HOMEWORK

Homework is in date order with the most recent first. Please note I only teach Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays so scroll down to find the day when you have your lesson.

Week beginning Monday 15th January


Monday 14th January

YEAR 7: Revision please! Next Monday you have your end of unit assessment on map skills. You need to please revise the following using your class notes and Kerboodle! where you can find a digital copy of the textbook Geog.1 (chapters 1 and 2) to help you revise:

  1. Definitions of human, physical and environmental geography and examples of each
  2.  How the earth was formed (basic principles i.e. not in depth)
  3.  The 7 continents
  4. Which countries make up Britain, the UK and the British Isles
  5. 8 point compass
  6. Latitude and Longitude
  7. Scale (straight line distances only)
  8. Grid references (4 and 6 figure)
  9. Contours and relief: measuring altitude from contours

Tuesday 15th January

YEAR 8: Make a list of 10 food items and 5 clothing items around your home. Create a table to show where they have come from and which natural resources (from which countries) have been used to create them.

YEAR 9: Please revise thoroughly for your end of unit assessment on natural population dyanmics (part 1 of the “Dawn of the Anthropocene”unit ). You should use your revision list, glossary and especially your notes to help you revise. Your assessment will be on Tuesday 22nd January. You can find another copy of the revision list and glossary here: POPULATION GLOSSARY and Year 9 POPULATION REVISION LIST 2018.

YEAR 11: Please complete question 1 of your Paper 4 past paper for next Tuesday 21st January. Please see your emails for a digital copy.

 

 

Christmas homework!

Christmas homework is in year order, from Year 7 to Year 11 so please scroll down to find your year group:

Year 7 create a treasure map! Now that you have come to the end of your map skills unit I would like you to put together all your skills and your exploration of different types of cartography to create your very own, entirely fictional treasure map! This map should include everything in the list below but should also include clear instructions on how to find the treasure, using scale, direction and grid references e.g. start at grid reference 367918 and walk 1.5km North West towards the “Tree of Stars”, being careful not to walk through the “boiling mud pools” and when you reach the “Well of Terror” you must stop and turn to face due south etc.

Your map should include the following:

  • A title (name of the island)
  • A compass or North sign
  • A scale
  • Map symbols (these can be your own design)
  • A key/ legend (to explain the map symbols)
  • Numbered grids lines
  • Contours to show relief (hilly or flat areas)
  • Place names
  • On the back, or on a separate piece of paper, instructions on how to find the treasure!

Due in on Monday 14th January or Thursday 17th January whichever day you have your lesson. Please note you do not have to hand your map in to me at the start of term, you have until your 2nd lesson back. 

YEAR 8:  Please revise thoroughly for your end of unit assessment on “The Ground Beneath my Feet” (geology) and  “Extreme Environments” (biomes). Effective revision includes making notes from your exercise book. You may also use BBC bitesize (KS3) to help. You can find a copy of your revision list here: Year 8 2018 Geology and Ecosystems revision list. 

Your test will be in your first lesson back after Christmas i.e. Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th January depending on which day you have your lesson.

YEAR 9: Please revise thoroughly for your end of unit assessment on natural population dyanmics (part 1 of the “Dawn of the Anthropocene”unit ). You should use your revision list, glossary and especially your notes to help you revise. Your assessment will be on either Tuesday 15th or Thursday 17th January depending on which day you have your usual lesson. You can find another copy of the revision list and glossary here: POPULATION GLOSSARY and Year 9 POPULATION REVISION LIST 2018.

YEAR 10: Using your revision list, glossary and your own notes, please start revising for your end of unit assessment in food production. This will be on Thursday 10th January shortly after our return to school after Christmas. You can find a copy of the revision list here: Food production revision list and a copy of the glossary here: Food production glossary. You can also find a copy of your food production case studies here: Rockells Farm Food production farming system case study and Case study- Food shortage in Eswatini Swaziland

YEAR 11: You’ve guessed it! Revision please. Please resist the temptation to take the whole of Christmas off! Please have a really good rest but use the momentum of your Mocks to keep in touch with your geography revision and compile detailed revision notes on all your topics please.

