Year 10, you may find this video useful for your GCSE rivers work. Produced by Charlie Hannigan. Thanks Charlie.
Monday, 17 December 2007
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 www.abblanchgeography.ning.com
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 BARLOW@blanch.org.uk with your name on, I will then send an invitation to your email.
Take part in the Geography social network. Dare you miss out!
Friday, 9 November 2007
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:
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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 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
Thursday, 27 September 2007
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.
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Hello and welcome back from our summer holidays. What a summer it has been! Well not in terms of sunshine and sitting out sunbathing, but on the geography front, as ever, there have been lots of geographical events! You think that geography stops whilst you are on holiday, your wrong!
Hurricane Dean signified the start of hurricane season around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Many tourists were affected as the Hurricane came ashore along the coast of Mexico. Click here to read more about Hurricane Dean and its effects.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Friday, 29 June 2007
The wait is now over!! As promised in earlier posts, here is the debut single from Year 10 Geographers titled "Rivers". Although they missed out on Glastonbury this year, hopes are high that they can claim top spot in the UK chart next week!
Listen to the track below and CLICK HERE to download the track for FREE. Better value than iTunes!!
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Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Mr Wilkinson has recently finished his PGCE placement at our school. Myself, Mrs Carson and Miss Tarpey would like to thank him for all of his hard work and inspirational ideas that he has brought to the department. I would also like to say thank you on behalf of the girls who have loved his lessons and learnt a great deal from his teaching.
Posted by J Barlow at 13:21
Friday, 8 June 2007
The G8 involves 8 member countries; Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, the USA, Canada and Russia. The Head of Governement from each country attends the summit to discuss a range of issues.
Of major importance this week has been the issue of climate change. An aim has been set this week to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050. Clearly this target needs to be kept to as the worlds climate continues to rise, threatening our planet. BBC G8 climate change report.
Also on the agenda has been the issue of Aids. The G8 leaders have pledged $60 billion to fight Aids in Africa. It is thought that the USA will pledge half of the money. Leaders from 6 African counries will attend the G8 summit today to discuss the pledge and to talk about issues such as fairtrade. Click here to view the BBC report in to the Africa Aids pledge.
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Thursday, 7 June 2007
Year 10 are about to hit the charts with their very own "river song"! Inspired by Mr Wilkinson armed with his Ocean Colour Scene CD, the girls were asked to come up with the lyrics to write a song about the formation of a river meander! The creative minds got to work straight away and the lyrics are now on paper. The recording session starts next week so listen out for the finished song. Available for download soon!!
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Year 8 have been looking at how to be prepared for a disaster, particularly earthquakes. This week they have been looking at how to create an earthquake survival kit. It is identified that the first 72 hours after an earthquake are critical for survival, so pupils have been devising kits to prepare for living with out essential services for upto 72 hours.
Therefore, www.72hours.org is an advisory website for the people of San Francisco, USA. It provides residents will vital information about how to be prepared for a disaster such as an earthquake.
Have a look at the site as it provides pupils with interesting information about how to plan and create an earthquake survival kit.
Monday, 28 May 2007
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
So, all the lessons ahave stopped and its almost over, bar the shouting, but Year 11 you don't get away that easily!!
I'm sure that you are all spending every given hour revising for your exams so here is a short video (produced by Daniel Raven-Ellison) to help along with your GCSE Geography exam.
Remember that you've worked so hard over the past 2 years, make sure that you get what you want!
Unsure of what each exam command word means?
Click here to downlaod a word document of exam comand words
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Year 7, as you are working fantastically well through your current topic of weather, I have found a few websites that will help you to learn about weather, but hopefully witha bit of added fun as well! All of the websites below contain games that are based around your weather topic. Enjoy playing the games, and learn about the weather at the same time.
