Mrs Humanities – a social sciences teacher/blogger has just published this document on feedback and I thought it might be good for you to look at with your departments/faculties.

She is quite prolific as a blogger – you can read more from her HERE


Resources from the old WikiSpaces website run by Team Solutions.

These links are files from the old WikiSpaces website run by Team Solutions.

Resources include:

Achievement standard guidelines and tips

Geography Tips including notes and ideas on writing. literacy and so on.

Planning resources – resources to help you plan your geography courses

Revision activities – games and ideas to help your students in the classroom

Significant event resources

Other useful resources 

Assessment specifications for 2019 are up on NZQA website


Level 1


Level 2

Note: Candidates are expected to be familiar with the Human Development Index (HDI).


Level 3


Scholarship Geography

In 2019, the examination questions and resource booklet will focus on the significance of geographic location in a global context.

Any idea what this might look like?



Resources that may be useful from Jean McCann

Coral Reefs

Flyer The global topic of Tropical Coral Reefs


Fold Mountains

Flyer for Global topic of Fold Mountains


The on-going deterioration and future sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef

Flyer for AS 91431 Issue of the sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef


The Issue: The Hauraki Gulf – an ecosystem under pressure

Flyer on L3 Issue on the Hauraki Gulf

Water Issues and Environmental Change Workshop Resources

The two docs for Water Issues and Environmental Change are really good ones, as they are pretty comprehensive collections of case studies, relatable standards, videos to watch, websites to visit, news articles and books to read and even academic literature for those who are particularly keen.

Climate resources that might be useful for you in school

BBC  (published 30 November)

DVD – Climate refugees  

CLIMATE REFUGEES uncovers the unbelievable plight of people around the world displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. The documentary illuminates for the first time the human face of climate change as civilization now finds itself facing the confluence of overpopulation, lack of resources and a changing climate. Traveling the world and interviewing several of the 25 million climate refugees now on the run, along with scholars, politicians and the like, CLIMATE REFUGEES brings to light the heart-wrenching truth of what is quickly becoming mankind?s greatest challenge.



Human Extinction By 2030 -Climate Disruption The Movie.

Explained series by Netflix

Weather v Climate

John Green is great but talks very fast

Bill Nye – the Science Guy

Ideas from the climate workshop –

Discussion on what do we do in Geography:

Year 10

Level 1

ENE – Tropical cyclones 


a couple of schools looked at microclimates in their schools collecting data across 3-5 days


  • all aspects of weather included in these topics above for skills


climate change


sea level rise in Vanuatu


climate change in Kiribati


Level 2



Deserts – distribution – could be global



Transect across the city to see how weather changes and to identify the existence of an urban heat island

Level 3


Climate change and the different political responses

El Nino

Coral reefs – see Jean McCanns resource flyer here

Flyer The global topic of Tropical Coral Reefs

Californian wildfires could be an interesting one too.


Climate change refugees 

Climate change colouring book – purchase it here    OR


The rich are getting richer and the poor poorer – workshop notes

We discussed options for 2.3 to start with:

–          Tanzania

–          Samoa / Tonga

–          India

–          USA and Afghanistan

Talked about using the data as there was lots of it out there.  Especially data from NZ which you could compare with other countries to show a comparison.

Then we talked about the Y10 Social Action that many schools do as a Starter Year 10 Programme:

-Students take a social action and can be as simple or as complex as they make it – their grade depends on HOW they write it up:


–          Posters / Social Media Posts / Letters to MP’s, Editors, community people

–          Sock Drives (and other needed things)

–          Petitions (sent to Amnesty International, MP’s……)

–          Fundraisers and forward funds to community groups

–          Freedom Day Challenge (Through Amnesty International)

A way to encourage students to choose Geography for level 1

Have a three week Geography unit – teach it around option time and watch the numbers climb.

Some ideas include:

Global coffee production and consumption; issues around coffee production and consumption and how this is significant tp people.

OR the same ideas but with chocolate (see a unit plan below)

Chocolate unit outline 2017 v3


Have a three week unit on Climate change

Geography weeks unit plan



Quizlets – students love these.

The first is a Quizlet on the Christchurch Earthquake for 11GEO extreme natural events (hopefully the link works). I use Quizlet Live and shuffle the teams each time, to help reinforce key points.

The second one is a quizlet on ‘temporal variations’ for tourism development in Hawaii for 13GEO

And the third one is another quizlet for The Amazon for Natural environments for 12GEO

Get amongst it all – Jacinda Andrews from Diocesan is the Queen of these – oh to have the energy myself!

Coastal Erosion – What to do?

For a coastal nation fixated on home ownership, coastal erosion represents a problem. Large parts of the country were built in the wrong place, under the assumption the land would stay put. For most of the areas likely to be hit by rising seas, there are decades to prepare before the water starts lapping at their door.

There’s no such luck in Granity, Ngakawau and Hector on the West Coast of the South Island.

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2018 was like no other – coastal erosion is getting worse.

Check out this internal and resources at this link

Thanks for these resources Sarah

There is an article on this topic on Sunday TV1 (7 October 2018) – check it out.

Mock examinations are up!

The “mock” examinations have been uploaded here this morning.

Please do check through the examinations yourselves (and the schedules) – they have been moderated by AGTA committee members but it is important you do this as well. 

With regard to the skills examinations and the scholarship exam:

  1. The Level 1 examination uses the 2012 Resource booklet on Sydney.
  2. The Level 2 and 3 examination are new resource booklets – they are presented here in a pdf version only.
  3. The scholarship examination uses the 2011 Resource booklet alongside a supplementary booklet. 

Not a member of AGTA but want to use these mock exams – well, contact us at

Unit planning using the SDGs

At St. Cuthbert’s College this year we decided to link all of our teaching to the SDGs so students could see how important they are.

The work we do in:

Level 3 links to the following goals:

  • Issue – 13, 16 and 4
  • Global – 14, 15, 1, 2 and 3 – also links to the Freshwater topic for scholarship
  • Research – 8, 11 and 12
  • Cultural Process – Migration – 9, 10 and 7
  • Natural Processes – Coastal – 14 and 15

Level 2 links to the following goals:

  • Research – 8, 12 and 9
  • Issue – 13, 14 and 15 (see below for a unit plan)
  • Differences in development – all but a focus on 1- 6 and 10
  • Global – all but a focus on 1- 6 and 10
  • Natural Environment – 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Level 1 links to the following goals:

  • Research – 11
  • Issue – 8, 9 and 12
  • Spatial Analysis – 15
  • Population – 1-6, 8, 11 and 12
  • Extreme Natural Events – 13, 14 and 15, 8 and 11

We have them all covered!


Unit Outline 2018 Marine reserves