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Homework is in date order with the most recent first. Please note I only teach Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays so scroll down to find the day when you have your lesson.

Week beginning Monday 10th December

Monday 10th December 

YEAR 10: Using your revision list, glossary and your own notes, please start revising for your end of unit assessment in food production. This will be on Thursday 10th January shortly after our return to school after Christmas. You can find a copy of the revision list here: Food production revision list and a copy of the glossary here: Food production glossary.

You can also find a copy of your food production case studies here: Rockells Farm Food production farming system case study and Case study- Food shortage in Eswatini Swaziland

Week beginning Monday 3rd December

Thursday 6th December

YEAR 7: you will have an extra geography lesson on Monday instead of History in order to catch up on the lesson you have missed. You have no homework until then and I have your books.

YEAR 9:

  1. Please complete your population past paper question, using your notes to help you. The last question, question C asks you to look at the causes of a low growth rate in Japan. Have a go! It’s great practice!
  2. Begin revising for your end of unit assessment on natural population dyanmics (part 1 of the “Dawn of the Anthropocene”unit ). You should use your revision list, glossary and especially your notes to help you revise. Your assessment will be on Thursday 17th January in the lesson. You can find another copy of the revision list and glossary here: POPULATION GLOSSARY and Year 9 POPULATION REVISION LIST 2018.

YEAR 10: Using your revision list, glossary and your own notes, please start revising for your end of unit assessment in food production. This will be on Thursday 10th January shortly after our return to school after Christmas. You can find a copy of the revision list here: Food production revision list and a copy of the glossary here: Food production glossary. 

You can also find a copy of your food production case studies here: Rockells Farm Food production farming system case study and Case study- Food shortage in Eswatini Swaziland

Tuesday 4th December

YEAR 8: sustainable farming in tropical rainforests: Acre, Brazil

  • Using your handouts, write a short report (minimum 3 paragraphs) explaining how farmers living in Acre (Brazil) managed to farm sustainably in their fragile ecosystem Include: a brief summary of the problems the people in Acre were facing, describe the solutions that the Acre farmers are trying, including how they work and why they are successful (give evidence!)
  • Extension: why do you think more farmers in poorer countries are not switching to sustainable farming?

YEAR 9: Please complete your population past paper question from the cover lesson, using your notes to help you. The last question, question C asks you to look at the causes of a low growth rate in Japan. Have a go! It’s great practice!

Monday 3rd December

YEAR 7: please complete your contour worksheets ready for next Monday’s lesson.

YEAR 10: You have until this Thursday 6th to complete the full past paper (open book) on food production. Read the questions carefully before you answer please and use the number of marks available to guide how many points you need to cover in your answer.

You can also finish watching the video on food issues which can be found here: BBC Future of Food

YEAR 11: Please can you have a go at the past paper question on Development (open book). Much of this knowledge you already have as a cumulative result of having studied all our topics so far. For the case study question you should begin researching the transitional corporation Nike (transnational means has offices in more than one country) and look at how and where it began, where it initially expanded to and why, where it has its offices today (and why) and look at where its highly skilled jobs are  located compared with its low skilled jobs. You should also include a summary of its current size, turnover and the nature of its services or products.

Due in in the lesson on Tuesday (11th)

Week beginning Monday 26th November 

Thursday 29th November 

YEAR 7: Please complete the 2 worksheets on scale that you were given in today’s lesson. Remember to measure distances accurately on the paper before using the scale to convert them to real-life distances. Books and homework in next lesson.

Extension: please complete the volcanoes latitude and longitude worksheet, remembering that the lines of longitude (vertical lines) follow a curve which you will need to follow in order to get an accurate coordinate. The lines of latitude (horizontal) are not curved but straight. You measure latitude (how far north or south of the equator) first, then longitude (how far east of west of the Prime Meridian).

YEAR 9: please finish watching the video on ageing populations in Japan: Ageing Japan.

Extension: investigate the ageing population in the UK. What evidence can you find of issues surrounding the care of the elderly in the UK and what is causing these issues?

