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GCSE Loughton Brook Data Analysis

You have all chosen your 5 hypotheses and must show the results using different graphical representation.  The powerpoint below is designed to give you a few ideas on how the graphically represent you work and start to analyse your data and draw conclusions using the graphs to help you.

The class data has now been collated and you can find it on this word document.

 click on the word icon to download the class data set It is in word but copy it and put it into excel (this blog doesn’t allow me to upload excell yet.  Remember site 1 was closest to the source.

 This is homework for the summer and must be completed by the first lesson next term. 

Good Luck to all on their work experience placements.  You can use the comments to keep in touch if you get stuck with this over the next two weeks.  I will not be looking at comments during the summer holidays though.

 See you next year 🙂

Y11 How to structure your coursework

The following explains what you must include in your coursework and how you must structure your report.  Remember this is your own work and you must show evidence to back up your arguments.


“Is longshore drift responsible for coastal erosion on the North Norfolk Coast?”


 You will have to come up with your own and prove or disprove the hypothesis and don’t forget to answer the question at the end of the study.

Location of Study

Here you must first of all set the scene, describe the location of the sites and North Norfolk in relation to the rest of the country.  You must include maps showing each site visited.  You could do this by downloading a base map from the school intranet shared area or using live local to annotate your map with push pins and then print it out and import it into your document.

Background to Norfolk Coast

Here you need to explain how the coastline formed and what it is made of in terms of its geology.  Don’t forget to include diagrams and link them to your text (It is no good putting in diagrams and then not mentioning them in the text) You need to mention rates of erosion and compare them with other rates around the country.

Possible processes that could operate on the Sites visited

Here you need to go through the possible processes that could cause coastal erosion (remember you are trying to prove or disprove your hypothesis so you need to analyse all the possible influences on the coast) Mention S.U.S.T, Geology, L.S.D, Anthropogenic (people and how they manage the coast) the sea and sub aerial processes.


Here you explain what techniques you will use in order to prove or disprove the hypothesis.  You need to explain how you measure beach profiles and why you need to measure them, also groyne and LSD measurements, Coastal EQI to show human intervention.  Do not explain your results here it is just setting out why you did what you did and how you did what you did.


For each site you need to do the same thing.

The sites were as follows

  • Cley
  • Sheringham
  • West Runton
  • Cromer
  • Overstrand (Clifton Way)

This is not the order we did the study in but it is geographically a better order.

You need to be able to show what the most important processes are at each site.  So you need to show beach profiles, diagrams, annotated photos, groyne measurements, EQI, LSD experiments.  You need to explain what is happening and how humans have influenced the coast (e.g. explain any management techniques) Don’t forget to link your graphs and diagrams to your analysis


Here you need to again go through each site and explain your results, in the previous section you were just showing your results and analysing them now you have to make a statement about the type of process operating on the coast line is it LSD? You need to state your findings.

At the end of concluding on each site you need to give an overall answer to your question.  IS LONGSHORE DRIFT RESPONSIBLE FOR COASTAL EROSION ON THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST?  (You are bringing together all your conclusion for each site)


Here you must write about limitations to your study (i.e. what difficulties did you face, and the errors in your measurementsand data presentation?)  What could you include in your data collection to improve your study, do you think you would do it differently next time? What was successful?

Here are some links to help you but remember you can not cut and paste anything as this is plagiarism

North Norfolk Coastal Protection site

Deatailed Information about each site

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GCSE Cross Unit Task

The cross unit task is worth 10% of your final grade and is a piece of coursework that combines the weather and climate unit and people work and development unit. All your links and resources will be posted here. No excuses for leaving work at school anymore.

THE CROSS UNIT TASK You are employed as a planner to:

  1. Explain why Brazilian Government Policies are threatening the Amazon Rainforest
  2. Assess the effects of these policies by describing the Rainforest Ecosystem and how different groups of people are damaging it
  3. Advise the Brazilian government on ways that Roraima’s Rainforest could be managed in a sustainable way.

Set out your report in the following way

  • Introduction to the problem- First of all show where the rainforest is and explain a little about its structure and how it is a fragile ecosystem (mention nutrient cycles). Then go on to explain how current management plans (exploitation) of the rainforest is affecting the area. You can explain how the climate is changing and the physical effects of deforestation and other practices.
  • Assessment of the effects of these policies – How are different groups of people damaging the rainforest? Don’t forget all the different interest groups we mentioned in class and add any that you have researched. Use any figures or graphs at this point to make your point.
  • Advise the Brazilian governement on ways that Roraima’s rainforest could be developed without destroying it forever (sustainable management). You should consider the following.

What are the benefits for : Local indigenous people Other local People The people of Brazil How will the environment be conserved Local ecosystems Local Water, Weather and Climate Global Climate

  • A Management Plan should be included showing your ideas for the site in Roraima. You can include more than one idea. This has to be your own work. Your map should inlude a key and be annotated. This is the most important part of your work and lots of marks are awarded here. Your report should be detailed and split into the following sections depending on your ideas.

1. The main priority of your development plan 2. Why you chose to allow certain land uses and not others 3. The size and location of each of your chosed developments 4. How you have managed the rainforest. Here you should mention why you exploited certain areas or conserved others and how sustainable your plan is.

  • An evaluation – How you see the project over the next 10 to 20 years.

Here are some links and information to get you started


The Advance Brazil project is the latest Brazilian government plan which aims to develop roads, railways, waterways and hydroelectric dams in the Brazilian Amazon region, costing £27 billion. Using sophisticated computer models and satellite images, scientists have predicted that ‘Advance Brazil’ could completely destroy 28% of the rainforest and leave only 28% undisturbed. The scale of the project could have global impacts as a huge amount of the world’s biodiversity may be lost. Also, the rainforest will no longer act as an effective ‘sink’ to soak up the CO2 that contributes to global warming. Local climates may change too as the water cycle is disrupted. However, the Brazilian government argues that the rising population needs land to improve their quality of life, and the country needs to make money from natural resources to industrialise and to pay off foreign debt. The official English language website for the project is at

A more critical view of the project can be found here

Destruction of the rainforest

Consequences of deforestation

Conservation of the rainforest

Rainforest Facts

‘Roads lead to Amazon Destruction’

Illegal logging in the Amazon Rainforest

Greenpeace article

Economic importance of the Amazon Rainforest

Arguments for economic development and consequent deforestation

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