Thursday 13th and Friday 14th Oct

Thursday we finished Biodiversity and went over 2 past papers ( 1 on environment and 1 on biodiversity ) – please read over this doc carefully.

Friday – We went over which hazards will cover  :-
Earthquake – eg Japan 2011
Tropical storm – eg Japan we will use this re preparedness / Hurricane Matthew 2016
Human induced – eg Fukushima 2011
Drought – Australia 2002-6

For each we will focus on the Temporal and Spatial at the characteristics
Define Natural Hazard and Natural disaster.
Characteristics of hazards – do definitions – read page 198 ( Blue study guide )
Use this sheet to write definitions on and plot various hazards. ( If you missed this lesson then you can get a photocopy of the completed sheets.
Next lesson we will cover characteristics of each hazard we will be studying – group work.

Wednesday’s ( 10 B) and Thursday’s class ( 10 D ) Conclusion

We worked on completing your analysis during Tuesday’s lesson and today are starting the conclusion.

Sum up what you found. Are your hypotheses mainly proven or disproven? go through each Hypothesis and state whether it’s proved or disproved. There are 8 pieces of evidence to help you conclude

1 – Hyp 1 Gradient
2 – Hyp 2 Material size
3 – Hyp 2 Material angularity
4 – Hyp 3 Wave height
5 – Hyp 3 Wave frequency
6 – Hyp 4 Longshore drift
7 – Hyp 5 Evidence of erosional landforms
8 – Hyp 5 Evidence of mitigation/defences

Based on the summary of your findings you will conclude and give your answer to the question
“ Is the beach at Kamakura Kokomae a destructive beach?”

On Friday both classes of 10s will work on the evaluation.

Briefly evaluate
Go through the methods and suggest how these might have been improved
Suggest how the study might be improved
Suggest how the study might be extended

End of topic test ‘Sustainability and the environment’ Tues Nov 1st Period 3.

Your homework this weekend and over the holidays is to revise the unit on ‘ patterns in environmental quality and sustainability ‘, which we have completed.

The first lesson back after break – Tues Nov 1st Period 3 you will have an end of topic test on’ patterns in environmental quality and sustainability ‘  It will be 40 minutes long. Please revise well.

Bystander effect

Bystander effect

Moral dilemmas….when would we do something?? Brainstorm factors on why people help someone that they perceive to be in need.  Bystanderism:  why do some people not help someone in need?  Introduction to the  bystander effector bystander intervention, ask yourself what you would do in each of the seven situations and why.  

Bystanderism intervention reading looking at the factors that influence whether or not someone helps when a person is in need.  Be able to explain and identify at least 3 of the following factors and explain how each affects bystanderism: diffusion of responsibility, social influence, audience inhibition, arousal, cost-reward, similarity, mood, competence and experience. Which factor(s) do you think plays the greatest role?  

Watch the video on the death of Kitty Genovese which led to research by Latane and Darley, and write a quick synopsis of what happened.

Link to questionnaire

Lesson  Bystander effect cont

Time for everyone to catch up on the Bystander reading.  Share your synopses of the Kitty Genovese murder after watching the following video on the incident.  


Read the handout on Observation and start to think of the observational study you would like to conduct for Monday’s class.  


Watch and observe the action in the clip in class on one situation, and record what you think is most important to remember about what you have observed.  Compare your notes with your classmates at your table, similar or different?  Are there any ethical considerations in the data that you have collected?  How could you make sense of the data?  Bring your findings to class tomorrow and be sure that you read and annotate the handout on Observations.


We have to

‘Evaluate a management strategy at a local or national level designed to achieve environmental sustainability.’ ( 15 marks )

We will look at Australia’s environmental sustainability policy, which tries to use and conserve resources. It’s a very comprehensive policy and covers many resources inc water.

We used this powerpoint for our discussion. ( to see videos embedded in this download it to your desktop when you revise )

We made notes on Australia on this doc 


Psychology of Human Relationships.


Brainstorm the following questions on paper: What factors influence whether a person acts or does not act to help when they see someone in need?  Are there cultures that are more helpful than other cultures?  What are some of the motivations to help?

Now put that paper to the side and read the handout from Law et al 251-256 on social responsibility, prosocial behaviour and altruism and answer the following questions individually: What is the difference between altruism and prosocial behaviour?  Why do people help people?  Individually think of a situation in which you helped others, and analyse the reason/motivation for why you did it?

Now in groups of two or three share your ideas for the brainstorming session and your answers to the handout questions.  And finally explain the situation where you helped and your reasons, and see if there might be other reasons why someone might exhibit the same behaviour.

Lastly watch the PBS video on children being naturally altruistic?  What are the strengths and limitations of the study?  Bring all your ideas and thoughts to tomorrow morning’s class.


For homework this weekend you are working on your analysis.

10-D. You will complete the Analysis during Tuesday’s class. Thursday and Friday you will work on your conclusion and evaluation. The work is due to be completed, printed and submitted at the end of class Friday

10-B You will complete the Analysis during Tuesday’s class. Wednesday and Friday you will work on your conclusion and evaluation. The work is due to be completed, printed and submitted at the end of class Friday

If you wish to get ahead over the weekend and move on to the conclusion and evaluation please follow instructions for these sections.

Gender inequality

Gender and Change

Examine the evidence of gender inequality in the 21st century ” Discuss. ( 15 marks )

The essay must:

    • have between 1200 and 1600 words
    • be typed
    • have an appropriate structure
      1. introduction
      2. appropriate paragraphing
      3. transitions
      4. conclusion
    • have in-text referencing
    • a bibliography
  1. You will have 2 class periods to work on this task. Plus homework time over a weekend. No other homework will be allocated for Geography up to the submission date.
  2. The essay is due on Wednesday Oct 11th 2016

Psych – lesson 2 Wed 5th and Friday 7th Sept

Lets recap on the nature versus nurture sheet you filled in at home and look at some responses in the class

Lesson 2: Introduction to Psychology and the study of human behaviour.  Nature vs nurture (cont.) : twin studies and what they tell us.  Watch twin studies nature vs. nurture and the differences in size and weight between Cory and Eric, and how the nourishment in the womb plays a part.  Watch the following clip on twins separated at birth, then answer the following questions:

  1. What unethical decision was responsible for the situation described in this video?
  2. Can you think of situation when it might be justified to be unethical in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of genetics or evolution?
  3. What is the most powerful evidence in this video that nature is more influential than nurture in explaining, predicting, or understanding human behavior?

Here is a more detailed video of the twin girls separated at birth.  Summarize the findings of twin studies and what they can tell us about the nature vs. nurture debate.

Then watch this and compare the 2 sets of twins