BBC weather website games
web weather for kids
FEMA for kids - links weather with natural disasters
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Monday, 14 May 2007
Thursday, 10 May 2007
Population characteristics between MEDCs and LEDCs can often be quite striking. There are often key differences in the birth rate, natural increase, their stage in the Demographic Transition Model and population structure. The death rates of MEDCs and LEDCs, when compared can often be similar, although the death rates in LEDCs are falling due to advances in medication whilst death rates in MEDCs are rising slightly due to ageing populations.
Using birth rate as an example, we can examine a country's level of development. If a country can control it's birth rate then this is usually accompanied by a growth in national and personal wealth. With an increase in national wealth a government can spend funds on birth control campaigns and set up family planning clinics. With increase personal wealth, attitudes towards children change as they are seen as an economic burden rather than asset. Closing the gap between birth rate and death rate lowers the natural increase, which allows transition through the Demographic Transition Model.
Thursday, 3 May 2007
What is the water cycle?
The water cycle describes how the water on this earth circulates or goes around and around from the oceans to the atmosphere to the land and back to the oceans again. This means that the water that falls on you as rain has fallen a million times before.
Evaporation - Transfer of water from the sea to the air.
Transpiration - The transfer of water from plants to the air as gas.
Condensation - Water vapour changes back to water and forms as water droplets which are visible as clouds.
Precipitation - Moisture falls to the earth (rain, snow, hail)
Surface Run-Off - Water which lies on top of, or flows over, the ground.
Infiltration - The movement of water from the surface of the ground into the soil.
Groundwater - Water stored in rocks.
Hydrology - The study of water.
The water cycle helps us to understand our weather systems and how precipitation supplies our rainfall and how the sun affects the weather that we get in the UK.
Follow-up your interest in the water cycle by using the websites below:
Kidzone - Water
National Marine Aquarium website
bbc.co.uk - The water cycle
Met Office website
Animation courtesy of www.mrhall.org
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Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Posters will go up around school shortly and pupils will be able to complete a piece of work during lunch-time in T6.
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Monday, 30 April 2007
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Thursday, 26 April 2007
Having investigated the positive and negative impacts of MNCs on developing countries, your task isto create a case study of the impact of an MNC in Bhopal, India.
As with similar case studies, I would like you to create a Powerpoint slideshow and then upload your finished case study to the 'year12blanchgeograhy' slideshare website.
www.bhopal.org will the main source of information for your case study.
Divide your case study into the following sections:
- How the disaster happened?
- The effects?
- Union Carbide's response?
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
For all you avid geographers out there, the 'Give Geography It's Place' team have been campaigning for organisations to recognise Geography as a subject in its own right, not just bundled in with science.
A breakthrough has been made! In the the BBC news report below, the reporter uses the word 'Geographers' rather than going for the common term 'Scientists'. Is this the beginning of greater things for Geography? Lets hope so!!
Posted by J Barlow at 01:35
Friday, 20 April 2007
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Here is the information from the lesson to allow you to complete your diary entry.
Create a diary entry for this girl who was involved in the Kashmir earthquake.
What will her life be like?
What feelings will she have?
What has happened to her?
What does she need to do?
What will the future be like?
Sunday, 1 April 2007
Just a quick message to apologise for the lack of posts recently.
I have had my 'home' broadband cancelled as I try to switch providers. The 'lovely' Tiscali are testing my patience by not removing the 'tags' from my line. Therefore, I am left with no internet for over a month!
I hope to have the situation resolved soon (now OFCOM are involved!), so please return to the site soon as I will update a significant amount of information when I'm back online.
Posted by J Barlow at 06:53
Friday, 30 March 2007
People who are reading this will not know who the Chowdhury family are.
I taught Nazifa Chowdhury at Childwall Schhol. She was a delightful and enthusiastic geographer (and pupil). The situation that she and her family are now in is awful.
Please click on the web link below to read about their situation and PLEASE sign the petition.
PETITION TO RELEASE THE CHOWDHURY FAMILY
Thanks for your support.