YEAR 10: You have until next Thursday 6th to complete the full past paper on food production. Read the questions carefully before you answer please and use the number of marks available to guide how many points you need to cover in your answer.

You can also finish watching the video on food issues which can be found here: BBC Future of Food

Tuesday 27th November

YEAR 8: Design your own animal! Please choose a world biome and then design, draw and annotate (label) an animal of your own creation that has adapted to this biome’s climate, animals and plants. You should try to include physical adaptations such as webbed feet, scaly armour, blubber or fur and behavioural adaptations such as hooting, dancing to attract a mate, circling its prey etc. Please draw on plain paper or google document. You must ensure you explain all the features of your animal but it can be as strange and as wonderful as your imagination allows! For next lesson please.

YEAR 9: Using the handout on HIV and Aids in Botswana given to you in today’s lesson, please answer the questions on the sheet which explore the impact an epidemic such as HIV can have on a population.

Monday 28th November

YEAR 7: Please complete your Harry Potter grid reference worksheet and complete your European scale task using the map provided. Remember to convert your distance on the map from cm to km. Homework and books due in on Monday 3rd please.

YEAR 11: Using your textbook and the chapter on intentional development to help you, please complete your worksheet on development. For Tuesday 4th December please.

 

Week beginning Monday 12th November

Thursday 15th November

YEAR 7: please complete your latitude and longitude worksheet from class plus your latitude and longitude volcanoes of world worksheet

YEAR 9: New Heading:HIV and AIDS in Botswana. Using your hand out: please answer questions 15 a, b and c AND the discussion point question.

Tuesday 13th November

YEAR 8: Using the worksheet on Borneo’s climate provided, please plot a climate graph (using your graph paper) for Borneo and answer all the questions on the sheet. The extension question is optional but I would strongly encourage those of you already thinking of geography at GCSE to have a go.

Monday 12th November

YEAR 7: please complete your latitude and longitude worksheet from class plus your latitude and longitude volcanoes of world worksheet

Week beginning Monday 5th November

Thursday 8th November

YEAR 9: using your population pyramids and demographic transition model to help you, write a detailed paragraph or two explaining what you think might be the social, economic, environmental, political (SEEP) challenges/problems facing the government of countries in Stage 5 of the Demographic Transition Model. Hint: look at the number of babies being born and how many people there are over the age of 65 (i.e. not paying taxes any more)…

YEAR 10: Please revise for your earthquakes and volcanoes test next week.

Week beginning Monday 29th October

Hope you all had a great half-term!

Monday 29th October

YEAR 10: please look up the Japan 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the 1997 eruption of Soufrière Hills in Monsterrat on YouTube to see some of the footage of these two major seismic events that will be your case studies for this topic. Begin preparing for your end of unit assessment on Thursday 8th November.

YEAR 7: Please ensure you have now completed your full world map. You must bring this to our next lesson on Monday

Tuesday 30th October

YEAR 8: 

You have 2 weeks to prepare an A4 or A3 poster describing in detail a world biome of your choice. You must include the following information:

  1. the location of your biome across the globe and examples of countries where your biome is found
  2. a description of the climate of your biome (how much rainfall, average temperature, are there any wet/ dry or hot/cold seasons) and ideally include a climate graph if you can find one)
  3. A description and images of typical plants and animals found in your biome and any interesting adaptations (physical or behavioural features that they have to help them survive in their biome) that they have e.g. the rattlesnake is cold blooded to cope with the heat and camouflaged to avoid predators and the cactus stores water in its stem to survive dry periods and has small needles to reduce transpiration and deter predators etc.)
  4. any additional interesting facts you would like to share.

DUE IN TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER IN LESSON

Week beginning Monday 15th October 

Tuesday 16th October

YEAR 8: Create your own geological timeline!

1)Draw a line along the middle of your page. Put 4,600 million years at one end and 2018 A.D at the other end. This will be your timeline.

