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I'm a teacher and the Author of the Amazon e-book;' Time Smart Teaching' and my mission is to create Geography resources to help teachers save time and reduce their workload. I am sharing additional time saving tips for teachers on my YOUTUBE channel ' Time Smart Teaching' if you fancy dropping by!
Geography map skills
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Geography map skills

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A bundle of map skills activities for KS3 classes, of mixed ability including using maps to create stories, and analyse human and physical landscapes. Map skills developed includes reading contour lines, using compass directions, concordant coastlines, maps symbols to describe land use and grid references with scale. Map skills are enabling people to make sense of the world around them by studying spatial patterns and change in a variety of natural and man made landscapes.
sustainable food production case study
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sustainable food production case study

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This comprehensive lesson explores the concept of Urban farming, and how it improves food security in the developing city of Jakarta. Urban farming is the use of limited or marginalised city spaces ( for example roof tops) to grow a range of crops for sale in local markets or for self . This can be done by collective group efforts or individually. Through a series of video tasks, photo analysis and problem solving, students will learn the needed facts and statistics needed for their GCSE Geography paper 2 ’ Human Exam’. This lesson fits in with the wider curriculum of the topic of the AQA spec ’ challenge of resource management '. The main task involved writing a letter with stem prompts in the margin, to practice extended writing and literacy skills.
characteristics of sustainable cities: BEDZED
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characteristics of sustainable cities: BEDZED

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The characteristics of sustainable cities must encompass social/ environmental / economic advantages to be holistic. This lesson introduces the concept of a sustainable city, by looking at the Bedzed zero carbon residential development in London. The lesson is aimed at the middle ability. mains tasks involve a gap fill to complete statements on what sustainable cities should look like, and be doing. Following this there is a video to make notes on Bedzed, which they then annotate around an image of the development. Finally there is a 9 mark GCSE past exam question with a mark scheme for peer assessment. This lesson fits in with the Urban Issues and Challenges topic, where students must know an example of a sustainable city.
Home learning GCSE Geography map skills
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Home learning GCSE Geography map skills

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This test paper is made up of previous examination questions which involve the study and analysis of a range of maps. The ability to read, interpret and draw conclusions from maps is an important skill for success in any GCSE geography specification. There is a complete examiners mark scheme for the test paper, which pupils, parents or tutors can use to assess work ( AFL). The topics covered are linked to tourism, global distribution of biomes & migration. This worksheet is suitable for home study and remote learning.
Lord of the Rings themed map skills contour lines and relief KS3
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Lord of the Rings themed map skills contour lines and relief KS3

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This worksheet builds on the basic map skills once they have been taught and is designed to stretch and challenge middle and higher ability students to interpret maps and images and create contour maps. They will need to 1. create a contour map of Mordor, 2. Use colour to shade the relief onto their map or image and 3. Use compass directions to see where will be effected if mount doom volcano erupts. For middle ability sets the teacher may need to help the students get started by drawing some contour lines onto the whiteboard to represent gentle hills, steep volcano and flatter areas as they may find this tricky.
Comparing earthquakes LIC/ HIC  Chile vs Sumatra
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Comparing earthquakes LIC/ HIC Chile vs Sumatra

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This lesson is designed to follow on from the Sumatra Earthquake case study lesson to look at how Chile’s preparation planning and protection ( 3 P’s) helped it to cope with the aftermath of the large magnitude earthquake in 2010. Students then have to plan and write a 9 mark question comparing the 2 earthquakes. A detailed help framework and model answers are provided for each level ; basic, clear and detailed.
Biomes project KS3/4 living off Grid
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Biomes project KS3/4 living off Grid

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This building-off-grid project is ideal for delivery in the classroom for years 8 through to 11 or set as an independent task for distance-learning or home-based study. Also suitable for celebrating ’ Earth Day’ in April with a focus on reducing carbon footprint. Since being stuck on lock-down I have been binge-watching episodes of USA based TV-series like ’ last of the Alaskans’ and ’ Building off Grid’ which follow families as they design and self-build their own cabins and earth-ship style homes in remote areas of Arizona and Alaska. The aim is to live sustainably and in harmony with the landscape and ecosystem around them. This lesson / project will help GCSE/ KS4 students make connections in their learning with the Geography ’ Living World’ topic, especially around explaining how humans have adapted to the opportunities and challenges of living in extreme conditions such as the Tundra Biome and the Hot Desert regions. Students could easily talk about home design and crop growing/ subsistence farming in their examinations following the AQA spec A curriculum. The students must choose where they want to live their off grid lifestyle; either Arizona or Alaska, and the Power Point goes through the benefits and drawbacks of doing so in each ecosystem. There are video links to relevant video content showing some aspects of cabin-building in both of these environments. Then students enlist 3 helpers to help build their cabin, and roll a dice to determine their allocated budget they can use to buy materials for the cabin project. Using this budget, they can chose from a ‘menu’ worksheet of construction options to custom-build their cabin. They have a choice of sketching out their design with a floor plan, or actually building a model of their cabin from lego/ cardboard/ paydough etc. If submitted as a distance learning activity it would be great to make it into a competition, and invite students to submit pictures of their designs electronically for display. There are some ideas for follow-on activities on the slides.
How have people adapted to the Tundra Biome
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How have people adapted to the Tundra Biome

