Christmas blogging break - back in 2019

I'm going to take my traditional Christmas blogging break, and be back in the New Year, unless there are some events that I can't avoid blogging about... I've just had four days on the coast - lovely to be one of the few occupied vans on the site this week - got some further time away organised, and also some writing time, and plenty of family stuff planned... and my birthday too.

As usual, here's a Christmas illustration from one of my favourite artists: Ronald Lampitt.
And here's an extra one this year... a very apt cartoon...

Have a good one!

Thanks everyone for reading the blog this year - over 2 million page views this year...

Your global Christmas Dinner

I was interested to see an infographic in the Independent last week on the Christmas Dinner. It was based on a report which then went to most local newspapers it seems, who ran the story last week.

Here's the text from the press release:

Christmas dinner is an international evolutionary feast – with only the humble carrot native to British soil, a leading scientist has said. Global trade and domestication over thousands of years account for everything else, from turkey and bacon to potatoes and parsnips.

Professor Dave Hodgson, of the University of Exeter, explained the origins of Britain’s favourite festive foods at the Science Of Christmas in Falmouth on December 6.

“Of all the animals and plants that appear on the traditional Christmas dinner plate – turkey, bacon, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, swede, parsnip, carrot, potato, chestnut, cranberry – only the carrot is a British native, and the carrot we eat bears almost no resemblance to its wild ancestor,” Prof Hodgson said.
“Turkeys are from America, pigs are from Turkey, potatoes from Peru and our cabbages are from the Mediterranean.
“All of our food species have been bred to be edible, large, colourful and very different from their wild ancestors.

“Christmas dinner really is a truly global, evolutionary feast.”

The planet's deadliest volcanoes

Japanese robotics for the elderly

In this weekend's Sunday Times magazine, there was an excellent article on the adoption of robotic technology by the Japanese, written by Camilla Cavendish.

It's not available online due to the pay wall, but is worth trying to track down a copy of yesterday's Sunday Times magazine - perhaps ask at school if any colleague bought it - it's also got the article on the Mexican border which I blogged about today as well...

It describes the adoption of technology to support the growing elderly population in Japan, including those suffering from dementia. It starts with an interesting additional use for a public address system originally intended to warn of typhoons and earthquakes, which was to ask people to look out for an elderly person who had gone missing.
The article features a robot called Pepper, who visited us at my school a few months ago.

The idea of robots assisting the elderly in Japan is not a new one, and has featured in a number of books and other places. I remember Simon Oakes writing about them years ago.
As long ago as 2014, the FT published an article involving some news on Japanese robotics.

Some, like the new Lovot, are designed to provide company for lonely people.

Arctic Report Card

There have been some useful resources shared over the last few weeks for Pole to Pole units.


Romesh in the Arctic

One of the best programmes of the year was on BBC2 on Thursday night.
It's definitely not suitable for work because of the language used, but was very funny. It featured Inuit guide Johnny Issaluk introducing Romesh Ranganathan to Arctic life in Iqaluit and Pond Inlet.
A nice 'antidote' to some other Polar travelogues... and will be available to watch online on the iPlayer for a while.


Mystery Object - Post #1

I've been exploring a number of left-of-field resources over the last few months as I've been doing some research for a range of writing projects.
I came across an interesting object which I thought might make a useful 'mystery' object series of posts.
Here's a product that has been developed for use.
What is it for?

No using TinEye to cheat now....  Suggestions in the comments please...


StoryMap of Human Impacts

Golden Sands - new images and DME resources from Internet Geography

Thanks to Anthony Bennett over at Internet Geography for the excellent images and drone footage of the Golden Sands resort near Withernsea which have been shared over the last few weeks.
I am familiar with Withernsea, as my first ever teaching experience was in the school there during my PGCE.


These are all worth exploring, and the students loved them in the last week of term, when we explored coastal erosion as part of the conclusion to our Adventure Landscapes unit.
Visit the website, or follow on Twitter to see more...