2)Cut out and stick in in order the key events from the geological past (statements from your handout) to create your own detailed timeline.
3) Cut out and stick in the images that you think match some of these geological events. There are not images for all of the events and you are free to choose and add any additional or alternative images of your choice.
YEAR 10: Complete, if you have not already done so, your earthquakes and volcanoes past paper questions.
YEAR 11: Mocks revision

Monday 15th October

Year 7: please complete your world map, adding all visible countries. Please do not miss ANY out!!

Week beginning Monday 8th October

Thursday 11th October

Year 7: please complete your world map, adding all visible countries. Please do not miss ANY out!!

Year 9: using your photocopy of the textbook pages please complete your table describing the impact that social, economic, environmental and political influences have on birth rates and death rates. To bring to the next lesson please.

Week beginning Monday 1st October

Monday 1st October

YEAR 7: Continuing with your world map, this week I would like you to label all the visible countries in Africa and South America. You should have completed Asia and Oceana last week…

YEAR 11: Please complete the past paper questions you were given in today’s lesson. These are a combination of Paper 1 and Paper 2 questions. Timing: approximately 40 minutes (50 minutes with extra time). Due next Monday (8th) in your lesson please.

Week beginning Monday 24th September

Thursday 27th September

YEAR 7: Continuing with your world map, this week I would like you to label all the visible countries in Africa and South America. You should have completed Asia and Oceana last week…

Tuesday 25th September

YEAR 8: Weathering walk. Rock is not the only substance that weathers. So does metal, brickwork, paintwork etc. Try to take 3 or 4 pictures of weathering at home or in the garden. State where you’ve seen it, what it is an image of and annotate (label) to explain what type of weathering has occurred.

IDEAS: See if you can see any chemical weathering from water or any oxidation (rust). Look for any physical weathering including exfoliation of paintwork or brickwork (heating, cooling, cracking) any freeze-thaw (maybe cracked stones in the garden) and any biological weathering e.g. tree roots or plants such as ivy on brickwork, tarmac, paving stones etc. For more information see here: Bitesize types of weathering

Please stick your pictures into your book, label them and bring to our next lesson on Tuesday 2nd October.

YEAR 9: 

You have been given a sample exam paper to look at. Please have a go at answering all the questions. This is a new layout for you, but the content of the questions are not new.

TIPS: Unless asked, you only need to describe what the graphs show, you don’t need to explain the reasons for the patterns you can see. Start by describing the overall trend (increase? decrease?) and mention any anomalies (data that does not fit the overall trend) such as a period when the pattern slowed or accelerated. Use statistics from the graph as evidence. Here is an example:

In Figure XYZ you can see that population of mice in Cambridge has steadily declined from 1950 to 1990,  starting with a population of over 20,000 in 1950 reducing to almost half in 1950 when the population was 11,000. There was a slight increase of 1,000 in 1982 but they dropped again in 1983.  

For questions 1 a iii) and 1 b iii) use SEEP (Social, Economic, Environmental and Political) to help you cover as many ideas as possible.

 

Monday 24th September

YEAR 7 Please begin filling in the countries on your world map. This week I would like you to label all the countries big enough to see within Asia and Oceana ONLY.

Week beginning Monday 17th September

Thursday 20th September

YEAR 7: Please begin filling in the countries on your world map. This week I would like you to label all the countries big enough to see within Asia and Oceana ONLY.

YEAR 9: 

You have been given a sample exam paper to look at. Please have a go at answering all the questions. This is a new layout for you, but the content of the questions are not new.

TIPS: Unless asked, you only need to describe what the graphs show, you don’t need to explain the reasons for the patterns you can see. Start by describing the overall trend (increase? decrease?) and mention any anomalies (data that does not fit the overall trend) such as a period when the pattern slowed or accelerated. Use statistics from the graph as evidence. Here is an example:

In Figure XYZ you can see that population of mice in Cambridge has steadily declined from 1950 to 1990,  starting with a population of over 20,000 in 1950 reducing to almost half in 1950 when the population was 11,000. There was a slight increase of 1,000 in 1982 but they dropped again in 1983.  

For questions 1 a iii) and 1 b iii) use SEEP (Social, Economic, Environmental and Political) to help you cover as many ideas as possible.

