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New Endorsed for Edexcel Geography Resources

We are delighted to say that Edexcel has just endorsed twenty four of Pumpkin's Geography resources for their GCSE Geography A and B specs.  

 

18 titles have been endorsed for Edexcel GCSE Geography A specification and 24 have been endorsed for Edexcel GCSE Geography B specification.

 

For a full list of all the titles and how they match the Edexcel GCSE specifications, please click here.

Video content on UK flood events for legacy and new geography GCSE and GCE specifications

Future proof your video library by buying video content that has been created to match the new GCSE and GCE geography specifications, while still being relevant for current teaching.


With a greater focus on geomorphic processes and landscape required across the exam boards, all GCSE specifications contain units on rivers and flooding.  So with the new specifications being taught from 2016, what better time to refresh your case studies with examples of recent UK flood events.

The Somerset Floods
In the winter of 2013/2014 the UK was hit by a succession of 13 low pressure systems causing extreme flooding on the Somerset Levels.  Our DVD looks at the human and physical causes of the floods and explores the impacts on property and lives through the first hand accounts of local residents and businesses.   We also assess examples of both hard and soft engineering and see how they are being used to improve resilience to future flood events on the Levels. Dredging, pumping, tidal barriers and catchment sensitive farming are all considered. 

Relevant for units on Rivers,Flooding, Extreme Weather, Hazards

Click here to see how this title links to the new specifications
Click here to download a free clip on Flooding on the Somerset Levels

Tewkesbury
A freak weather event or a disaster waiting to happen? Explore the physical and human causes of the Tewkesbury 2007 flood with this resource that looks in detail at runoff, infiltration rates and the factors affecting storm hydrographs. First hand accounts from residents and businesses bring home the immediate and long-term economic, social and environmental impacts of the flood. The sustainability of a variety of hard and soft management strategies, including forecasting and telemetry are then discussed with analysis from the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water.  

Relevant for units on Rivers, Flooding, Extreme Weather, Hazards

Click here to see to read reviews and for more information on this title
Click here to download a free clip on Flooding in Tewkesbury

Flooding in Bangladesh
A fantastic contrast to the UK flooding case studies, this resource provides strong visual examples of the impacts of floods in an LEDC. The physical and human causes, at both a local and regional scale are explained, as is the effect of climate change.  it emphasises contemporary thinking about hazard events and provides memorable, quirky and relevant examples of both hard and soft flood management strategies.

Relevant for units on RiversFloodingExtreme WeatherHazards

Click here to read reviews and for more information on this title
Click here to download a free clip on Flooding in Bangladesh

Free video clips on glaciation for legacy and new GCSE and GCE geography specifications

Free Clips
Glaciation appears in many of the new specifications at both GCSE and GCE level, but its not always the easiest of areas to teach.  To this end we have created a number of free video clips for classroom use:


Glaciation: Processes and Landforms
Explain the creation of U-shaped valleys, misfit streams, hanging valleys and waterfalls, with this video clip filmed in the the Alps and the UK.


Glaciation in the UK
For fantastic aerials of Red Tarn and Striding edge view this video clip.

DVD Resources
And if you want to save time creating whole new lesson plans on glaciation, make use of our DVD resources.

They contain 
at least 30 minutes of video content, filmed to broadcast standards with aerial footage, graphics, expert interviews and clear explanations.  They are also accompanied by teachers notes and student activities all written by Bob Digby. The video content is broken down into easy to use 3-5 minute clips, which makes it easy to assimilate into your own lesson plans.

"Pumpkin's physical geography resources fill a massive gap in the market. The Glaciation title is absolutely spot on not dumbed down and it covers everything we need.”
Jim Gardner, Head of Geography, Dame Allan's School

Glaciation in the UK
How has ice shaped the UK landscape?  What are the processes operating at differing scales and how have they been influenced by geology, climate and human activity? With examples drawn from around the UK, including the Lakes and Snowdonia, this DVD provides illustrations and explanations for the different landforms and features associated with glaciation in the UK.  

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Glaciation: Processes and Landforms
How are glaciers formed? Where are they found? How and why do they move? How do they shape the land, both now and in the past? Using examples filmed in the UK, Iceland and the Alps, and with the help of satellite images, graphics and interviews with some of the world's leading glaciologists, this resource illustrates and explains the processes and landforms associated with glaciers. For access to the very latest research and current thinking on glaciation, this resource is an absolute must.

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What are the benefits of using video as a teaching tool for Geography?