And to make the most of these images, you can now obtain a DME which provides a range of activities for AQA GCSE Geography in particular, including questions, images and activities.

Withernsea DME 1

There is a £5 discount until Christmas Eve. See it described here.


Finally, if you go to the shop you will see details of CPD / fieldwork events that Anthony is running early in the New Year.


Global Trade Data Visualisations

I'm grateful to Mr. Pérez for the tipoff to this website.

This site shows a range of world trade data.


Here's the data for the GB for 2016 (the most recent data that are available) showing what we export.
Click for larger version.

You can change to different countries and explore their imports and exports over the last few years, and click the squares to find out more e.g. we export a lot of 'hard liquor' (presumably including malt whisky) to the USA.
There's lots of trade with our fellow EU members of course...

Sojourner

It's almost thirty years since I bought this CD, after watching Paul McCandless play in St Andrews Hall in Norwich with the band Oregon, along with guitarist Ralph Towner an Trilok Gurtu. The album was released thirty years ago, and this track is awesome...



And here's my ticket stub from the gig...


Climate Emergency

Some people are suggesting that there are some very disturbing changes in Climate which are now inevitable as the world has passed the point when they could be stopped: a threshold, or tipping point, beyond which feedback mechanisms. Phrases such as 'Climate Breakdown' or 'Climate Emergency' or 'Global Heating' are being suggested as alternatives to use to 'Global Warming' or 'Climate Change'.

The Observer has been sharing a range of stories for some time, and these are worth exploring.

I've been teaching about this for the last couple of weeks of term as well, as part of the Changing Climate section of OCR B Geography, and it's been interesting to see the response of the students to the stories, and the data along different timescales and the evidence for future impacts in the UK.

Greta Thunberg's speech at COP24 is worth watching, as a reminder of the young people's perspective.


Will it make a difference?
Here's a similar speech back in 1992




Updates - 18th December

Here's an excellent piece from Susan Strongman in Radio New Zealand page on why we're not doing anything...
And this tweet from Mark Brandon, sharing the thoughts of a leading climate researcher on what keeps them motivated when they can see how bleak the future could be...

Five years of Earth Null School

It's now five years since I first featured Cameron Beccario's wonderful visualisation tool to show winds, temperatures and other data on a series of globes in 'real time'.

A calendar feature has now been added so that users can go back to specific dates and relive particular weather events. There's a video in the embedded tweet below.



Build a wall... possibly

There's not been a great deal of progress as yet on the border wall: the 'great big beautiful wall' which was promised by President Trump during the run in to the elections.
This weekend's Sunday Times had an excellent article on the border, written by Alex Hannaford, and with photography by Charles Ommaney.

It describes a journey along the wall to explore the landscapes and people who would be affected should a wall ever be built. It's not available online due to the pay wall, but is worth trying to track down a copy of yesterday's Sunday Times magazine - perhaps ask at school if any colleague bought it.
Alex drove along the border, and the piece is accompanied by excellent images.


Here's a Vimeo film on 'The Fence' on Charles Ommaney's website.

Greenland Ice at the Tate

Put your hands on the ice, listen to it, smell it, look at it – and witness the ecological changes our world is undergoing.
Olafur Eliasson

I headed down to Tate Modern a few weekends ago, and would love to have the chance to head there this week, as there has been an arrival of ice for Ice Watch.
24 large blocks of ice from Greenland have been transported there by the artist team of Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing. They were harvested off the coast of Greenland, and transported to the area outside Tate Modern entrance on the Riverside.

The blocks were still around today at least - it's been a little chilly in the Capital this weekend, so that's perhaps helped the ice

The ice-blocks were fished out of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland after becoming detached from the ice sheet. As a result of global warming, more icebergs are being produced. This is contributing to rising sea levels.

When they were installed, each ice block weighed between 1.5 and 5 tonnes. The estimated energy cost for bringing one of these blocks to London is equal to one person flying from London to the Arctic and back to witness the ice melting.

Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing hope many more people will understand the reality of climate change by experiencing Ice Watch. Although we may have seen photographs of the melting ice caps, we rarely have a physical experience of these conditions. 
Warmer climates have caused the Greenland ice sheet to lose around 200–300 billion tonnes each year, a rate that is expected to increase dramatically. By bringing the ice to London, and creating a temporary sculpture similar to the form of an ancient stone circle, Eliasson and Rosing enable us to engage with the ice directly. We can look at it, move around it and touch it.


Update
I wish I'd taken this image on this tweet... fantastic shot....

See you in the New Year for Critical Thinking?

A reminder for you all ahead of the Christmas break.

I am part of a team which is offering free CPD on Critical Thinking for Achievement.

It can be delivered in different ways: as two whole days or a series of twilights, and is free of charge.

Funded by the TLIF (Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund)
It will involve the GA and the Association for Science Education (ASE) working to lead CPD events for Primary and Secondary teachers.

Here are the details from the GA website.

Critical thinking for achievement

The GA is delighted to announce that, from autumn 2018, the Association will be funded by the Department for Education (DfE) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) to provide free CPD for primary and secondary teachers to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms.
Under the Critical thinking for achievement project, the GA will be working alongside our project partner the Association for Science Education, to:

  • strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching
  • help teachers teach reformed geography and science qualifications and curricula effectively, focusing on knowledge application, the critical use of data and evidence, construction of arguments and geographical and scientific investigation
  • make more efficient use of teacher planning time through provision of practical planning tools and quality-assured curriculum plans and resources.
Find out whether your school is eligible to join this free CPD programme here.

Check the availability for your school.
You can take part in the CPD, which will include:
  • free ‘plan-do-review’ CPD over one school term, available from autumn 2018
  • a focus on knowledge application, critical use of data and construction of evidenced arguments
  • an extension to core training on the use of data in geography and science, including geo-located and fieldwork data
  • CPD tailored to local priorities, delivered through teacher networks
  • support for teachers to apply techniques in their classroom
  • raising standards in geography and science

Joining the project

Eligible teachers are those working in schools:
Note – whilst Ofsted 3-4 schools are the main target of the TLIF fund, other schools within Opportunity Areas and Category 5 or 6 Local Area Districts may be eligible as part of a local network. Find out if you or your school might be eligible for this free CPD here.

Contact Julie Beattie (JBeattie@geography.org.uk) to register your interest in joining or to enquire about your eligibility.

I work in one of the OAs (Social Mobility and Opportunity Areas) where the CPD is available to schools: Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. 
Particularly keen to work there... but will also be available for Lincolnshire and West Norfolk.

Little Mandarin and QQ Speed

Was interested in this story.
UK tourism has been developing well, and the Chinese market is growing particularly quickly with many more visitors as Chinese consumers get more affluent.
Tourism from China has increased by 19% and is set to increase further. This character is from a very popular Chinese online game called QQ Speed, which is similar to Mario Kart in that it features a number of themed courses.
The character is called Little Mandarin.
There are plans to create special new courses which are going to feature UK landmarks.


Source: Visit Britain: https://jingtravel.com/britain-tencent-mobile-game-tourism/

Here's another game option from New Zealand which looks excellent. (links to Dropbox hosted video)

Classroom Screen

Thanks for the tipoff to this new resource which I've been using in the last week or so in my classroom.

Classroom Screen is a web based resource which produces a screen for IWBs and other screens and offers a range of tools which can be brought up onto the screen. It doesn't necessarily replace Smart Notebook or similar software, but would be useful for those situations where perhaps a license has lapsed, or there are issues with the software that comes with it.


The tools, which pop up immediately and can be moved around the screen or enlarged, include a timer, voting option, clock and calendar, and optional backgrounds, as well as others.
Here's a video showing all the details.


Planning for Children and Young People

Thanks to the University of Birmingham's Geography Department for sharing their work in this area.

