A new year and a new term in the Geography Department with all lower school years moving onto new areas of study.
Year 7 will shortly be using their knowledge on the weather to investigate hurricanes, with work on what an extra-tropical storm hitting Preston might be like. This will take the form of a news report, so will bring in creative writing skills.
Year 8 are working on development. This involves categorising countries into developing, emerging and developed using development indicators, before a study of Kenya and a look at aid.
Year 9 are looking at marine environments, which involves work on why the coast is crowded, world trade by sea routes and the destruction of marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs.
The Geography Libraries
A reminder that the Geography Department have both a small physical and a virtual library that students can access to read further around the subject they are studying.
Outside Room 39, students can find books on maps, oceans, travel, mountains and many more. Have a look, find something you fancy and bring the book to Mr Bowles to sign out. New books have been added recently, all related to recent topics of study.
In the SharePoint of their school Office 365 account, students will find the Geography Virtual Library (once in SharePoint, you can search for it).
Here, students will see separate pages for each year group containing suggested reading for those keen and interested Geographers. Clicking on a book cover will give you a sample of the book, usually about 20-30 pages, and if you like it, you can track it down on Amazon, second hand on eBay or at your local bookshop.
Fantasy Treasure Maps
One of the highlights of the year! Students in year 7 combined their range of cartography skills into awesome treasure maps. I picked the map produced by Evie F, which not only demonstrated highly realistic contour patterns, but also had an accompanying 3d model which very closely matched the map – geotastic! Evie’s prize was the Ordnance Survey Tease Hunt book, which you can find listed in the Geography Virtual Library on the SharePoint. Below are some pictures of my favourites and of Evie with her winning map.
Mr Bowles, Curriculum Leader for Geography