 
Stimulate interest

Video can stimulate interest, particularly important in geographical enquiry, creating the “need to know”. Our films provide inspirational case study material across a range of geographical issues and themes, from tectonics and climate change, to development issues and tropical storms.
 
“The tectonics series is superb.”
Mark Ollis, Head of Geography, St Bees School
 
The virtual fieldtrip

Video can take students on virtual fieldtrips to landscapes, which they may otherwise be unable to visit. Filmed around the world and with titles ranging from our series on hazards - filmed in Haiti, Montserrat and Iceland, to our titles on globalisation – filmed in Bangladesh and India – our films deliver excellent context for enhancing students’ locational and place knowledge.
 
Improve understanding of complex ideas

Video enables complex ideas to be illustrated through the use of animation and voiceover. For example, Pumpkin’s resources on coasts, rivers and glaciation use a combination of aerials, graphics and expert interviews to help explain key theories so deepening students’ conceptual understanding.
 
“Pumpkin’s physical geography resources fill a massive gap in the market. The glaciation title is absolutely spot on, not dumbed down and it covers everything we need.”
Jim Gardner, Head of Geography, Dame Allan’s School
 
Expose students to a variety of perspectives

Video can also provide an opportunity to engage students with potentially dry subject matter. A variety of faces and voices can be introduced into the classroom to give a range of perspectives and keep interest, for example when discussing energy futures or migration to the UK.
 
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Why using video can boost grades in science

Why using video can boost grades


Reinforce existing learning

Video stimulates interest as it presents information in a different medium. Complex ideas and theories can be illustrated through the combination of animated graphics, expert interviews, and voiceover, and when incorporated into an existing lesson plan, can help summarise and reinforce existing learning. To help teachers navigate through our material and select the parts most relevant for their lesson, we ensure all our video content is segmented into bite-sized stand-alone clips.
 
Engage students

Video can also provide an opportunity to engage students with a potentially dry subject matter. A variety of faces and voices introduced into the classroom can give a range of perspectives and keep interest, for example with our titles on electricity generation.
 
Develop higher order thinking

The use of video case studies also helps develop higher order thinking skills as students can see how their current learning relates to real world scientific applications. Watching how seismic survey team use waves to predict, monitor and locate earthquakes is a fantastic way to bring the subject to life.
 
The virtual fieldtrip

Video can give students access to places and people they wouldn’t usually get, for example Michael Faraday’s workplace in our title on “Extraordinary Electromagnetism” or a car testing facility when learning about Forces and Motion.
 
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Offer available until the end of November 2015
 
Included with the resources are worksheets and supporting notes designed to enable you to extend the content actively in class across a range of ages and abilities. The price also includes a free site licence, enabling you to network the material throughout your institution.
 
To find out more about Pumpkin's science video content, please visit our website:

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Free Geography Video Case studies

Looking for free video case studies?

An exiting video case study can undoubtedly help to underpin and support the delivery of the core conceptual and thematic knowledge required at GCSE and GCE level.  However, trawling through Youtube to find the perfect clip can be time consuming, and not every department can afford to buy bespoke educational video content. 

 

With this in mind, specialist geography video content provider, Pumpkin, has made over 30 free video clips available for use in the classroom. All material is made in consultation with Bob Digby, author, examiner and former president of the GA.  There are video case studies relevant to units across all specifications, including clips on: urbanisation in India, the effects of globalisation in Bangladesh, energy security and renewable energy options, physical processes and landscape, the cost/benefit analysis of managed retreat versus adaptation at Studland, as well as material looking at hazards, risk and vulnerability in Haiti, Montserrat and Iceland.

All material can be accessed for free via the Pumpkin youtube channel: ChannelPumpkin: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChannelPumpkin

 

Teaching Artaud and Grotowski

Drama Newsletter


Autumn 2015

Wanting to challenge your students to create top band performance pieces?

Why not show examples of other high scoring student work, so they can see what that they can aspire to?  Whether you are looking to devise a piece of Artaud or Grotowski inspired theatre, or incorporate physicality or comedy into work, all of our DVDs contain invaluable footage of top band student performances, created in response to the practitioners featured on the DVDs.

 

This footage is accompanied by ready-to-use teaching materials that will help bridge the gap between theory books and practice, along with advice on how to enable students to experiment and play with the ideas introduced in the DVDs and so incorporate them into their own pieces. 

