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Help for parents of year 11 pupils


These are the notes from our brief meeting on 10/10/17. 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
  2. Decision making exam
  3. Exam based on fieldwork (Studland last year & Salisbury next week)

 The bad news:

1/ Ask the exam board if they can tell you what a grade 4, 5 8, 9 they will say “Sorry but we can’t”

2/ So I can’t in all honesty tell you what your daughter needs to get a certain grade

The good news

I can tell you what your daughter needs to do to improve her work in geography and therefore get a higher grade than the one she is working at the moment.

  • 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 daughter what she 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)
  • 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 due out. The publication date keeps slipping. Today it is promised on 24/11/17. If this is good we will let you know. Price is £9
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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?