Monday, 17 December 2007

River Processes

Year 10, you may find this video useful for your GCSE rivers work. Produced by Charlie Hannigan. Thanks Charlie.


You have all heard of myspace, bebo and Facebook, well now become a member of ning! Ning is another 'social network' site that allows people to communicate through the internet. I have recently set up a 'ning' for the Geography department in our school.

It can be found at

As pupil safety in my number 1 priority on the internet, this social network is by invitation only membership, therefore allowing me to decide who can and cannot join. So far the 'ning' has mainly been aimed at sixth form students but I would like to roll it out across all years. I have collected some email addresses for Year 9 pupils and will hopefully move towards other years soon. In the meantime, if you would like to join the abblanchgeography ning then send me an email with your name on, I will then send an invitation to your email.

Take part in the Geography social network. Dare you miss out!

Visit abblanchgeography

Merseyside Geographical Association Junior Quiz

I know that I haven't posted for a while now, just with the dark mornings and even darker evenings, its been quite a job to get through this term! The end is now near.
I would like to congratulate 3 year 9 girls, Olivia, Erin and Elle, who recently represented the school in the Merseyside Geographical Association Junior Quiz. All 3 girls represented the school in a fantastic fashion and against tough opposition they really gave it their best effort.
Thank you girls and well done.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Storm Surge Hits East Coast

News watchers over the past day or so would have noticed concerns over a tidal surge heading towards the east coast of the UK. Fears of flooding have lead to may people spending the night in temporary accomodation.

Initial fears have now passed as peak water levels have passed and people have started to move back into their homes in towns such as Great Yarmouth. The Thames Barrier was closed overnight to protect the capital city, London.

Follow the links below to read more about the surge:

Wind and tide bring flood threat

Minister urges calm over surge

Tidal surge 'poses grave danger'

Tidal surge residents 'helpless'

Tide fears recede as surge passes

Useful Websites:

Tides - Frequently Asked Questions

Environment Agency

Met Office

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Don't forget the Guinea worm!!

Year 8 came to the end of their development topic today with a visit by Jane Attar from ActionAid. Jane delivered two fantastic talks about development levels throughout the world, human rights and how people's rights are regulary denied in developing nations. Year 8 gained a clear insight in how ActionAid can help people to establish their human rights to help to develop their own communities.

We would now like Year 8 to come up with fundraising ideas to raise money for ActionAid in the work that they do. The ideas will be discussed in upcoming form time and hopefully Year 8 will have a project up and running before Christmas. Follow up todays talk on the ActionAid website

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Year 10 - Waterfall Models

Year 10 have begun their GCSE by studying river processes and landscapes. As their studies moved along the course of a river they begun to identify specific featues that occur along the course of a river. This led us directly to the formation of waterfalls. After looking at the main processes that lead to the formation of a waterfall, they worked as a group to create four models to demonstrate this

Here are the fantastic results!

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Volcano Models

As Year 13 continue to work relentlessly towards their A2 examination in January, we spent the lesson yesterday looking at plate boundaries and their associated volcanic activity.

In groups they were challenged to create models to show volcanic activity along constructive and destructive plate boundaries.

Here are the results!!