Chloe and Kristina with the two scrapbooks of the class reports from their tutor group
Year 8 geographers have completed their reports into coastal erosion at Kirk Michael this week and compiled their class work to make project books on coastal processes in the Isle of Man.
Students were challenged to investigate how the coastline along the north-west of the island is changing, looking at video footage, historical maps, photograph evidence and even reports from the House of Keys. They had to consider possible ways that the coastline could be managed and what the consequences could be for the local residents, landowners and users of the coastline in the future.
They also had to use their physical geography knowledge by learning how the north of the island’s geology was determined by the action of ice sheets that covered most of the Isle of Man thousands of years ago, depositing glacial till, which is very easily eroded by the power of the strong waves that have certainly been battering the Isle of Man in recent weeks!
Year 7 geography students have been busy during the last few weeks creating a visual representation of their place in the world. The successful “My patch” project has challenged students to use maps, photographs and fieldsketches to describe their location at different scales, using various mapping and analysis techniques and skills that they have been learning in their geography lessons this term.
Students were able to create hand drawn sketch maps to show their skills with grid references, symbols, and compass directions, supported by use of ICT such as google maps to search and pinpoint key features in their local area. Students were also able to use the free Outdoor Leisure Maps that were issued earlier in the year to every Year 7 student by the DOI, which enabled them to look in much greater detail at their immediate environment. Students enjoyed being able to engage with the task by describing areas and places they knew well.
An understanding of OS maps and analysis of photographs is a key skill that students use throughout geography at St. Ninians, and is an integral part of examination success through coursework at GCSE and skills examination units at AS and A2.
Year 9 geography students have been learning how to express their views, emphasise with others and form valid arguments based on evidence by taking part in a ‘Rainforest Conference 2011’.
Students were challenged to research and prepare a presentation to answer the question “Is the Amazon Rainforest being developed or destroyed?” Their presentation groups had to represent the following interested parties- The Brazilian government, Amerindians, Multinational logging companies, Eco-tourism business, Greenpeace and migrant farmers. Many Year 9 students were able to use ideas learnt during the last term as they have been studying Brazil’s human and physical geography, and combine their knowledge and understanding to form opinions and answers to the question. Some students came in costume to represent their group, created keynote presentations and even filmed themselves in a local woodland to portray the rainforest ambience.