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River Management: Soft Engineering
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River Management: Soft Engineering

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This presentation covers the different types of soft engineering that are used to minimise the impact of flooding in the UK. It covers washlands and river monitoring, education and floodplain zoning. There is a group work/GIS exercise in this presentation and a feature that I have called ‘Fieldwork Focus’ in which students are encouraged to consider why Uttoxeter might be vulnerable to flooding and what they recommend is done about it. The presentation features some striking images and straightforward tasks and questions, too.
Goal Setting with Post-16 Students
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Goal Setting with Post-16 Students

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This presentation was designed to be used with Year 12 students who were beginning to think about Post-18 choices and the possibility of studying at university. It gets students to think about their aspirations and to create ambitious, realistic and ‘insurance’ pathways to motivate them in their studies at Key Stage 5.
Extreme Weather in the UK
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Extreme Weather in the UK

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This resource looks at how extreme the weather has become in the UK. It examines the reasons for droughts and floods and looks at some of the causes of heatwaves. It encourages students to work independently, ideally on a PC, to research some of the impacts of water shortages. It also touches on the increased likelihood of storms in years ahead.
Tectonics: A Crossword Puzzle
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Tectonics: A Crossword Puzzle

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This is a crossword puzzle with fifteen clues, the answers to which all relate to volcanoes and earthquakes. Ideal for use as a settling activity or to fill a few dead minutes at the end of a lesson.** Includes the solution on a separate sheet.**
Geography Crosswords Bundle
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Geography Crosswords Bundle

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This is a set of five crossword puzzles on coasts, rivers, flooding, population and tectonics. They all come with a separate sheet that has the answers on it. Great for getting your lesson started or filling those annoying few minutes before the bell rings.
In the Horn of Africa Scheme of Work
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In the Horn of Africa Scheme of Work

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This collection of eleven presentations will help to deliver a unit of work on the Horn of Africa, broadly following the outline suggested by Geog.1 (4th Edition) pp.118-137. It includes an introduction to the continent, lessons on physical geography and climate, a study of coffee farming in the Ethiopian highlands and fair trade. There are also lessons on living and working in the hottest place on earth and on modern day piracy in the Indian Ocean.
Flood Plains and Estuaries: AQA GCSE
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Flood Plains and Estuaries: AQA GCSE

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This resource describes the formation of a flood plain and levees. It explains sequential deposition. It looks at how estuaries form and how they are used. There are a number of tasks and activities on the slides. The Exxon Valdez disaster is mentioned as the tanker run aground on a sandbank off the coast of Alaska.
KS3 Superpowers Assessment
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KS3 Superpowers Assessment

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This is an assessment to test pupils' knowledge of the Superpowers Unit of Work. It includes questions on what makes a country influential, analysis of graphs, comprehension and the issues surrounding Mexican immigration to the USA.
KS3 Geography - Superpowers: All About the Russian Military
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KS3 Geography - Superpowers: All About the Russian Military

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This presentation gives students the opportunity to think about the threat that Russia's armed forces and nuclear missiles pose to the world. There is some information about the extent of Russia's military might, some information about the Cold War and a task in which students are encouraged to explore the capability of Russia's nuclear weapons, specifically the rather scarily-named SS-16 Satan missile, that can travel 16,000km and obliterate an area the size of several US states. With string to represent the range of the missiles and counters to illustrate the extent of the blast, students construct a map and can get a feel for what it would be like to have access to the Red Button!
Glacial Landforms of Deposition - AQA GCSE
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Glacial Landforms of Deposition - AQA GCSE

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This presentation covers all the common glacial landforms of deposition including drumlins and erratics. It contains some interesting pictures of examples of these features and gets students to consider how these features came to be formed. There is a practical activity included in this lesson which involves making a model of a glaciated valley in a shoe box -not for the faint-hearted!
Tourism in Snowdonia Part Two
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Tourism in Snowdonia Part Two

