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Britain’s disappearing coastline


There was this excellent article in the Guardian last month. Click here to read it

Read the whole article before answering these questions (otherwise you will find them much harder to answer). Please either write out the questions in your book as well as the answers or answer in whole sentences. If you don’t do one of these two things, you will find it very hard to revise from this work

  1. What does “hold the line” mean for coastal defence?
  2. How much could sea levels rise around the UK cost by the end of the century?
  3. What does this phrase from the 6th paragraph mean” The plans to hold the line would cost more than the property and land that would be protected.”?
  4. Put this phrase from the 7th paragraph into your own words “the government only currently funds defences with at least a 6 fold cost-benefit ratio”?
  5. How many properties are currently at significant coastal flood risk” and how many is this likely to increase to by 2080?
  6. What other parts of our key infrastructure are also at risk from rising sea levels in by 2080?
  7. Why do you think the government is warning people about these possible risks to their property?
  8. Sum up what this article has said in 4 short bullet points




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Help for parents of year 11 pupils


These are the notes from our brief meeting on 24/9/18. They contain links and main points. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

How you can help your daughter get a better grade in her Geography GCSE

WJEC Syllabus B facts – 3 exams:

  1. Normal exam (40%)
  2. Decision making exam   (30%)
  3. Exam based on fieldwork (30%)

Although it is still only the second group of pupils going through this new GCSE we are very confident in being able to tell your daughter what she needs to do to improve her work in geography and therefore get a higher grade than the one she is working at the moment. in fact you can help too!

  • Read your daughter’s exercise book and test her. Testing aids recall and good recall helps long term memory and understanding.
  • Every 3 weeks or so we will do some DIRT (dedicated improvement and reflection time). This is where we improve answers correct misunderstanding and generally make the learning we have done so far better. Ask your child what they did in these lessons (look for yellow boxes in her book)
  • Follow @stedsgeography and sign up for email notifications to (click on ‘follow’ in the bottom right and enter your email address)
  • Use this website to revise the physical geography parts of the course 
  • The BBC has revision pages written solely for our exam board. They are adding to these all the time. this is very useful indeed
  • You could buy a text book but at £24 paperback or £11 kindle I wouldn’t say that was good value.
  • There is a revision book which is also partly a work book. I do recommend getting it but as it is also a work book it means the best revision notes will certainly be your child’s own exercise books
  • email me at with any questions you have.

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Globalisation and Development Revision part 3 World Trade and Fair Trade


here is an old BBC page which introduces global trade well and explains some key words. Click here.

Another good geography site also explains global and fair trade well here

This is a great video from fair trade themselves and it also focuses in on the Windward islands which we studied in class

This is a list of LOADS of benefits already categorised for you) that Fair trade has in banana growing regions like the Windward islands. Impacts sorted ANSWERS

Finally here are the two overall revision resources for this whole topic

Globalisation and Development Skeleton card

Key words 1.3 globalisation and development

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Global Cities – A general revision page from the BBC



The BBC has a general information revision page for global cities: click here

There are 4 pages to read and they are good for global cities in LICs especially. I would definitely use this page if i were you but be aware you still need to know about Mumbai and Sydney – the two global cities we learnt in class.

Below are the key word and skeleton revision card for this whole topic.

Skeleton revision card for global cities

and Key words 1.1 global cities

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Globalisation and Development Revision part 1 Aid


Since we are unlikely to cover this topic in any depth I am putting here some revision resources for the global development and globalisation topic.Here you can find resources for aid: long term and short term. Most of which will be based in Nepal. The longer term aid will be focused on the work water aid does and the sorter term emergency aid will be based on responses to the earthquake of 2015.

Water Aid – long term aid

Long term aid should always look to be SUSTAINABLE (looking after and developing people and the environment both today and in the future) We looked at the wonderful across the tracks mini film. You can re-watch it here. Look for how both people’s lives and the urban environment are being improved. You should also consider quality of life (how content people are with their lives) and standard of living (how much money people have and what it can buy them)


You can also watch this shorter video on other benefits of water aid. It is excellent and really covers the long term social and economic benefits very well.

There is also this great student work on the effects of water aid

water aid effects

Short term or emergency aid

read about Oxfam’s responses here (Oxfam is a good example of an NGO) Oxfam_s response to Nepal Quake April 2015

And this powerpoint has 5 short videos we used in class and a task to help you watch them and take notes. Revising emergency aid in Nepal

Finally, as already shared on this blog there are the skeleton revision card and key word list. You could work out all the key words first and then use them to help you answer the questions on the skeleton cards or you could start with the cards and work out the key words as you go along. Be aware with the skeleton revision cards that summing up each topic with just 4-8 questions means that you will need to spend a lot of time on each one to cover the whole topic properly.

Globalisation and Development Skeleton card

Key words 1.3 globalisation and development

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Revising small scale ecosystem: sand dunes

studlandHere is a powerpoint to guide you through what you need to revise. small scale ecosystem revision.

Basically, what you need to know about a small scale ecosystem is split into 3 parts: (however I do think 2 and 3 are really 2 parts of the same idea)

  1. What are the characteristics of a sand dune ecosystem?
  2. How do they benefit local communities?
  3. What management issues are there for looking after sand dune ecosystems?

The text book we use is good for this (whereas there is nothing on sand dunes in the revision guide). Here are some photos of the relevant pages. Open the powerpoint above and you will find the revision tasks you can complete for this.



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Revising UK weather and Climate


Here is the powerpoint from the lesson including the resources from the book we used. The exam board revision guide covers this on pages 72-77

Powerpoint is here high low pressure revision y11

The knowledge organiser is here UK_Weather_Knowledge_Organiser_b (adapted from another geography teacher. (If any teacher know whom please let me know so I can credit. thanks)