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Year 11 Edexcel B revision

Aylesford Year 11 students! Here are the revision materials from Mr Cracknell for your course!






Unit 1 will be in your PPE mock exam in November.




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Hengistbury Head fun

Well here we go! It’s nearly time for me to leave you Year 11, and I just know that you will do so well in the summer. It’s been a total pleasure teaching you, and I will really miss you. I can’t wait to hear how brilliantly you all do on results day and will be keeping an eye on you from Kent, and sending the odd email to check you are still being fab 🙂

So, here are your revision materials! Keep yourself organised. Nibble away at the revision. Have a clear plan and stick to it. Take breaks, eat well, sleep, get fresh air. Try not to just sit and cram as you will stress. If you feel nothing is going in, then take a minute to step away, breathe in and out or sing a song or get some air in the garden then crack back on.

Remember the two exams are very different structure, and test different skills. Ensure you revise the right bits! There are loads of past papers in the OneDrive documents http://1drv.ms/1MMaJD0 here.

SDME Exam 24th May 2016 – Rivers & Coasts. It is most likely to focus on flooding and flood management, or coastal erosion and coastal management. But it could be both, so learn both.

Key Themes 8th June 2016 – Natural hazards, Population and Settlement, Economic Development. Case study focus.

So be good, be happy, be successful, and be the awesome geographers I know you are. Miss D 🙂


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#EggarsIce Day 3

Busy day today! Up and away from Dyhrolaey and towards the mountains for an 8WD adventure through Thorsmork. We were taken on a monster truck tour up through the river valley, crossing streams and driving through the snow. Iceland has had quite a heavy winter so there was still lots of snow to explore. We went right up towards the Gigjokull glacier that used to have a lagoon until the 2010 eruption caused a ‘jokulhlaup’ flood. Then we headed deeper into the area for lunch and had some snowball fights and made some snow sculptures before scrambling uphill to an amazing view of the whole floodplain and mountain plateau. Lastly here we explored up through a ‘glyfur’ (gorge) along a stream to see some hidden waterfalls and had a go making our own stone pathways that was great fun. Especially when Mr Reah fell in the snow and Ms Debens waded through the river to check the path.

Last stop today was at Seljalandafoss – a huge waterfall that was once a sea cliff and has a cave at the bottom where the plunge pool is. During the last ice age, Iceland was fully covered in ice and as a result the land was push down and the sea level was higher. Once the ice started melting the land dried up and expanded, like a drying sponge, and rose up higher and sea levels fell. This is called isostatic rebound. So nowadays along the coast there is lots of land that was once below sea level and the cliffs are now further inland so you see exposed inland caves. Anyway, this means that there is a wide bowl at the bottom of the waterfall that you can walk behind. Awesome stuff but very wet! Alongside was another waterfall inside a hidden canyon like a secret fall which we explored.

We stayed at Vatnsholt farm today and hope to see the northern lights maybe if it stays clear. Tonight we have enjoyed the playground and chasing the dog! Also a baby goat was just born!

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eggarsgeogSo departure day is nearly here! Wahoo! We are very excited to be jetting off tomorrow for the first Eggar’s School Iceland trip, being taken by the wonderful Discover the World.

The trip itinerary is going to be full on, and we will have the chance to experience many of the great classic Iceland sites such as:

– the Blue Lagoon

– the Golden Circle including Geysir and Gulfoss

– the ancient Thingvellir and rift valley where the plates diverge

– an 8WD excursion through the mountains and rivers of Thorsmork

– a glacier hike over Solheimajokull

– see the infamous Eyjafjallajokull eruption area

– climb a volcano (dormant!)

– walk behind waterfalls

And much more. The full itinerary can be seen here if you wish.

Just in case you still haven’t quite packed (like Mr Westwood…!) or want to check over the list, it can be seen here.

Your enjoyment and safety are our first priority, so we will be putting you into groups assigned to either:

Team Debens

Team Lomas

Team Reah

Team Cartwright

Team Westwood

It doesn’t mean you can’t mix with others and chat, it is just to make the logistics easier during check in / moving out to different sites.

You will be on and off the coach all day long, so be prepared with a good rucksack, comfy shoes (with grip!), waterproofs, warm layers, snacks and drink, sunglasses, and something to do on the coach if you wish (tablets / mobile phones taken at your own risk). In the hotel you can wear whatever is comfortable, but maybe take slippers or thick socks as many hotels have a ‘no outdoor shoes’ policy.

