Countdown to Yr 11 GCSE Geography Exams

Now Easter is over you should have almost completed your revision notes. You can continue with these in the next fortnight, but now...

  1. Start revising Case Studies – use your A5 case study revision booklet
  2. Learn your key terms – use your keyword and exam question sheets
  3. Complete past exam questions – use your keyword and exam questions sheets
  4. Practice writing model answers – use your model answer sheets to help

Don’t forget to show your revision notes to your teacher for checking and get exam questions marked by your teacher to check your understanding. Email Mr White, Mrs Dennett or Mr Blackmore for more info and advice. You can also continue to attend revision sessions on weds nights up until the exams, in H7.Give Geog its place

Puzzle of the Week

How could you measure out exactly 13 minutes with 2 egg timers, one that can measure 9 minutes and one that can measure 5 minutes?

Solution to last week’s puzzle: The bear would be white as it is a polar bear, due to the house being at the north pole.

Mrs Maan

Geography: additional revision support for Easter!

You said – we want moresupport for Geography GCSE revision…

We did - produced the following for you to give you an outstanding revision programme:

  1. Revision Guides “Lite” – need some slimline revision notes to shed the weight off those complex topics? Your class teachers now have miniguides for Year 10, Year 11 and Case Studies! See your teacher for copies.
  2. Revision videos for Year 10 topics – all shared with you on Google Drive or here
  3. Past paper Qs  - now available for Year 10 and Year 11 – will be given out after Easter once you have revised the notes and case studies.

Can we do more? Email if you have other ideas, questions or want copies of the materials

History Facts of the Week

Monday 7th April – 1971 – Lieutenant Calley of the US army is freed by President Nixon after his conviction for the My Lai Massacre war crime.

Tuesday 8th April – 1939 – King Zog I of Albania flees before the Italian invasion of his country.

Wednesday 9th April – 2002 – The funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, takes place in London. More than 1 million people line the streets.

Thursday 10th April – 1970 – Paul McCartney officially announces the split of the Beatles.

Friday 11th April – 1814 – the first abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte. He is exiled to Elba.

Book of the Week

Life Life US

The same book with the British cover on the left and the American version on the right.

This is a coming of age story set in 1962 against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Clem lives with his parents and grandmother on a council estate in rural Norfolk. His life changes when he meets Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, who becomes his first love. They know their parents would not approve, so they meet in secret, but how long do they have together before the world explodes?

Their story is told in flashback by Clem when he is an adult living in New York – just before the 9/11 attack.

“History is the heavy traffic that prevents us from crossing the road. We’re not especially interested in what it consists of. We wait, more or less patiently, for it to pause, so that we can get to the liquor store or the laundromat or the burger bar.”

A good book for anyone who likes a challenging, thoughtful read. It even includes transcripts of Kennedy’s war cabinet discussions and descriptions of the conditions inside a Russian submarine.

Watch the book trailer here:

Life: an exploded diagram



Question of the Week

7th April – Why Easter?  (Easter Sunday 20th April)

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is the most important Christian festival.

On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion.  His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body.

On the following Sunday, Mary Magdalene visited the grave and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty.  Jesus himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers believed that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. Robert Flatt

Puzzle of the Week

A slightly different one this week:

A man has a house with four walls. There is a window on each wall and all windows face south. One day a bear passes in front of the window.

What colour is the bear?

History Facts of the Week

Monday 31st March – 1971 – Lt William Calley of the US Army is sentenced to life imprisonment for the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. He is pardoned a few days later by President Nixon

Tuesday 1st April – 1748 – the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii are found

Wednesday 2nd April – 1978 – Velcro is put on the market for the first time

Thursday 3rd April – 1917 – Lenin arrives in Petrograd (St Petersburg) on return from exile in Switzerland

Friday 4th April – 1968 – Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.