Thursday, 29 January 2009

Kung Fu Plate Boundaries

A fun and energetic way to revise the plate boundaries!!

Thanks to Odblog and Adam Brewer.

GCSE Case Study Template

Here's the case study template that we will be using in lessons and as homework activities to help you prepare for the summer exams for Year 11. For Year 10 students, we will be using these templates as part of an on-going processes of revision for end of unit exam questions and to start building up a bank of case studies as the course progresses.

Case Study Template for GCSE

It would be a good idea for you to download an electronic copy as you can then edit it to suit specific case studies. Paper copies will also be available from your geography teacher.

Case Study template now available to download from Okehampton College's new Frog VLE!!

Students click here to go directly to the Frog login.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Good Luck Year 11 and 13!

Monday is a big exam day for our great geographers! Wishing you all luck... - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Year 11
Don't forget that the DME PowerPoint was posted on here a little while ago if you need it. Think sustainable or unsustainable!!!

Year 13
When discussing the effectiveness of hazard management, remember that their success depends on a number of factors...

  • Type of hazard - eg hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, flooding, tornado
  • Frequency - how often the hazard happens
  • Magnitude - the size of the hazard event
  • Spatial/areal reliability - how reliable the management is over a particular space and area
  • Speed of Onset - how quickly the hazard starts e.g. earthquakes have a quick speed of onset whereas volcanic eruptions are slower
  • Technology available
  • Education - is the population aware of what to do in the event of a hazard?
  • Preparedness - is the region and its population prepared for the event?
  • Economic resources - MEDC? LEDC?
  • History - have they learnt any lessons from previous events?

If you need to ask any questions about either exams, add them to the comments at the end of this post and I'll answer them!!!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Year 9 options: GCSE Geography

The time to decide your GCSE options is quickly approaching with the options evening on Thursday 22nd January! Check out the PowerPoint below to find out if Geography might be the right decision for you!

GCSE Geography Promotion
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own.

To find out more about GCSE Geography, speak to Mr Gurney or Miss Blackmore.

Year 11: Problems with downloading the DME guide

It would seem that there are a few problems downloading your copies of the DME task booklet. If you go to my 4shared space it will allow you to download it without having to sign up for anything! The one that we have used in lesson time is called 'Final DME'.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Primark hits the news again!

It was a wonderful moment in 9y1's lesson today when lots of you asked me if I had seen the news about Primark after we used it as an example of a company that has connections with sweatshops in the developing world in the Global Fashion Industry unit.
Primark featured on the BBC News earlier this week for once again being involved in the use of sweatshops, but this time here in the UK! Supplier TNS Knitwear, who supply Primark, was found to be employing illegal workers in poor conditions at its Manchester factory. Factory workers were found to be working 12 hours a day for £3.50 per hour. Primark is best known for its cheap fashion clothing and bucked the trend on Britain's high street last year to make a £233m profit.

To see the BBC News stories connected to this, click here.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

GIS Mission: Wind Power Location

For Miss Blackmore's year 8 class...

You were set a homework task to have a go at the GIS zone mission on wind power location in preparation for the Sustainability assessment. I will be asking you three questions about the mission that you will only know the answer to if you have completed the task. Once you finish the wind power mission, why not try some of the others!!

Click here to take you straight to the GIS Missions.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Year 11 Decision Making Exam January 2009

Here is the Task Booklet that we will be using in lessons alongside the Resource Booklet (from the exam board) to help prepare for you DME on Monday 26th January. We have only 3 weeks to use the booklets to prepare for this exciting event! You will receive a paper copy of this bumper book, but it would be a good idea for you to download a copy as well as there are many useful links that can easily be used from a electronic version.

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Happy New Year!!