Monday, 13 May 2013

SDME preparation

A reminder of the link for the SDME Resource Booklet.

Those of you doing the Higher Tier paper in particular should not only be familiarising yourselves with the resources in the booklet, but reading around the issues too.

The Geography Pods website mentioned in the earlier revision post has links to a number of YouTube videos about recent earthquakes, and also a number of resources that Geography teachers have put together to help their students to prepare for the exam.

Putting down roots in earthquake country is a document from the Southern California Earthquake Center, providing information about the earthquake risk in California and advice for residents about how best to prepare for earthquakes.

Inside Disaster is an interactive website which allows you to explore the Haiti earthquake as a survivor, a journalist or an aid worker.

It's also worth checking out the British Geological Survey and the United States Geological Survey websites - both have lots of information on earthquakes.

I'll add more links here over the next couple of weeks, but if you find any particularly good ones, leave a comment or email me so that they can be shared with everyone.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Are you an Outstanding Geography Student?

The Geographical Association and Discover the World are running a competition to win a study trip to North Iceland...

The competition is open to students in Years 9-11 and to enter you need to write a short essay - the questions are here (link is to PDF document).

This is a great opportunity and it would be brilliant to have some Swanwick entries...  Get writing!

Year 11 Revision

There are lots of useful revision websites about, and I know that lots of you are using things like BBC Bitesize.  It's well worth spending some time exploring - it's run by a geography teacher and has a whole section focused on OCR B.  Use the GCSE/iGCSE menu at the top to go to separate sections with content on the key themes (remember there is no Population and Settlement in your exam), specific advice about the Key Geographical Themes exam and a growing collection of links and resources to help those of you resitting the SDME exam to prepare.

If you find any other particularly useful revision websites or resource, leave a comment with the link...

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


It has been a bit chilly today to say the least, and this map from the Met Office shows that there are warnings of severe cold weather in place across much of the country.

The cause of the cold weather is the high pressure system that is currently sitting over northern Russia...

Surface pressure chart

The Year 8 geographers have been looking at air pressure and how it affects the weather, so they should be able to tell you all about what's happening at the moment.

However cold we might think it is here though, we come off pretty lightly... Temperatures in eastern Europe have reached -32oC in places, Hungary is experiencing the lowest temperatures it's seen in 65 years, and more than 70 people have died as a result of the cold temperatures.

There is a fantastic set of photos here of the coast of Romania, where the Black Sea is frozen!!

Friday, 30 September 2011


The Year 9 geographers have been having a look at Montserrat in their geography lessons this week... The Montserrat Volcanic Observatory have just posted this lovely photo on their Facebook page... Click on the photo to link to the MVO website.

Friday, 5 August 2011

London 2 London

I've just come across this very interesting sounding expedition via Twitter. Sarah Outen left London on 1st April 2011 and her plan is to travel all the way round the world and back to London using only her own power - three continents and two oceans by boat and bike!

Check out Sarah's expedition website here. You can also follow Sarah's progress via Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Fantastic video via @al_humphreys... Probably coming to a Geography lesson near you in September!

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Saturday, 23 July 2011


Nice video to launch Oxfam's new food security campaign.

Click here to find out more and get involved.