What a pleasure and a relief it is to be back at school and teaching face-to-face Geography lessons once again. Things are certainly different with Geography having to scale back our group tasks and practical work but on the bright side, Years 7 and 8 have an extra half hour of Geography each week – silver linings!
Year 7 start the year with a unit on what Geography is and some of the key skills required to be a good Geographer. There have been some excellent early homework tasks and students have been engaged and knowledgeable in lessons.
Year 8 has begun with a unit on river landscapes. This starts with the geographical processes and landforms, before moving onto flooding and river management. The level of detail being included in work and the standard of vocabulary have been impressive.
Year 9 is a year when we start to blend in some GCSE content and to raise the complexity of work. These students are investigating the spatial distribution of biomes around the world and how these are created by the shape and orbit of the planet. We will soon be looking more closely at tropical rainforests.
The GCSE students face a real challenge to maintain our usual high standards but great credit goes to both year groups for the work they have put in so far and the independent approach many are taking to their studies.
Something I always mention at this time of year is The Year 7 ‘Moving On Up’ work that many students completed over the summer holidays – this year the Great British Staycation saw more postcards and travel logs than ever! In total, there were 57 postcards from a wide range of locations; I really enjoyed receiving these! Thank you to everyone who took the time to write and send a postcard, and a particular mention for Mariella and Jessica, (both in 7S) who produced great travel logs for their trips to Anglesey and the canals of North Wales respectively.