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The Web Enquiries have been categorised into four main Key Stage groups. Much of the content is however suitable for use at other Key Stages, so please explore the content and use anything that you find relevant.

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Key Stage 2

The Peak District National Park– focus on Castleton  
What does it have to offer?

By Emma Shannon, Walton Priory Middle School

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River Flooding - What is the impact on people and places?
It may seem hard to believe that a small, slow-flowing stream or gentle river could cause serious damage to people and the places in which they live and work, but looks can be deceptive!

Garry Boote, John Wheeldon Primary School, Stafford (formerly Knutton St Mary's CE C Junior School)

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Where We Live - "Soap without Water"
Pupils engage with many different localities on a daily basis via television. In this enquiry, pupils are asked to consider how “real” the virtual places of “soapland” are in comparison with where they live.

Neil Tilley Paulet High School, Burton on Trent  Neil@neil-tilley.co.uk

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Egypt
The aim of this enquiry is to produce a report to the Egyptian Government, which shows how the River Nile affects the lives of Egyptians. 

Richard West Penkridge Middle School (formerly Walton Priory Middle School, Stone) deputy@penkridge-middle.staffs.sch.uk

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Deserts
The main purpose of this enquiry is to look at the real hot deserts of the world and to get a true picture of them. 

Linda Hack St Mildred's Primary School, Whiston, (formerly St Edward’s Middle School, Leek) Ilamlindahack@aol.com

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Key Stage 3

Wind Farms UK
The purpose of this enquiry is to explore the debate about wind energy and wind farms across the UK. Bob also offers these additional resources to support this enquiry - Enquiry activity, Foundation worksheet, Higher worksheet 

Thanks to Bob Jones, Alleynes High School, Stone

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Rainforest Rates
The purpose of this enquiry is to explore rainforest rates of destruction.

John Harrison, The King's  School, Peterborough

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Living with Volcanoes  
This is a web enquiry exploring living with eruptions, with Mount Pinatubo being one case study.  Designed for year 9 it could be adapted for GCSE quite easily.

John Harrison, The King's  School, Peterborough

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Weather and Climate across Europe  
This is a full unit of work developed through the web.  Pupils are expanding their place knowledge of Europe, whilst establishing deeper understanding of the patterns of weather and climate from the Mediterranean to the Arctic. 

Paul Thompson, Ounsdale High School, Wombourne, Wolverhampton

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Kobe Earthquake Assessment  
Why did SO MANY people die in Kobe on January 17th 1995?”. The task is to produce a report for the Japanese government about the earthquake.

Glyn Burroughs, De Ferrers High School, Burton-on-Trent

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Flowers from Kenya
The purpose of this enquiry is to explore interconnectedness between places and globalisation.  What are the consequences of buying a red rose for Valentine's day!

Author: Chris Durbin / Organisation: Staffordshire LEA

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Coral reef environments  
The purpose of this enquiry is to establish what the nature of these environments is. They are amongst the most beautiful, fragile and endangered ecosystems anywhere in the world.

Author: David Atkinson / Organisation: Dr. Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham

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Promoting Snowdonia enquiry  
An written enquiry for Year 7 pupils studying tourism in a contrasting locality, who also visit Conwy for fieldwork

Richard West, Penkridge Middle School Richard West

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Oil in the marine and coastal environment
Suggestions for use -
This will raise awareness of environmental problems around the seas of the British Isles, encourage extended writing and  develop ICT skills and creativity

Justin Woolliscroft, Kingsmead High, Hednesford, near Cannock

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Global Warming  
The aim of this enquiry is to find out about the effects of global warming. The assignment is to produce a report on global warming for parents. 

Stuart Purves, Moorside High, Werrington, Nr Stoke-on-Trent Wallgroms@aol.com

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France
The aim of this enquiry is to find out what two parts of France are like and decide which region you would rather live in. 

Stuart Purves, Moorside High, Werrington, Nr Stoke-on-Trent Wallgroms@aol.com

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Year 8 Recycling
A cut & paste exercise using the web!

