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Y9 Blood Sweat and T-Shirts

On BBC3 at the moment on a Tuesday evening there has been a documentary highlighting the issues of working in sweat shops. Six young people have been sent from the UK to Delhi in India to work in the textile industry.  The first programme followed the six as they trained as sewing machine operators in one of the best factories in Delhi however some of them were not up to scratch and soon were taken off sewing to ironing and some of them even failed in this task and were put onto button fastening duty.  At the end of the day they were paid.  Watch the video below to see what they could buy with a days pay.

The second programme followed the six to a factory that was of a different calibre.  This was an actual sweat shop where people worked for up to 15 hours a day and slept under their machines in order to get the work done.  This clip shows what the working conditions are like.


The UK workers have to make six garments each over two days, the real factory workers have to make around 20 each per day.  The Brits soon get down to work but are starting to question what it is like for the people who have to do this for real. Below is an interview with one Georgina one of the UK workers questions the factory owner about his factory.

One of the UK workers just couldn’t get it into his head that some people couldn’t get out of the cycle of poverty they were in.  His opinion is that if any one works hard they can get out of the situation they are in and better themselves.  He is now slowly beginning to realise that this might not be the case when he questions one of the machinists.

To find out more about this documentary visit BBC3s web site here this has some good advice about where to buy ethical clothing from and other facts to help you with your sweat shop task.

Y9 Building an Earthquake Proof Building

Well done to year 9 who have just finished building their own earthquake proof structures and are about to start their GIS activity of siting their hospitals in San Francisco.  Here are some questions to think about for their future project. 

Where is this building?

Why is it this shape?

What is it intended to withstand?

When was it built?

Who built this building?  

Here is some footage of the Transamerican Pyramid

Sanfrancisco the city time lapse

Effects of Volcanoes on People

Vesuvius is a composite cone volcano which is currently dormant but has been very destructive and in AD 79 it erupted and resulted in the destruction of Herculaneum and Pompeii.  Thousands of people were killed instantly by pyroclastic flows (most didn’t even see it coming).  The area was buried under meters of ash. 

Click here for google earth image overlays of the 79AD eruption and a video showing the plaster casts victims of the volcano.  You will need to update your Google Earth to the latest version to see the videos.  There is a fantastic video on youtube about the volcano but it can’t be embedded.

BBC News article on Vesuvius Escape Plan

A film from youtube (can’t embed this one) about the governments evacuation plans.

Y9 Earthquakes in Japan

This shows the force of an earthquake in Kobe.  This was 7.3 on the Richter scale.  It has been slowed down so you can see it in more detail and the same clip has been shown a few times from different angles.

Above is the power point giving you some info on the Kobe earthquake and the concept map that we used in school along with the diagram of the effects.  If you didn’t complete the concept map explanation make sure you do this.

This weeks homework is to write your own earthquake preparedness leaflet which would be sent to homes in Japan (Obviously for our purposes it will be written in English).

You must include the following

  • What to do in preperation for a possible earthquake (Make sure you have an earthquake kit and explain what must be in it)
  • What to do during an earthquake
  • What to do after an earthquake

Don’t forget to include lots of information but in a way that people will want to read.  You should use images and think about making it acessible for people who have difficulty reading english as you have to make sure everyone understands what to do.

Here are some web sites to get you going

Fema  – Fema stands for the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency and is an American agency set up to deal with disasters.  This site  gives you all the advice you could possibly want.

American Red Cross – earthquake preparedness

There are many more but most of them give the same advice.

After your homework you may want to have a go at this game.

This is from the ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) and has many disaster simulations for you to try.  For now just start with the earthquake disaster and see how well you get on with managing your population.  This game will help you to think what governments might do during an earthquake and some of the decisions they have to make. Click on the image to go to the site and wait for the earthquake scenario to come up.

Y9 Geography of Fashion

Year 9 last term were working on the Geography of fashion last term before they started their GCSE course yesterday.  Here are some of their findings about the global fashion industry.

Tania researched Primark

Claire and Courtney looked at the NBA (Basketball)

Rachel (Not sure who else worked with you please let me know) researched Gap

These were just a few of the many entries from Y9.  Well done and good luck with your new courses this term.


Hi everyone sorry it has been so long since I last posted but it’s that time of year again and I have been busy writing new schemes and making new resources for the following year.  There will be lots more postings over the next few weeks of useful finds and some new resources you can play with.  To keep you going until then here is a great game to play which comes from the ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction).  This is an organisation whose aim is to reduce the number of dead and injured from natural disasters.

Year 7 should look at the flooding scenario and Year 8 at the earthquake  or Tsunami ones in preparation for next years unit on earthquakes.   Click on the image to get going

Y9 Globalization of Fashion

Today we have started our globalization unit and kicked it off by looking at Fashion.  Some of you managed to have a go at the Sims Sweatshop activity.  For those of you who didn’t get a chance to play during class then click to see how many you can make.

Here are some web sites where you can find out more about globalization and the fashion industry.

Clean Clothes Campaign These people have kindly lent me a DVD that I will be showing you soon.  The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is an international campaign, focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries.  The show below shows how much money is spent on the making of a trainer (remember this is in Euro’s)


Global Eye focus on fashion – This explains the process of globalisation of the fashion industry and explains the global chain of production and Export Processing Zones.

Global Exchange – Another movement to campaign for a sweat free world.  Lots of info about particular companies such as Nike and Gap and the conditions under which their products are made.

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