YEAR 10

Research task. You need to investigate and write a summary on the causes of the Japan 2011 earthquake and the 1997 Mount Soufriere eruption in Montserrat.

  1. You should identify and name the tectonic plates they are on, what type of plate boundary they sit on and then explain the processes that have caused the movement of their plates and resulted in the volcano and earthquake. At this stage you do not need to explain how the volcano or earthquake itself was caused, just the plate movement. Hint: they are both on the same type of plate boundary…so the same processes apply to both

Please complete on a google doc and bring to next lesson.

 

Tuesday 18th September

YEAR 8: 

  1. Please complete your poster describing in detail your chosen rock sample including its composition (what it is made of), its properties (how hard/soft/ layered/ big or small crystals etc. it is), examples of where it is found, how it formed and try to include what it can be used for. Please include images and clear labels as these will go on display. Due next lesson (Tuesday 25th September)
  2. Please buy a chocolate bar!  You need to choose a chocolate bar that you think has similar properties or composition to one of the 3 rock groups. Please bring this UNEATEN (!) to our next lesson (Tuesday 25th September) ready to explain to the class which rock group it represents e.g. a KitKat bar has clear layers, is brittle and breaks easily and is relatively soft,  like a sedimentary rock etc.

 

YEAR 9: Please add to your research on your chosen NIC, MEDC and LEDC countries the following information:

a) the country’s population density (please divide the total population by the total area of your country (in square km) to calculate – by yourself -its population per square kilometre

b) the population growth rate for each country. This is its birth rate (not fertility rate) minus its death rate. Please note that this may be a negative or a positive number.

Bring your books to next lesson to be handed in.

 

Monday 17th September

YEAR 7: please complete your poster on the continent or country you have been assigned, ready for next lesson.

YEAR 10: any past papers should be handed in by the end of Tuesday lunchtime.

YEAR 11: Please complete all the questions on the Borneo climate handout, using the graph paper to create an accurate climate graph. Remember, temperature should be shown as a red line graph and rainfall as a blue bar graph. The y axis are rainfall (in mm) on one side and average temperature (degrees celsius) on the other, and the x axis should show the months of the year. You will need to complete the graph first in order to answer the questions so make sure it is accurate! Due Monday 24th September.

A reminder that your past papers are due in by Tuesday lunchtime (on your return from your Science trip)

Week beginning Monday 10th September

Thursday 13th September

YEAR 7: please complete your posters for next lesson

YEAR 9:

  1. Please complete your analysis of the two graphs showing population growth that your were given in today’s lesson and answer the following questions: a) what has happened to total world population over time? and b) Has and will population grow evenly across the world? Make sure you use evidence (statistics from the graph) to support your answers.
  2. Please add to your research on your chosen NIC, MEDC and LEDC countries the following information: a) the country’s population density (please find out the total area of your country and divide it by its total population to calculate – by yourself -its population per square kilometre and b) the population growth rate for each country. This is its birth rate (not fertility rate) minus its death rate. Please note that this may be a negative or a positive number.
  3. Bring your books to next lesson to be handed in.

YEAR 10: please complete your past paper on industry for next lesson. Textbooks are available to borrow to help if required.

Tuesday 11th September

YEAR 8: Most metals come from minerals extracted from rocks. Two important minerals are hematite and bauxite: choose one mineral and write a paragraph about it explaining where it is mined, which metal it gives us and what it its used for.

YEAR 11: Please complete your past paper question on Energy for next Tuesday’s lesson. Open or closed book (please let me know which)

Monday 10th September

YEAR 7: POSTER TIME!! You need to make a poster that a Year 6 pupil would find appealing and helpful describing the country or continent you were assigned in lesson. Use pictures and words to describe the following:

  • Where your place is located on globe (neighbouring countries or oceans?)
  • Its population
  • Its size (square kilometres)
  • Name some countries that belong to this continent/ major cities if it is a country
  • Describe the climate (how much does it rain, what is the usual temperature? Does climate vary across continent?)
  • What is its physical geography (any mountains? Long rivers? Flat areas? desert? Physical landmarks?)
  • Any famous human landmarks/ places e.g. the Eiffel tower
  • Include examples of flora and fauna (plants and animals)
  • Any interesting facts (e.g. it is the biggest continent, safari destination etc.)
  • Remember to tell me where you got this information from e.g. a web address like http://ngkids.co.uk/places and to LABEL your pictures!