David Holford, Formerly an Associate Teacher Blythe Bridge High School

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Antarctica Web Enquiry
Pressure for development in all parts of the world is huge. Antarctica is one of the few areas of the world that has been left relatively untouched, but not without difficulty. The aims of this project are as follows.
a.
To learn the facts about Antarctica - location, size, the harsh reality of its climate, the diversity of it's nature, and it's resources.
b.
To learn about the work that goes on in Antarctica at the moment, why and by which countries.
c.
To begin to understand the pressures and problems of development and the complexities of sustainability.

Linda Hack St Edward’s Middle School, Leek  linda.hack@virgin.net

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Weather Web Enquiry
Suggestions for use:
KS2 – 3 unit on weather

Helen Norris, Blake High School, Hednesford near Cannock

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Why is conservation important?
Suggestions for use - Either as an introduction to environmental work, or as a final assessment. The freedom to choose case study examples means that it can be used however you wish.

Justin Woolliscroft, Kingsmead High, Hednesford, near Cannock

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How does being European affect you?
Suggestions for use- As an introduction to the EU to allow the students to research for themselves the impact that the EU is having on their lives

Justin Woolliscroft and Richard Lycett, Kingsmead High, Hednesford, near Cannock

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Why are Japanese companies investing so heavily into Europe?
Suggestions for use- As an introduction to the impact of Japanese industry on the worldwide economy, with particular reference to the local area.

Justin Woolliscroft and Richard Lycett, Kingsmead High, Hednesford, near Cannock

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GCSE

'China's One Child Policy - Is it working? Is it fair? Is it absolute?
How up to date is your case study related to the 'One child' Policy in China. This is an emotional and sensitive issue that needs handling carefully. Nobody condones infanticide but it is necessary to get beyond the emotional issues.

Paul Bryant Bolt Education has kindly offered this web enquiry. www.bolteducation.com
 

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The Peak District National Park - Is it for everyone?
What does it have to offer? Should people have a right to roam? What conflicts arise from different user groups in the National Park? 

N.Royston and T.Thomas,  Archbishop Ilsley School, Birmingham

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Industrial Location 
According to BT geography is history!
Try this enquiry to explore the relative merits of locating an industry in France, South West USA or Malaysia.

David Gardner Raincliffe School,Scarborough dgardner1@tinyworld.co.uk

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Images of cities - perceptions of quality of life
How do perceptions of cities make us feel about them as places to live or visit. The 'bright lights' perception is one driving force behind rural urban migration. You need to follow the mystery to see where it takes you on this enquiry into life in cities in an LEDC.

Paul Moss, Clayton High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Rainforest web enquiry
Suggestions for use - This could be used as part of an enquiry on people and natural environments or ecosystems, it could be used to develop more complexity and uncertainty about rain forest exploitation in the Amazon Basin to enable pupils to gain higher grades. It could be used to give an understanding of development issues in a remote inhospitable environment.

Chris Durbin, QLS Geography team  Chris Durbin

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Who needs the BNRR (Birmingham Northern Relief Road) ?
Suggestions for use:
As part of an issue-based enquiry to develop a role-play As a case study for GCSE examinations.

Chris Durbin, QLS Geography team  Chris Durbin

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Are all Volcanoes the same?
Suggestions for use: This could be used as part of an enquiry on people and natural hazards, it could be used to develop more complexity and diversity about the nature of volcanoes to enable pupils to gain higher levels of understanding. It would follow on from class based work on plate tectonics and may extend work in year 9 or enhance examination study at GCSE.

Neil Tilley Paulet High School, Burton on Trent  Neil@neil-tilley.co.uk

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A & AS Level
Can China feed itself?

This is an AS/A2 enquiry on population and resources. 

Thanks to Paul Montague from Cyfarhtfa High, Merthyr in South Wales

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The Global Automotive Industry – Who benefits and who loses?
Who are the winners and the losers in the changing locations of the car industry and globalisation in particular?

Stephen Smith King Edward VI School, Chelmsford.

