Reading, Stretch & Challenge & Summer Projects

Want to push your knowledge further? You can find academic articles, written by experts in their fields under our Extra Reading section.

Check out our reading list for a range of fictional and non-fictional texts to expand your geographical knowledge.

CALLING ALL GEOGRAPHERS!

Looking for a real challenge this summer?

Why not participate in our Young Geographer of The Year Competition.

Title: What makes the Arctic unique?

Yr7-11 produce an A3, creative and innovative poster

Y12-13 write 1,500 words

More details here; https://www.rgs.org/getattachment/Schools/Competitions/Young-Geographer-of-the-Year/Young-Geographer-of-the-Year-2018-Guidelines.pdf/?lang=en-GB

Please find links to summer projects and essential pre-reading and research for year 10 and 12. The Year 7,8,9 projects are optional but will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Geography before starting the new Year in September 2016

Year 7


*NEW* OPTION 1: What Geography Can Teach Me?
Using your knowledge from the year create a piece of work which demonstrates what you've learnt and the broad links geography has to you.


*NEW* Option 2: Eco-Homes

Design and even make an eco-home. It must be sustainable, looking at energy use, water consumption and food waste. 


Option 3: An Equestrian Centre at The Royal Hospital School.Using your knowledge from the Newmarket Stud fieldtrip, end of term lessons and own knowledge create a planning proposal to build an equestrian centre at RHS.

You should include;
-Map showing the area where the centre could be built
-Description of why this is the ideal location
-Benefits of the centre from a local and global perspective
-Drawbacks of the centre
-How you will manage the drawbacks (e.g. Manure- Biomass Burners for energy?)

OPTION 4: A Geography Holiday – based on a place or places that you visit this Summer. Create a presentation (any format)

1 Where is it? (Annotated Map)

2 What is it like? (Details/ Factfile)

3 What makes it a special place? (Key features)

4 Choose one specific aspect of the physical landscape associated with this place. Describe it and explain it?

5 Choose one aspect of the human environment associated with this place. Describe it and explain it?

6 Extra linked points (Lateral Thinking)

Deliver the presentation to your teaching class group.

Year 8

*NEW* Optional 1: Migration Issues
You have studied migration in the summer term. Produce a lesson or e-book (we suggest 'book creator' app) to focus on one migration pathway.


OPTION 2: Geography in the News – taking one geographical headline. Create a presentation (Power Point or similar) on a major physical or human geography story.

1 What happened? (Some Detail)

2 Where happened? (Map - annotated)

3 When did it happen? (Timeline)

4 Why did it happen? (Causes)

5 What does it mean? (Effects on people, society, environment)

6 Extra linked points (Lateral Thinking)

Deliver the presentation to a selected teaching class in year 7


OPTION 3: Culture Around the World

For a country you visit or have visited, created an iMovie or iBook of it's culture.
Include ideas about tradition, food, heritage, language and how it may have been influenced by other countries throughout time.

Evaluate how well this country has retained it's culture.
Are there any sub-cultures in this country?

Create a tourist guide about British culture.

Year 9 (Geographers)

*NEW* Option 1: Rainforest Rescue
Does the rainforest have to go for man to survive?
Design a solution to one of the issues facing the tropical rainforest e.g. Logging, mono-culture, mining, cattle ranching.
It must be sustainable and realistic!
Draw, annotate, sketch, explain must most of all be creative!

*NEW*  Option 2: Preparing for GCSE

Create a lesson or project on one of the Year 10 GCSE units below;

- Coasts

-Rivers

-UK Landscapes

OPTION 3: Geography in the News – taking one geographical headline. Create a presentation (Power Point or similar) on a major physical or human geography story.

1 What happened? (Some Detail)

2 Where happened? (Map - annotated)

3 When did it Happen? (Timeline)

4 Why did it happen? (Causes)

5 What does it mean? (Effects on people, society, environment)

6 Extra linked points (Lateral Thinking)

Deliver the presentation to a selected teaching class in year 7



Year 10 - Stretching your knowledge

Expanding your knowledge...
Complete a case study revision page for each case study you have looked at this term.
Add to this with additional independent research.

Stretching your knowledge...
Development in India.
Using India as a case study create a virtual tour (we suggest using Google or ArcGIS but you could use iMovie or Keynote) of the country. Include images, comments and facts about the north, south, east and west regions of India, how they compare and how developed they are.

Consolidate your knowledge...
Review your physical geography notes.
Produce a series of resources for your own revision / next years year 10's.


Year 12

Superpower countries
Create a presentation, e-book, factfile, etc on a superpower country of your choice.
Brazil, India, China, Russia, South Africa
Include as many geographical links as possible to the units we have already studied.

Pioneers of Plate Tectonics Project

Create a set of Cornell notes for each of the following geologists who were pioneers of plate tectonics theory. 

Cornell note taking will help you summarise, synthesise and make synoptic links. There are big ideas and major paradigm shifts within this field, you need to document when the happened, who was responsible and how the ideas developed.

Cornell note taking - clip: how to do it

RESOURCES

VIDEOS: 4 hours to watch. Key notes needed on all:

Remember this is A2 level so far more depth needed than GCSE case studies. You need to be able to piece together a timeline of the development of the plate tectonics theory referring to evidence and geologists. What did each pioneer discover?

EARLY GEOLOGISTS:

Your job is to assess the contribution of each of these men to the understanding of plate tectonics theory, focusing on the evidence and methods they used to make their break-throughs.

USEFUL LINKS