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Resilient Geographers in Year 8

Year 8 Geography this week demonstrated their grasp of all things climate-related, as well as demonstrating their grip on their resilience skills - staying positive, forging ahead with their learning, adapting to the new learning zones.

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Students demonstrated that presentations are still possible in school by showing the class the fruits of their labour - and not allowing the adaptations to overwhelm them; most impressive! Resilience, at its best. 

Here is an example of students telling us about cloud type - an often overlooked aspect of the weather and climate of our planet. Clouds hold more secrets than they look like they might. Clouds, it appears, are certainly more interesting than we often give them credit for! 

Cloud type, for example is vital in understanding how weather systems operate and tells us how air moves - thus giving us clues about low or high pressure which in turn lets us know whether it will rain today or later. Students also learnt a bit of Latin! Cirrus (Latin = a lock of hair) are high level clouds which become wispy due to high altitude jet stream winds, and tend to suggest more settled weather; on the other hand cumulus clouds (Latin = a heap) occur where evaporation and condensation occur more quickly, and might denote that rain or nimbus cloud is on the way. 

Perhaps our most anticipated (or feared!) cloud, - and perhaps the most well known - is the monstrous nimbostratus cloud (Latin; rain and low), huge anvil shaped clouds that quickly turn dark due to rapid condensation in unstable warm and cold air zones, leading to big towering, "thunder" clouds. Lightning is common as negative and positive ice crystals spin around causing electrical storms to start. Run, for shelter and your umbrella! 

There's a lot for students to learn from presenting to their peers too. Resilience isn't just about staying strong in the face of adversity; it's about persevering under the spotlight - and our Year 8 Geographers certainly displayed some good resilience skills when asked questions about their presentations afterwards. Well done everyone! 

It's all good fun - and students are clearly becoming attuned to their new learning bubbles and practising how to survive and learn in new ways. Thanks to all learners for all the other presentations about weather instruments and recording methods this week in secondary Geography - an excellent standard of work. 

Next week - "Collaboration and weather instruments in Geography."

Mark Stimpson
Head of Geography, KS4 Global Perspectives, Iceland 2021 Co-ordinator