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Just a week of term to go. Had some
visits to Sheffield, and SLN weekend (see FLICKR page for images) and
also some end of term events. Finished "Here comes everybody" and moved on to "Wikinomics".
Busy couple of weeks. See
GEOGRAPHYJAZZ for details on
Trip to Leeds for Frontiers of
Gifted and Talented session at
school: Sustainable City planning
Norfolk Geography Conference
Farm Visit to Hall Farm (plus
Animoto video on GeographyJazz)
Reading "Here comes everybody" by Clay
Shirky. Some very interesting sections. Also listening to Sir Ken Robinson's
Benjamin Franklin lecture at the RSA from last week thanks to Ewan's tip-off.
Finished tidying out my room, and
putting in loads of copying ready for next year.
Added some more detail to the
KEY STAGE 3 PAGE, which is ready for next year's
changeover to the new PoS.
A lot has been done in the last week
Added over 120 pictures to my Flickr
Added some new presentations to my
Added several new sections to website
Done some gardening
Filled a lot of black bin bags
WORDLE - which I love a lot...
Made progress on a number of
presentations that I have to develop...
An eventful few days. Added some new
materials to my FLICKR stream of Norfolk coast. Going to be exploring the
rebranding of this area over the next few months.
Also had a trip down to London on
Monday to collect my exciting award. I have also put some FLICKR images
there too. Today, it was over to Dereham for an
'A' level Geography network meeting. Did a brief half hour or so on some ideas
for developing fieldwork. Here is the presentation for those who were looking
The end of an eventful half term.
Added some new resources and links. Going to be uploading a range of materials
in a final bit of activity. Over the summer, some changes will take place in the
Thanks to Steve Kitson for sending me
some EURO 2008 RESOURCES for display and/or
game to play with groups.
Another day assembling coursework
portfolios and doing various other projects, particularly the succession
planning for next year, and also the Secondary Geography Quality Mark.
Added an update to the
YEAR 12-13 TRANSITION TASK, and also a new
CYCLONE NARGIS page related to that.
A very busy week, which started with
sorting all the GCSE coursework submissions and plenty of other work too.
Also the final confirmation of some
big news, which is the reason for the site update.
I have a new job: as Curriculum
Project Development Leader (Secondary) for the Geographical Association,
starting in September (although the work has already started really...)
Thanks to all those who have helped
support the development of the site over the last 7 years. Over the summer, I
will be editing it down to the key pages, and changing the focus towards
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and some exciting new ACTION PLAN FOR GEOGRAPHY 2
projects. Also got 20 years worth of accumulated stuff to sort through.
Check out the BLOGS,
particularly my new LIVING GEOGRAPHY blog, which will detail all the
projects that I will be involved in.
My diary is already starting to fill
up with events and hopefully I'll be coming soon to a curriculum development
event near you. Contact me via the e-mail on the home page if you want to know
Last night it was a quick dash over to
Norwich for a concert by Irish band Altan. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh's singing
and the musicianship was superb.
A week of high pressure and hot
Cyclone NARGIS resources now
added to the HURRICANE page.
Changed the HOME PAGE as I'm sure
Useful materials in the TIMES
MAGAZINE related to RURAL LIFE.
Up to Sheffield yesterday.
Took the opportunity to go up into the
Peak District, and then later into the CULTURAL QUARTER. (Interesting to
see the temporary 'rebranding' of the city around the World Snooker finals), and
the Andrew Motion poem on the side of Sheffield Hallam which I'd never seen up 'til
Also caught up with a '3 Minute
Wonder' film about 'Rocky' who spends 6 days piling up stones at the base of
Hunstanton cliffs to help protect them.
Also check out version 3 of
EARTHBROWSER. It's only a $19.95
download, which is well worth it !
Off to sort coursework now... Have a
great Bank Holiday !
Thanks to Helen Young for sending me
details of a new fieldwork resource on the Chew Valley that she has added to her
Thanks also for the invitations to 2
conference events, particularly the one at the Open University, which would both have been excellent, but I'm unable to
attend. You know who you are.. Also played in a bowls match for a
staff team against the Old Lennensians (alumni association) - didn't quite go
according to plan.
Spent quite a bit of time in the last
day or so doing some further work on the new EDEXCEL 'A' LEVEL. Thanks to
all the NING contributors.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7368326.stm - a useful BBC Video report on the
divide between London and the rest of the UK
St. George's Day. Added some new
REBRANDING materials, and also on AS SKILLS PAPER. Thanks to Adam
Lawson for adding some draft AS SoW on the NING. New edition of GA Magazine now
available on GA website to download (members only) Thanks also to Emma
Johns for her speedy comparison of the new GCSE specifications.
A weekend away, but still had to get
some geography in there. Went over to Norwich, and from there to the coast: the
area that was threatened with flooding (albeit by the end of the century) in
story recently in paper: apparently known as the Happing Hundred, as described
here: NORFOLK COASTAL REALIGNMENT Pity
that the weather was a bit grey, so my FLICKR photos are a bit dull and
grey too. Also had a very nice meal (and of course Woodforde's) at the
Fur and Feather Inn in Woodbastwick. Also spent a book token I had on
the 2008 Good Beer Guide to replace my ageing copy. Went to Happisburgh and past
the famous Cliff House cafe, and also to Sheringham, which was plastered with
Say NO to Tesco posters.
Also a lot of Morris groups: about 15
of them in Norwich celebrating the life of Norris Winstone. Met up with someone
I know who dances for King's Lynn Morris. Thanks to Poppy from the BFI for a
copy of "Essentially British"
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1036526.ece - interesting
article on educational courses. Good double sided poster on the Arctic and
Antarctica in the Independent on Sunday.