You have 2 weeks to complete this poster. They are due in on Monday 24th September in our lesson. Remember! there will be merits for the best posters and they will going on display in our humanities classroom…

YEAR 9: Choose three countries: an LEDC, an NIC and an MEDC. Produce a fact file detailing the birth rate, death rate, fertility rate, infant mortality. life expectancy and population pyramid for ALL 3 countries please. Try to choose a different country to those you studied in Year 8. The CIA world fact book is a useful source CIA factbook and try google images for population pyramid sources (sometimes known as age-sex pyramids). DUE next lesson (Monday 17th September).

 

 

Thursday 6th September

YEAR 7: POSTER TIME!! You need to make a poster that a Year 6 pupil would find appealing and helpful describing the country or continent you were assigned in lesson. Use pictures and words to describe the following:

  • Where your place is located on globe (neighbouring countries or oceans?)
  • Its population
  • Its size (square kilometres)
  • Name some countries that belong to this continent/ major cities if it is a country
  • Describe the climate (how much does it rain, what is the usual temperature? Does climate vary across continent?)
  • What is its physical geography (any mountains? Long rivers? Flat areas? desert? Physical landmarks?)
  • Any famous human landmarks/ places e.g. the Eiffel tower
  • Include examples of flora and fauna (plants and animals)
  • Any interesting facts (e.g. it is the biggest continent, safari destination etc.)
  • Remember to tell me where you got this information from e.g. a web address like http://ngkids.co.uk/places and to LABEL your pictures!

You have 2 weeks to complete this poster. They are due in on Thursday 20th September in our lesson. Remember! there will be merits for the best posters and they will going on display in our humanities classroom…

YEAR 9: Choose three countries: an LEDC, an NIC and an MEDC. Produce a fact file detailing the birth rate, death rate, fertility rate, infant mortality. life expectancy and population pyramid for ALL 3 countries please. Try to choose a different country to those you studied in Year 8. The CIA world fact book is a useful source CIA factbook and try google images for population pyramid sources (sometimes known as age-sex pyramids). DUE next lesson (Thursday 13th September).

YEAR 10: Research either the inputs, processes or outputs (you will be assigned this in class) for the Cambridge Science Park and bring the information to our next lesson on Monday (10th). Think about physical and human factors where relevant and include statistics in your answers. A good starting place is the science park’s own website: https://www.cambridgesciencepark.co.uk where you can find lost of information, as well as having a good look at the site on google maps.

For inputs: think about all the physical (natural) inputs that have gone into the science park e.g. how much land, what type of land (brownfield/ greenfield?. the geology, the climate, relief etc. and the human inputs such as how many buildings, what type of buildings, any car parks, any services from childcare to restaurants, any transport and communication links etc. All these inputs come together to enable or facilitate the processes (research, telecoms etc.) that happen in the various businesses at the Park. N.B capital and electricity will also count as inputs.

For processes: Remember, the processes of an industry include all the activities that take place in order for a business/ job to be carried out e.g, in farming it includes ploughing, sowing seeds, watering, harvesting, storing, transport etc. For the quaternary sector (like the Science Park) it will involve the tasks that workers undertake e.g. meetings, research, phone calls etc. as well as any storage, manufacture or transport of goods such as medicines. So first of all, you need to find out what kind of businesses are located at the science park, what products they produce and then you can look up/ work out what processes might be involved.

For outputs: the outputs of an industry are what products (material or immaterial such as information or knowledge or medical aid etc.) that a business or activity result in. First of all, you need to find out what kind of businesses are located at the science park, and find out what products they produce. Remember, profit and waste are outputs from most industries so try to find out how much profit (capital) the Park makes each year or focus in on a few companies as examples.

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