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Somerset Floods

somerset levels flood

1/ Why is this bridge vulnerable to flooding?2/ What is a culvert and how could it help at this location?

The Somerset levels flooded badly in 2013. you need to know about

  • Why did they flood? (not really covered in this article)
  • Who was affected and
  • What have people done to try and lessen the impacts for next time it happen?


Here is a video about the floods: What are the social and economic effects of the flood in the short term?


Read this BBC article

It says near the start of the article that:

The project involves widening the River Sowy as well as de-silting and raising banks along the King Sedgemoor’s Drain.

Task: There are 3 hard engineering strategies mentioned in the sentence. Describe how each of these helps stop a river from flooding

One of the people in charge of rivers in Somerset (now there’s a job for a geographer) said this

“You could potentially see massive benefits and massive reductions in the amount of floodwaters that are retained on the fields and villages of Somerset.”

Task Why is having less water retained on the fields and villages a good thing for the people and economy of Somerset? Think of chains of reasoning and knock on effects for this answer


Sydney: A global city trying to solve its transport problems


Sydney is a global city. It is located in Australia which is a HIC (High Income Country)At St Edmund’s we also studied Mumbai (in India, an LIC) as an example of a global city. Watch this one minute video to improve your understanding of what people are trying to do to improve the transport in Sydney CBD.

Now answer these questions:

  • What is the name of the busiest train station in Sydney?
  • What is the increase in the number of commuters using this train station?
  • Write a list of the improvements that are being made as part of Central Walk. For each one ask yourself “So what? So What is the advantage for transport in Sydney. (An example: the central walk is underground SO this means pedestrians can move quickly and more safely between stations. Also traffic above ground is less delayed.)
  • Finally how are Sydney’s transport problems and solutions similar and different to Mumbai’s? (read another post from the blog to help you answer this. Click here)

There is also an article on the same subject from the Sydney Morning herald – Link here 


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Tawai: New Bruce Parry Film


If you have been to a geography lesson at St Edmund’s school over the last few years, chances are you will have seen a clip from ‘Tribe’ or ‘Amazon’. We love Bruce Parry for getting to the heart of a place and its people and letting us see them with so few veils in the way. I can therefore categorically pronounce that I will be seeing this new feature length documentary as soon as I can (though it may not make it to Salisbury cinema alas)

The Time Out review makes it look even more interesting

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Project Puffin


Just look at the geography in this RSPB project! The map is vital and central to their studies. The knowledge about climate change and its affects on food chains is also central and exactly what we look at in year 9 and year 11 Geography lessons

600 people have sent in 1400 photos of Puffins and tagged the location so that the scientists can look for patterns in where the puffins are and what they are feeding on.

Here is a similar story from National geographic that is 8 years old. Which shows how long the problem has been going on for.


Thinking Questions:

  1. What is happening to sea temperatures?
  2. What is the name of the Puffins favourite food (especially for feeding their young)?
  3. How has sea temperature change affected this fish?
  4. How does the scarcity of this fish change puffins breeding habits? and how has it affected where they have to find their food?


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The effects of globalisation in Nepal

Excellent video, if a little challenging for GCSE students, on Nepal and how it has been affected culturally and economically by globalisation. With a level of insight you wouldn’t find in a text book. Attached are some questions to help pupils break down and understand all the ideas.


Questions here nepal and globalisation questions