Artaud: Practical Approaches to a Theatre of Cruelty

Use our resource as a catalyst and liberating force, inspiring your students to create their own high-scoring Artaud inspired pieces.  This double DVD contains a 25 minute biography and extensive library of over 100 Artaud Inspired performance extracts.  More info ..... 

 

"Both the AS and A2 students have found it interesting and enlightening to watch the two examples of top band student work included on the Artaud DVD.  As a tutor it has proved constructive to be able to produce a visual representation of the standard of work to which students should be aspiring to.  This has challenged the students to create more interesting work, as they can see clearly how practitioner theory can be applied effectively to student work."

 

Andrew Brook, Head of Drama, Sutton Valence School, Kent

 

Grotowski: A Practical Guide

In addition to a 25 minute documentary on Grotowski, footage from Grotowski's original performances and input from UK based professors, this double DVD set also contains three filmed student workshops led by practitioners from the Grotowski Institute, as well as an A level student piece that was awarded 100% by examiners.  More info .....

 

"Its tremendously useful to see students in action with this work and I can see how one might use it for one's own inspiration at home, to take in and recreate in class, or to show as a teaching aid in sections before trying the exercises out with students." 

 

Sarah Lambie, Editor, Teaching Drama, actress, tutor and drama workshop leader

 

"A really useful resource that will deepen understanding of how to teach Grotowski in schools, in practice and theory."

 

Paul Allain Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Kent

New Video content for Coastal Flooding units

Geography Newsletter


Autumn 2015

Get your students excited about geography with our extraordinary footage that shows the devastating effect of the 2013/2014 winter storms on the UK coast.
 

Ideal for all current and new GCSE and GCE units on coastal processes, flooding and management, as well as extreme weather hazards, our two video case studies focus on the collapse of the Dawlish Railway and the effects of the east coast tidal surge on the Norfolk coastline.

 

The DVD, Extreme Weather UK: Coastal Flooding, contains footage shot during the storms, as well as interviews with local residents and those responsible for managing these stretches of coast. The resource examines the extreme weather conditions that led to these events, the impacts on people and the environment, and asks how we can build future resilience to coastal flooding and extreme weather hazards in the UK.

 

Click here to see how this title matches the new draft specifications. To download a free video clip on coastal flooding click here.

Pumpkin also has a number of other titles to support the teaching and learning of Coasts.  Click on the links below to read reviews of these titles and watch preview clips.

 

Coastal Processes and landforms

Click here to download a free video clip on Coastal Processes.

 

Managing the Dorset Coast: Conflicts, Challenges and Opportunities

Click here to download a free video clip on Coastal management.

 

Holderness: Sustainable Coastal Management

Click here to download a free video clip on Holderness.

Video content to support the draft AQA GCSE geography specification

How Pumpkin Interactive Video content supports the draft AQA GCSE Geography specification

With the new draft GCSE geography specifications having now been released its been an interesting read to see where the key changes and challenges lie in terms of content.

 

Teaching the geography of the UK

One of the key areas is an increasing spotlight on the geography of the UK, which presents an opportunity to look again at the way physical and human geography is taught in the UK.  

As the leading UK producer of video content for the teaching of geography at GCSE and GCE we have some fantastic UK based case study material in our catalogue, to help you in your teaching of UK landscape, population, economy and urban spaces. 

 

Geomorphic processes and landscape

Another key challenge is the increasing focus on geomorphic processes and landscape. With aerial footage, video case study illustrations and graphics of the key landforms and processes our materials can support the core conceptual and theoretical knowledge as well as providing text book examples for units of Rivers, Coasts and Glaciation. 

 

To order any of our titles on a 14 day preview:

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In this document we have outlined how our titles match the draft AQA GCSE specifications. You will find the other awarding bodies covered in our other news posts. 

 

Living with the Physical Environment: Section A:

The Challenge of natural hazards

 

Tectonics:  Processes and Landforms

With examples from Montserrat, Haiti, Iceland, the Alps and the UK, this DVD provides explanations and illustrations for the processes, features and landforms that occur at different plate margins. 
 

The Haiti Earthquake: Impacts and Responses

Using footage filmed straight after the 2010 earthquake and in the three years following, the resource explores the primary and secondary impacts of the quake and responses to them. 
 

Iceland: Living with Volcanoes

A fantastic MEDC case study, this DVD looks at why people live in volcanic regions, the impacts of the 2010 eruption and the responses to it, including the role of emergency planning and early warning systems.  
 

Montserrat: Living with Volcanoes

Provides a clear explanation of the processes causing Montserrat’s recent volcanic activity and then assess the impacts of the continuing eruptions.
 

