Heriot Watt University Design Smash

The annual Heriot Watt University Design Smash took place on Friday 15th November and was attended by a team from the Higher Geography class. David Singer, Kyle Sandilands, Mathew Douglas and Ryan Baillie were challenged with redesigning Leith Walk. As we were last years winners we had a lot to live up to and the team did an excellent job. However they were narrowly beaten by Wallace High School, Stirling. Congratulations to the boys for an excellent display of team work and application of geographical knowledge.


Edinburgh University – School of Geosciences

Edinburgh University – School of Geosciences are holding an open day on Monday 9th December 2013.

Students interested in studying for a degree in Earth Sciences & Ecological & Environmental Sciences and who wish to attend should fill in the online registration form by following the link below.


This event relates to the following degree courses:
BSc Ecological & Environmental Sciences
BSc Ecological & Environmental Sciences (with management)
BSc Environmental Geosciences
BSc Geology
BSc Geology & Physical Geography
BSc Geophysics
BSc Geophysics & Geology
BSc Geophysics & Meteorology
Geology (MEarthSci)
Geology & Physical Geography (MEarthSci)


Higher Geography – teaching materials & notes

Copies of all the teaching materials for the Higher Geography units can be found in the Humanities Pupils Folder under Geography.

Remember that drop in sessions are available on Tuesdays after school and Thursday lunchtimes.

If in doubt about homework or content of lessons make sure you ask for help!

Team PLHS Win Design Smash

Congratulations to Team PLHS who were joint winners of the first ever Heriot Watt University Design Smash. Finlay Richardson, Craig Munro, Adam Vince, Euan Russell and Chris Berg were challenged to redesign Leith Walk. Supported by architects, health specialists and urban planners the team came up with a design to give the area a new identity and purpose.

The design incorporated pedestrianising Leith Walk, regenerating shopping areas and putting in place wifi and solar charging points along a tree lined avenue. Judges were impressed with how well the team explained their ideas and how well they had incorporated the needs of a wide range of user groups.

Competing teams from Edinburgh Academy, Inveralmond HS, Bathgate Academy, Wallace HS, Queen Anne HS, Wester Hailes Education Centre and Boroughmuir HS.

West Hailes were joint winners with all winning team members receiving £50 Amazon Vouchers each.



S3 Geography

Population: fact, forecast and prediction

By the end of October 2011 the population of the World reached the 7 billion mark.

  • 2.5 billion of these people live in 2 countries- China and India
  • 70% of the earths surface is water (oceans- seas) of this only 1% is drinkable
  • 30% is land of which only 5% is habitable (comfortably lived upon)

Forecast and Predictions
But what will happen in the future?

Think of yourself as an advisor to the Unitied Nations. What are the big questions that we have to ask and think about in relation to global population now and in the future?

Click the link below for some of the known facts and some of the future predictions and projections for the Worlds population.


Geography Revision

Drop in sessions for revision are available at the following times

Tuesday 3.45pm -5pm
Wednesday 3.45pm – 5pm
Thursday 1.10pm – 1.45pm (bring your lunch)

If you are unable to make any of these times please speak to your teacher and we will arrange something else for you.

Higher pupils can also access course/revision notes via our www.plumanities.org.uk website. Register on the site to access subject materials for Higher Geography, History, Mosern Studies and RMPS.