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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'.
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-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.
WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-15. Human changes to carbon - farming, deforestation, land-use
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WATER AND CARBON CYCLES-15. Human changes to carbon - farming, deforestation, land-use

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This lesson has been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. It includes; - Starter task - countdown style activity to recap prior learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information and choice of independent learning activities, with thorough supporting hyperlinked reading pages to help facilitate students in the completion of this task. Focus of this lesson is on human changes to carbon with specific new information and tasks linked to farming, deforestation and land-use change. - Plenary task to review learning. - Further reading - extensive with hyperlinked web pages (as mentioned earlier).
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).
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.
11.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-Opportunities created by urban change
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11.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-Opportunities created by urban change

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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: Hand print task Learning tasks: New information about cultural mix, recreation + entertainment, employment, integrated transport systems (with supporting hand-out if no access to Internet is available), and environment in London, with supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Homework task outline with supporting hand-out. Plenary: 9 mark exam style question
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.
Keeping healthy - The daily routine (hygiene)
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Keeping healthy - The daily routine (hygiene)

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This PSHE lesson is designed for year 7 and focuses upon personal hygiene. Starter: Thinking about being unclean LO: Clear learning objective outlined Main activities/information: Slides include info about personal hygiene, hyperlinked video clips and a range of student tasks with supporting hand-outs/info sheets. Plenary: Hand splat activity
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.
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.
WEATHER HAZARDS - 9. Revision + test preparation
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 9. Revision + test preparation

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Weather Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This lesson helps students to reflect on what they have learnt about this topic as well as preparing for the type of language and questions that could be asked in an exam paper. - Starter task - questions to evaluate retention of prior learning (hand-out at the end of the PPT). - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - Revision sheet (which I usually print out onto A3 paper) with slides to discuss what they need to know about this topic by refering to the exam specification. It also includes activity linked to key words used in exam questions (with supporting worksheet at end of PPT) which is then supported by some exam style questions to apply their knowledge to. - Plenary - consolidation and review of learning task. - Homework suggested/outlined.
CHANGING PLACES: 4. Place studies [Near and distant]
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CHANGING PLACES: 4. Place studies [Near and distant]

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These resources have been created to address the AQA Geography A-Level specification. I taught this concurrently to other lessons linked to the changing places topic as this is a guided but ultimately independent study, which I hoped would help build some skills and resilience which will ultimately help them with the NEA. There are two PPTs one which explores near places and one for a distant case study. Students need to pick their near study as it has to be somewhere they know well, the distant should be somewhere they don't know and quite contrasting. The near resource does include links to places but ultimately helps students to create a case study for whatever location they choose. The distant place study is for Oldham. It includes; - Starter task - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to the specification. - New information, hyperlinks to a range of relevant websites (for both quantitative and qualitative sources) and clear outline of activities that guide students through the creation of their own place study. The guidance includes clear instruction about how to navigate key websites to find the useful information they need to be able to create a quality place study. The NEAR PPT resource has weblinks relating to 3 different places but if these are not chosen good sites for collecting secondary data and ideas on different types of secondary data (both quantitative and qualitative) that can be utilised. - Further reading - wide range of hyperlinked web pages provided.
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.
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.
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
12.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-Social + economic challenges
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12.URBAN ISSUES + CHALLENGES:LONDON-Social + economic 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 last lesson’s exam style question. Learning tasks: New information about inequality in London, with a focus upon housing, education, health and employment, with supporting short video clips and key learning tasks. Plenary: Activity to link learning on inequality with urban deprivation.
WEATHER HAZARDS - 6. UK weather
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WEATHER HAZARDS - 6. UK weather

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This lesson has been designed to address 'Weather Hazards', as per the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This lesson introduces and explains what kind of weather we get in the UK and why. - Starter task - to get the students focussed on the this lessons learning. - Clear learning objectives and success criteria linked to AQA specification. - New information with a supporting hyperlinked video clips and linked tasks. The supporting hand-outs are at the end of the PPT. Please note that one task does refer to the use of the Wider World text book, however, if you don't have this you could easily make your own information sheet to support that task. - Plenary - application of this lessons learning (with hyperlinked website to watch the national weather forecast). - Homework task outlined/suggested.
PSHE: Friendships and responsibilities
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PSHE: Friendships and responsibilities

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I created this lesson for my year 7 PSHE group. In this lesson they are asked to reflect on what a ‘friend’ is before exploring key qualities that we expect to see in a friend and also in a good student. This is supported by a short hyper-linked video clip which students use to develop their ideas and then also as a prompt for a further learning activity about being a good student. 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.
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.