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This presentation looks at the management of National Parks on a large and small scale. It considers the aims of National Parks and looks specifically at what the Snowdonia NPA is doing. It also includes a case study of a small eco-friendly guest house in North Wales where sustainability is taken to the limit. Students are asked to consider whether it is necessary to go to such extremes!
Tourism in Snowdonia Part One
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Tourism in Snowdonia Part One

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This presentation explores the kinds of activities that are on offer in Snowdonia National Park. It considers the advantages and disadvantages of having many thousands of people on the mountains at once, many of whom are unprepared. It focuses particularly on the issue of second home ownership and there is a map showing the distribution of second homes in the National Park. There are a number of engaging tasks and pictures to focus students of all abilities.
Geography of Sport: Building a Stadium
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Geography of Sport: Building a Stadium

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This resource looks at the pros and cons of building huge stadiums for global sporting events. It examines what is good and bad about stadiums, looks at some health and safety problems with the stadium at Ekaterinberg. It challenges students to write to the organisers of the World Cup expressing concerns about health and safety at the venues and to think about legacy issues. After showing them what happened to the Olympic stadiums in Athens and Montreal it asks students to examine the proposal that the 2030 World Cup might be stages in Argentina and that several new stadiums should be built. Hopefully, they won’t fall for it!
My Amazing Brain: A KS3 PSHE Resource
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My Amazing Brain: A KS3 PSHE Resource

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These short schemes of work were written for Christ College Guildford's PSHE programme when I taught there in the '00s. We called the programme Keystone. They cover a wide range of subjects from getting on with your friends to knowing how your brain works. Each one consists of three connected lessons. There are clear learning objectives and suggestions for activities and resources. The lessons are designed to last an hour but could easily be split up into shorter sessions as needed.
World Cup Russia 2018: Blessing or Curse?
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World Cup Russia 2018: Blessing or Curse?

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This resource looks at some of the social, environmental and economic consequences of hosting the World Cup. It looks specifically at the economic and social benefits and problems associated with running the event. It considers whether it is a safe place to travel to and whether supporters will be looked after. One activity challenges students to imagine they had an older brother who had decided to go to Kaliningrad for the match - would they advice against it or tell him to go? Why?
Wimbledon Geography: Balls and Sustainability
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Wimbledon Geography: Balls and Sustainability

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This lesson takes a look at issues of globalisation and sustainability by considering the 50,000 mile supply chain of the Slazenger tennis balls used for The Championships in Wimbledon. Students have to , first, identify the raw materials (rubber, glue, felt etc.) before going on to look at where they are found and why Slazenger makes balls for a tournament in London 10,000km in Bataan in the Phillippines. The lesson concludes with a variety of differentiated written tasks.
FREE AS Scheme of Work: Demographics, Hydrology, Economic Geography, Climatic Hazards, Settlement
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FREE AS Scheme of Work: Demographics, Hydrology, Economic Geography, Climatic Hazards, Settlement

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This is a set of over 60 lesson plans used to teach a previous AS Geography syllabus (AQA in the early 2000s). They’re a bit dated now but there are plenty of ideas here which could still be used - particularly for the new, more challenging GCSE syllabuses. The topics are Demographics, Hydrology, Economic Geography, Climatic Hazards and Settlement. I’m giving this one away for FREE so you can judge whether it’s worth your while paying for the Key Stage 3 schemes - a total of well over 100 lessons for £20. Why not check them out, too?
Food and the Future: Dreadful Diets
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Food and the Future: Dreadful Diets

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This is the first lesson in the series, ‘Food and the Future’. It looks at some of the diets that people used to eat in the past, comparing these to the ‘Eatwell Plate’ and students’ own diets. It describes and compares Stone Age, Roman, Elizabethan and Post WW2 Ration diets and includes both a sorting exercise and a task in which students have to justify how they would rank their own diet alongside these examples.
Food and the Future: A Sketch of Work
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Food and the Future: A Sketch of Work

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This is an outline for eight lessons on the future of food. I’m putting it out there as a free resource and inviting comments. I’ve called it a ‘Sketch of Work’ rather than a scheme because that is all it is. If you think this is worth pursuing and you would buy it if it were a fully resourced scheme with lesson plans, worksheets and the like, please leave a review.