Almost 2 weeks into the new half term.
A story in papers in the Eastern region has been making the national news too.
It is suggested that a sizeable chunk (6500 hectares) of Norfolk should be left
for the sea to flood, in order to create new habitats, and that the coastline
should be realigned further inland. Have added a new page on the
NORFOLK COASTAL REALIGNMENT, as this is a perfect contemporary case
study which brings in elements of various parts of the course, as well as a
The proposal has been put forward by
Natural England (what used to be the Countryside Agency). The story features on
the front page of the EDP again today. Also, did you realise that from
Tuesday this week, all the fuel you put into your car has to have at least 2.5%
biofuel content ?
An alternative, amusing take on the
Great British Breakfast:
Also enjoyed this Jeremy Clarkson
article on the environment:
Woke in Kent this morning to several
inches of snow ! Had to change our plans for the day as it was settling and not
looking like stopping. An 'interesting' journey around the top end of the M25,
and then the snow petered out as we drove up through Cambridgeshire. Sunny in
Norfolk after all that. Several books waiting for me on my return: REAL
ENGLAND and also THE LOST VILLAGE. Watching the
FREE TIBET protests on the news as the Olympic torch made its way through
London. Tried to work through a range of materials ready for the next few days.
Have some SMARTBOARD training to deliver, and also our KS3 planning day
which is going to be quite busy I think. Thanks to Val Vannet for sending some
materials for the first of the above... Also to Pete Flaxman and Tony Cassidy
for their help with PILOT GCSE preparations.
Yesterday, the weather had been rather
better as we'd made our way down to the South Coast, and to RYE and CAMBER
SANDS. Some images to appear on my FLICKR page when I get a moment.
Climbed up the church with my daughter (via the stairs inside...) Don't forget to send some POSTCARDS
this summer. A campaign under way to save them as people are sending texts
To London again, this time via Kent,
where we were staying for a few days. In to the British Museum to see the
Terracotta Warriors: the exhibition ends this week so we only just sneaked
in. Very impressive exhibition, and also a lot of activities in the Great Court
by coincidence. Meal first, and then wandered back through the busy streets
around Covent Garden in the evening: more evidence that CBD is not just
retailing any more. Also read Dave Gorman's "America
Unchained": very enjoyable and read it within the day.
Just back from the GA Conference
at the University of Surrey. Put together a quick
ILLUSTRATED ACCOUNT. Thanks to Simon Renshaw for his quick
work at creating the BLOG for
our TEACHER'S TOOLKIT workshop. SPC were also involved in several other
workshops: notably the BREAKING BOUNDARIES work and the MURDER MYSTERY.
Navigated through another week. Final
act was to do a 6th form assembly today featuring Mark Beaumont's journey around
the world, which has been mentioned many time before. He has now shaved off the
rather fine beard, and is also currently
DE-TRAINING. Sent the donation in to Mark's JUST
GIVING page. Thanks to all who dipped
into their pockets, even those who added the Polish coins.... (presumably the
people just back from Poland ;) )
Over to Holt for a Peter Blake
exhibition plus a cup of tea and a slice of cake in Byfords...
London yesterday for Edexcel day. Very
useful session on the NEW EDEXCEL SPECIFICATION
which we shall start teaching from September. Also the year end budget wise for
the department. Had a wander down to Fleet St. - classic view of St. Paul's
Cathedral up Ludgate Hill. Also reading James Martin's "The Meaning of the 21st
Century" and also got "Panicology" - for my Risky World work. "Endless
City" book arrived: the size of a small car and full of superb articles. Plenty
of content is online too
Lots of material on the new report on
RURAL LIFE: report on Look East from Great Massingham was a useful one.
Dr. Stuart Burgess is the Government's Rural Advocate. Affordable housing
(Charles Dewar Close in Great Massingham - needs to have young families housed
as this supports local school and local shops and local pub), loss of local
services (post offices), problems in farming (including for migrant workers) are
Also added some new material in
advance of the Cambridge Field Trip in April.
New materials from Fred Pearce book: "Confessions of an Eco Sinner". New
POPULATION stories this week: Turkmenistan president offering $250 and free
public transport and dental care for life. Also story on Indian women being
offered payments to keep female children to full term. More on
MILL ROAD TESCO plans. Check out the
CAMPAIGN SITE. Also the newly
opened GRAND ARCADE in Cambridge (will be open when we go on our
Just been doing some work on
FOOD MILES, and one of the starters is often to
talk about "things that we have to import because we can't grow them here..."
Thought about producing a powerpoint with some products - are these grown in the
UK or not ? Here is one example to start with:
Tregothnan Tea grown in Cornwall... Anyone know of any others ?
Also some good news: was successful
in a ballot to get a ticket to see David Attenborough speak at the Royal
Geographical Society at the end of the month.
Today was the Observer Geography-fest.
First up was a free book: the Observer Book of the Earth. Also in the Review
section a 4 page section on a new book called ENDLESS CITY. This relates
to a book to be published by Phaidon. Here is the supporting
WEBSITE which is very good.
New item on BBC News site on RURAL
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7273516.stm - 1 million rural homes in
poverty. Also plenty of reports on local news. This is a useful area for focus
for AS / A2 students, and will continue to be. Affordable housing at Great
Massingham in Norfolk was featured on Anglia Tonight. Also some new CHINA
resources and materials for FOOD MILES on how much food is wasted.
Also ENERGY POVERTY:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6062716.stm : life without mains gas in rural
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