Friday, 30 March 2007

Deportation of the Chowdhury family

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.


Thanks for your support.

Friday, 23 March 2007

Year 7 - Europe Physical Features

Video from the lesson today.

Listen to the song and write down the geographical words!

An excellent starter activity from our PGCE student Mr Wilkinson.

Friday, 16 March 2007

Year 12 - Decline in Manufacturing

Powerpoint from Year 12 lesson.

Year 12 - Economic Activity

Powerpoint from recent Year 12 lesson.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Liverpool Geography Teachers Meeting

I have posted the resources that I used to present to Liverpool Geography teachers about blogs.

CLICK HERE to download the blog user guide.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Year 11 - An introduction to development

What is development?

Development almost means the same as ‘wealth’. Although wealth is an economic factor, variations in wealth affect quality of life, health, literacy and housing, which are examples of social conditions. Therefore development can be measured by both economic and social factors.

Countries can be observed at being at different levels of developement. We often categorise countries as 'developing' or 'developed'. The developing countries are known as Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDC), whilst the developed countries are known as More Economically Developed Countries (MEDC). Of course it is almost impossible to split countries into either of these categories, but various methods of measurement are used to assess whether a country is an MEDC or LEDC.

Location of MEDC's and LEDC's

Although it is difficult to split MEDC's and LEDC's, the diagram above displays the Noth/South divide that tends to separate the two. MEDC's are mainly located in the northern hemisphere and dominate the continents of North America and Europe. The exception to this rule is Australasia, which is located in the sothern hemisphere. Japan is seen as the only representative from Asia, though this is changing rapidly. The LEDC's are located mainly in the couthern hemisphere and dominate the continents of Africa, South America and Asia.
As mainly Asian countries continue to industrialise this image will be subject to change as we see increased wealth in countries such as China.
Measuring Development
GNP (Gross National Product) per person is the most widely used indicator of a country’s level of development. It is the US dollar value of a country’s final output of goods and services in a year, divided by its population.

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.
There are various further measures of a countries level of development. These include factors such as:
Birth rate - The number of live births per 1000 of population.
Death rate - The number of deaths per 1000 of population.
Infant mortality - The number of deaths in babies before the age of 1 per 1000 of population.
Adult Literacy rate - The percentage of people over the age of 15 who can read.
Number of people per doctor - The average number of people for each doctor.
Population with access to safe water - The percentage of people with a safe water supply nearby.
Food consumption - Food intake in calories per day, minimum 2000.
Urban population - The percentage of people who live in cities.
Children in primary school - The percentage of children under 11 who go to school.
Energy consumption - The average amount of fuel used by one person in a year. Measured in kilograms of oil.

Follow up links

BBC GCSE Bitesize geography: What is development?

Cyber School Bus InfoNation website. Allows you to compare development indicators for upto 6 countries.

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Year 7 - Woodford Halse

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.
  • It is located 15km north east of Banbury, 20km south west of Northampton, 10km south of Daventry and 15km north west of Milton Keynes.
  • The M1 motorway runs to the east of the village, whilst the M40 runs to the west. Both motorways provide a direct road to London.
  • There is a main railway station in Milton Keynes that provides a train service to London.
  • Birmingham International Airport is to the north west.
  • 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
Woodford Halse contains the services that we would expect to find in a village. It has a church (see photo below), a Post Office, a public house and a carniferous woodland area located inbetween Woodford Halse and Hinton.

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