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Welcome to my TES shop. Do take a look at the new resources I've written this month, including some lessons on deserts for Able KS3 / GCSE students.

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Welcome to my TES shop. Do take a look at the new resources I've written this month, including some lessons on deserts for Able KS3 / GCSE students.
Geography of the World Cup (Russia 2018)
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Geography of the World Cup (Russia 2018)

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This little bundle of four lessons will enable you to keep your students focused during the tournament. It will last as long as the England team do, anyway; about a fortnight, although you could extend some of the activities if we get past the group stages. There’s one lesson that focuses on location, a second on the benefits and problems of running a global sporting event, another on building big stadiums and a fourth on examining hypotheses using correlation.
KS3 Superpowers - The Whole Scheme of Work
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KS3 Superpowers - The Whole Scheme of Work

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These are the resources for our unit, Superpowers, which is what we teach our Year Eights at that crucial time when they are making their option choices - we are a two-year KS3 school. It contains everything you need to teach a seven lesson unit on some of the big issues in the USA, in China and in Russia including immigration, communism, the Cold War, population control, the fight to control the Arctic Ocean and so on. There is even a lesson on Donald Trumps Immigration Policy. There is an assessment available separately on this site.
KS3 Geography - In the Horn of Africa: The Whole Scheme of Work
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KS3 Geography - In the Horn of Africa: The Whole 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.
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?
Extreme Weather in the UK: AQA GCSE
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Extreme Weather in the UK: AQA GCSE

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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.
KS3 China Assessment
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KS3 China Assessment

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This is a test on China which is best suited to Key Stage 3 students. It has questions on population distribution, the One Child Policy, air pollution and development. It runs to six pages.
Aid and Development: AQA GCSE
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Aid and Development: AQA GCSE

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This presentation looks at different types of aid and asks whether, on some occasions, donor countries are really being as generous as it first seems! It presents a table of the different types of aid with examples before going on to look at one long-term aid project in greater detail - the Nurturing Change Project in Narok County in South-West Kenya. Students are asked to consider the benefits of the project, specifically how it might help to close the Development Gap across Kenya. The presentation also features a WorldMapper map showing global patterns of maternal mortality. There are a number of tasks and useful images in this presentation.
Plants in Cold Environments
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Plants in Cold Environments

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This presentation starts by inviting students to consider how they would design a flower if they wanted it to have a chance of surviving in the tundra. It then explores the qualities that plants need to cope with this kind of environment, whether tiny flowers or huge pine trees. It examines why the tundra is threatened by climate change and asks what harm is being done to human settlements by changes to the tundra biome. The presentation has a number of tasks for individual and group work, some engaging pictures and begins with an unusual starter activity.
KS3 Geography of the UK - The Whole Scheme of Work
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KS3 Geography of the UK - The Whole Scheme of Work

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This is the first scheme of work we cover with our Year Seven students once they've done their skills and map work basics. It covers the make-up of the British Isles, the location and function of its main cities, an explanation of our temperate maritime climate, a lesson on relief rainfall, a skills exercise to do with migration that involves flow lines and lessons on population distribution, inequality and the North-South divide. It assumes that you have copies of Geog.1 in your department, but you could always edit those references out and substitute questions and activities from books that you do have.
Preparation for Working Life: Revision
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Preparation for Working Life: Revision

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This resource was created for a one-hour revision session I had with the entire year group that was sitting Preparation for Working Life that same afternoon. This syllabus still runs until June 2019 so there are a couple more opportunities to sit the examination. There are examples of questions from all the different sections of the paper here and the answers are provided for the shorter questions.
Geography at Christmas: Navigating by the Stars
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Geography at Christmas: Navigating by the Stars

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This is the first in a series of lessons that I am writing under the heading ‘Geography at Christmas’ over the next few weeks. This one is all about finding your way using the stars - like the wise men did. I teaches students how to find the North Star, Polaris, using the Little Bear or Plough and challenges them to plan some fictitious journeys across the Arabian desert.
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 Map Skills Test
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KS3 Map Skills Test

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This is a test of map skills, best suited to KS3. It includes questions on map symbols, grid references, measuring distances, giving directions and following routes. To use it you will need a 1:50 000 map of Ipswich.
World Cup Russia 2018: Where is it all happening?
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World Cup Russia 2018: Where is it all happening?

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This resource examines the location of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. It looks at where Russia is, generally, then at the locations chosen for the England training camp and the matches in the group stages. It explores the practicality of getting around the place, coping with five different time zones etc. The challenge is to devise Gary Lineker’s travel schedule for him!
Fair Trade: Strengths and Weaknesses: AQA GCSE
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Fair Trade: Strengths and Weaknesses: AQA GCSE

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This presentation examines the case for Fair Trade as a means of closing the development gap. It shows how Fair Trade has helped a Colombian farmer to provide his son with an education and at how the Chilecito Schools Project, working with the La Riojana Co-operative, has brought learning to the remote valleys of Argentina and wine to the rest of the world. Students are also challenged to think about the limitations of fair trade. There are a number of tasks and striking images in the presentation to challenge students of all abilities.
KS3 Horn of Africa Assessment
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KS3 Horn of Africa Assessment

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This assessment broadly matches up with the unit In the Horn of Africa in the Geog.1 series. It consists of a question paper and a detailed mark scheme. The questions relate to knowledge of places, completing and reading a climate graph, the coffee trade, employment and development issues.
River Landscapes in the UK (Bundle): AQA GCSE
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River Landscapes in the UK (Bundle): AQA GCSE

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This bundle includes all the presentations you need to cover River Landscapes in the UK for the AQA 9-1 Geography GCSE. Lessons include The Long Profile of a River, River Processes, In the Upper Course, The Middle Course, Flood Plains and Estuaries, Flood Risk, Introducing Hydrographs, Soft Engineering, Hard Engineering and Managing the River Lune.
Glaciation in the UK
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Glaciation in the UK

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This bundle is a collection of eight lessons that satisfies the requirements of the optional unit on glaciation in the UK for AQA's 9-1 GCSE Geography syllabus. Case studies include Snowdonia and the Isle of Skye.
World Cup Russia 2018: Let's Build A Stadium
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World Cup Russia 2018: Let's Build 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!