Posts Tagged ‘revision’

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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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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GCSE revision jenga

Year 10 and 11 – it is so essential to know your key terms and be able to define them and use them appropriately.

It is even more essential when you are facing structural instability and architectural uncertainty through the medium of competitive key word jenga. So get practising – you never know when the game will start.

And coming soon…..revision twister….be warned.

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Year 11 Revision Resources

Not long now and it is time to crack on with the revision. Below are the links to various revision resources that you would have been given in class. Use them! Use this site – pretty much every lesson is on here and you can revise by using the search box or tag cloud.

Other support available to you:

– Wednesday workshops, room 18, 19. Complete with rewards scheme 🙂

www.facebook.com/classroomgeography – for tips and advice

– Email us geography@priory.portsmouth.sch.uk

– tweet @priorygeography


Remember there is also BBC Bitesize for general GCSE revision. Your exam board is OCR B. Good luck!






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Here are the bits from the revision lessons so far, and the checklists you need.

Remember, you need to be confident with these topics:

– Settlement (not Population) (changes over time, urban areas, land use, retail)

– Economic Development (trade, aid, industry, development, etc.)

– Hazards (tectonic or climatic, tectonic questions are usually better in the exam but check both)


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Year 11 Revision

Well done to those of you who have been attending revision workshops this week in school. A reminder to all of you that there are workshops every Wednesday in Rm18 and you can also still attend lessons in normal school time to get more help if needed.


You have your checklists to use, so go through these first off. Remember, you will have a choice of questions.

– Rivers or Coasts

– Settlement (not population)

– Tectonic or Climatic hazards


Attached are the powerpoint checklist/guides from the Revision workshops. I will also get copies of Coasts and Rivers from Miss Whiting (who I’m sure you’d like to thank for being so helpful).













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