Geohazards: Monitoring and Prediction

Filmed with scientists working on some of the world's most active plate systems, this resource examines to what extent geohazards can be monitored and predicted.
 

Tropical Storms

The physical processes the lead to the formation of a cyclone are clearly explained, and the impacts explored through extraordinary footage shot during and after Bangladesh's most recent cyclone. 
 

Extreme Weather in the UK – Coming soon

 

Climate Change

This DVD provides clear explanations of the processes the cause climate change and gets students thinking about the extent to which these are caused naturally or are the result of human activity 
 

Living with the Physical Environment: Section B:

Physical Landscapes in the UK

 

The UK’s Changing Landscape – coming soon

Glaciation: Process and Landforms

Using examples filmed in the UK, Iceland and the Alps, this DVD illustrates and explains the processes and landforms associated with glaciers.
 

Glaciation in the UK (available late 2015)

With specific reference to UK examples, this resource explores the erosional and depositional processes and landforms associated with glaciation.
 

Coastal Processes and Landforms

Taking a systems approach and using UK examples, this DVD illustrates and explains the coastal processes of erosion, transportation, deposition, weathering and mass movement that create coastal landforms.
 

Holderness: Sustainable Coastal Management

This resource looks at the processes that have created the Holderness coastline before discussing the challenges of managing and living with this changing coastline.
 

Managing the Dorset Coast

This DVD examines the sustainability and success of the strategies that have been put in place to manage Dorset's Jurassic Coast.
 

River Processes and Landforms

Memorable illustrations of erosional and depositional landforms are used to explain the processes or fluvial erosion, transportation and deposition and to show how they change throughout a river's course.
 

Flooding in the UK: Tewkesbury

Freak weather event or disaster waiting to happen? Explore the causes and impacts of recent flood events in the UK with this DVD that also considers the sustainability of a variety of hard and soft management strategies
 
 

Living with the Physical Environment: Section C:

The Living World

 

Tropical Rainforests – coming soon

 
 

Challenges in the human environment: Section A

Urban issues and challenges

 

Regenerating a City: the rebranding of Glasgow

Explore the redevelopment and rebranding of Glasgow from its economic and social decline to is present day rebirth
 

The 2012 Olympics and East London's Regeneration

Explores to what extent the Olympics has enabled East London to develop socially, environmentally and economically.
 

Challenges of Urbanisation: Inequalities in Bangalore

A fantastic case study for the study of rapid urbanization in India, this video examples the causes, impacts and management of rapid urban growth.
 
 

Challenges in the human environment: Section B

The Changing economic world

 

Youthful Populations: an African case study

The Gambia has one of the poorest and most youthful populations in the world. This resource looks at the impact of this demographic on the country’s infrastructure, service provision and environment. It then highlights a variety of successful population management strategies aimed at reducing the development gap, including campaigns to increase uptake of contraception, manage natural resources and increase educational opportunities for girls.
 

Emerging Superpower: India’s Booming Bangalore

Known as the Silicon Valley of India, this resource considers the factors contributing to Bangalore’s success, the role of globalisation, the challenges of its rapid growth and the impact the new middle class is having on a traditional society. It then explores what is being done to improve transport, infrastructure and access to services.
 

Rural Challenges: Inequalities and Development in India

This DVD looks at the factors limiting the rate and level of development in India’s rural south and asks why does most of India’s rural population live below subsistence level, relying on aid, despite India having the second biggest agricultural economy in the world? Strategies to reduce poverty like microcredit schemes, intermediate technology and aid are then examined.
 

Issues in Globalisation: How Fair is Fashion?

Using the international fashion industry as a case study, this resource explores the effect of globlisation in Bangladesh. It talks to young female workers employed in large-scale textile factories and then compares their living and working conditions with women employed by a rural fair trade fashion initiative.
 

Issues in Globalisation: Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

This resource contrasts the environmental impact of the textile industry in Bangladesh and the UK. In Bangladesh, residents of Dhaka’s slums explain how extreme industrial pollution is damaging their environment and health.
 
 

Challenges in the human environment: Section C

The Challenge of Resource Management

The Greening of Energy

The development of renewable energies can often be a cause of conflict. Examine the pros and cons of a variety of renewable energy sources with this title that draws examples from the UK, India and Europe.
 

Debating Energy Futures: Coal, Gas and Nuclear

With case studies from the US, the UK, China and India, this title asks how important coal, gas and nuclear will be in the future global energy mix. 
 

