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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!

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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!
Harry Potter GIS Geography skills
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Harry Potter GIS Geography skills

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Harry Potter is the famous teenage wizzard in popular book series by J K Rowling. Lots of students at KS3 will be familiar with the stories and recognise the photographs of the filming locations at Kings Cross Station, however this worksheet based lesson will help them understand the other locations in and around the UK where films such as ’ The prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘The Deathly Hallows’ were shot. Using the free and readily available Interactive GIS map of film set locations available from the Visit Britain website, student’s work their way though a set of questions by clicking on the map pin-points and zooming in and out with the scale key to find out the answers. Students must have a basic understanding of map skills such as direction, scale and distance to complete these exercises, and know the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom. Some knowledge of map symbols is also beneficial. The booklet is suitable for all ability levels within years 7 and 8. There is an extension task to challenge more able students to create a tour around the UK to show visitors 5 key important film locations. A PDF printable proforma is given to help students plan their Harry Potter Tour. This set of activities can be done largely independently, and is therefore suitable for class and home-based learning. This resource is part of an ongoing series of ’ learning Geography through Harry Potter’ which I am expanding.
Gegraphy Threats to Antarctica
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Gegraphy Threats to Antarctica

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In this 5th lesson in our cold climate series ’ Pol to Pole’ and following on from lesson 4 on extreme tourism in the Antarctic Cruise, learners examine human impacts on cold climates and Antarctica. Students main task is to evaluate which human threats are the most pressing and urgent, but completing a diamond 9 activity. Students could then follow this up by writing an international code of conduct for Antarctic scientists and visitors.
Geography: Food Insecurity Impacts
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Geography: Food Insecurity Impacts

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Food insecurity is where there is not enough physical, or financial access to a range of safe, nutritious food to keep a person healthy. The rise of global production chains and international food trading and export, has created food stress in various regions of the world, This has been made worse by climate change. This GCSE lesson links to the topic ’ Challenge of Resource Management’ under the AQA spec A curriculum for GCSE Geography. Each group will be given a different impact of food insecurity ( rising prices, social unrest, malnutrition, environmental degredation). They must explain the impact and come up with at least 3 ideas/ ways in which the problem can be alleviated. Think policy/ technology/ education. They are given 3 internet links to use may use in addition to textbooks to help. When the group presents their ideas/ solutions back to the group, each student must chose and write the best one and write this on their worksheet grid. This lesson is about students leading learning and teaching each other.
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.
Ecosystem changes in a pond
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Ecosystem changes in a pond

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This resource builds on students prior understanding of the biotic and abiotic parts of the pond ecosystem, to develop critical thinking skills or thunks. This resource present series of scenarios where man-made or natural actions cause an element of change in the pond ecosystem and food chain. Students must annotate their blank pond diagram, like the example shown, in order to likely or possible changes that happen as a direct or indirect result. This flexible activity could be done as a starter, in pairs or larger groups. Possibly as a carousel revision activity, or as a stimulus for an exam response. I would encourage students to share their annotations with the class and explain why they think these things will happen. Links with the ‘Living World’ aqa GCSE Geography specification.
UK national parks
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UK national parks

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National Parks were established in 1951 with the Peak District designated as the first official national park in England. They came about after mass protests in the 1930’s from the working classes demanding greater access to the countryside. Since then, many more have been added such as the ’ South Downs’ and ’ New Forest’. This lesson is based around developing maps skills at ks3 and generating a locational knowledge of the UK by building group ’ maps from memory’ maps of the UK national park. Maps from memory simply involved one person from each group going to look at the completed map outside the classroom, remembering the name and location of one park, then returning to add it onto their group blank map inside the classroom. It is a popular and well known geography learning game. The students then analyse 2 separate maps of two different national parks ; the Cairngorms national park, and the Pembrookshire Coast. They use the maps to fill in a comparison grid which asks them to identify human and physical attractions. This activity could be supplemented by use of ipads to navigate to BING maps or similar to find out more detailed information. This task could be done individually or or pairs. Finally there is a plenary discussion on alternative geographical futures ; what would the UK be like now if there were no National parks?
extreme weather UK: Boscastle floods
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extreme weather UK: Boscastle floods

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This 2 lesson series examines the causes, effects and responses to the infamous Boscastle floods in Cornwall 2004. During these extreme weather event ,unprecedented rainfall of 7 inches within 24 hours caused a flash flood that swept away cars and destroyed businesses. This event is a well known geography case study at GCSE. The lesson involved a map skills starter, where students get a chance to study the OS map of Boscastle and try to look for clues as to why Boscastle was at risk of flooding ( recap on physical causes of flooding). There is a video file with the resources of around 20 minutes long from a BBC documentary special showing eye-witness survivors of the event. the main task is a worksheet with facts, statistics and statements from the flooding which students have to classify. Follow-on tasks include a report or newspaper article highlighting the events as they unfold. The second lesson goes through a range of approaches to river flood control and defenses ( hard and soft engineering), and students then get into groups to build a model of their preferred flood management scheme.
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.
An introduction to Urbanisation
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An introduction to Urbanisation

