Professional Development Courses

Form 1 Geography Curriculum

The Geography Section will be holding a compulsory inservice course this year for all teachers presently teaching Form 1 classes. It is going to be held on 7th, 8th and 11th July and will focus on the implementation of the new Form 1 Curriculum recently published and which will be introduced as from next scholastic year. Other topics that will be tackled include Assessment for Learning, Differentiated teaching and Student-centred approach. Participants will also have the time to reflect on their teaching strategies, share ideas and explore ways how to make lessons relevant, effective and enjoyable.

Download course description from here.

3-day programme

Geography in the News

Rare Earthquake hits Eastern Coast of USA

Rare earthquake measuring 5.8 strikes US east coast

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centred in Virginia has shaken much of Washington DC and was felt at New York City and as far away as Toronto in Canada

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was 800 metres deep. Tremors were felt at the White House and all over the east coast as far south as Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. But there were no reports of major damage or injuries.

Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna power plant in Virginia shut down after the plant lost power, but the company that runs them said there was no major damage. The reactors will remain shut until they can be safely restarted. At Reagan National airport, outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. All flights were put on hold.

The east coast gets earthquakes, but they are usually smaller and the area is less prepared than California or Alaska.

Watch earthquake from CCTV camera

What caused the earthquake in Virginia 

Latest details from USGS

Geography in the News

Worst Oil Spill in UK waters

Shell has finally stopped the leak from its faulty oil pipeline at the Gannet Alpha platform east of Aberdeen in the North Sea, ending the flow of oil undersea after 10 days of the worst oil spill in UK waters for a decade. Conservation groups have warned that marine and bird life in the area could be harmed, and fishermen have been told to stay clear of the Gannet Alpha platform– 112 miles east of Aberdeen– and the surrounding area. 

Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said: “We know oil of any amount, if in the wrong place, at the wrong time, can have a devastating impact on marine life. Currently thousands of young auks – razorbills, puffins and guillemots – are flightless and dispersing widely in the North Sea during late summer. So they could be at serious risk if contaminated by this spill.”

Greenpeace criticised Shell for not being sufficiently open about the progress of the spill, which was first discovered on Wednesday but not announced publicly by the company until Friday.

More than 1,300 barrels of oil have been spilled in the North Sea over this week.  Green campaigners said the incident raised questions over the safety of oil companies’ plans to drill in deep water in the Arctic, as the North Sea is generally supposed to be the safest in the world in terms of spills. Ben Ayliffe of Greenpeace, which has been campaigning to stop further oil-drilling exploration in delicate environments such as the Arctic, said: “The North Sea is supposed to be ultra-safe – we are told spills can’t happen there. Shell is looking to move into the Arctic where an oil spill would all but impossible to clean up. Events in the North Sea should give the company pause for thought.”

Shell made use of remotely operated vehicles to stop the  leak and to monitor the effects.required. 

                                                 The Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea

You can find more on this North Sea oil spill here.

Geography in the News

Wildfires drive thousands from homes in Spain

Forest fires have devastated a nature reserve and driven thousands of people out of their homes on the eastern coast region of Murcia. Whipped by strong winds and high temperatures at its wildest point it spread across eight kilometres. Portugal has also been hit by forest fires. Earlier this week two Portuguese firefighters were killed on duty, including a 21-year old woman who died after being trapped by flames. According to the country’s National Forest Authority, 19,346 hectares of forest have been burned and destroyed.

You can find more about forest fires in Spain here