Three members of Y11 turned up this week looking a little different from their normal uniform of black blazer and red tie!
These three geography students are all part of the Air Force cadets, and were visiting Bemahague to try and encourage KS3 students to find out about their local cadet groups and get involved. Robbie, Will and Stephen are all ‘high flying’ (excuse the pun!) geography students, and said that the skills they learn in the classroom have been very useful for their cadet training, and equally skills learnt at cadets have supported their geography lessons. This has included recognition and use of maps for navigation during expeditions and exercise training, awareness of relief as linked to maps for flight simulation exercises, and just a good old fashioned enjoyment of being outdoors and learning about the world about them.
Y9 took on an active learning task this week to support their knowledge and understanding of life in shanty towns such as the favelas on the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro, as part of their topic this term ‘Brazil; Man vs Environment’.
Students were challenged to build a favela house, but it wasn’t as simple as it sounds! On arrival in the city, some groups had savings (up to 500 Reals) and some had brought with them tools (scissors and glue) when they migrated to the city. Others were forced off their land by drought and illegal logging companies, and arrived at the favela with nothing at all. In family groups, the students had to work out how best to proceed- they could try and find work in the informal sector (writing lines), but this was boring, low paid, and with limited opportunities available. Other use their lateral thinking skills to find other solutions, offering to work for the government officials (the teacher) to earn money, or take a turn in the favela shop, selling cardboard (wood and iron panels), windows (plastic), plumbing (bottle tops) and electricity (straws). Once money was earned and the houses began to be built, the problems hadn’t finished, the game rules were modified every few minutes, such as an approaching hurricane washing away loose structures, or a government official collecting bribes, and even a crime spree! This challenged the students to cope with working collaboratively to find solutions in a changing spiral of events, and embedding knowledge of the reality that faces shanty town dwellers around the world.
9JAM and their ‘finished’ favela houses
In the run up to the mock exams next week, students are challenged to recall and revise their three year 10 topics for geography.
Students should be undertaking their own independent revision, using their yellow exercise books and the standard AQA text book issued, but they can also further their knowledge by accessing revision sites like s-cool and GCSE bitesize, using links on this website or purchasing a AQA revision guide (available in most Douglas bookshops).
They should also make use of the four lunchtime sessions being run by Miss Moore, Mr MacGregor, Miss Winskill and Mr Coole to go through the topics and exam techniques. Details of days and times for these can be found on the clasroom doors in the geography department.
You need to revise for the mocks the 3 topics:
Rocks, Resources and Scenery
Water on the Land
plus you should be familiar with use of OS 1:50,000 maps and a variety of other possible resources such as photographs, fieldsketches, graphs and diagrams. The exam will be an 1.5 hrs long, with 25 marks for each topic.
“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, ‘Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary’ “
Martin Luther King