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Urbanisation is a concept often misunderstood by Geography students. It refers to the increasing proportion of a nation’s population that is living in towns and cities, rather than the countryside. It is often as a result of large inequality between the standards of living in rural and urban areas in developing countries. This lesson explores the recent boom towards urbanisation and introduces the key terms associated with urban growth, as set out in the AQA spec A GCSE Geography curriculum. This lesson could easily be delivered at ks3 as it sets the foundation for GCSE content. This resource has been created by the author of 'Time Smart Teaching ; 8 Insider Tips to Reduce Teacher workload that Schools Don’t Teach You. Available as an ebook or hardback on Amazon; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Smart-Teaching-Insider-Workload-ebook/dp/B082ZBLFQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=time+smart+teaching&qid=1584532024&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
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.
Geography Biomes, layers of the tropical rainforest
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Geography Biomes, layers of the tropical rainforest

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This full lesson combines sketching skills and reading comprehension to annotate a diagram of the different rainforest layers: forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer. Tropical rainforest biomes are found around 0 degrees lattitude, also known as the equator. Almost all GCSE geography examination boards expect students to have a detailed understanding on the layers and features of the rainforest. This lesson includes a kinathstectic mini-quiz to test students understading on each of the layers; they move around the 4 corners of the room to classify statements on each of the different layer characteristics.
virtual fieldwork environmental quality survey
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virtual fieldwork environmental quality survey

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An environmental quality survey ( or EQS) is a popular method of fieldwork. It involved measuring different aspects of the urban area by analysing a series of photographs from in and around Manchester ( although you could easily subsidize your own photo’s from your own local town or city). This GCSE focussed lesson takes students on a virtual journey from Manchester’s CBD to the urban rural fringe, showing them buildings and homes from along a transect. The students have to analyse the photographs carefully in order to make decisions on the appearence, safety and amount of green open space etc and fill in the pre-designed bi-polar grid accordingly. They can them choose to display their results on a radial graph ( template provided) or make a bar chart. The lesson ends with an exam questions, and gets them to evaluate the methods used to gather their primary data. This lesson would be good at KS3 to prepare them for fieldwork requirements of GCSE, or as a preparation lesson prior to EQS fieldwork at GCSE.
Geography  River Tees case study storyboard UK physical landscapes
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Geography River Tees case study storyboard UK physical landscapes

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The river Tees flows for 85 miles through Northern England from Cross Fell in the Pennines, to the North sea near Middlesbrough. It shows typical valley features of the long profile of a river and is an important example to study for the new AQA GCSE Geography curriculum. This 6 part storyboard activity allows students to make notes independently at key stages along the river’ journey from the BBC bitesize website amongst others. This was written for lower to middle ability students in mind to give them lots of visual references to remember key facts about the river Tees. There are 3 exam type extension questions at the bottom of the worksheet to stretch the more able students in the class. To complete the task they must show skills such as field-sketching, map reading and comprehension.
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.
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.
keyword -odd-on-out for ' Changing Economic World'
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keyword -odd-on-out for ' Changing Economic World'

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A greater revision or starter resource to recap on the meanings of keywords from the AQA specification A GCSE curriculum. Students must select the odd word out from sets of 4 to identify differences between types of aid, causes of inequality etc. Answers/ justifications are also provided. Great revision tool for the paper 2 examination. Keywords could also be cut out and used in a ‘pass- the parcel’ revision game- this worked well with my year 11’s.
Discovering Antartica - extreme tourism
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Discovering Antartica - extreme tourism

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This 4th lesson in our cold climate series ’ Pole to Pole’ allows students to discover Antarctica through a virtual Antarctic cruise. They will learn to annotate the Antarctic icy landscape and discover what tourist activities away those on the cruise. We also compare how the Arctic is different from the Antarctic using a true or false quiz- the students find the answer by studying and comparing the 2 maps of the poles.
Geography: Human and Physical causes of climate change
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Geography: Human and Physical causes of climate change

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Scientists have identified that climate change can be a result of increased C02 emmission but that super volcano eruptions and solar cycles also have an influence on global average temperatures. In this full lesson your students will have an in-depth understanding of the greenhouse effect plus other natural causes of global warming and cooling. lesson used in conjuction with the new Oxford blue GCSE textbooks. A really engaging TRUE or False plenary included, plus a bonus lesson link to documentary. Brought to you by Jane Bell- author of the Amazon ebook ’ Time Smart Teaching’ available for 100% free to Amazon Unlimited subscribers at; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Smart-Teaching-Insider-Workload-ebook/dp/B082ZBLFQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=time+smart+teaching&qid=1579469403&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Nigeria debt relief article analysis
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Nigeria debt relief article analysis

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A literacy based starter activity to get students to understand the benefits of debt relief for NEE’s and LIC’s. A link is provided to the relevant news article in question. Higher ability challenge question included. Directly linked to AQA specification A curriculum for ’ Changing Economic World.’