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In this 3rd lesson on our cold environments series ’ Pole to Pole’ we explore how the resourceful and hardy ’ Nennet’ tribe have made a lifestyle herding reindeer throughout Siberia, Russia. Students must use their geographical enquiry skills to gather information about the tribe through an information hunt activity, building in kinathstetic learning experiences into the classroom. There is a link to video content from Simon Reeve’s 'Russia ’ series in which he faces frost nip whilst travelling with the tribe.
Geography River Long Profile OS map Hunt
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Geography River Long Profile OS map Hunt

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A River long profile shows the changes to the river channel, valley and land use as it travels downstream. All GCSE Exam boards require in depth knowlege of the river long profile and require students to demonstrate proficient map skills. This worksheet based activity combines both knowlege and skills effectively and engages student with maps! Teaching River profiles no longer has to be dull and dry. I created this resource for year 9 in their first GCSE year and wanted to engage them in their learning. This activity works well in small groups huddled round and OS map- all the maps can be different, that’s the beauty of the questions, they are left open-ended. Hints and help are given on the worksheet and an OS water map symbols guide is included for reference. There are a variety of challenging extention activities for the more able. It could be the perfect task to do in association with a river based fieldwork trip, to familiarise students with their chosen river location and drainage basin.
Sikhism Golden Temple lesson
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Sikhism Golden Temple lesson

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Students use the powerpoint information and information sheet to create a tourist brochure on the pilgrammage site. This resource has been brought to you by the author of the Amazon Kindle ebook ’ Time Smart Teaching: 8 Insider Tips to reduce your workload that Schools don’t tell you!. 100% free for Amazon Unlimited subscribers and available to download at the following link; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Smart-Teaching-Insider-Workload-ebook/dp/B082ZBLFQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=time+smart+teaching&qid=1577972903&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 The introductory chapters are FREE to read on my tes shop page.
River landforms revision
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River landforms revision

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Revision slides recapping on how the following features are made: ox-bow lakes Delta’s River Cliffs Waterfall rapids Natural levees Task asks students to work in groups to produce a poster presentation to deliver to the class on one of the features. This resource has been brought to you by the author of the Amazon Kindle ebook ’ Time Smart Teaching: 8 Insider Tips to reduce your workload that Schools don’t tell you!. 100% free for Amazon Unlimited subscribers and available to download at the following link; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Smart-Teaching-Insider-Workload-ebook/dp/B082ZBLFQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=time+smart+teaching&qid=1577972903&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 The introductory chapters are FREE to read on my tes shop page.
Tectonics, plate boundaries lesson
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Tectonics, plate boundaries lesson

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Full lesson looking at the different properties of tectonic boundaries. Students extend and finish the mind map example based on the information provided in the powerpoint. This resource has been brought to you by the author of the Amazon Kindle ebook ’ Time Smart Teaching: 8 Insider Tips to reduce your workload that Schools don’t tell you!. 100% free for Amazon Unlimited subscribers and available to download at the following link; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Smart-Teaching-Insider-Workload-ebook/dp/B082ZBLFQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=time+smart+teaching&qid=1577972903&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 The introductory chapters are FREE to read on my tes shop page.
extreme weather in the UK
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extreme weather in the UK

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Extreme weather can be defined as atmospheric conditions that lie outside what is normal or expected based on location and previous climatic averages. Some experts argue that climate change is leading to more extreme weather events becoming more common in the UK and globally. This lesson examines the role of the turbulent jet stream as a key influencer on UK climates, and how if it gets ’ stuck’ our weather patterns also become static leading to heatwaves, droughts and flooding. This lesson includes article analysis from the Guardian, the use of the blue Oxford GCSE textbooks to fill in a table plus infographic analysis. Past paper worksheet included. Full lesson.
Peru Rainforest Issue Evaluation booklet 2019
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Peru Rainforest Issue Evaluation booklet 2019

