GCSE Revision Guide for AQA Unit 2: Human Geography

This 39 page set of revision notes for GCSE Geography, Unit 2, Human Geography (written specifically for AQA A but suitable for all students studying the topics) is another good value for money download from Natalie Adams.

The 39 pages of notes come with colour illustrations that bring the “human geography” to life at each stage of the student’s revision.

The revision notes cover the following topics:

  • Population Change
  • Development Gap
  • Tourism

Throughout there are summary points such as “what you need to know” and “key terms” so that students can see at once the key points of their study, and ensure that they have the basics before moving on to more complex issues. In addition each topic contains common exams questions taken from previous past exam series.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1829samples.pdf

GCSE Revision Guide for AQA Unit 2: Human Geography is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want.  You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain GCSE Revision Guide for AQA Unit 2: Human Geography by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=30&products_id=796 Other downloadable resources by the same author can be seen at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/index.php?cPath=76_112

The price is £10 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

GCSE Revision Guide for AQA Unit 2: Human Geography is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group.  If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk

What is the most effective way of helping all students become effective writers?

One of the most curious things about learning to write in one’s native tongue is that at the same time as learning to use the language one is actually using the language.

Which is why the learning tends to be twofold. On the one hand one learns the rules and logic of the language in a systematic way, but on the other hand issues suddenly arise that show that further explanation is needed.

For example, we might take the old favourite of homographs and homophones. They can cause endless confusion, so what should one do?

The answer, of course, is to have a lesson or a part of the lesson on this particular topic – quite possibly throwing in some homograph and homophone puns along the way just to make it more lighthearted.

The same is true with every other part of the language. From the indicative, imperative, and subjunctive mood to the use of a comma with adverbials of frequency.

This is what the 200 page copiable volume “Grammar and Punctuation for Key Stages 3 and 4″ covers. Over 170 different items and topics, each dealt with, along with examples.  It offers teachers invaluable assistance in familiarising their pupils with those grammatical and punctuation principles relevant to Key Stages 3 and 4 and rooted in national literacy strategies.

In this way Grammar and Punctuation for Key Stages 3 and 4 performs a dual function: it is both a grammar book and an editing handbook, utilising authentic examples collected from a variety of written sources.

It pays particular attention to those areas with which authors of all ages tend to have difficulties and offers an abundance of examples of current usage highlighting these areas.

Such examples are then followed by suggested improvements and by explanations justifying those improvements. Finally the relevant principles are practised through activities designed for pupils.

Anna Nolan, the author of Grammar and Punctuation for Key Stages 3 and 4, has spent many years running public examinations, developing national qualification, carrying out linguistic research and writing books on English grammar, punctuation and usage.

This copiable book is available both in spiral bound printed form and on CD.  It is a revised and updated second edition of the book Grammar and Punctuation at Key Stage 3.

There is a sample chapter available on-line at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/english/T1844.pdf

Cat No: 978 1 86083 867 5;  Publisher reference no: T1844emn


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95. plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the book…

Make 2017 SATs even better

Now that the SATs are completed for this year, prepare to do even better in 2017. Implementing the Turnabout Programme is the fastest way to improve results in the primary school.

Turnabout is for the ‘hard to move’ pupils and those with dyslexic characteristics. It requires just one hour a week for 12 weeks and is usually delivered by support staff. This is a practical programme to improve memory and concentration and as a result, progress in literacy and numeracy is greatly accelerated. Expect at least a one year advance in this short time, some pupils make much more.

Our user schools can explain how it operates better than us.

“We have been using Turnabout for about 3 years now.

It is scripted and formulaic, so whoever you deploy to deliver it needs to use very little initiative.

The children LOVE it, and the staff delivering it love the progress, teachers love impact they see in the classroom, and I love it because it is an intervention with measurable results. (NB Pupil Premium).

Although developed for dyslexic children, we use Turnabout with anyone who is falling behind at all, in any subject. We use it from Y2 –Y6. We use it for vulnerable children who benefit from the confidence they gain. Children have 3 X 20 minute sessions per week. We are putting 10-15 children through each term, depending on need.

The results were fab. We didn’t pre/post-test for the first round, and couldn’t believe what we could see, so we now use the Sandwell maths test and the Salford reading tests to measure impact.

