U6 Superpowers – The case for China

3.2 Emerging Superpower Nations


Learning Objectives:

  • To what extent can China be considered to a Superpower?
  • What strategies are China employing to ensure it has the energy and

resources available to support its economic growth?

  • What factors may restrict China’s ability to emerge as a Superpower?

Under the 4 Pillars of Superpower status – your task is to evaluate the case for China.



Geographical Reach

Cultural Influence

You will each take one pillar and look at positive and negative aspects of that characteristic for China.


U6 Biodiversity weblinks

Some weblinks to help you start your research

3.2 Biodiversity Under Threat: Weblinks for research…







a. Coral Reefs




b. Polar Bears




c. Orangutans




d.  African Black Rhinoceros




e.  Jaguar  





U6 Biodiversity – Investigating Threats

For Mr Killick’s U6 Biodiversity Group – Friday’s lesson will involve the use of tablets and a Prezi, to create a collaborative work project on biodiversity threates

3.2 Biodiversity Under Threat

Learning Objectives

Global factors threaten biodiversity (from climate change and rising sea levels for instance) as well as local factors, which are often related to economic development and direct ecosystem exploitation, as well as attitudes to the value of biodiversity.

Developing an understanding of the location of threatened areas  in terms of both local and global threats and their results.


Using the resources provided, create a presentation to answer the following questions with regard to your chosen environments/species.

a. Coral Reefs b. Polar Bears c. Orangutans d.  African Black Rhinoceros

e.  Jaguar

1. Where in the world are these species/environments located?

2. What are the threats (direct and indirect) from human activity?

3. What are the consequences if these threats continue?

4. What strategies have been employed to protect this environment/species?

Throughout your work you will need to consider…

Scale: Local and Global Attitudes: For and Against Long and Short Term

Role of Different Players


You will have an internet enabled tablet to conduct your research.

and a Prezi ready for you to develop.


If you can you can upload direct to the collaborative Prezi – if this proves difficult – produce a word document and email to Mr Killick, when you have completed a question, email the document to:


Try to include a variety of media – maps, images, diagrams, report pdfs, video clips, website links, newspaper articles…

Time is tight so you have to work effectively and efficiently in your pairs!

Awesome storm photos

Reaping the whirlwind: Photographer quits his day job to be a professional storm chaser… and the results are truly awe-inspiring

These astonishing scenes were captured by a man who gave up his day job as a corn plant worker to become a professional storm chaser.

Mike Hollingshead, 37, went after his first storm in 1999 and has been in awe of Mother Nature’s most powerful phenomena ever since.

Have a look at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513127/Corn-plant-worker-Tornado-Alley-gives-day-job-professional-storm-chaser-look-stumbled-.html 

Thank you Mr Harrison for pointing them out!

Why you should study geography!

In an article published in Geographical magazine (Dec 2013 edition), Noel Castree, who is a professor of geography at the University of Manchester, argues the merits of studying geography at all levels and states that the subject gains “strength in diversity”.

Page 77:

“(Students) need to know the benefits of opting for geography as opposed to other academic subjects.

First, in a world where there are no more ‘jobs for life’, students need a wide range of skills and to be comfortable with diversity and change. Geography’s breadth and lack of a narrow ‘canon’ caters to this.

Second, many of the most interesting and challenging problems that lie ahead involve working in the interstices between areas such as art and scicence, the local and the global, facts and values. Again, this is goegraphy’s bailiwick.

Third, although it has a ‘real world’ focus and many applied aspects, geography is also about the statisfaction of curiosity and broadening the mind. More than 50 years after CP Snow’s famous complaint about the estrangement of ‘the two cultures’, geography tries hard to enrich students cognitively, morally and (at times) aesthetically.

In short, geography’s broad scope and intellectual variety are precisely its strength rather than – as the ‘jack of all trades’ saying would have it – a weakness. It treats students as whole people, not merely job-seekers.”

(Reference: Geographical magazine, December 2013 edition, article ‘Strength in diversity’ by Noel Castree page 77)