Global Energy Security

With case studies from the EU, Iceland, China, India, Canada and the US, this resource examines what makes some countries more energy secure than others and what strategies can be pursued to improve security. 
 

Energy Security: India's Sustainable Solutions

This resource assesses the environmental impacts of two renewable energy options in India: Wind Power and Biogas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Compare the draft GCSE geography specifications

Comparison of New Geography GCSE Specs (First Teaching September 2016 / Examinations 2018)

AQA

Edexcel A

Edexcel B

Eduqas (WJEC) A

Eduquas (WJEC) B

OCR A

OCR B

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

Section A: Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather and Climate

Section B: Physical Landscapes in the UK -2 of 3 from:

  • Coast
  • Rivers
  • Glacial

Section C: Living World

  • Ecosystems and Tropical Rainforest
  • Hot Deserts OR Cold Environments

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management (with focus on Food or Water or Energy)

Paper 3: Geographical Application (1 hour / 30%)

  • Issue Evaluation (from pre-release)
  • Fieldwork (human and physical including interaction)

 

Paper 1: Physical Environment (1 hour 30 min / 37.5%)

Section A: The Changing landscapes of the UK (2 of 3 from) :

  • Coasts
  • Rivers
  • Glaciers

Section B: Weather Hazards and Climate Change

Section C: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

Paper 2: Human Environment (1 hour 30 min / 37.5%)

  • Changing Cities
  • Global Development
  • Resource Management

(With either energy or water resource management).

Paper 3: Geographical Investigation Fieldwork and UK Challenges [1 hour 15 min / 25%)

  • Rivers or Coasts Fieldwork
  • Central/Inner Urban or Rural Settlement Fieldwork
  • UK Challenges Questions

Paper 1: Global Geographical Issues (1 hour 30 minutes / 37.5%)

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

  • Climatic Hazards
  • Tectonic Hazards

Topic 2: Development Dynamics

Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world.

Paper 2: UK Geographical Issues (1 hour 30 minutes 37.5%)

  • Physical Landscape of the UK
  • Coastal Change
  • River Processes and Pressures
  • UK’s Evolving Human Landscape
  • Fieldwork Questions(1 Coast/Rivers and 1 urban)

Paper 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Decisions (1 hour / 25%)

  • People and the Biosphere
  • Forests under threat
  • Consuming energy resources
  • Making Geographical Decisions

Paper 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

  • Landscapes and Physical Processes (rivers / coasts)
  • Rural-Urban Links
  • Tourism or Hazardous Landscapes

Paper 2: Environment and Development Issues (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

  • Weather, Climate and Ecosystems.
  • Economic Development Issues
  • Social Development Issues or Environmental Changes

Paper 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

  • Approaches to Fieldwork Methods
  • Fieldwork Enquiry
  • Application to UK contexts

 

WJEC will select fieldwork method and WJEC will select concept approach – two contrasting investigations.

Paper 1: Investigating Geographical Issues

  • Changing Places – Changing Economies
  • Changing Environments (coast, rivers, weather and climate)
  • Environmental Challenges

 

Paper 2: Problem Solving Geography

A problem solving paper in three parts assessing the content from across the three themes described in paper 1.

 

Paper 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

  • Approaches to Fieldwork Methods
  • Fieldwork Enquiry
  • Application to UK contexts

 

WJEC will select fieldwork method and WJEC will select concept approach – two contrasting investigations.

Paper 1: Living the UK Today (1 hour 15 minutes / 30%)

  • Landscapes of the UK
  • People of UK
  • UK Environmental Challenges

Paper 2: The World Around US (1 hour 15 minutes / 30%)

  • Ecosystems of the Planet
  • People of the Planet (development)
  • Environmental threats to the planet.

Paper 3: Geographical Skills (1 hour 30 minutes / 40%)

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fieldwork Assessment (should carry out fieldwork in two different environments / human and physical)

Paper 1: Our Natural World (1 hour 15 minutes / 35%)

  • Global Hazards
  • Changing Climate
  • Distinctive Landscapes
  • Sustaining Ecosystems
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 2: People and Society (1 hour 15 minutes / 35%)

  • Urban Futures
  • Dynamic Development
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Resource Resilience
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Geographical Exploration (1 hour 30 minutes / 30%)

  • Geographical Skills
  • Decision Making Exercise

Fieldwork must be one human / one physical in contrasting locations.

Based on the Draft Specifications available 14/04/2015

With thanks to @gceyre