Monday, 20 October 2014

Year 9s OPTIONS TIME!!! Is Geography for me?

Dear year 9s

As you get closer to narrowing down your options, I have received some questions from pupils asking me about next year. Most of you are a bit excited and nervous about what to do and choose for year 10 and 11. Well, it is difficult for me to give an individual answer for each of you, for that reason you should think about a few things, and you can read them all down here. This applies just as well to any subject, not just Geography.

Step 1: Most important - do you enjoy it?
If you enjoy a subject you will work harder and be more attentive. That will lead to a happier couple of years, and a better grade at the end of it. If you enjoy several subjects, go to step 2...

Step 2: Are you good at it?
If you have several subjects you enjoy, think about which ones you are best at. Remember though, that if you haven't done well recently it doesn't mean you won't do better next year, especially as the people in your group will change which may help you concentrate better. If you are still struggling, go to step 3...

Step 3: The Department
If you haven't made your decisions based on Steps 1 and 2 (and even if you have), take a look at the department you will be working in. Every subject has huge strengths, and you need to decide which are appropriate for you. In last year's IGCSE exams, most of our Geography students at Montessori School Mataespesa got a grade C / B - and many A or an A*. Is this something that is important to you? You can also think about the classrooms, access to past papers, and the staff - but see the word of warning in Step 5!

Step 4: What will you study next year - is it interesting?
If you still can't decide, get details from other IGCSE students in the Options Meeting on Thursday 23rd and 30th of October about the course you are going to study. You might find Geography more interesting than you thought - from global issues like climate change and fighting poverty, right down to why you live in your house and why there isn't a cinema nearby, geography is an interesting subject. Remember also that some new subjects that sound fabulously exciting might not turn out the way you think they will. This brings us on to the next point...

Step 5: The teachers
You might want to study with the same teacher for the next two years. Or you might want to get away from one you have at the moment! :,( But don't let this be something that influences your decision to do any particular subject. Remember that teachers are unlikely to teach all the groups in your year for IGCSE, and even if they do, in all subject areas teachers move on from time to time. Mr. Vallely and "myself" Mr. Legaz.... we are very busy every year and last minute subject changes may occur.

Whatever you decide, make sure it is the right subject for you. The Geography Department naturally wants you ALL to do Geography because we think it is the most important subject you could take (where else will you learn about global warming, rainforest destruction, shopping patterns and coastal erosion?) but we also want you to make the right decision. Ask us at any time if you want more advice.

Here you have a couple of videos from a school in UK giving you reasons to choose GEOGRAPHY as IGCSE. I will try to publish some other videos on here to help you with your final decision. Show it to your parents so you make the right choice!!!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Year 9 Development in LEDCs

We are talking about development this term. We have been using Ghana as an example of development in LEDCs and we said that small projects could make a big difference. Here we have another example about this kind of projects, investing little money is going to make a huge change into other people's lives. Read more about it just clicking on the link or/and watch this video for further information.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Revision of BOOKS and half term ORALS

Just a quick reminder to my 12 groups of teaching and all my students of Geography 7A, 7B, 7C, 8A, 8B, 8C, 9A, 9B, 9C 11, PSHE and History 8C..... Have a look to the updated information about revision of books and quick oral tests that we will do the following week. REMEMBER ...We will use these results as grade for the half term report. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Happy first day of Autumn

Today is the first day of Autumn (fall for some) in our Hemisphere, but we must remember that Equinoxes are opposite on either side of the equator, so the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
Anyway... let's celebrate our Autumn as a season of change for better.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Climate Change 2014

As the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says there is a strong scientific consensus that the global climate is changing and that human activity contributes significantly. This consensus is attested to by a joint statement signed in 2005 by 11 of the world’s leading national science academies representing Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. 
Their statement confirmed the likelihood of human-induced climate change. Many other science bodies have issued similar statements. Most of the scientific debate on climate change takes place through articles that climate scientists publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Peer review, while not perfect, is a highly effective system for ensuring that journals only accept articles that meet a good standard of scientific rigorand objectivity. 
Several surveys of the refereed literature on climate change science have confirmed that virtually all published papers accept the fundamentals of human-induced climate change.  Some of the following links provide further information about this issue and the demonstrations all around the world. Click on them to know more. We will talk about it in year 7 and 8.




UN (United Nations)

Friday, 19 September 2014

Year 11 Population

I am posting interesting and updated information about population. Remember... we will do a test about population and migration soon. Click on the link or picture to find out more.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Welcome.... back!

Dear students,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back for the start of the 2014 – 2015 school year. Although I’m sure everyone hates to see their summer vacation come to an end, there is always a certain air of excitement about the start of a new school year. 
We did not even start yet and  here you have some information about our 1st term. Hope you find it useful and it will be all explained the first week we see all each other. Click on upper tags to know more. But anyway... most of you are more or less familiar with new timetables, rooms, books, and teachers.

It is going to be a challenging year for us all (students, parents and teachers), with many different issues to deal with academically or not, in and out the school. 

For that reason we all must make an extra effort in our own responsabilities, being supportive to each other.

- Students, I expect you work hard, study a lot, following school rules as you know them already.

- Parents, I know and appreciate your support and understanding of the hard work of teachers and special conditions we are going through at work. So, I give you all my biggest thank you in advance.
- Teachers (myself) As a teacher I understand the effort all of you (parents) are making to send your kids here and I will do my job as professional as ever to get outstanding and best academic results with every single student I am responsible in every subject, group and lessons I teach.

Ok, enough is enough... time to say bye for now.

I just wish you the best of luck to you all this year.

Mr. Legaz