Iceland 2015! #EggarsIce

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 🙂

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:

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.

Iceland 2015 #EggarsIce

The Iceland 2015 trip will be taking place on the 15-19th April and this site will share some of the events and images of our explorations at the time.

We shall update twitter via @eggarsgeog using the hashtag #EggarsIce as well as the blog each day (wifi provided!) with some stories of what we have been up to, and some images to make everyone back home jealous 🙂

Thank you to Discover the World Education who will be putting on an amazing trip for us – we can’t wait!

Year 11 – this is the booklet for your controlled assessment fieldwork to Hengistbury Head. Remember the booklet is for the fieldwork day and is to be completed in detail for you to refer back to when you complete the rest of the project.

Bear in mind the overall title at all times: To what extent is geology the main influence on the distinctive coastal landforms of Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit?

This needs to be broken down.

Firstly, you need to identify what the distinctive (unique, unusual) landforms are first, e.g. the spit is distinctive compared to other areas within a 50mile radius, the headland is distinctive because of its history, the marsh is distinctive because it is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and has a protected species.

Then consider what ALL the possible influences are on the landforms: geology, human influence (coastal management and the nature reserves), geomorphic processes (erosion, deposition, transportation). Try to weigh up and predict which factor you think will be most influential on changing the landforms.

You can argue the case that geology IS the main influence, or is NOT. So long as you can PROVE IT by collecting data / evidence on the trip and in your research. Your evidence must be analysed and explored using theory (e.g. link longshore drift to the type of geology, link the creation of the salt marsh to the presence of groynes, etc.).

Remember: fact, theory, evidence. Analyse, explain, suggest.

Welcome to GCSE Geography!

This blog is a place for any student studying for GCSE Geography to find support. Here you will be able to search for resources from any lesson that I have taught over the past few years – just use the search button or tag cloud. It is all relevant to your exam board OCR B.

You can email my school address for support as needed: jdebens@eggars.hants.sch.uk 

Here is a reminder of the topics of study:

  • Unit 1: Rivers & Coasts
  • Unit 2: Economic Development
  • Unit 3: Population & Settlement
  • Unit 4: Natural Hazards

You will study these topics at different times throughout the course, which will vary depending on what year you are in – check with me if you want to know the order.

Year 11 –  This term we will be catching you up and revising Coasts so we can complete your Controlled Assessment project (worth 25%) at half term. This year will be hard for you – lots of new information to take on board, lots to revise – but it is all totally doable if you spend time at home using the resources, reading, practising exam questions, and using the blog. We are in it as a team and I will do all I can to help you. 

Year 10 –  This term we start with a quick look at ‘What is development’ before moving into the main unit of Population. Here we investigate population patterns and change. Problems of over- and under-population, and how different countries approach population management. 

Year 9 – This term is an introduction to the GCSE course and will build foundations for the next three years. We will look into Development, which underpins all Geography in terms of how places differ and how this has an influence on issues such as population, settlement, management of hazards, etc,. We will be building GCSE skills and practising techniques.


Don’t hesitate to ask for help at any point. But remember to use your own brain and own efforts first 🙂 Good luck!