Sunday, 23 August 2009

Puppets discuss latitude and longitude

Where is Matt?

This has being doing the rounds for a while but we will use it in class this week.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Have you got the Power?

Not geography but it made me laugh again.

Monday, 17 August 2009


Is this the new way to travel?

Not sure it is a good way to get to school. Saves fossil fuels? What powers the hoses though?

Saturday, 15 August 2009


Bit of a laugh before you guys come back to school.

Thanks to Liz Smith on twitter for this one.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Revision site

All you ever wanted to be up to date with Geography. See this site here for lots of links to other blogs and map bits and pieces. Good to dip into regularly. Don't follow the example of the picture here!!!!

Climate scientists warn of wild weather in the year ahead as El Niño starts

Drought, floods and other extreme events to increase. El Niño - "the child" in Spanish - was named by fishermen in Peru and Ecuador (South America) because the phenomenon arrives at Christmas there. It is part of a natural weather cycle that happens approximately every 3-7 years and affects weather across the world for a year. It is caused by changes in temperatures of the ocean, with the first sign being warming in the Pacific Ocean. El Niño is also strongly linked to droughts in Africa, Australia and Asia, and wetter-than-normal weather in other areas like USA. The last major El Niño in 1998 killed over 2,000 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage to crops. 2009 has already been marked by an unusual weather patterns in SE Asia, and droughts and major floods in Australia, the US, China and Latin America. Read the rest of this Guardian article here. There is also a good Interactive way to learn about this phenomenon here.

Traffic solutions in Tokyo

Thanks to Val Vannet for finding this one. One way to maximise the numbers on a train.

Ways to use a map.

Thanks to Tony Cassidy and Victoria Ellis via twitter for this one. I want to do the sand dunes surfing bit. I know….. not a pretty sight but lots of fun! Do you think this will help get a good pass at Standard grade or Higher?

Fairtrade bananas

Short animation explaining how Fairtrade works and helping to dispel some common misconceptions. Bernadette and Carlos – 2 bananas discuss this issue.

Message from a BBC newsreader - George Alagiah on Fair trade

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Results Day

I hope many of you are happy bunnies today having received that dreaded envelope. Well done to those who did better than you expected. Of course I never doubted you could do it !

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Wet July 2009

Just a bit of proof from the BBC and Met Office that we have had a wet July with less sun than average this year. Read the rest of this article here and see where the West of Scotland is in the league table compared to other parts of the UK. The North of Scotland was better off than us when examining the hours of sunshine. Right I'm off to the Orkneys now! I always loved it there as all my classes know. Click the graph for a link to the BBC article on this.