Year 11


You have all been given an outline revision checklist to support you with your revision – remember you need to read through all your notes from Year 10/Year 11 but give special attention to the topics in bold on your revision sheet. To support you in your revision there are also some online resources from the GCSE blog. Although not all areas have yet been covered on the blog – they will help you in particular with the first two units. Links to some helpful resources for the Physical Section are provided below. These are to be used AS WELL as your book. I have also added at the end of the list links to a number of interactive quizzes which may support you with your revision.

HIGHER STUDENTS – remember you answer FOUR questions, ONE from each section.

FOUNDATION STUDENTS – remember you answer ALL of the four questions that are set.



Unfortunately on-line resources for the other main topic areas are not yet fully available however they will be available online for the revision period from March – June in time for your final exams. You can browse the GCSE blog for certain areas and In the mean time make sure you follow the revision checklist you have been given and revise the areas highlighted from your class notes.



  • Tectonic Activity (Penalty Shoot out) – Hull Trinity House school

  • – Hydrological Cycle – flash cards
  • – Hydrological Cycle – key word test
  • – Hydrological Cycle Countdown Conundrums
  • – Rivers Glossary – key word flash cards
  • – Rivers Glossary – key word test
  • – Drainage Basin Features – Drag and Drop
  • – Drainage Basin Key Terms Countdown Conundrum
  • – Rivers Revision Quiz
  • – Rivers Crossword Quiz
  • – Penalty Shootout – Rapid Rivers Revision (Quiz 1)
  • – Multiple Choice – Rapid Rivers Revision (Quiz 2)
  • – Walk the Plank – Hydrological Cycle/ Drainage Basins


    3rd April 2008


    If you have any questions or need any help with revision for your Geography GCSE please visit and post on the new GCSE forum – you can also help others out by responding to their posts if you know the answer to their question!

    GOOD LUCK WITH THE REVISION – the updated revision blog and the new revision website should be up and running over the next 3 or 4 weeks and in time to support your independent revision during study leave. 


    30th September 2007

    This week we will finish off our case study of the movement of Turkish People to Germany after 1945 and then start our next topic. Remember your population test will be on Monday 8th October 2007. (a full update of the population topics will be added to the GeobytesGCSE blog over the next 3-4 weeks).

    A quick recap of what you need to know for migration…

    Remember there are a number of different types of migration:

    • International migration – where people move from one country to another country
    • Internal migration – where people move around within a country
    • Temporary migration – where people move for a short period of time – e.g. seasonal fruit picking migrants
    • Permanent migration – where people move permanently – e.g. moving home.
    • Rural-urban migration – where people move from the countryside to a city
    • Urban-rural migration – where people move from a city to the countryside
    • Forced migration – where people are forced to move away from a place – such as due to political persecution or a natural hazard (flooding, volcanic eruption etc.)
    • Voluntary migration – where people choose to move from one place to another.

    You need to understand the reasons for the migration in terms of both (i) Push Factors (reasons why people leave a place) and the (ii) Pull Factors (reasons why people move to a particular place)

    You also need to understand the consequences of migration – both on the place people have moved away from and the place people are moving to.

    For the purpose of your GCSE you need to learn two case studies on migration:

    1. A case study of rural-urban migration – moving from NE Brazil to Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2. A case study of international migration – movement of Turks to Germany (from 1945-) 

    Over half term I will be catching up to date on the GCSEGeoBytes blog but have a look at some of these links related to migration:


    25th September 2007 – CHINA’S ONE CHILD POLICY

    I will be writing more about this on the GeoBytesGCSE blog when I write the updates over half term for the population unit, but for now, having just covered the China’s One Child Policy in todays lesson – have a read of these excellent articles recently published on the BBC News website which pick up on some of the issues we have discussed with respect to the effects of the policy:

    Has China’s One-Child Policy worked?

    China’s ‘perfect child’ generation

    Grey areas in China’s One Child Policy (how strictly is it being enforced?)

    China’s elderly care conundrum

    China to ‘punish’ two-child rich

    China’s child fines ‘spark riot’

    Wifeless future for China’s men

    Here is a brief over the One Child Policy…

    Week Beginning 24th September 2007

    Well done to you all on getting your coursework projects in – nearly all projects were handed in on Friday as asked – I will now start over the next few weeks working on the marking process – hopefully they will be marked ready for after half term, but definitely in time for consultation at the parents / carers evening on 15th November.

    This week we are going to be looking at issues surrounding population change, in particular (i) the impacts of a falling birth rate and an ageing population and (ii) policies to reduce population growth – focusing on a Case Study of China’s One Child Policy.

    Links to background material on this will be posted over the next few days.


    Week Beginning 17th September 2007

    The Population Blog Updates will begin in the next few weeks leading up to half term – in the meantime – homework and relevant links will be posted here. Once the GCSE GeoBytes posts start again, the links will also be made here.

    COURSEWORK DEADLINE – remember coursework projects must be handed in to me in N16 by the end of FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER!


    Week Beginning 10th September 2007

    Welcome back Year 11! I hope you have had a good summer and are already for your final year of GCSE’s! I will be continuing the blog this year from where we left off and whilst I will post homeworks and some information regarding lessons here, I will be posting detailed notes ready for revision on the GeoBytesGCSE blog.

    Please remember that your Coursework is due in next Thursday (Thursday 20th September) – if you need help / advice please e-mail me or visit the Year 10 Coursework Blog – select this link to get the latest updates and resources to help you with your coursework write up.