Go to the website, and you can download a report on the work they have been doing, but more useful perhaps for Geography teachers is that they have also shared their resources for use when running workshops with young people on this aspect of education.




Your food's Carbon footprint

A new BBC interactive was launched last week, and has been added to our planning for the You are what you Eat unit we move into in the new term.

It offers the chance to choose food from a drop down, and some element of the lifestyle and relationships behind this food will be revealed. How bad is cheese, for example, compared to meat?

Check it out here.

Here's the impact of eating meat every day, for example... fairly shocking compared to some other sources of protein.

Migrants on the Margins

Updated post
I've been aware of the Migrants on the Margins project for some time, through my involvement in some related projects for the Royal Geographical Society.

This blog is also the first of a few relating to some work we've been doing exploring the movement of migrants across the Mediterranean. We explored this as part of our work with the book 'Factfulness', as Hans explores who is at fault for this when he talks about the 'Blame instinct. Is it the smugglers who desperate people pay to spend time in a leaky and unsafe boat? Read the chapter to find out.

Migrants on the Margins is a project funded by the Royal Geographical Society, and was featured in the latest Bulletin from the RGS-IBG, which sets out what is happening for the term ahead.

You can read some of the comics online
There is an expedition on at the moment at the Society, which shows some of the work, including some comics. I'm grateful to Laura Price for sending me a hard copy of the comics. They are available as PDFs as well.

Find out more about the project and PositiveNegatives here. They have a series of comics drawn from real life.
Read the stories of Arunachalam, Halgan, Sabina and Tawanda.

Here's some information about this aspect of the project.

 

Maps...

I've been enjoying the book here for a while now, and will be taking it away with me over the Christmas break to really get stuck into it.
As all Geographers know, maps are vital to understanding and appreciating the narrative, and developing a stronger sense of place for the locations in which the action takes place.

I really enjoyed reading this blog which made the connection between maps and video games and had a series of examples of games where the maps were an important element of the game.
There's plenty more to explore here.

Christmas (or after) present for the geek in your life

Do you know someone who is a teen and geeky and into electronics and making and creativity? If so, I have the perfect gift idea for them.
This book is written by the awesome Helen Leigh, who was a co-director of Mission:Explore and helped bring all the books that we produced to life.
I've also been involved with her on a number of other projects, including her Do it Kits project, and the DISTANCE project with INTEL, which was her way into the maker community. We did some really good work on that one.

Order your copy from all good booksellers: online or bricks and mortar.

Coal Drops Yard: Changing Places

I had a bit of time to spare on a recent visit to London, after I'd been to the Inside Government event that I recently blogged, so headed for Coal Drops Yard.

I'd popped there a few months earlier in the rain and things were taking shape, but it's coming close to opening in full now. There is a LOT of signage attracting you to the location, which is quite a walk away from King's Cross railway station, and definitely out of the way.
The development was apparently designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

There is some interesting modern sculpture with lighting as part of the development, which features some shops which have apparently been 'curated'.

At the moment, there are few shoppers in there, and the shops are rather niche and expensive, but it will no doubt do well given the location and the demographic living in this area. The old gas storage behind in the picture above has been turned into accommodation as well, and Central St. Martins Art School is also now there, rather than its original location on Long Acre near Covent Garden.

Would be worth exploring with students to ask them who they think this development is targeted at, with respect to urban rebranding and the link with gentrification and demographic profiling.

Migration Museum


Thanks to a tweet from Daniel Raven Ellison, I was made aware of the existence of the Migration Museum in Lambeth, London.

This is part of the Migration Museum project, which has been active for several years now, and has a wide range of Education activities, which are well worth taking a look at.
They include schemes of work and associated resources such as Powerpoints, which connect with some of the stories in the OCR B 'UK in the 21st Century' topic for GCSE Geographers - e.g. the Windrush story, and the contribution of migrants to UK life.
Check out the ROOM TO BREATHE exhibition.

