To anybody who reads my little cake blog... it has been over 2 years since I wrote last, but I have not stopped baking! It turns out though that the longer you teach, the harder it is to find time for cake-plenaries, let alone writing about them. So here goes, I know this is not quite the "timeline" idea of a blog, but I wanted to catch you up in the hope that it might encourage me to return to this blogging malarkey! (I also suddenly have a new found respect for the world's serious bloggers and vloggers who must literally give over all their time to keeping their social media up to date!)
So, I will start with the annual trip to Slapton Field Studies Centre. Coming here for AS Level fieldwork I have normally tried to keep a vaguely local or relevant theme. So, my first rather tired year saw a Smartie-d attempt at recreating the Ley here at Slapton sands. The hungry (and even more tired than me) sixth formers luckily thought that the change in cake type (as you move backwards from the sea) made up for the lack in decorated glory. Thank goodness for small mercies - and the ability of teenagers to overlook almost anything in order to get free food.
I tried to return to the modelling status quo the following year and link the cake to the fieldwork being undertaken. Cue my attempt at river management slightly impeded by the size of the box available for transportation to Devon! You may be able to pick out the bridge, drainage systems, change in river size and material being carried and deposited downstream of the bridge as well as the settlement on the floodplain. We used this to question the students on the river data they had collected and what they had learnt about management of river systems in the context of flooding and extreme weather.
Year 13 have always been a tricky year group to bake for - with topics such as Superpowers and Arctic Conflicts! However I did try...
The obvious issues of representing the oil industry with an inflamed oil rig and an ocean spill were overcome with a lively debate and cost-benefit analysis of oil as the world's major resource
Finally, a couple of my favourites that are not geographical at all - enjoy!