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General Discussion / Re: Icelandic/Welsh landscapes
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:10:06 PM »
Done .  interesting too !

General Discussion / Re: Fieldwork survey
« on: June 28, 2017, 09:10:08 PM »

General Discussion / Re: can I pick your brains for a sec?
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:59:46 AM »
Fundamentals of the Physical Environment - Peter Smithson - ISBN: 9780415232944

General Discussion / Re: WJEC G4 pre-release 2017
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:30:47 AM »
We have broken this down into individual figures on a Powerpoint and students tasked with looking at over Easter. Idea is that we comeup with questions to pose against each resource and then to look at where links occur. From this will develop a mock paper for the students.

Will have more detail after Easter.

General Discussion / Re: Are iGCSEs harder than GCSEs?
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:55:49 PM »
In our experience NO they are not harder in fact more straightforward and with PROPER fieldwork if you go for CIE but isnt this summer the last that are allowed in state schools?

Job vacancies and job seekers / Head of Geography
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:32:44 PM »
Opportunity to lead an outstanding and successful Geography Department at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, Essex.

There may also be the opportunity to teach Geology.

Details via the TES Jobs website:

Closing date for applications 26th January 2017.

Good luck


General Discussion / Re: Is Geogrpahy worthwhile?- A ressearch thesis
« on: October 26, 2016, 11:52:24 AM »
Will get back to you ASAP but probably not before the weekend as away at present. Apologies ..... rather hectic at present !

General Discussion / Re: Is Geogrpahy worthwhile?- A ressearch thesis
« on: October 09, 2016, 07:10:33 PM »
Feel free to direct message, happy to help.

General Discussion / Re: Castle Head or Snowdonia FSC?
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:51:31 AM »
We visit Rhyd-Y-Creuau too and would recommend - food there is the best we have at any location on residential fieldtrips.

General Discussion / Re: New PM is a geographer!
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:11:38 PM »
Had great hopes for all of an hour, not a chap, not Eton, not PPE, but then she appointed Boris. He has, however, already generated some interesting Geography: ideal for an end of year quiz !?!  ;D

Yesterday she scrapped the DECC - so climate change on hold for this parliament.  :(

Thinking or running a Geographical Bingo linked to her speeches: migration, urban redevelopment, international aid, flood relief, ox-bow lakes ........ etc.

Looks like the new specs are already out of date in relation to the EU elements. :o

General Discussion / Re: Field Studies Centres
« on: July 01, 2016, 08:23:57 PM »
We have run Y10 trips to Nettlecombe for the past 15 years or so. Good location, good field centre and staff. Are due to be undergoing a revamp so when you go may be when this has been done. Food has generally been very good and tutoring good too.

As we were taking the Y10 Biology and Geography students together this year we changed to Margam. A modern and lovely centre. Excellent food when we were there. Good classrooms and tutoring. Accommodation more modern, four to a room and all en suite where as Nettlecombe was (but may have changed this year) rooms of upto double figures.

At Margam with Y10 we lloked at a River Study - Ogmore - looking at features and pollution, microclimate in Margam Park, a very good sand dune study just west of Swansea and coastal management at Portwcawl.

Would recommend either.

General Discussion / Re: Castleton fieldwork day
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:42:01 PM »

Would struggle to find sites suitable for upto 53 Y7 students. Is the Hope Cement Factory a possible visit?

If you need stuff on the landslide drop me a message - BUT ..... it is mostly for small groups of Y12/13 Geologists.

General Discussion / Re: AS Glaciation Fieldwork
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:40:10 PM »
Just thinking about the mid-Wales bit ....... if you are stuck for cash on visits why not use around mid-Wales rather than going to N Wales? Where are you based and what sort of features are you considering? Could you look at Glaciation and Rivers/Peat Bogs at the same time?

You could look at Ponterwyd where there is the Rheidol Gorge and very impressive incised meander. The gorge at Ponterwyd is fault and fold axis controlled so look at the role of Geology in the formation of landforms, being cut (I believe) by glacial meltwater. If you can still get to the area just south of the bridge at Ponterwyd I am pretty sure there is a blocked former channel and then you have the impressive gorge around Parson's Bridge and Devil's Bridge.

Maybe also look at the geological control of the scree slopes in that area, plenty of freeze thaw activity, maybe measure angle of repose of the head deposits and the size, shape and orientation of the clasts - leading into the stats required by the spec / rose diagrams etc. etc.? Are you familiar with the periglacial features such as the ice wedge casts and convolute bedding in the area?

What is there that you can look at in relation to tills and till fabric, maybe upstream along the Rheidol at Ponterwyd?

Up at Plynlimon  - just upstream from Cwmystwyth you have peat bogs, any chance of augering the sub-strate to see if it is boulder clay? Any outcrops of boulder clay easily accessible along the Ystwyth or the Rheidol/ What of the coastal landforms deposits etc just south of Aberystwyth, Morfa Buchan?

Just some thoughts, if any seems useful drop me a message and I will look up my degree thesis on the Geology and Geomorphology of Ponterwyd and and other (slightly ageing texts I have).


General Discussion / Re: Castleton fieldwork day
« on: May 22, 2016, 06:46:07 PM »

How many are you taking. There is a lot of geology but not a lot that is of much use to Y7 I suspect. If you are walking you could go along the old closed road across the land slide. Close to Treak Cliff and at the foot of Winnats Pass there are some good crinoidal limestones BUT not really for a large group. Mam Tor is turbidites but not too safe for a large group and not really useful for Y7. Best for me would be to look at the Mam Tor Landslide.

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