The Adventures of Kate - award-winning blog

Good to hear yesterday that my fellow OS #GetOutside Champion Kate Jamieson won the Go Outdoors Outdoor Blog award for her work.

Avocadon't

An interesting article on the various impacts of avocado production on Sky News. Important to take a look at this article if you consume them.
I don't like them myself, so haven't really had much of an impact in my purchases, which have been zero.
There has been a grower's strike in Mexico: one of the largest producers of avocados in the world.
The term "blood avocados" has been used here, which makes a connection between this and other products where slavery and conflict are involved in their production.

Image: Shared under CC license by https://www.kjokkenutstyr.net/

Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'

A few weekends ago, I went down to an all-night showing of Christian Marclay's 'The Clock' at Tate Modern. It is a difficult thing to explain, and the reality is different from what you expect, but if you are ever in a place where it is showing, it is worth getting in to see some of the film, although you probably won't watch all of it in one go.

The film lasts 24 hours, and features scenes from hundreds of films where a clock is visible or the time is referenced in the dialogue.

Details of the Tate exhibition  are here.
Here's a PODCAST on the making of the film


And here's what you see when you go inside...

Audience watching The Clock

TedED - The daring and dangerous race to the South Pole


There's an associated lesson plan here.

This came just too late for my Polar unit.

Kanji of the Year


A Kanji is an adopted Chinese visual character which is used in the Japanese writing system.
The Kanji of the Year for 2018 has been announced: , pronounced wazawai or sai, meaning “disaster” or “misfortune.”
The Japan Kanji Aptitude Foundation each December announces a “kanji of the year,” selected by popular vote to encapsulate the year that was. Members of the public send in votes by postal mail, an official website, or voting boxes, selecting a single character and often appending an explanation for the choice. This year’s top pick, wazawai, referred to the multitude of natural disasters that afflicted the archipelago during 2018—serious earthquakes in Osaka, Hokkaidō, and Shimane Prefectures, a string of typhoons that battered the nation’s shores, torrential rains causing landslides and flooding, and the record-setting heat of summer. “As we look ahead to the coming year,” noted the JKAF press release, “many are hoping that the new imperial reign will bring with it a lower number of disasters to deal with.”
I think this looks like an erupting volcano, plus a flood or storm....
Source: Nippon.com

Rural life


This is an excellent piece on rural idylls and the reality for some.





Thought for the Day


The Body Shop: new Education resources

The Body Shop has developed some teaching resources, with a focus on sustainability.

From the mailer I received earlier today:

As part of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment, we have created The Body Shop Educational Programme. The supporting curriculum‑linked resources have been designed for students aged 14+ years, covering complex topics like global supply chains, sustainable business practices and ethical consumerism.


The themes they have place them under don't include Geography, but there is definitely a sustainability angle: The Buy for Good - Enriching the Future interactive enables students to step into the shoes of grower, retailer and consumer and learn about how sustainability and ethical decisions impact the supply chain.


This is well worth taking a look at!

Google Earth Studio

Just applied to have an invitation to this new tool for use with Google Earth.
Here's a video which may tell you more...

Ice Flows Game Teacher Pack - final version now available

A good day today, as we finally launch a resource that has been in the pipeline for over a year, and has been tweaked and improved over the last year or so. I've blogged about it here before.

Here's some text from the official press-release.

The Ice Flows teacher resources pack provides a range of resources and suggested lesson plans built around playing Ice Flows game.   The learning outcomes relate to an understanding of the interactions between ice sheets and climate, and the resulting impact of changes in ice sheets on global sea level.  The resources include explainer videos, some skeleton PowerPoints to use as a basis for lessons, plus added extras such as a Spotify playlist.

The resources are aimed at pupils in KS3 in UK Schools, but the main resources are generic enough to be used with any curriculum or age. We also provide information on how the game could be used in line with the UK curriculum for older pupils.