We are seeing an average of 14 months’ progress for a 3 month intervention. We regularly see pupils make 20+ months progress in the 3 month intervention. We have some children who make less than that, but these are usually the older children, and the Salford test stops at 11yrs Reading Age.” HEAD TEACHER

To discuss how Turnabout can help your school contact response@turnabout.education

Or view http://turnabout.webplus.net

Get out and about with John Lewis and the big butterfly count


I’d like to invite you to take part in the world’s biggest citizen science project – the big butterfly count 2016, which will take place between 15th July – 7th August.

Whilst the counting period falls over the summer holidays, we’ve created four activities that will help pupils to learn about eco-systems, sustainability, life-cycles, conservation and why the big butterfly count is so crucial.

This summer term, your class could:

Why butterflies? And why should you take part?
Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses. That’s why counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature – and we need your help to ensure the big butterfly count covers as much of the UK as possible. Click here to find out how to get involved.

We hope you enjoy using these activities, and please forward to colleagues who may find them useful too.

Kind regards,

Shanthini Carrick
Manager, Sustainable CommunitiesThe big butterfly count is a survey run by the Butterfly Conservation. John Lewis is proud to support it this year. 


SEN Press’s first ever giveaway – receive your two free books in return for…

SEN Press are giving away two free books to all schools/teachers who ‘like’ our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/senpress1/ – and ‘share’ the post which is pinned to the top of our Facebook Page.

Once you have done this, simply email jenny@hamilton-house.com with your Facebook name (so we can confirm), and your contact details (your name and the school’s postal address) so that SEN Press can send your two free books on their way to you.

The first book is Travelling by Yourself from our Everyday Challenges Series, and the second book is Scared of Bullies from our Scary Things Series.

If you would like to know more about our teaching resources or place an order with us, please visit www.senpress.co.uk, call 01582 833205.or email info@senpress.co.uk.

What is the best way to help Down’s Syndrome and Autistic children understand and handle relationships?

If you were asked to name half a dozen aspects of life that were difficult for teenagers you would surely put relationships high up on that list.  And this is undoubtedly doubly the case for students with Down’s Syndrome and autism.

Which is perhaps why the relationships series of booklets for students and the associated interactive resources for classroom use from SEN Press are always extremely popular.

We have produced six highly illustrated booklets which deal with different aspects of relationships, including everything from mum’s new boyfriend, to seeing a date from both sides; from sisters at war to staying out late.

These are in fact just part of the Relationships Activity Pack from SEN Press, which include interactive activities to use with whiteboards and classroom PCs, editable electronic versions of all six books, copiable resources for homework and classwork, teaching notes, and so on.

With such a wide range of resources it is of course possible to pick and choose the resources that are best suited for the young people you teach, and to guide them through this most difficult of areas.

You can find more information about all of the materials from SEN Press relating to relationships on our Relationships web page

Relationships is of course just one of the topics we cover and you will find details of all the other subject areas for Down’s and Autistic teenagers linked from that page.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about our work or you are looking for ways to teach specific issues please do email me at info@senpress.co.uk or call 01582 833205.

Janie Nicholas

Why and how to organise a trip to the theatre between now and the end of term for your autistic students


It came to our attention that many autistic students have never been to the theatre due to the sensory overload that it can cause and difficulties with leaving and re-entering an auditorium mid-performance (to name just a couple of reasons).

Yet, the educational benefits of watching a stage production at the theatre are tremendous, more so for students with autism.

Thus, we are inviting people who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including people with autism, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability to our Relaxed Performance of The Railway Children at King’s Cross Theatre in London at 2.30PM on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Our Relaxed Performance of The Railway Children has been adapted especially for autistic children with invaluable guidance and support from the National Autistic Society.

Adaptations include adjustments to the production’s sound and lighting levels, and if a student needs to leave and re-enter the auditorium, they can do so with ease. We have also devised a chill-out area in the foyer which your students can use as and when they need.

Furthermore, ‘Visual Stories’ (detailed information and photos) of both the theatre and the show will be sent to you in advance, and members of the National Autistic Society will be on-hand to help out on the day.

You can find more information about the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel, The Railway Children, at www.railwaychildrenlondon.com/ticket-info/access or by calling 0844 815 7121 (calls cost 7p/min).

The relaxed performance is open for general sale as usual and there are no restrictions other than the usual age related ones (children under 2 will not be admitted, children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult). There are access rates of either £24.75 or £12.50 (with the usual complimentary companion seats).