Posted by J Barlow at 04:53
Friday, 23 March 2007
Friday, 16 March 2007
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
What is development?
GNP is a more relaible indicator of wealth in MEDC’s than LEDCs for two reasons:
1.The statistics for working it out are more likely to be readily available and more accurate.
2.Only the values of products sold are included in its calculation. Food produced by farmers for subsistence purposes (to feed themselves and their families) does not have a recorded money value. In LEDCs, farming remains the main occupation, so it is likely that the GNP represents and undervaluation for poor countries.
Follow up linksCyber School Bus InfoNation website. Allows you to compare development indicators for upto 6 countries.
Thursday, 1 March 2007
Year 7, you are now coming towards the end of your settlement unit of work. In the next 2 lessons you will be completing a 'levelled' decision making exercise (DME).
So what is a decision making exercise?
As you may have guessed by the title, it is an exercise where you have to make decisions! In this exercise you will have to decide the best location for building a new housing estate in the village of Woodford Halse.
During the 1st lesson you will look into the location of Woodford Halse and some history behind why the village has grown in the past.
Here are some notes from that 1st lesson.
- Woodford Halse is a small village in the south of England.
- Woodford Halse lies to the east of the A361 main road that links Banbury to Daventry.
- The village is a rural location, surrounded by open fields and farmland.
- The River Cherwell flows through the village.
- Surrounding villages include; Eydon, Hinton, Preston Capes and Byfield
To the south of the village there is evidence of disused railway lines that are now used as footpaths (see photo below)
Maps courtesy of get-a-map prvided by the Ordnance Survey
Photographs courtesy of www.flickr.com
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
- Play the simsweatshop game and investigate some of the stories behind the game as they appear, by clicking on 'What's the Story?'
- Below this post there is a 'comment' button. Click on this
- Leave a comment relating to what you thought about the game and what it's purpose was? Make sure you sign in with your first name and surame initial so that I know you have left a comment.
Saturday, 24 February 2007
Thursday, 22 February 2007
You have now begun to complete your report to your visit to the trafford centre. Your report is due in on either Monday the 5th March or Tuesday the 6th March, depending on which day you have geography.
Your homework task for the week beginning the 19th February is to complete task 2 from the instruction sheet. CLICK HERE to download the instruction sheet.
Your homework task for the week beginning the 26th February is to complete tasks 3 and 6 from the instruction sheet.
You will be supported to complete tasks 1, 4 and 5 in your Geography lessons in school.
Remember that this is a leveled assessment, therefore you need to use the assessment mountain and aim for your target grade that you recently recieved in your summative report. CLICK HERE to download the levels assessment mountain.
CLICK HERE to download the pedestrian count results so that you can complete task 5, the located bar graph exercise.
Good luck and if you need help, ASK FOR IT!!
Monday, 19 February 2007
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Saturday, 17 February 2007
1970's housing in Vauxhall, Liverpool
In recent Year 12 lessons we have discussed about how re-urbanisation has often led to the regeneration of inner-city areas by more affluent people. This has often displaced local residents or caused friction in communities as locals cannot afford inflated house prices, plus the influx of 'new' home owners changes the social breakdown of that community.
Clearly it is important when trying to regenerate inner city areas that the regeneration projects actually include those who are most in need to help, not just 'selling to the highest bidder'.
The Eldonian Village Project, Liverpool
The Eldonian Village Project in Liverpool is a world famous example of how local people worked in partnership to ensure that the inner city area of Vauxhall was regenerated with them in mind and so that the original local residents could continue to live in an established community.
Vauxhall Road 1930's
Vauxhall Road 1990's
The links below describe the project in more detail:
Building and Social Housing Foundation article that looks into the history of the project, how funding was achieved, how the project weas successful, innovations developed by the project and key factors to the success of the project.
Guardian article that looks into the success of the Eldonian Project.
The 'Eldonian's' Official Website comprehensive information from the Eldonian's themselves.