The resources were created in partnership with the Geographical Association, written by Alan Parkinson, Consultant to the Geographical Association, and Anne Le Brocq, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter.  The game “Ice Flows” was developed by Dr. Anne Le Brocq at the University of Exeter in collaboration with Inhouse Visuals and Questionable Quality.  Funding was provided by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through a research grant led by the British Antarctic Survey.

The 2nd version of the website has also been launched, and we've also added a series of instructional videos which help relate the game to the science that underpins it. If you haven't seen it before (or even if you have) head over to the Ice Flows Game website to take a look.







A new page has now been added to the website.
This includes the link for you to be able to download the teaching pack and associated resources.




Any feedback welcome.
Thanks to students from King's Ely Junior who have helped with their feedback when playing the game, and using some of the earlier versions of the resources.

Thanks also to those teachers who came along to the workshop that Anne and I ran at the GA Conference in April 2018

Dawlish Warren Coastal Management Scheme



This is a good example of a beach management scheme, which can be used for those needing one for GCSE or 'A' level Geography.

Weddell Sea Expedition

Weddell Sea Expedition 2019Via the RGS bulletin, I heard of this expedition, which we shall be following at school during January and February.
They are partnering with the RGS to develop some Educational materials.

Steve Brace tells me that there is going to be a poster on the way to all schools early in the new year. One of the aims of the expedition is to try to discover the location of the Endurance. Following the discovery of Erebus and Terror this remains one of the most important scientific discoveries of its kind still to achieve.

Leeds - a liveable city

There are regular reports which claim to have identified the city that is best to live in, and it tends to change depending on the year, and the company doing the survey.
This interactive map shows the results of a survey by one of the agencies that sells property.
Not everyone in Leeds was happy that they came 2nd to Sunderland.
We are teaching about Leeds at the moment.
I'm grateful to my colleague Claire for creating a thorough powerpoint to explore the city.


There is going to be an impact on the city's housing market, as Channel 4 employees join those who move into the city.

Leeds also has a large student body of tens of thousands, along with thousands of employees of the University itself.
You can use the PARALLEL visualisation here to explore population pyramids for any ward in the city.
This one is close to the university judging by the demographics...

Wakaliwood...

My son is very much into film and cinematography.
He is doing an 'A' level which involves him in a lot of media and film analysis.
We all know about Hollywood in the USA, and Bollywood in India, and there is also a Nigerian version called Nollywood.
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Wakaliwood is not quite at the same scale. It is a film studio in Uganda, which makes cult films. One of the best known of these is 'Who killed Captain Alex'. These feature hilarious (and not suitable for work) dialogue and pointless violence.

We ordered a copy of the DVD from Uganda and it came with all sorts of free swag and stickers. By all accounts, the film is excellent. And because I ordered it, it has SUPA ALAN on all the freebies...

Cologne Practical Pedagogies 2018 - #10 (Final post) - History Teacher's Toolkit 2

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The final of ten posts on the Practical Pedagogies conference.

I loved the feedback from my session, and am very grateful to those who came along. Was good to hear that everyone appreciated the session, including non-geographers. Thanks also to the person who said my session was the best one at the event.

I was delighted when Russel Tarr gave me a copy of his latest book in Cologne. My name appears in the back of the book along with a list of people who have inspired or supported Russ in some way over the years, although I think I've perhaps gained more from him than he has from me.
You can buy your own copy here - it is packed full of strategies which are relevant to many curriculum subjects.



Image: Russel Tarr / Alan Parkinson

Tutor 2 U AQA 'A' Level Geography Revision Days

Coming to a venue near you in 2019

March, April and May 2019

The intensive Grade Booster workshop format is designed to:
  • Refine and sharpen key exam technique for the two AQA A Level Geography papers
  • Build confidence in the essential assessment skills
  • Provide a clear focus and structure for students on how to make the most effective use of their remaining revision time for the first AQA A Level Geography exams in summer 2019
The AQA A Level Geography Grade Booster Workshop combines:
  • Four hours of intensive large-group tuition by our experienced A Level Geography presenter team
  • An enlarged workshop booklet containing all the session content, extension activities, guidance on exam-board specific exam technique and other essential revision materials designed for students at the end of their A Level Geography course.