    Week Beginning 21st May 2007

    We are now into the coursework period and will be working on this up until the end of term. Over half term, this part of the blog will be updated for you with direct links to relevant coursework materials (You can of course also see GeoBytes) – I will keep a record of the lessons and deadlines for work / expectations on here so that you know what needs doing and when for. It is essential that work is kept up to date. As I have said for those that don’t keep up to date compulsory lunchtime catch ups will be arranged!

    This week’s homework – for over half term.

    1. Finish geographical background – a copy MUST be with me for the first Monday back after half term. Those who send it over the holiday will have it looked and feedback given.

    2. Complete the GOAD map started in Thursday’s lesson if not done so already – you must have this and your coursework folder with you for the lesson on the first Monday back.

    REMEMBER – Fieldwork is on the Tuesday back after half term – details of times, arrangements etc. will be given to you on the Monday lesson. If you are away on the Monday lesson – please look here on the blog for details of the arrangements or speak to a friend in the class.

    Week Beginning 30th April 2007

    We are finishing off the settlment unit this week – there is no settlement test but you if you missed any of the lessons you need to make sure you have caught up. Remember most of the notes for the settlement unit can be found on the GeobytesGCSE blog – the last few notes on Counterurbanisation, Suburbanisation, Urbanisation in LEDCs, Shanty Towns and Settlement Hierarchies will be updated over half term.

    If you missed Tuesday lesson (1st May) – make sure you download this settlement glossary of key terms!

    Next week we will be starting the coursework – make sure you keep checking back here as I will keep a log of the coursework lessons here and materials and links that will be useful to you.


    Week Beginning 23rd April 2007

    Hopefully last week’s lesson going through the exam paper was useful. Congratulations as there were some really super results – well done. If you weren’t happy with your result please just use this as a learning opportunity and reflect on what you can do to improve on this in future exams. Having gone through the Year 10 exam, we are now getting back on to our work on the Settlement unit of the course. We have nearly finished the unit now and only have two weeks of teaching left before we start on the coursework.

    This week we are going to continue our work on urbanisation in LEDC’s having recapped briefly last week the reasons for rural-urban migration (push & pull factors), this week we are going to consider the consequences of the rapid rural-urban migration that has been taking place in LEDC’s such as Brazil since the 1950s.

    I will be posting detailed notes on the topics on the GCSE blog over the next few weeks, however as it is a very busy time at the moment in preparing Year 11, 12 and 13 students for their final exams, I will not be updating the blog until half term. Until then, I will continue to keep you uptodate here and post a few video and web links which will be of interest based on what we are studying.

    This week we will be looking at:

    • Consequences of rural-urban migration for both the rural and urban areas
    • The growth of shanty towns and their charactersitics
    • Shanty Towns – Slums of Despair or Slums of Hope?
    • What is being done to improve life in shanty towns

    In our studies we are focusing on the growth of shanty towns in Brazil, where they are known as favelas. In particular we will be studying favelas in Sao Paulo.


    This week’s homework will be another exam question – this one will be based on Urbanisation in LEDC’s and the causes and consequences of the growth of LEDC cities. Your homework question can be downloaded here (login to digital brain when asked) – it is due in next Monday (30th April).

    Links and Points of Interest:

    Have a look at some of these resources on favelas:

    See if you can see what’s wrong with the picture in the first part of the video? Did you spot it? Are we just so used to seeing these slums and conditions that we take them for granted and don’t really think about what goes on and how conditions can be improved?

    Have a look at these news articles on the growth of favelas in Brazil:

    Brazillians flock to shantytowns (BBC News article – 2001)

    The pull of Rio’s shanty towns (BBC News article – 2006)

    Rio Shanty town becomes tour spot (BBC News article – 2003)

    Photo credit: thanks to Marie Hart


    Week Beginning 16th April 2007

    Feedback from Year 10 Exams

    Welcome back – hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter break and have recovered from your intensive week of exams! Now of course its time to reflect back on your results and think about what you did well and where you went wrong. The Year 10 exams are supposed to be a learning process! This is the first time you have sat formal exams in the GCSE style.

    The Geography paper you sat was an amalgamation of four past question from four past GCSE papers. We will be going through the exam in class so that you can see how you lost marks and learn from this so you can begin to develop your exam technique in preparation for the next big exams which will be your Year 11 mock exams in November. In particular you need to start thinking like the examiner – by getting use to what they are looking for when they mark! Remember case study questions for example are level marked and you need to start getting used to what you need to do to reach Levels 2 and 3.

    I will be giving out a feedback sheet in class for you to keep (we will attach this to your paper for future reference) – the feedback sheet can also be downloaded directly here.

    Back to Work….. Settlement in the Developing World

    Having gone over the exam we will now be continuing to work through the Settlement Unit and we will be coming back to what we made a brief start on before the exams, which was urbanisation in the developing world. Try having a look at this interactive graph from the BBC showing Urban growth showing the explosion in the world’s urban population over the last 50 years!

    We will be exploring the causes and consequences of this growth in urban areas in the developing world, in particular looking at the growth of shanty towns and the problems that result.

    The key ideas from the lessons over the next few weeks will as usual be added to the GeoBytesGCSE blog – I will post all new links here for you to follow directly.


    Further practice of exam technique this week with a Settlement exam question from the 2001 paper. If you have lost your question paper you can download it here (you will need to know your digital brain log in to access it).

    Please make sure you answer the questions in your Book and hand in next Monday (23rd April 2007)


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