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Geography department update Autumn 2016

We have been running a King and Queen of the week competition for pupils who perform above and beyond in their Geography lessons. Very well done to those of you have received an award already - and for the rest of you... show me what you can do!

Our new Year 7s have been learning all about map and compass skills and can now navigate their way around a map simply using instructions and a few map symbols - even the ones who are defiant that they just need to use their phones! Year 7 have also been learning about settlements and why people choose the places they live in, as well as all the countries around the world. Can you name the seven continents of the world without using Google?

In Year 8 we have been learning all about Africa and the incredible and shocking stories about it, such as Blood Diamonds and Somali Pirates. It is fair to say the pupils were fascinated by all of the different situations that are going on in Africa and they have been thinking of ways to help people in Africa. We have also been studying tectonic plates, which to you and me means volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis (credits to you if you can spell Tsunami without a dictionary!)

KS3 have been attending humanities and homework club to work on their Geography books which they are creating to go alongside the Horrible History books for the library. It is great to see pupils taking such an interest in their subjects.

Our Year 9 GCSE pupils have been starting their important three years with the topic of urbanisation, which is all about the growth of cities... some even have 10 million people in them! They have also been looking at ecosystems around the world and the fascinating tropical rainforest, with its marvelous plants and animals.

In Year 10 we have been learning about coasts. Skegness, I hear you say? Not quite! The pupils have been looking at the way the coast has been shaped over the years and the different processes which go with it, such as erosion. They have also been looking at the ways we can prevent flooding through soft and hard engineering. Maybe one of our pupils will come up with an ingenious way to protect people’s homes in the future...

Finally, in Year 11 our hard working GCSE pupils have been learning about natural hazards such as super volcanoes (they’re worth reading about), earthquakes, tropical storms, typhoons and droughts, all of which affect the lives of people around the world; hence a fascinating topic to learn about. They have also been polishing off their controlled assessment coursework pieces after their visit to Sheffield and have produced some fascinating work on the city in the afterschool intervention clubs.

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