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I have been teaching for over 20 years and am a HOD. I have also been a GCSE examiner for the last two years. My resources are created for mixed ability classes in an urban comprehensive school.

I have been teaching for over 20 years and am a HOD. I have also been a GCSE examiner for the last two years. My resources are created for mixed ability classes in an urban comprehensive school.
Micro-climate Unit of Work - 6 lessons plus activities
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Micro-climate Unit of Work - 6 lessons plus activities

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This is a 6 lesson fully resourced unit of work for Year 8 on Micro-climates. It followed on from a weather and climate topic we had taught and was a good way to incorporate fieldwork within the school grounds. Could also be used with year 7 or even adapted slightly for year 6 pupils.
AQA A Level Geography Global Systems Topic - Governance of Antarctica
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AQA A Level Geography Global Systems Topic - Governance of Antarctica

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Starter – attention grabbing headline to go with image of ice shelves breaking up. Pupils to read through the typed sheet and highlight roles, successes and failures. Then read through one of the news articles below. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/ross-sea-marine-protected-area-antarctica/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/28/worlds-largest-marine-park-created-in-ross-sea-in-antarctica-in-landmark-deal Complete activity 3. Students end by playing Taboo - cut the cards out and give each pair of students a set. One person describes the word/issue/example on the card and other has to guess it.
AQA A Level Changing Places - Revision Lesson - Who changes places?
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AQA A Level Changing Places - Revision Lesson - Who changes places?

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This is a revision activity on Changing Places. It took my class 2 lessons to complete and they found it very useful in tying all their ideas together. Students complete the mind map at the start in pairs and then discuss as a group. This is related to exam questions from Sample Papers. The exam answer document is based around the first question and on our local study area. Slides 5&6 are about how local people can instigate change in an area. The Hyperlink is to a documentary on Detroit Soup. After this we discussed how influential local people can be. Slide 7 was blown up to A3 and students then spent the second lesson filling this in with examples and impacts of the changes that have taken place. The Regeneration Document is a supporting document about how National governments can influence change in places.
AQA A Level Population and Environment - Soil problems and management
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AQA A Level Population and Environment - Soil problems and management

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This took two lessons to complete with my A Level group with ability levels ranging from grades A to E. The lessons involve practical activities which my students enjoyed but also found challenging. You will need either the Oxford AQA Human Geography textbook pp198-201 or The Cambridge Book p420-423. Students to read through the textbook and and then complete the cut and stick activity into a table. Then working in pairs give one student the first two photographs and the other the second two. They complete the sheet they have been given and then discuss their ideas with each other. The 20 mark question was set for homework.
Africa full scheme of work Year 7
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Africa full scheme of work Year 7

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This unit of work has been written for Year 7, but could be used within any of KS3. The supporting textbook used is Geog.1. I have written this for mixed ability boys, so there are lower ability activities as well as Aim Higher activities for those of higher ability. The unit aims to build up locational knowledge of the continent as well as challenging common held stereotypes and building up understanding of the development gap. Homework activities aim to build on lessons. There is a test at the end of the unit that has been written in a GCSE style.
AQA Geography A Level Population and Environment - Food Security
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AQA Geography A Level Population and Environment - Food Security

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Students need p202-205 of the Oxford Human Geography textbook along with copies of slides 7-9 and the news article attached. Explain what food security is and discuss figure 1 on p202. Students to analyse the pattern on the map. Using the spider diagram – explain the main causes of food poverty and the various strategies used to alleviate it. Discuss the limitations of some of them. Pupils to read through p 202-205 in the textbook and the slides 7&8 and complete activities. My students followed this up with a homework research task on intensive agriculture in Almeria and its impacts.
Population full scheme of work and resources 7 lessons
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Population full scheme of work and resources 7 lessons

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A new scheme of work on population including resources. Each lesson has been designed with activties for mixed ability classes, with lower ability activities and stretch and challenge within the same class. The unit starts off with investigating population distribution and density, population pyramids and then looking at 2 issues, birth and death rates around the world and two of the major issues facing us right now - ageing populations and migration. There is a test at the end of the unit that has been written in a GCSE format.
Resources Scheme of work 5 lessons including homework and end of unit test
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Resources Scheme of work 5 lessons including homework and end of unit test

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This is a scheme of work and resources for 5 lessons on RESOURCES. It was written to help introduce our KS3 students to the new AQA GCSE Resources section of paper 2. The Scheme of Work has 5 lessons, starting with the link between wealth and resource use and using FOOD and WATER as two examples. I wrote this for Year 8 but it could be used with any KS3 group, I teach boys in mixed ability classes with ability levels varying from potential grade 9s at GCSE down to grade 1s, so all the lessons have Aim Higher tasks to stretch the most able and LAPS sheets to support the weaker students. At the end of the unit is a test based on GCSE questioning techniques. All of my schemes of work at KS3 have a similar test at the end and this enables me to track progress clearly and accurately.
AQA GCSE - Human Keywords and Definitions
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AQA GCSE - Human Keywords and Definitions

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Human Keywords sheet with types up definitions - split up into the different units Plus a keywords test on some of the human terms - could be used as a revision activity, a starter or a homework.
Places Unit of work 7 lessons including test
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Places Unit of work 7 lessons including test

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This unit of work has been written for the start of Year 7, but could be used within any of KS3 or even adapted to Year 6. It starts off with what a place is and describing where we live in the world. It then uses local fieldwork to investigate places and moves on to improving knowledge of the UK, Europe and the World. You will need to adapt the fieldwork lessons slightly due to the local surroundings to your school, but this will only involve a localised google map and a couple of images. There is a test at the end of the unit.
AQA GCSE Tropical Rainforests 5 lessons
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AQA GCSE Tropical Rainforests 5 lessons

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This unit of work comprises 5 lessons to fulfil the Tropical Rainforests option on the GCSE course. I designed this to meet the needs of a mixed ability boys class with ability ranging from grade 2 - 9! Most of the lessons have a lower ability (LAPS) and a higher ability (HAPS) option OR the tasks get progressively more demanding. I have tried to emphasise the skills of EXPLAINING and ASSESSING rather than just building knowledge The case study used was Malaysia and the resources i used to support are the AQA GCSE Textbook and the CGP revision book. My results last year were really good with many of my students achieving grades 7-9 despite having lower targets. This scheme of work has been slightly adapted following my experience of marking the GCSE paper in the summer.
Fully resourced scheme of work on Ecosystems 8 lessons
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Fully resourced scheme of work on Ecosystems 8 lessons

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I designed this unit of work for Year 7, although it could be used with any group at key stage 3. There is a scheme of work detailing all the activities and homework tasks. Every lesson has a powerpoint and acivities to complete. As i teach mixed ability boys, lessons have a clear and fast paced structure and there are options for LAPS (lower ability pupils) and HAPS (higher ability pupils). All of the lessons and homework activities feed directly into the end of unit test. There is also a revision sheet to go with it. The last lesson is based on the Tribe Series with Bruce Parry - the Suri tribe but this could be changed for another indigenous tribe.