Monthly Archives: June 2012

Y10 Controlled Assessment Maps

Thanks to Fiona and Lucy who have created some maps you may wish to use for your controlled assessment.



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Y10 Revision

I will be checking emails through the evening (whilst watching the football), so please do feel free to send queries you have or answer to exam questions you have tried. I have received a lot already this week end but am happy to reply to do more

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Y10 Measuring Development

We have talked about how to measure development and the best way to measure it. Today I read an article that looked at “What country is it best to be a woman in”

This survey was conducted by the USA paper the New York Times. They looked at a group of countries called the G20. The G20 is made up of the owl rd’s biggest economies, so it nuclides those countries who produce the most and trade the most. This obviously includes the world’s wealthier countries (those with a high GNP) but also some countries that produce a lot because they have a huge population  these will have a lower GNP per person as the money will be spread thinner across so many people)

What is interesting for us as Geographers is what the survey used to measure development and how the survey shows that relying on GDP is not a good way to work out how developed a country is.

This survey looked at:

1)quality of health

2) freedom from violence

3)participation in politics

4) work place opportunities

5) access to resources such as education and property rights

6) freedom from trafficking and slavery.

What they found was that the USA is one of the worst ‘very rich’ countries to be a woman in mainly because of their higher death in child birth rates. Also they found that Canada is the best place to be a woman in because of both health care and their position at work

So what we can learn from this is

  1. that you need to measure a country’s development in many different ways and not just by wealth (GNP per person)
  2. classifying countries as LEDC and MEDC only is also too simple. Other factors need to be taken into account

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Dear Y10 and Y11

Are you revising, but not really achieving that much?

Try an exam question or two. Click on revision in the category cloud. Then scroll down. If you reach the bottom and your year group’s exam questions and papers haven’t appeared yet then simply click on ‘older posts’ in the bottom left of the screen and keep looking



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Excellent Revision by Year 10

Here are two EXCELLENT pieces of revision done by some of our own Year 10 pupils.

Revision on Blackpool case study – tourism topic

Revision on Water Aid in Uganda – Development topic

Both use honeycomb cards. both show a lot of good ideas and some links. Both were completed in 15 minutes. Look at them to see what is good about their ideas and their links. also think about what they didn’t have time to include. What else is there on these two topic you could include in an exam answer?

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Y10 revision on Development: I think the BBC likes you

That question in the mock “why is using LEDC and MEDc to classify countries of the world, considered no longer valid” well here is BBC showing the complexity of measuring and classifying countries.

There was a real social media storm especially on twitter after the Spanish President had said this week “Spain is not Uganda”. At the moment Spain has just asked for a HUGE loan from the rest of Europe so it can stop some its banks going bankrupt. The Spanish President was trying to point out that things maybe bad, but his country is not in as nearly a poor position as Uganda. People in uganda didn’t agree.

read the article by clicking here. Then look back at the exam question. What parts of the article and the table in it could you use to help you gain marks in the question? see how they use GDP but also life expectancy. Look at the interesting unemployment figures. Uganda has lower unemployment but also has a lower GDP? how can a country have more people i work but lbe less wealthy? what jobs are many Ugandans doing? What is the pay like for this work compared to many jobs in Spain?

What a great and useful article for you and your exams 🙂

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Y11 Coast exam questions to help your revision

Sometimes you can get stuck as to what to revise or how to revise. If thats the case, then the best method to use is nearly always to have a go at a couple of exam questions. So today I have dug up a couple of coasts’ questions to help you. You can send in your answers to me. You could revise for the question before or not. you can do both the question from your exam and from the other if you wish.

Foundation question from 2011: Describe the costs and benefits of soft engineering in managing a coastline (6 marks)

Higher  and foundation tier Question from 2010  Mass movement is a process that affects the coastal zone. Describe this process  (3 marks)

Higher tier Question from 2010 Explain why some coastal areas use a combination of both hard and soft engineering  (8 marks)

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