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Geography

Geography – Above and Beyond Tasks Autumn 2018

Key Stage 3

Reading

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger – write a review of this book

Listening

Are Clouds Green – BBC World Service Podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00m8wf1 Write an explanation of this programme to explain to another student in your year what it was about.

Research

The history of maps – how has our use of maps changed over time? How were the first maps created? Write a report on your research.

Creative

Create an interactive map of the school – this could be digital or using every day materials. Bring your map in and explain it to your teacher.

Writing

Are maps relevant in today’s digital age? Write an evaluation on the uses of maps in the world today.

Watching

Watch Horizon – What’s Wrong with our Weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b763n Write an explanation of the programme that you could use to make a student in your year understand what it was about.

Trip or Visit

Visit the Science museum’s Atmosphere exhibition. Write a review of your day – what did you find out? Include photographs of interesting features.

Student Led Task

Collect weather data for a month from your local area. Write an analysis of your results – use graphs to present your findings.

Key Stage 4

Reading

Rainforests – by Rhett Butler Write a synopsis of this book.

Listening

BBC Radio 4 Holding Back the Sea - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pbmk1 Write an explanation of this programme to explain to another student in your year what it was about.

Research

Find an example of a coastline with headlands and bays. Search for a map and/or satellite image and add labels to describe the main features. Find out about the geology of the area and use it explain the coastal features you have identified.

Creative

Create a board game that can be used by GCSE students to revise for the exams in the summer.

Writing

‘Natural gas is the future of energy’ evaluate this statement using evidence from case studies.

Watching

Watch the TED Talk – Why is Biodiversity so important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK_vRtHJZu4 Write an explanation that can be shared with other GCSE Geography students.

Trip or Visit

Visit the New Forest National Park – an area we have studied for Ecosystems. Write a report on the characteristics of the ecosystem in this area and how it is being protected. Include photographs of your visit.

Student Led Task

Volunteer to help at the Humanities club – run a workshop that will inspire students in the lower years to be interested in an area of Geography that you enjoy. Write a report of the session you ran – get the students to assist with this.

Key Stage 5

Reading

Read Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. Write a review of the book including 20 facts you have learned about this topic.

Listening

BBC Radio 4 – The Dream of World Government - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bgvfgk Listen to the podcast and write an explanation of the key points to share with other students in you’re a Level class.

Research

Create a research file on the top 5 most destructive hazard events of the 21st Century. Include earthquakes and volcanoes – explain why each hazard resulted in so much destruction – link to what you have learned about the Degg model.

Creative

Create a revision tool that can be used by GCSE students on one of the A Level units you have studied. Use it with a GCSE class.

Writing

Answer the following: What are the impacts of superpowers on the global economy, political systems, and the physical environment?

Watching

San Andreas (2015) Write a critique of the science used in this film. What is likely/unlikely to happen? Why?

Trip or Visit

Visit the Natural History Museum in London. Write a report about the displays linked to the Tectonics unit you have studied.

Student Led Task

Volunteer in Geography lessons lower down the school. Write a diary of how you helped and how this has improved your understanding of the subject.

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