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I've downloaded this as part of the unit of work.  Lots of resources around from the various water charities.  I remember finding some Australian stuff when I was searching, if I remember it had units of work written for different age groups and subjects.  No idea where it was from though - sorry!!

I am just putting together a new unit of work on water for a similar age group.  I've tried to keep it relevant to them and have found lots of funny little videos I intend to use.  All available on YouTube from the charity WaterAid - I particularly like one called 'SuperToilet' which is a cartoon dealing with lack of access to clean water and sanitation.  I have also ensured that the unit is enquiry based so students are carrying out their own research and completing a short report - this is part of the new controlled assessments being introduced for our new exam specifications.  Lots of groupwork and discussion about issues, ranking exercises which involve the kids having to justify their own opinions.

General Discussion / Re: When will you enter?
« on: April 06, 2009, 11:15:49 PM »
We will be doing AQA B which has two mini controlled assessments, one of which has two optional topics which require a small taught unit.  I am going to do one of the twp optional mini CA pieces next term with Y9, the second of the two options at the end of Y10 summer term after the June module - this way they will have completed both so I can submit the better piece.  This also gives them two practices at CA before the start of Y11 when they will do the fieldwork CA, hopefully most of this being done in controlled conditions at the field centre - once I've told them how I'd like it done!!  Thats my plan, and as there are very few topics to teach with AQA B I should have time to do this.  I am making good use of a whole term of Y9 teaching time though.  We get 2 hours a week if that makes a difference!

General Discussion / Re: SAGT go to Iceland
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:28:33 PM »
Hmmmm..  thought I'd added this as an event in the calendar - didn't mean to add a post!  oops!

General Discussion / SAGT go to Iceland
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:27:50 PM »
We are all off to Iceland!  Hooray!

General Discussion / Re: New Boards - what do you want?
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:23:07 PM »
Its tricky because all are important in their own right.  I like the idea of a 'lesson help' one as well as a 'jobs' one - things will most likely remain closer to the top for longer on their own forums.  Lots of the other things we post tend to be cross-phase, or could apply corss-phase.  I like the bit at the bottom of the page which tells you whats new as well as the 'new' icon next to threads which have new posts since you last looked, more user friendly I think than the old SLN.

General Discussion / Re: Overseas field trips
« on: April 06, 2009, 10:18:16 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions, we can't do Sorrento as the Classics department have already nabbed it!  They've been doing it for years, alternating between there and Greece each year. I was worried about takign a girls school to Morrocco Graham, what do you reckon?  It seemed a bit much for my first overseas adventure!

General Discussion / Re: OCR B (Avery Hill) 2005 paper 4
« on: April 05, 2009, 01:09:55 PM »
Many thanks, I'd looked on the OCR and WJEC sites but neither went back far enough for a sample problem sloving paper on this years topic!  Cheers!

General Discussion / Re: Maps SoW?
« on: April 05, 2009, 01:08:35 PM »
Good idea Stuart, we adapted this for our Y12s when comparing urban/rural areas.  Use Neighbourhood statistics to develop the depth of knowledge about their patch.  Thanks!

General Discussion / Re: When will you enter?
« on: April 05, 2009, 12:25:27 PM »
My plan (new AQA B) is to enter kids for a unit in the Jan and then June of Y10 (units 1 and 3) and then unit 2 alongside unit 4 (controlled assessment) in June Y11.  This leaves Jan Y11 as a re-sit option for the first two units and meets the 40% terminal rule whilst maximising the number of fieldwork options available to us if we do our fieldtrip Sept Y11.  Other subjects are opting for a similar set-up.  Science have been doing this for a while with good results.  I think it takes advantage of the easrly keeness shown by many of our girls on starting their new courses.  It will also keep them on their toes!

General Discussion / OCR B (Avery Hill) 2005 paper 4
« on: April 05, 2009, 12:17:15 PM »
Just got lumbered with some GCSE revision for my cousins!  One is doing OCR B and wondered if anyone has any past papers - especially paper 4 june 2005 for the problem solving bit.  Thanks in advance, Emma (electronic preferred please!!)

General Discussion / Maps SoW?
« on: April 05, 2009, 10:08:50 AM »
Does anyone have a SoW about maps.  Not just mapskills but using maps, creating them, reviewing them etc.  I quite fancy doing something with Y7 that explores different types of maps for a range of purposes, culminating in them creating their own map - perhaps of school?  Would emphasise evaluation and creativity as well as the geographical concepts?  Just an idea...

General Discussion / Overseas field trips
« on: April 05, 2009, 09:50:00 AM »
I am in the process of getting quotes for a 5ish day trip somewhere.  I want to offer an awe and wonder, look/see kind of trip rather than a hard core data collection/work type trip so that kids can get out and see geography.  It will be in a holiday (probabyl the tail end of Easter next year).  Any suggestions for destinations and/or companies please.  Ideally the budget is below £600, Iceland is therefore out!  I am leaning towards Sicily with Rayburn, or perhaps Provence, maybe the Alps??  Never done an international trip with the kids but regularly manage around a hundred for a three day coursework trip.

General Discussion / TV Sunday April 5th
« on: April 05, 2009, 09:45:49 AM »
Lots on tonight.  BBC1 - new slot for countryfile in the early evening, all about the Lake District tonight, preceeded by a repeat of the Joanna Lumley Northern Lights show.  From the Radio Times:

Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights
Sunday 05 April, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, BBC1

Documentary in which Joanna Lumley travels to Norway's Far North to pursue a life-long dream of seeing the Northern Lights. Her journey takes her across the Arctic Circle, up through Norway and finally to Svalbard, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on earth. She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile, speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. But will she finally achieve her dream?

Sunday 05 April, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, BBC1

We're used to seeing Julia Bradbury rambling nimbly about the country on Wainwright Walks, so her leap to the BBC's much-loved rural affairs show seems a fitting one. Along with ex-Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker, Bradbury is the new face of Countryfile, in its new early-evening slot. John Craven, synonymous with the show for 20 years, will retain a presence, reporting in depth on topical stories. This week, they're in the Lakes, looking at how the establishment of the Lake District National Park in 1949 has impacted on the landscape 60 years on. Bradbury also braves the "via ferrata" mountain-climbing experience at Honister, near Keswick.

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