Year 12 Higher Level geographers have been investigating how human activity can impact extreme environments. They have specifically looked at the how tourism can be utilised in hot and cold areas. To do this they focused on the town of Chamonix and the city of Dubai. To make the process more exciting the group were asked to create a presentation that would convince their teacher to buy a holiday home in one of the areas. The presentations that were created were interesting and they provoked a lively discussion. Well done Dubai.
The Year 12 geographers have been exploring how different fluvial processes can create a range of landforms. To do this the group was divided into small teams and asked to create a landform guide. They needed to describe the landform, explain how the landform was created and say how humans use them today.
Year 13 have been exploring the impact that climate change has had on the biosphere and what the changes may be in the future. They have looked specifically at the impact on soil, agriculture, habitats and the changes to animal migration. The group were divided into teams to create a LucidPress guide to a specific focus area.
The DP Geography students are currently investigating how agriculture has developed and spread over time. They have explored the influences on the spread of agriculture and how it has influenced the farmers lives. To do this the group worked as a team to develop a Google Slide presentation.
The students who study Geography are required to required to write Extended Response Questions to show their understanding of the concepts studied. It is important for them to write explicitly about the concepts using very specific words. This can sometimes be a challenge in the heat of the moment of an exam. An exam of how to do this well is below.
Part of the DP Geography course asks the students to investigate the causes, consequences and ways to mitigate climate change. Climate change is a fundamental theme that links different parts of the course together and helps the students to think synoptically. To look at different mitigation strategies the students were divided into small teams and asked to create presentations that they would then discuss with the group. The presentations were based around the Geography concepts of Power, Place, Processes and Possibilities.
The DP geographers have been exploring the idea of ‘the nexus’. The approach outlines that when we discuss the issues of water, food and energy they can not be looked at individually. Any solution to solve a problem is complex and it often involves numerous factors. To help the students gain an understanding of the complexity of nexus thinking the students were given a series of hexagons which had a number of statements on them. The group were divided into teams to sort the hexagons into categories that made sense to them and were then asked to tesselate them. Any hexagon that touched another had to relate to it. Below are photos of the students at work.
Year 11 students have been investigating the idea of disparities and what the causes of them can possibly be. The group researched the city of New York to locate two areas that demonstrate the economic disparities well. They then explored a range of data and images to help them to come to a conclusion of why New York showed disparities. After the initial research the students wrote an extended piece of writing to discuss their findings.
For part of the HL DP Geography course the students have been investigating different ways to reduce the development gap. They have focused on female empowerment, opportunities for indigenous populations and minority groups. The group were split into teams and they created information guides on each specific area.
The Year 12s have been investigating the aspects of population that can have an impact on the development of a country. To do this they were put into groups and asked to investigate how gender equality and the issue of human trafficking can be addressed at different scales.