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General Discussion / Re: AQA B Grouply
« on: November 23, 2013, 06:06:40 PM »
Many thanks Aimz for taking time to share.

General Discussion / Re: AQA B Grouply
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:03:57 PM »
Many thanks again Janey.

General Discussion / Re: AQA B Grouply
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:45:20 PM »
Thanks Emma. Thought it was a long shot. Thank you Aimz for your kind offer. My email is
We are just starting planning this and will try to post anything we find of use.


General Discussion / Re: AQA B Grouply
« on: November 19, 2013, 04:48:12 PM »
We are teaching AQA B and with the revised spec I am currently planning the urban environments unit which will be new for us. I am posting here in the remote hope that somebody still has access to resources posted as part of the grouply and could email a link?

best wishes


General Discussion / Re: GCSE exams are in May!
« on: October 12, 2013, 10:40:02 AM »
AQA B GCSE same dates as above.

AQA AS - both in first week of exams and both in the afternoon. Very disappointing.
AS Geog1  Monday 12th May PM
AS Geog 2  Friday 15th May PM

General Discussion / Re: Literacy in Geography and whole school
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:59:56 PM »
On a basic literacy level, one thing we have done with some topics is to look at Wordle type diagrams. This could be as simple as Googling 'earthquake Wordle' and discussing some of the terminology that can be seen in the results. Some students like the visual aspect of this in a format that isn't just a list of words. Wordle diagrams are also fairly easy to create if you want to control the words used:


General Discussion / Re: Local Health website
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:47:03 PM »

Thank you Bob. I was just coming on here to post about this but your links are much better.

A Google search of 'early deaths: regional variations' brings up news stories on this topic and I am looking at regional responses with my returning y12 tomorrow.


General Discussion / Re: NEW Geography GCSE Consultation
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:42:45 PM »
From the Ofqal GCSE Reform Consultation document at:



We believe that the curriculum content for geography can be the same for all students and that all students can be assessed in the same way. We propose that the reformed GCSE in geography should not be tiered.

Forms of assessment

Our controlled assessment review found a good deal of agreement that carrying out fieldwork is essential for students of GCSE geography. There was less agreement about whether it is possible to assess fieldwork skills as part of GCSE geography assessment, although there was a view that some of the skills – data manipulation, interpretation and analysis, for example – can be assessed through written exams. There were many concerns about the nature of school fieldwork exercises which many schools complete in a single day. Even the most capable students are unlikely to have the time during one day of fieldwork to experiment with alternative approaches to data collection, which means that they are not able to reflect on, further analyse and evaluate their work.

There are also issues of fairness for all students. We found that if teachers designed poor fieldwork exercises then that could prevent students from performing well, or from accessing all of the marking criteria.

The curriculum content34 requires students to undertake fieldwork, but the related knowledge and skills can be assessed by written exam set and marked by the exam board. We therefore propose that all assessment for the reformed geography GCSE should be by written exams alone and that the total assessment time should be no less than 3.5 hours.

General Discussion / Re: NEW Geography GCSE Consultation
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:37:29 PM »
If people have opinions on the decision to remove tiering and introduce examined fieldwork then the link below will take you to the online response consultation questions from Ofqal.

I was interested that almost the last question is to enter the 'Email address of key contact person to whom we may speak with about your response to this consultation'.

General Discussion / Brazil prepares for World Cup - news article
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:15:20 PM »

An article about Manaus and the likely legacy impacts of hosting World Cup fixtures. Might be of use to IB Sport option or similar.

General Discussion / Re: FREE using gapminder in the classroom
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:50:39 PM »
A very useful and FREE hour of training on how to use Gapminder. I came away much more confident in using the graphs with the students and learnt lots of useful teaching ideas.

thank you Bob and Gapminder


General Discussion / Christmas countries quiz
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:48:36 PM »
Hope this quiz is of use to someone for the end of term. There are two PowerPoints to download - one has 53 picture questions which work well when printed as 9 slide per page handouts. The second has the answers to go through on the board:

The idea for this and some of the questions were taken from the visual geography page on the SLN website. Thank you to the original creators. The rest of the questions were produced by my year 12 class.


General Discussion / Re: OS twilight INSET
« on: December 12, 2012, 10:36:52 PM »
I went to the meeting in Bury today and it was a useful two hours. Darren spent 45 minutes looking at Digimap and the free resources available whether you are a subscriber or not before a general look at GIS. He then demonstrated some OS products such as the web map builder in OpenSpace and OS OpenData. Finally, we looked at the educational resources section of the OS website.

This is a free INSET and well worth supporting. 

General Discussion / Urban Regeneration Award
« on: October 30, 2012, 05:19:43 PM »
World Architecture News - Urban Regeneration Awards

Details of the 6 shortlisted projects. Might be of use to exam spec urban sustainability teaching.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Sandy
« on: October 29, 2012, 10:10:42 PM »

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