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I have put together a 6 page student workbook to guide GCSE students through the content of the pre-release material on tropical rainforests for 2019 AQA summer examination series. This A4 booklet allows student to work through content at their own pace and includes a series of 3 and 4 mark questions to test their understanding on the visual and written sources. There are also links to numeracy skills like mean/ median and mode. We used this format very successfully last year within our department and it is made accessible for all abilities groups.There is a 9 mark question at the end with a differentiated pupil writing frame to help structure their response. This content should take 2-3 hours to complete.
Tundra Biome Year 7 SOW , Siberia, Antarctica
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Tundra Biome Year 7 SOW , Siberia, Antarctica

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There are 6 full lessons here to cover cold climates and the tundra biome to Geography classes at ks3. Each lesson develops different skills, from map making skills journalism writing, evaluating and making timelines. Students will gain an overall understanding of what the icy tundra biome is like, will be able to name and describe a range of glacial landscape features and also explain how extreme tourism and climate change are effecting our icy places. Designed and taught succesfully for year 7 classes for 5 years by an Ofsted outstanding department. Highly enjoyable for the kids to build their sense of awe and wonder.
Tropical rainforest Management in the Amazon
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Tropical rainforest Management in the Amazon

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This is a great visual revision resource for GCSE AQA Spec, covering the basics on causes, effects and sustainable management strategies for the Amazon Rainforest case study. I initially gave students blank copies of a tree and asked them to fill in their own knowlege, then gave my filled out version to lower ability students. They then used this infomation to help answer a range of past paper questions on the case study. There are 2 exam questions below the work sheet to test their understanding.
Unit 5 Travel and Tourism - MERIT assessed work student example
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Unit 5 Travel and Tourism - MERIT assessed work student example

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This is a complete portfolio of student work who has been graded and assessed at MERIT level for Unit 5 on the EDEXCEL Btech travel and tourism award. This unit showcases various factors that effect tourism at a world-wide level and the resource focuses on the following elements of learning aim A ( climate in Portugal, snowfall in the Alps, Hurricane season in Florida). In learning aim B it discusses passport and visa requirements for the USA, and health precautions and advice for travel to Columbia, Africa and Thailand, with a case study focus on the Ebola outbreak. This work has been sent off and externally moderated and acts as an example for other pupils and schools to follow- given the lack of examplar material from the exam board. This meets the criteria for the older specification which is valid for summer 2019 exam series. The work shows how the teacher has annotated the work prior to moderation to show where assessment criteria has been met. We have used this with our students to help them understand the written quality and presentation required for a high mark.
geography themed end of topic reflection and learning journey
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geography themed end of topic reflection and learning journey

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I love to spend a lesson doing these reflection activities at the end of a half term or unit of work. These are ideal for lower year groups, 7 and 8, but possibly could be used for junior years at primary school too. I set these when I want some feedback on my topic and also some time to get some assesment marking done. For those that finish early ask them to mount their sheet onto coloured sugar paper and draw a fancy border, alternatively print double-sided with a geography themed colouring page/ map on the reverse. Keep completed copies for displays and to bring out at open evenings.
Tropical Rainforest threats escape room
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Tropical Rainforest threats escape room

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Threats to the tropical rainforest stem from population pressure and climate change. This fragile biome is used for subsidence farming mineral extraction and hydro-electric power. This code breaking resource can be used to introduce threats for the first time, or as a revision activity. This worksheet is designed for Edexcel B specification, however it is suitable for AQA also/ The completion requires access to the textbook 'Edexcel geography B - pages 270-271 in the Pearson Textbook by John Hopkin et al ISBN: 9781446927762. ( page copy available with this resource) The resource is a reading comprehension exercise where they find relevant information from the 2 page of text and images.
Critical Thinking skills for GCSE Human Geography
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Critical Thinking skills for GCSE Human Geography

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This powerpoint resource offer a series of 8 starter activities, each designed to develop a particular critical thinking skill in students such as meta cognition, assessing importance of different view-points and sources. Each skills-based task is set in the context of human-based Geography, largely connected to the AQA Specification A topic of ‘Urban Issues & challenges’ but does also encompass wider synoptic links to other parts of human geography. Each skills based starter can be done as a stand alone activity, or all 8 skills could be done together in one lesson as a revision session for Paper 2 Human Geography. The importance of critical skills to exam success is implied throughout, and at the end, the final task asks students to analyse past exam questions and identify which of the critical skills taught will be useful to answering the question set. This resource is aimed at middle to high ability learners.