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Chernobyl - the mother of all nuclear disasters
It is now nearly twenty years since this mother of all nuclear disasters affected Wales and Cumbria and caused a ban on eating lamb.

Simon Ascroft Paget High School  geography@paget.staffs.sch.uk

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Glaciation and Climate Change Web Enquiry  
This is a wide-ranging enquiry, aimed at AS/A2 level students, covering the topic of glaciology, investigating the processes involved in the formation and movement of glaciers, the land forms they create, and ultimately to encourage students to explore the possible effects of global climate change on glacial processes.

Martyn Baggaley,  Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College  martynbaggaley@yahoo.co.uk 

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Desertification in Developing Countries  
This has been designed to
supplement the one Bob Jones did on the Dust Bowl see below. this one is looking at the issues of desertification in the developing world. It is also aimed at developing a number of key skills too ! Could be used for GCSE but aimed at AS / A level.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College  

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Why are there volcanoes in Hawaii?  
Many people associate volcanic activity with the movement of Tectonic Plates. So why does one of the most volcanic places on earth lies nowhere near a plate boundary?

Chris Critchlow, Wilnecote High School, Tamworth chriscritchlow@hotmail.com

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Hurricanes come, hurricanes go
Explore the nature of hurricanes, understand their formation and look at their differential impact on LEDC and MEDC countries.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College  

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Earthquakes close to home 
Earthquakes are close to home, find out where and why with a very interesting key skills task of producing a poster for primary aged children.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College  

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Holderness Coast Web Enquiry
The purpose of this exercise is to produce a summary sheet for the work covered on the Holderness coast, investigating the problem of coastal erosion and measures taken to protect the coast.
The aim was to produce a task for them which not only involved the internet, but also a presentation using Word or Publisher.  They are all used to using Word for word processing, but few use it for anything else. To complete the exercise they were asked to perform a number of skills:

  • to add text to existing boxes
  • to add text boxes
  • to link text boxes with the main map
  • to import maps/photographs from the internet and paste them into the appropriate boxes

Mike Beardmore, Sir John Fisher RC High School, Newcastle under Lyme

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National Park Management
The aims of the exercise are to develop teamwork, decision making, ICT and oral presentation skills.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College 

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Urban change
Where as a result of terrorism has an opportunity to redevelop and attempt to compete with out of shopping  town malls?

Stuart Purves, Moorside High, Werrington, Nr Stoke-on-Trent Wallgroms@aol.com

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Inner City Redevelopment
Cities or anti-cities where would you prefer to live?

Stuart Purves, Moorside High, Werrington, Nr Stoke-on-Trent Wallgroms@aol.com

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Transport in the city  
Baby you can drive my car! or not as the case maybe. This is an introduction to understanding the issues surrounding traffic management. The development of a role play or debate is also possible.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College  

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Global Population Growth Enquiry
Y2K or Y6B.  An introduction to understanding the issues surrounding population growth and possibly to the development of a role play. May also lead onto a unit concerning the structure of population.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College  

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Population Structure Enquiry
Not all the pyramids are in Egypt ! An follow up the population growth enquiry so that students develop further understanding of the issues surrounding population structure.

Stuart Hitch, City of Stoke on Trent VI Form College  

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Global Warming Web Enquiry
The purpose of this web enquiry is for you to assess how real the threat from global warming is, using a variety of evidence taken from a variety of different sources.

Jason Edwards, Painsley RC High School, Cheadle  Geog@painsley.staffs.sch.uk

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Nike Web Enquiry
Suggestions for use:
'A' level unit on Globalisation

Linda Thompson, Sandbach School l.thompson@which.net

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Victims of the Dustbowl
Suggestions for use
- Developing an understanding of causes, impacts and management of soil erosion.
Investigating 3 aspects :
1.What causes Soil erosion?
2.What physical, social and economic impact has soil erosion had on areas such as Oklahoma,USA?
3.Management of the problem.
Other cross-curricular links may be attempted eg English: 20th century US novel. History: the Depression

Bob Jones, Alleyne's High School Stone robertgjones@yahoo.com

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