You’ll need to be aware of Data Roaming on your mobile, so perhaps best to stick to Wifi in hotel and switch off your 3G when out and about. You can buy data bundles from your mobile phone provider which might be best, e.g. T mobile is £3 a day for 50mb for 24hours.

We will be blogging each evening, and tweeting during the day from @eggarsgeog using the hashtag #EggarsIce.

Discover the World are also running a Photo competition so be creative, and this can win a Go Pro camera. They are also offering a Twitter and Facebook competition to win an iPad mini – simply tweet them @DTW_Education using hashtag #DTWE2015 or go on the Discover the World Education facebook page and end your message DTWE2015 ! Good luck! But remember to do this when using wifi to save yourself (or your parents) some nasty phone bills 🙂

Right, let’s have an amazing trip. See you tomorrow! Ms D

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Year 11 Revision update

Below is an update for your Revision Pack for 2015. Well done for how you have coped with this year. I know it’s been tough and a lot to cover.

Don’t forget there are two exams.

1) SDME (Sustainable Decision Making Exercise) exam on 19th May – topic is Economic Development which means anything to do with aid, industry, location of industry and the impacts of these on the environment. This could include how companies such as Coca Cola impact the area, or how tourism changes and impacts a place over time, or how aid is given to help places. It is the exam that has a resource pack and you have to be able to analyse the resources, quote from them, and make a decision about how best to manage a situation (e.g. how to manage the impacts of tourism, how to give aid sustainably, how to manage industrial location and their impacts, etc.)

2) Key Themes exam on 3rd June is on the remaining three units: Rivers & Coasts, Population & Settlement, Tectonic & Climatic Hazards. This is the exam where you absolutely MUST know your case studies and be able to write in developed paragraphs including specific fact.

Revision workshops are available every Monday or Tuesday after school in G1, plus Thursday lunch times to drop in and ask for help individually. Next half term, every Saturday I will be available from 10-2 in G1 for help – and will provide cake and goodies. Then in May half term I will offer revision days on the Monday and Tuesday from 10-2 and will provide pizza / treats. You don’t have to come for the whole time, just drop in for an hour. Practise some exam Qs, get me to check over a case study. Whatever. We are here to help but YOU need to turn up and come knowing what you need to revise!

So here is the revision pack. Enjoy!

Ms D 🙂

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There are loads of materials available on this site to help you check EVERY topic you need to know. There are also the resources available only to you via OneDrive (check your school email account and FROG for the link) which has past papers and bits in there.

Remember there are two exams: 

19th May SDME – Sustainable Decision Making Exercise. Topic = Economic Development.

3rd June KGT – Key Geographical Themes. Rivers & Coasts, Population & Settlement, Natural Hazards.

For the SDME you need to be able to understand concepts and be able to analyse resources (e.g. photos, maps, statistics) and refer to example places. You do not need to have memorised lots of case studies for this. This is the essay exam.

For the Key Themes exam you have to understand processes and concepts but the key ‘make or break’ feature is the case study! You MUST learn these. Case studies are worth a whole grade in themselves and are weighted to be more valuable. You need to be able to remember some key facts from a case study and then be able to use these facts to write a developed answer. So, for example, for a tectonic LEDC hazards you would remember: Haiti, 2010, approx 230’000 died, magnitude 7.0 Richter, poor government response and loss of sanitation meant cholera spread. From these you can then write a developed answer that explains why the earthquake occurred (from your own theory knowledge), what the key impacts were, and how it was managed. Simples.

There are revision materials available here:

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Just a reminder that there are resources on this blog to help with your Controlled Assessment. First up is perfecting the introduction or ‘Setting the Scene’.

This is the first impression you give to myself and the examiner about how good a geographer you are. It is important to write in a formal future tense – of what you are going to do. You are not answering the question here, you are introducing the project and what will be done. It is essential that you include links to theory in here, e.g. longshore drift, how geology can influence a coast, what geomorphology is, what geology means, what distinctive means, how waves work and the difference between destructive and constructive waves, why coastal management is used and how it can influence. You are basically saying to the examiner ‘look, I don’t know the answers yet but this is what I already think based on my knowledge of coasts already’. It is what sets you apart from non-geographers. Anyone can say ‘this is a beach, it has different types of material, it has a cliff’ – the GCSE Genius Geographer (all of you!) will say ‘I expect to see a beach that has been formed by constructive waves and longshore drift, this is when…………….’ .

The powerpoint from the lesson is here:

And from the first lesson:

Don’t forget you can email me at any point, and attend workshop on Mondays for help.

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