Monthly Archives: November 2011

y10 up to date news stories on Brazilian favelas

I have chosen these web articles because they show: what life in favelas can be like and what people are trying to do improve living conditions there. Those of you thinking of TOP grades should also begin to compare and evaluate these different improvement schemes.

Crime can be a real issue in favelas. recently there has been a big crackdown on this especially on drug related crime. This article looks at whether this is a good solution to a favelas problems. There is another article on the same topic here. This one links the police raids to the olympic games that rio is going to hold in 2014. Also there is an EXCELLENT MAP of Rio and the positions of the favelas there. also on drug raids I have found a good set of pictures showing them in a favela


Also there are two articles on moving people out of favelas. this is oftne called slum clearance. Here is the first and here is the second It is important that you know about different ways to deal with the problems of favelas. If you can compare different schemes that will get you great marks in the exam.


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Y10 Favela research work

These resources are all you need to complete a perfect piece of work on favelas

Firstly This is the instructions and the weblinks

Also this has the links to the BBC learning zone clips I showed you in the previous lesson.

Of course you shouldn’t forget our textbooks either.

Wider World pages 52-3 and pages 56-7. This is really good for the conditions and the way people have tried to improve shanty towns. But there is not really much on evaluating and comparing different schemes.

Then there is pages 86-7 in the BBC Bitesize revision book. Like most revision books there is a list of facts but not a lot of detail. They do explain the differences between 1) shanty town clearance, b) site and service plans and c) self help on page 87.

The final book is the AQA one “Understanding GCSE Geography” look at page 164-5 in here.

When you are writing this you should always remember the work we did on SOLO. Also look at the sheet that has the lists of connectives that help indicate what level or grade your research is heading towards. Especially take care to make links between the different conditions of the favelas and how people try to improve their living conditions.

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Year 8 School Weathering work

Here is the help sheet on writing up your work.

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Year 11 Volcanoes have advantages too






Here is an article about a volcano you have never heard of bringing advantages to a war torn country

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Y10 Another problem with road congestion

Some information from this article will help you when you write about traffic problems in MEDC cities (remember we studied Bath for this). This BBC news item talks about the links between air pollution from cars (especially Nitrous Oxides) and health problems. It then links health problems with how much they cost the country. So this article is definitely writing about a ‘C’ grade and is on at least the relational stage in the  SOLO taxonomy.

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Year 11 Help for your tsunami homework

Channel 4 have produced what looks like a superb resource
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