Well done for choosing GCSE Geography! The course is varied and interesting. I hope you enjoy it. You are studying the Edexcel Syllabus A GCSE. You can download a syllabus from the Edexcel website although you will be given everything you need from your teacher.
In the autumn term, you will be studying the Human World, followed by the Physical World. These are core units. Then sometime after Christmas, the optional unit B6 – Managing Hazards.
After Easter, we will visit Blencathra in the Lake District and you will then undertake your coursework.
Human World – Population
Human World – Settlement
Scalloway takes you through the basics of Settlement, from a definition to function, hierarchy, land use zones and urban sprawl. We will also study the land use in an MEDC city and an LEDC City.
Physical World – Coasts
More links coming soon!
Physical World – Rivers
There’s a good Water Cycle movie here and here (this is the child-friendly version!). You can see the formation of a V shaped valley here and lots of useful animations of river landforms at the cleo.net site.
More links coming soon!
Physical World – Glaciation
Check out these amazing images showing a retreating glacier in Norway. Stunning! Here’s a BBC report about Glaciers retreating – very up to date! And check these out! See livecam movies of some Swiss glaciers. Very exciting! Also a good website called Glaciers of the World.
Managing Hazards (Option Unit B6)
Here’s a great interactive map of plate tectonics.
Click on the map and explore the different plates and boundaries.
Here’s another plate tectonics site – a flash fact file.
Montserrat : the Montserrat Volcano Observatory website is brilliant. Go there and find information about the background – what happened in 1995-1997 and How the volcano is monitored. Latest Montserrat news can be found at the Caribbean Net news site. Good images of the eruption can be found at the Earth Changes site.
This site from the BBC is fantastic – all your case study information in one place! You will be able to find out the causes, effects and solutions to the eruption. Use this when writing up your case study.
Kashmir Earthquake, S. Asia, October 2005
The research task can be found here – follow the instructions carefully so that you have a full case study.
Here is an article by the RGS about the earthquake
Oxfam have a good site outlining the ongoing problems of the people in the area.
The CNN site has good information about the short term responses.
There are some excellent photos at this Streetphoto site.
A general animation to Hurricanes can be found at this BBC site.