Learning outcomes

SESSION PROGRAMME
The detailed session programme will be published in September 2018 based on feedback from the summer 2018 exams.

Course package

A place at this event costs £25+VAT for the day of tuition. This includes a comprehensive workshop booklet which also includes follow-up revision materials. For every 10 student places you book, a teacher can go free.

Past pupil stories

I've been working on a web based map project to show the stories of the relatives of King's Ely parents and pupils in the Great War. There are many to find, and we have so far collected 50 of them.
I was pleased to be able to show parents attending the special concert that was held to coincide with remembrance.

Vivian Sharp was one of the past pupils who survived the War. When he returned, he paid for some stained glass windows, which can be seen as one enters the South door of Ely Cathedral (which we do most weeks for the school assembly and services). He also, I was interested to read, a school master when he returned, and later became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a kindred spirit across the generations. I have had quite a few contacts from this project, which has spanned history and geography, and also involved the wide school community.

The GA - a new video

Visit the GA website to view a new video which has been made to publicise the role of the GA.


Mock exams....

My Year 11 students are preparing for their mocks after Christmas.

I've just put this guidance on the school VLE and website, and also my blog for supporting the teaching of OCR B GCSE Geography.
If you are also teaching that specification, this may be of interest to you.

Guidance follows:


We are coming up to revision period, and you will have a lot of support for this:

a) Here's a full checklist for you of what to revise, complete with RAG boxes to mark how confident you are with each section, and what you need to revise. Thanks to Miss Kyndt for putting together the original version of this...

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b) your revision book (with the Penguin on the front) and white workbook which you had at the start of the course, which has exam style questions in it

c) your textbook: Parkinson et al

d) any other revision books you may have purchased - we showed you the CGP book, which is also tied to our specification: OCR B GCSE Geography

e) Seneca Learning - have you signed up for the KES Group? If not let me know and I'll remind you of the code

f)
A reminder of a StoryMap showing the skills that you need
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g)
Here's another StoryMap showing the various types of maps that you might need to
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Help requested for Dissertation research on Disaster Risk Reduction in Primary schools

I was passed this request today by a colleague at school, and hope some of you reading this might be able to help.

My name is Hannah Gunn and I am in my final year studying Geography at Oxford Brookes University.

I am interested in working with primary schools with reference to natural disasters.

My dissertation covers the topic of community engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in flooding and in particular on the level of knowledge for primary aged children.

I have created an online survey that will act as a tool for schools to self-assess their level in implementing DRR in education.
The tool will help schools to create safer and more resilient school and community environments.

This is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Q6WFMB5
Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

It should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. Where you can, please fill in as much evidence and examples as possible. However, if some questions are not applicable or you do not know the answer then please do not feel obliged to answer.

Please feel free to pass this on to other Primary colleagues who you know, and thanks in advance for helping out...

Christmas is coming

Around this time of year, in the fields around the village where I live, there is a new arrival to change the space.


The Godwick Turkeys are erected...
Godwick is a village about 4 miles from where I live and sells premium free-range turkeys.
They used to be made from straw bales but more recently, some more permanent structures which are reused from year to year have started to appear. They are placed in a number of locations, and it's always good to come across one on a road you haven't travelled down for a while. A short-term seasonal landmark...

Image: Alan Parkinson - shared under CC license

Real or Fake

It's that time of year when I've traditionally looked at the sustainability of fake or real Christmas trees, using some old classic resources by Helen Nurton and Tony Cassidy and others...

The BBC has added an extra little resource to that this year, with a new short film with animations.

Christmas Trees are going up in homes around the country (and schools too). Click the link to see some of the issues, to help students decided whether the real or the plastic tree is better in the long term...

Ho ho ho....