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Montserrat: Living with Volcanoes

Media: DVD
DUR: 45 mins
Product Code: MONT
Price: £49.00

A perfect case study of a volcano in an LEDC. The resource provides a clear explanation of the processes causing Montserrat's recent volcanic activity. It then assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of the continuing eruptions. The likelihood of Montserrat becoming self-sufficient is explored with sections looking at: the potential of Montserrat's tourist industry; strategies for disaster response and preparedness; and projects to improve biodiversity.


Endorsed for Edexcel Geography GCSE B (2016) and Edexcel GCE (2016) specifications 

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This material is recommended by Cambridge International Examinations to support the Cambridge IGCSE Geography syllabus and the Cambridge AS and A level Geography syllabus



"The tectonics series is superb."

Mark Ollis,
Head of Geography, St Bees School

"I have just finished using the Montserrat DVD with my Year 11 class including the resources that came with it and found it excellent."

Peter Brealey, Head of Geography, The Red Maids' School

"I wish I had had this film when I was teaching. They are the most effective resource for classroom use, both for stimulating interest and for supporting the teacher in developing student's deeper conceptual understanding."

John Lyon,
Programme Manager, Geographical Association

The DVD offers not only a video of 45 minutes, but also excellent script, teacher guidance, PDF and Word resources and suggested websites, totalling over 25 pages in each.

The most appealing aspect of the DVD is the holistic approach to case study development. Students are able to piece together a series of geographical concepts and skills to build a synoptic and deep understanding through watching and completing tasks. The DVD has clear menus with regards to playing or selecting chapters. In the classroom this was particularly useful for identifying short 4-5 minute clips on causes, impacts, medium and long-term responses. There seemed to be some overlap between short, medium and long-term impacts, which may be more challenging for some students to differentiate between. The analytical content is aimed at KS4-5, but was equally accessible to more able Year 9 students, with clear subtitles. The explanation of volcanic causes was at a higher comprehension level than the impacts and responses section which were more accessible in delivery with regards to vocabulary

The cultural elements of life in Montserrat are successfully addressed, linking the physical geography to social and economic concepts: ideal for KS5 synoptic understanding.

The resources beyond the DVD are detailed and build on skills through each task. I particularly like the well planned guided group activities with thinking questions and suggested sources of information. Other tasks require the recall of factual specific information, key exam skills such as annotation of photographs and maps, conflict identification between different groups and completion of flow charts.

Some exam questions were identified as GCSE, it may have been beneficial for all questions to be labelled in order to assist planning. The DVD would be a beneficial addition to GCSE or A Level geography departments.

Beth Harries,
Review in Teaching Geography, Spring 2014, Penryn College, Cornwall and member of the GA's Secondary Phase Committee.

Suggested exam board specification links

AQA GCSE Unit 3.1 Living with the physical environment 3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards Tectonic hazards
AQA iGCSE Unit 1 Dynamic Physical World Tectonic Activity and Hazards
Cambridge iGCSE Theme 2 The natural environment 2.1 Earthquakes and volcanoes
Edexcel GCE Area 1 Dynamic Landscapes Topic 1 Tectonic Processes and Hazards 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9
Edexcel GCSE B Component 1 Global Geographical Issues Topic 1 Hazardous Earth 1.8, 1.9
OCR GCE Component 3 Geographical Debates 3.5 Hazardous Earth 3.5.2, 3.5.4a, 3.5.5a
OCR GCSE B Component 1 Content of Our Natural World 1.2 Global Hazards How do plate tectonics shape our world? 1.2.b, 1.2.c

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