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Into the Volcano

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Tomorrow evening at 8pm on BBC 2 a new two part series begins, Kate Humble: Into the Volcano. The episodes will be focussing on looking at Iava bombs and lava lakes for evidence of an imminent eruption of two of the world's most active volcanoes in Vanuatu. Hopefully this will contain some great geography.

The ongoing issues of living near an active volcano.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

It has been 17 years since the Soufriere Hills Volcano erupted on Montserrat and whilst the volcano still shows signs of erupting, few people are aware of the ongoing anguish facing the people still living there.

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Geography thunks get you thinking

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm trying to get my students to think more deeply about topics, and develop their explanation skills this year. I've been inspired by Ian Gilbert's "The Little Book of Thunks" to come up with some questions that would make good starters or plenaries, and or form a thought provoking classroom display.

1. If geography didn't exist where would we be? 

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Drawing the structure of the earth - numeracy and geography

Thursday, June 12, 2014

If you are trying to incorporate more numeracy and problem solving into Geography lessons then this task could be the answer. Knowing the structure of the earth is vital for pupils to understand the theory of plate tectonics but instead of getting them to copy a diagram from a textbook how about getting them to construct their own scale diagram using the instructions shown below. This activity encourages pair work as well as refreshing pupils minds about how scale works.

GCSE Geography Revision Quiz - Volcanoes

Sunday, February 16, 2014

How much do you know about volcanoes? Each time you take the revision quiz on volcanoes, 10 questions are drawn from our database on the topic - so you get a new quiz every time!

Launch revision quiz on Volcanoes

Selling a house near a volcano

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ten per cent of the world's population live within 100Km of an active volcano.Why?

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5 great simulation games for Geography Lessons

Monday, October 14, 2013

Simulation games are a great way of engaging students, making them participate rather than just listening or observing.

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DISCUSSION: GCSE Case Studies - Is the 30 year rule valid?

Friday, January 11, 2013

When teaching GCSE geography, each year without fail, colleagues and I discuss the relevance of case studies and if recent events would be better.  This discussion normally revolves around physical topics such as flooding or a volcanic eruption.  The 'unwritten' rule has always been that after 30 years, a case study ceases to be relevant and becomes 'out of date'.  On May 18th 2010, the 'validity' and 'relevance' of the Mt St Helens eruption expired, assigned to the history books as just another eruption.  With the passing of such a notorious case study, is it time to consider ignoring this 30 year rule?  What other case studies have been forgotten, but actually provide excellent insight and are just a relevant today as they once were?

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Study Note - Global Inequalities and Natural Hazards – Soufrière Hills Volcano

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Natural hazards affect vulnerable populations, and one example of how the effects of a natural disaster were exacerbated by a lack of development is the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat (not to be confused with La Soufrière on the island of Saint Vincent, or La Grande Soufrière on the island of Basse-Terre).

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