Monthly Archives: April 2014

Year 7 Amazon work


Hello to my Y7 groups: here are the resources that will help you with your “letter homework”

Here is the outline you could use to help you write the letter

This is a sheet that explains some peoples’ opinions (we covered most of these in our debate lesson)

And this is  a extremely detailed sheet outlining what you need to do to reach the level you are aiming for


Hope that all helps


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Revising Urbanisation


One of the things you need to know in the Changing Urban Environments topic in the AQA A GCSE syllabus is:

  • “Urbanisation”
  • What causes it
  • And how it is at different rates in different parts of the world.

You can learn nearly all of what you need to know from these short (some very short) BBC clips

This one explains urbanisation in the UK (1 minute 51 seconds)

Here is one that defines urbanisation and shows how it is different in richer and poorer parts of the world  ( 1 minute 37 seconds). You may be clever and see how out of date it is as it called richer parts of the world MEDC and poorer ones LEDC

This one is great on the causes, called PUSH and PULL factors, of rural to urban migration (countryside to town) in poorer parts of the world. Note how it is normally young people that make this move; why do you think this is? (3 minutes and 32 seconds)

That is a grand total of exactly 7 minutes. Pretty effective and efficient revision I’d say 🙂

God bless the BBC.




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Two Case Studies in one: Kenyan Tourism and Kibera as a squatter settlement


The lovely people at Channel 4 are hoping you with your GCSE Geography. They have written an article on foreign tourists going to Kibera as part of their vacation itinerary. Read this article and think to your self:

Are local people benefiting economically or socially?

Is this a type of sustainable tourism? How could you make it more sustainable?

Will it improve quality of life or standard of living in Kibera? How could their lives be improved more?

What do the tourists learn from their experience? What else do you think they could learn? Why might this be of more benefit for them and for people living in Kibera?

Click HERE for the link to the article


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Filed under AQA A GCSE, Changing Urban Environments, Kenya, squatter settlement, tourism

MEDC LEDC is so yesterday

Here is a 2:51 minute video that shows why dividing the world into LEDC/MEDC or developed/developing is out of date and no longer appropriate

(yes it is Hans Rosling again) you can follow him @HansRosling if you wish

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Filed under AQA A GCSE, development, Measuring development

Revising Bedzed


Bedzed is the case study we have used to show how an urban area can be sustainable. This is what you need to know for the exam ….

  • The characteristics of a sustainable city
  • Environmental: the importance of conserving historical and natural features, using brownfield sites, providing open spaces, reducing and disposing of waste
  • Social: including local people in decision making, providing an efficient public transport system
  • Economy: Including how local businesses are helped by this development

This powerpoint on the egan wheel gives you an idea of what makes an urban area sustainable. It is a bit vague, but if you can explain why each feature of this Egan Wheel is sustainable you will be doing  very well EGAN WHEEL

This powerpoint is a couple of years old now and is in an earlier post from 2011. It gives great place specific information (which will help you get a higher mark) as well as explaining how some of Bedzed’s features are sustainable. bedzed powerpoint

Finally here are 4 excellent 8/8 answers on how Bedzed is sustainable. They were done by pupils in the summer of 2012. 8 out of 8 answers on Bedzed

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Revising the Holderness Coast Case Study


Few case studies are more fundamental to a topic than this one. You will need to know:

1) Why the coast is eroding

This includes human, but is mainly physical factors. This powerpoint Reasons for rapid erosion explains all of that

2) The effects of coastal erosion

You will need to know about social, economic and environmental effects. This powerpoint Effects of erosion on Holderness Coast explains all of that

3) The pros and cons of different engineering strategies on the coastline

This is mainly about hard and soft engineering. Here is the powerpoint (not mine originally) on the pros and cons of different coastal defences hard and soft engineering But you will also need to know where these defences are on the coastline and for that you can use this Defending the Holderness coast

Now thats a lot of power points from lessons, but as I said this is a pivotal and impotent case study …….

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Filed under AQA A GCSE, Coastal Zone, Holderness