Earth Day

Hello Geographers!

Monday 22nd April was Earth Day, an annual event that highlights environmental issues, asks people to think about their impact on the planet and make a pledge to make a positive environmental change in their lives.

I have been in lower school assemblies this week focusing on the issue of micro-plastics, an environmental issue that we are close to losing any control over and one which is the focus of Earth Day 2024 (check out the website at Earthday.org).

Microplastics are pieces of plastic under 5mm in diameter but given the properties of the plastic, they can go on to break down into smaller and smaller pieces. Oceanographers have detected microplastics in the oceans of diameters around 2 micrometres; that’s the thickness of spider silk!

These plastics are ingested by creatures in the oceans and enter the food chain, often with us at the top. We are still unclear on the impacts this has on human health, but certain microplastics have been detected in the bodies of many humans.

We can ALL play a part in reducing the amount of microplastics entering the natural environment and that is why I am asking if students will make a pledge to mark Earth Day and to do something to help tackle the microplastics issue. In Geography lessons next week, all lower school students will be given a pledge document and hopefully, they will commit to making at least one change in their lives, big or small, to reduce the amount of microplastics that they are responsible for.

I would love to see some of your efforts. Email me photos, a video or a description of what you have done. 

Mr Bowles

Curriculum Leader for Geography

Visitors from Hutton Grammar

On Friday 23rd February, we had visitors from the Hutton Grammar Sixth Form Centre. Miss Monaghan and three Geographers came to share their experience of studying the subject at A-level.

They gave a presentation on what sounded like exciting fieldwork opportunities, (at A-level, students decide their focus of study), lesson structure, topics covered and how they manage their time as A-level students. It was lovely to see Rebecca S, one of our Super Star Geographers from last year, (target – 6, achieved a grade 9), come back as part of the visit, and show current pupils, at PGHS the pathway ahead for their Geography studies.

If you want any further detail on studying A-level Geography, please drop in to see Mr Bowles who can show you a typical lesson, a textbook, some exam papers and the programme of study. Miss Monaghan at Hutton will also be happy to field any questions you might have; contact her at m.monaghan@huttongrammar.org

Mr Bowles
Curriculum Leader for Geography

GCSE Geographers

A particular well done to our Year 11 GCSE Geographers.  The Geography March Mock results were very pleasing, giving us and the students confidence for the summer. Year 11 have nearly finished the syllabus now – time grows short!

We recently had our GCSE fieldtrips to investigate the River Wyre in preparation for the Paper 3 exam in June. The staff were in agreement that the students were a credit to themselves; diligent in their data collection techniques and resilient in the face of some pretty cold conditions. Well done to all participants and thanks to the attending staff.

Mr Bowles

Curriculum Leader for Geography

Geography Department News

Hello Geographers!

Just a short edition this week (there will be an article next week detailing our GCSE Rivers Fieldtrip with Year 11), to share news of a recent event in the Department.

On Friday 23rd February, we had visitors from the Hutton Grammar Sixth Form Centre. Miss Monaghan and three Geographers came to share their experience of studying the subject at A-level.

They gave a presentation on what sounded like exciting fieldwork opportunities. At A-level, students decide their focus of study, lesson structure, topics covered and how they manage their time. It was lovely to see Rebecca S, one of our Super Star Geographers from last year come back as part of the visit (target – 6, achieved a grade 9!) and show current students at PGHS the pathway ahead for their Geography studies.

If you want anymore detail on studying A-level Geography, please drop in to see Mr Bowles who can show you a typical lesson, a textbook, some exam papers and the programme of study. Miss Monaghan at Hutton will also be happy to field any questions you might have for Geography A-Level; contact her at m.monaghan@huttongrammar.org

Mr Bowles,

Curriculum Leader for Geography

Virtual Fieldwork

Before the Christmas break, a number of Year 8 students took part in some virtual fieldwork. This came in two parts; firstly they tested their theory that river bedload changes downstream by surveying some samples collected from the river Wyre and made available them in school. They then backed this up by using Google Earth to measure the width of the River Wyre along it’s course.

Both data sets were presented in some very fancy graphs! Well done, Year 8!

Mr Bowles

Curriculum Leader for Geography

Geography Department News (January 2024)

Hi everyone,

It’s a new year and a new term in the Geography Department with all lower school years moving onto new areas of study.

Year 7 are exploring world population, which now stands at over 8 billion and is still rising. They will explore the challenges this poses and even at 8 million, why some places remain virtually empty of people. There will also be a look at the hot topic of migration.

Year 8 are shortly moving onto a unit on mountain landscapes – where they are, how mountains form and the physical processes that change them. We will finish by looking at how people tackle climbing the tallest peaks in the world.

Year 9 are looking at marine environments, which involves work on why the coast is crowded, world trade by sea routes and destruction of marine ecosystems such as coral reefs.

Stories from Pakistan

A Year 8 class recently had a “Meet a Geographer” event when we were joined in school by Prof. Candice Satchwell and Dr. Jacqueline Dodding (both from UCLAN) as part of the “Stories from Pakistan” project that looks into differing perceptions and impacts of climate change in different parts of the world. The students took great interest in learning about the lives of students at the Mian Gul Model School in Peshawar, and went to great efforts to produce their sections of an eventual video that was shared with the girls at Mian Gul. We introduced them to our school and some students even used their bi-lingual skills to talk in Urdu. Very impressive!

This was a useful insight into the lives of others and an excellent piece of independent work when it came to the videos. Both Prof. Satchwell and Dr. Dodding were very complimentary about the students, and have indicated they plan to come back to do some further work in 2024.

Mr Bowles

Curriculum Leader for Geography

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