell
UK PHYSICAL LANDSCAPES-2. Upland and lowland areas

UK PHYSICAL LANDSCAPES-2. Upland and lowland areas

This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography GCSE specification. It includes; - Starter task - crossword style to assess prior learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information, activities with supporting handout (at the end of the PPT) to identify, describe and explain the lowland and upland landscapes in the UK. - Plenary task is an exam style 9 mark question to review learning. - Further reading slide with appropriate hyperlinked web resources.
clmcdonnell
PSHE: Expectations - starting yr 9 + GCSE

PSHE: Expectations - starting yr 9 + GCSE

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.
clmcdonnell
CLIMATE CHANGE - 5. Managing climate change - Adaptation

CLIMATE CHANGE - 5. Managing climate change - Adaptation

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.
clmcdonnell
ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 4. Rainforest structure

ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 4. Rainforest structure

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.
clmcdonnell
CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 1. Introduction

CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 1. Introduction

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.
clmcdonnell
CLIMATE CHANGE - 6. Managing climate change - Mitigation

CLIMATE CHANGE - 6. Managing climate change - Mitigation

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.
clmcdonnell
CARBON for AQA A-Level 'Water + Carbon cycles'

CARBON for AQA A-Level 'Water + Carbon cycles'

This bundle includes the second half of the specification for the AQA A-Level 'Water and Carbon Cycles' topic. Within it you will find it all focuses upon the carbon cycle and some lesson that explore the interactions between the carbon and water cycles. This bundle also contains the end of topic assessment, but not the local case study example (this was covered as part of the independent study with my students).
clmcdonnell
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-7. Natural + human changes to water cycle

WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-7. Natural + human changes to water cycle

This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - exam question with peer marking (this is a free AQA resource available from AQA website) - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information, activities with hyperlinked video clip to identify and explain how seasons and then people influence the water cycle. - Plenary task to review learning.
clmcdonnell
Geographical Fieldwork Investigation: Self assessment for the NEA

Geographical Fieldwork Investigation: Self assessment for the NEA

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.
clmcdonnell
CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 3. Resources in UK: Water

CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 3. Resources in UK: Water

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.
clmcdonnell
ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 6. Impacts of deforestation (Amazon)

ECOSYSTEMS + TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: 6. Impacts of deforestation (Amazon)

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.
clmcdonnell
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-19. Mitigating climate change

WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-19. Mitigating climate change

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.
clmcdonnell
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-10. Water cycle assessment

WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-10. Water cycle assessment

This is an assessment to review all prior learning on the water cycle. This resource includes some sample questions from AQA, which are free as well as some of my own made up questions. To mark this I used the guidelines from AQA on expectations linked to different mark questions combined with the markscheme from the SAM. As this includes AQA free content, I am not charging for any aspect of this resource.
clmcdonnell
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-1. Introducing systems concepts

WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-1. Introducing systems concepts

This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It is includes; - New information to introduce systems and key terms associated with them. - New information and activities that link the water cycle to the systems concept, including a hyperlinked video. - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading/homework slide with suggested further reading task and appropriate hyperlinked web resources. Also included is a hand-out student version of the spec sheet. This is taken from AQA and therefore is not part of the paid resources. This is also true for the RGS information sheet.
clmcdonnell
COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Coastal management types + strategies

COASTAL LANDSCAPES: Coastal management types + strategies

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

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

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.
clmcdonnell
CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 4. Resources in UK: Energy

CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: 4. Resources in UK: Energy

This resource has been created for the AQA GCSE Geography topic 'challenges to resource management'. It focuses upon the UK case study and explores energy sources, the UK energy mix and changes to this over time, environmental + economic impacts of nuclear, wind and fracking. This PPT resource includes; Starter task - to get them thinking about the topic content of this lesson, with supporting definition of energy. Clear learning objectives with success criteria. A range of new information is provided to introduce and develop understanding of energy in the UK. This information is found on the slides, a hand-out (at the end of the PPT) and video clips (which are all hyperlinked) along with a variety of learning tasks. Plenary task - Summarising task. Further reading - A range of appropriate further reading websites provided.
clmcdonnell