Rue du Brexit


The mayor of a town in France has dedicated a road by renaming it the Rue du Brexit.

It is an insignificant road in an industrial estate in Beaucaire in the southern department of Gard. It is not clear whether it is intended as a joke, but the road leads around in a circular route back to the road you started on, a road named “Rue Robert Schumann” after one of the founding fathers of the European Union…

A report in the Daily Telegraph says the National Front mayor of the town Julien Sanchez intended it as a tribute to the Brexit decision of the British people, but critics point out that the road is in an ugly industrial zone and “goes nowhere” as it is circular.

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Elians Extreme Reading 2017

The annual Elians La Nucia World Book Day Extreme Reading competition is upon us once again. Staff and students should submit to Linda Millar a photograph of themselves reading in an unusual situation.

My choice of book this year is Senderos Geologicos (Geological Walks) published by the Diputación de Alicante. It is a selection of walks in the province that take you through interesting geology in the region.


And here is my entry for the Extreme Reading competition 2017:


Mr Thomas buried in loamy clay from the Cretaceous period while trying to follow a recommended path in Senderos Geologicos in January 2017.

It is not a fake photo: I am actually in the mud.  The clean up operation afterwards involved a warm bucket of water prepared earlier.

Warning: Cretaceous loamy clay after rains can be hazardous.



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Students, please feel free to be amused that your Geography teacher – who has been teaching Year 9 all about the present drought in Alicante is stuck at home because of a flood.  There are also two landslides and a tree across the road in the other direction. Very Geography…


Here is the work for Monday:

9M (S4, Period 1 and Period 5)

  1. Refer to page 3, Figure 1 of the EDO Drought News document (it is in the black plastic crate next to the globe at back of S4).
  2. Draw a bar chart titled Departure from Long-term Average Rainfall in %
    Use the colours given for percentages in the key.
    Do bars for Alicante compared with seven other regions in Europe: choose them yourself and use an Atlas (on shelf at back of S4) to identify regions on the rainfall map.  For example southern England, NW France, west coast of Norway, central Germany, etc.
  3. Take your time over two lessons and do it neatly using clear labelling.Just added an example: do it like this.


Year 10 & 11 (S4 Periods 2 & 3)

  • Feedback on examinations is postponed till Wednesday.
  • You will be studying Unit 3 Settlement for the next few weeks. Pages 34-37 contain quite a lot of basics learned in Key Stage 3 Geography. A self-study session is quite appropriate.
  • Please read them and do as much of the work as you can in activities on page 54, exercises 1 & 2.  This may be done working in pairs in discussion.
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Costa Blanca water study


In the Amadorio reservoir, the old road bridge from Orxeta to Vila Joiosa was under water and had not been seen for years until 2012.  It has been high and dry since the drought began

The recent drought (2012-2016… and continuing?) took an interesting turn in December with a whole year’s rainfall drowning us in just a few days before the Christmas holiday.  The Year 9 study of the water system of Benidorm and Marina Baja starts with the drought and then continues with an examination of local water supply and demand.  This involves the physical and human geography of the surrounding area.

To see more about this, follow the development of our project on the Year 9 pages of this blog: Costa Blanca Climate

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Year 10 and year 11 Christmas hwk.

  1. Year 10 and Year 11 finishing the map skills exercise

If you began the Paper 2 map exercise on 14th December but were absent in the last week of term to complete it and get my feedback on it, complete the practice.  You can self-mark with the mark-scheme provided here: mark-scheme-for-2014-paper-2  Make sure you do this please as it is your responsibility to prepare properly if you were absent during the timetabled map practice lessons which were clearly stated in November!

There will be a map question for Year 11 in the mock exam and Year 10 will also be having informal tests during the same week when Year 11 are doing mock exams.

If anything from the map teaching remains unclear, please use my classroom Powerpoint to remind yourself of what we covered: gcse-paper-2-map-skills  The second half of that Powerpoint explains how to do the answers on your practice paper if anything is still unclear.

2. Revision for mock exams: Year 11 only

Clearly, everything we have covered in the course so far can be expected to be examined in the GCSE exams, but the mock exam will cover a narrower range. (Because we have not done some topics yet and the Alternative to Coursework, Paper 4 is not included.)  You have your end of year paper from Year 10 as a guide to the style of questions for Paper 1 and Paper 2.  Please expect questions on any topics we have revised in the Autumn Term and revise thoroughly.  There will be one double lesson on Monday 9th January in order to answer any last minute questions that arise from your revision.

Get to know all your case studies!

3. Revision of topics covered in the Autumn Term: Year 10 only

Year 10 will have a compilation paper during lesson time in the first week back, consisting of questions on all topics covered in the Autumn Term.  You should go over everything we have done and identify key terms, data for case studies, and review the exercises you have done from the questions at the end of each unit we covered.  Not all the material was covered in each unit, due to the need to work with both Year 10 and 11 in one class, as they prepared for the mock exams; but you will be only questioned on what we have done.

This will probably take place in lesson time on Wednesday 11 January or may continue into Monday 16th January.  The evaluation of Year 10 Autumn Term work is very important for teacher assessment of your current GCSE Geography knowledge: this assessment will not be part of school evaluation or future reports (which will be based on the Spring Term work.)

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GCSE field trip to the Sierra Aitana


Setting off from the Font de Partagat, we made a decision to keep to our original plan – although there was some cloud on the Aitana ridge.  This was the right decision in the end because the cloud was intermittent through the day, allowing safe walking conditions for the walk along the ridge.  Looking down from the highest point in the region, it was possible to monitor incoming cloud and continually assess the safety.


The Simas de Partagat were not seen by all the students, as some had become too tired after a 3.5 kilometer walk uphill and they did not want to continue to the intended goal.  They remained with one member of staff while the remaining nine continued to the Simas de Partagat.






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Summer Homework for Year 10 & 11

  1. Those Year 10  GCSE Geography students who were in school on 15/6/16 should finish off the tasks begun in the lesson: Exercise 3 on page 160. 
  2. If you were not in the lesson, please begin and complete all of Exercise 3 on page 160 and catch up with what you missed.  You will also need to study the topic first, to make up for the teaching of the topic that you missed.  Read the text about limestone on pages 248-249. We will be doing more on this subject, so you must do the basic reading if you missed the foundation lessons on this.
  3. The current unit we are studying on rocks also offers the opportunity for a school Geography trip.  We will be going to the Aitana ridge in September to study limestone and geology in general.  Please read this page of the blog as an introduction to the day trip: it is a report of the 2014 trip to the Aitana ridge.

  5. Using an online translator, write you own English explanation of the processes that are taking place in the Simas (chasms) de Partagat.  Your explanation should include at least one hand-drawn and labelled diagram.  This is a challenging task and you should spend an appropriate amount of time on it: I suggest the study of the documents and the writing of your explanation should be roughly a three-hour exercise.  Do it thoroughly please: remember this reflects your commitment to GCSE Geography.
  6. If you have any difficulty with the task, please email me for further help:   (I will not be using the school messaging system during the summer holiday, so only use the school email which is then forwarded to my Hotmail address.)
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