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Get a better GCSE grade by testing yourself


Looking at all the study on studying, the best way to revise is to include self-testing (teachers can read this article here and thank you to @C_Hendrick on twitter for showing me it).

I am attaching a 20-25 mark test for each of our 6 topics. none of them of course, cover the whole topic, however they do at least give you an idea about what you DONT YET KNOW WELL ENOUGH. My advice would be to

  1. take the test
  2. check your answers
  3. revise the areas you were weakest at
  4. take the test again a couple of days later
  5. do some exam questions on the topic

click on these 2 links

Questions for self testing

All the answers

Don’t cheat 😉


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Rutland Reservoir

You need to know the problems of water supply in the UK (which is basically there is enough water for us all but lots falls in the north and west, whereas people mostly live in the south and east). Also you need to know about the case study of one reservoir in the UK. we look at Rutland Water for this … there is a lot of good information for this in the revision guide (here’s the page)

You could also test your knowledge with this simple but handy quick test video I found on you tube.

Also this powerpoint is a very useful one slide summary of the case study Managing the UK_s water linked to Rutland

Finally here is an exam question from 2013 higher paper you could attempt to text how well prepared you are ….

“Discuss the issues which result from building dams and reservoirs” (8 marks) 

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Levees and Floodplain – 2 useful Videos

Haven’t seen this one before. Its brief and good 🙂


Here’s the one I normally show, which is also good. It is though mainly aimed at AS and A level


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Hans Rosling

We have used Mr Rosling’s videos and talks SO much over the years and are grateful for the way he has educated our students in a way we could not have without his help. But rather than look at one of his talks again I wanted to share this as I LOVE the way he uses facts and data to show how the world is. He was a great geographer we and made hundreds of our pupils become better geographers too. Thank you Hans

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All past papers for the Foundation Physical Paper

The best way to revise ALWAYS includes answering exam questions! here are EVERY SINGLE past paper, mark scheme and insert. Enjoy!

2016 foundation physical PAPER

2016 Foundation physical INSERT

2016 foundation physical MARK SCHEME


2015 physical foundation PAPER

2015 physical foundation INSERT

2015 physical foundation MARK SCHEME


june 14 fdtn physical PAPER

june 14 fdtn physical INSERT

june 14 fdtn physical MARK SCHEME


paper 2013 physical exam paper 1

2013 foundation insert for paper 1 physical geography was too big to attach!! please go to AQA website)

mark scheme 2013 foundation physical


Foundation question paper 2012

INSERT 2012 fdtn physical paper 1

Foundation mark scheme 2012


2011 physical fndtn PAPER

2011 physical fndtn INSERT

2011 physical fndtn mark scheme

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All past papers for the foundation Human Paper

The best way to revise ALWAYS includes trying past questions. So here is every past paper for the last 5 years for AQA A GCSE Geography foundation Paper 2 the Human Paper. Mark schemes and inserts also included🙂

June 2016 Human foundation PAPER

June 2016 Human Foundation INSERT

June 2016 human foundation MARK SCHEME


June 2015 foundation PAPER

June 2015 fndtn insert

June 2015 fndtn mark scheme


Jun14 Human FoundationPAPER

Jun14 Human Foundation INSERT

Jun14 Human Foundation MARK SCHEME


June 2013 Human Foundation Paper

2013 Foundation Human Insert – too big to load! please check AQA website

June 2013 Foundation Mark Scheme Human


June 2012 Human foundation paper

2012 Foundation Human Insert – also too big a document. Please try AQA website

June 2012 Human mark scheme foundation


June 2012 Human Foundation paper

human Foundation insert June 2011

human Foundation mark scheme June 2011


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Rivers Assessment new Eduqas GCSE B


Before I start can I say that this work was only produced because of the excellent support given me by Andy Owen, the Geography GCSE officer at EDUQAS and my highly skilled colleague @MrsBRoycroft.

Well this is my first post for our new GCSE. We have gone with EDUQAS B and are finding it quite a leap from AQA A. Like all teachers we are very anxious about the new grades, grade boundaries and grade descriptors. Let alone the new questions that will be asked on the new papers. This post doesn’t come to close to solving all these problems. It is just our first stab at assessing pupils skills and knowledge at GCSE.

We started Year 10s on the Rivers topic as we felt that a little more secure in that than other topics we hadn’t taught before. At the end we decided to assess them with a department written “exam question” worth 12 marks to give the more able something to reach for, whilst the less able were helped by a writing frame and with more time than will be allotted them in the final exam. (The 60 pupils we teach range in predicted grades from 3 to 9.)

We have relied heavily on the WJEC and EDUQAS recommended text book. The assessment question we set is based on the resources in the GCSE text on the Somerset Levels to be found on pages 130-133. We also used a Geoactive number 549 from January 2016 on the Somerset Levels floods of 2014. Finally we found some lovely photos and lesson ideas that Noel Jenkins produced.

  1. The Geoactive was set as a preparation homework. They did the first 5 questions only.
  2. The lesson was started with Noel Jenkins powerpoint as the questions there helped a class discussion that would cover the homework. Pupils could then adjust their homework answers accordingly. (We weren’t going to mark the homework as well as the assessment after all)
  3. Then the Somerset Levels action plan as outlined in the text book was discussed and finally the assessment task was explained. 1, 2 and 3 took around about an hour and a 1/4 leaving 40 minutes of the double lesson for the assessment to be completed (a similar question in the real exam would take half of that, but it is their first time of answering such and the extra time give many more confidence.
  4. We used the mark scene for a similar 12 mark question from the sample paper. This can be found on pages 84-5 of the sample paper. We gave a SPAG mark, mainly to impress on pupils the importance of spelling et al as we don’t yet understand how you get a 1, 2, 3 or 4 for SPAG yet)

The resources are below

The EBIs were based solely on the mark scheme. We just wrote the number of the EBI on the work to save time. Also we gave a spelling test after on all the common mistakes. Pupils then had to write out 3 times all mistakes they made in the test ( but not the ones they made in the assessment)

Finally, this shared in the hope that some other teachers will find it useful and try some parts of it in their own lessons. I really would welcome any feedback at all and of course am happy to ‘borrow’ your resources for EDUQAS B in return to trail in our lessons 🙂


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