Here are your weekly geography links for the week ending….. 26th October 2014

  • The first autumnal storm swept across the British Isles earlier this week. The remnants of Hurricane Ganzalo overturned lorries and brought down tress. Find out why it wasn’t a hurricane here
synoptic chart displaying frontal systems over the British Isles during the 21st October 2014.
synoptic chart displaying frontal systems over the British Isles during the 21st October 2014.

Synoptic charts such as the one above convey detailed meteorological information about the current and forthcoming weather. When the Isobars (lines on the map like contours) are packed close together, it means it will be windy. Lots of isobars very close together like the map above mean very windy!

You can see real time wind and weather at this very cool website called EarthWind map. 


  • We looked at global networks and how parts of Africa and be ‘switched off’ from globalisation. This infographic suggests the continent is more connected than we thought




  • Continuing on the continent theme…..
    What’s the biggest threat to people living in Africa? It’s not Ebola:


Year 12 – TNC’s homework for half term.

You have two tasks to complete over half term. The first is a 15 mark essay question from June 2013:

Q9b – Study Figure 9

Examine the role that TNCs play in the growth of globalisation (15).

The mark scheme is below

mark scheme 1

The second task is the powerpoint presentation on a TNC case study – Vodafone:


You need to produce a Powerpoint presentation on Vodafone as a TNC.

Remember to outline:

  • What does Vodafone do?
  • How many people work for it?
  • Where is it based?
  • Where is Vodafone’s HQ? Explain how it supplies it’s products
  • globally and it’s impacts on the environment and societies.
  • How does Vodafone encourage and promote globalisation?
  • What negative points have been made against Vodafone?

The Vodafone homepage is a good place to start, and this link takes you to a BBC article outlining how Vodafone paid no tax in the UK in 2012.

The graphic below is the Economist graphic I used in the lesson on Friday showing the difficulty in establishing which country a TNC actually belongs to.

Are businesses still national



Here are your geography links for the week ending…. 19th October.

* China and India, the dominant emerging economies of the 21st century right? The reality is that they have featured pretty heavily as the world’s largest economies over the couple of thousand years

* It’s not just the UK’s weather of low pressure storm systems and high pressure, blue bird skies that the Met Office forecasts. They have now moved into the realm of space weather forecasting. When will the next solar flare occur?

* I haven’t got an oil obsession, but….. This article explains quite nicely the global links between the black stuff pulled out of the ground around the coast of Scotland and globalisation.

* You’re all getting old….. But not as old as the earth at 4.5 billion years. This BBC website tells you how much has changed on our planet since you were born. How many volcanoes have there been? How much CO2 has been emitted?

Year 12 – Must watch BBC Question Time

This weeks BBC Question Time (16/10/14) has a very good first 20 minutes on migration to and from the UK. We will be looking at migration within the EU in the next few weeks so this is very relevant.

Focus on:

1.The arguments put forward for limiting and encouraging immigration.

2.The constraints put on the UK government’s approach to dealing with immigration due to our membership of the EU and Free Movement of people clause.

3.The difference in views between the public and panel members.

Here are your geography links for the week ending…. 5th October

The new addition to the Monteith household meant I missed Sunday’s geography links deadline. I know you have all been waiting with baited breath.

*Climate change is even affecting gravity. Mad!

*In one of year 12’s globalization lessons last week we talked about global economic and political groups such as OPEC. Interesting article below from The Times on their power over oil prices and the drop in global prices that has occured since 2011.


*The Cuillin Ridge is the most spectacular alpine ridge of its kind in the UK. Composed of super grippy Gabbro it tells a story of Britain’s volcanic past. Now Danny Macaskill has ridden his bike across it….

Year 13 – Rise of China research task

  • Use: World Bank; Economist country profiles; BBC country profiles; Gapminder statistics for starters.
  • Why and how has China risen to the fore as a dominant world power over the last 40 years.
  • Provide background on Deng Xiaoping’s reforms following Mao, present growth (remember to use our superpower criteria as your guide), and the recent progress achieved under Xi Jinping.

This recent Economist article is a very useful guide to Xi Jinping.



Here are your geography links for the week ending…..28th September

Geography from around the world this week:

  • Talks aimed at reaching a global consensus on tackling climate change wrapped up this week, have they done enough for a new deal to emerge in Paris in 2015?


Year 13 – Notes on USSR/USA relations and homework

For my sins we will be using the History (!!!) text books, as they provide a far more thorough take on this period than the Parrot books.

Finish the notes on:

Pages 19 – 20 – Soviet expansionism in Europe.

Pages 24-25 Overview of US relations with Europe in 1945

Page 53 – The position by 1962.

Homework: p99 = Condition of the Soviet economy

P125-126 = Glasnost and Perestroika.

On Friday I want to use the computers to start researching the rise of China as a dominant superpower.

Information, resources and links for A level and GCSE geographers at UVHS. Some of the content has been adapted from resources on the Edexcel Geography Ning – we are exceedingly grateful and hope this blog works to provide ideas and support for other Geography teachers as well as pupils.