Monthly Archives: May 2013

Volcanic Vesuvius

Y7 geographer Leigh Weston got creative by making this model of a composite cone volcano.¬†Excellent use of drippy candle wax to show the layers of ash and lava flowing down the steep sides! ūüôā

Ready to erupt!

Ready to erupt!

Categories: Year 7 Category

Geography of crime

Y7 are due to start a seven week project after TT based on the ‘geography of crime’ which will challenge them to revisit their map skills from the autumn term, as well as considering key human geography concepts such as wealth, deprivation and social welfare.¬†

However, it looks like Miss Moore has started early- helping out the science department with a¬†forensic¬†lesson by posing as a possible suspect for a line-up… not guilty!

Miss Moore' s mug shot

Miss Moore’ s mug shot

Categories: SNHS Geography, Year 7 Category

Dave Redfern visit: 2013

Mr David Redfern, the Chief Examiner for Geography for the AQA exam board visited SNHS this weekend for two special exam preparation workshop designed for our sixth form geographers.

We were joined at SNHS on May 11th by staff and students from Castle Rushen, Ballakermeen, QEII and Ramsey Grammer- so many that we were squeezing them in to the lecture theatre- to participate in AS and A2 exam preparation sessions, were Dave (the author of the key text books and exam questions!) talked through technique and skills for the exams in the next few weeks. Good luck and remember to ‘think like a geographer’!

Y12 ready to show some geographical synopticity!

Y12 ready to show some geographical synopticity!

Our Y12 (in awe?) of the geographical genius that is Dave Redfern.

Our Y12 (in awe?) of the geographical genius that is Dave Redfern.

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Y10 on the River Neb

Our Y10 geographers were out on the Neb last week despite the rather inclement weather- top marks to all students for not complaining about the rain!

The students visited five sites down the long profile of the river (source to mouth) to carry out a series of data collection which is being used for their GCSE coursework. On the Thursday, rain did stop play and we were unable to go in to the river itself at the lower sites (The Raggatt and Peel) as the water levels were too high for it to be safe. By Friday though, the high discharge had passed through the drainage basin system and a full set of data was able to be collected. On top of the group data (width, depth, wetted perimeter, velocity etc) some students carried out ‘original’ data collection which they can use to access the top end of the coursework mark scheme. This ranged from sediment samples to measuring the gradient, so required a bit of extra work from those students. Coursework requirements can be found on section 3.3. of this document.

Mr Coole giving instruction on the river just below Foxdale primary school where it is tinged red by iron staining

Mr Coole giving instruction on the river just below Foxdale primary school where it is tinged red by iron staining

Taking measurements at the Ford in St. Johns (Right everyone- who has got the flowmeter!?)

Taking measurements at the Ford in St. Johns (Right everyone- who has got the flowmeter!?)

Still smiling even with wet feet! (Star doesn't mind though)

Still smiling even with wet feet! (Star doesn’t mind though)

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