Gavin Sterry has sent two interesting PowerPoint presentations which he
has used with GCSE students; the first activity is for pupils to create a
TV interview about coastal erosion; the second is an animation of the
slides can be used as backdrops projected onto the whiteboard for a
KS4 coasts role-play activity. The instructions for the activity are as
Assign one of the following roles to each group of 3 or 4 pupils:
Local councillor (slide 2 Town Hall backdrop)
Insurance company (slide 3 Office backdrop)
University professor (slide 4 University backdrop)
Civil engineer (slide 5 Building site backdrop)
Resident (slide 6 High St backdrop)
The pupils must then prepare for a TV interview in which they will have to
explain their views on coastal erosion. Pupils in each group must also
think up at least one question for each other group of actors. The
questions to ask other groups must be formulated from the point of view of
the actor they represent initially, but once they have a question for each
group, this may develop. Clearly the idea can be adapted very simply for
other applications. The original idea for these slides came from a
colleague in the history department, Miss Sally-Ann Nicklin.
Coast cliff slumping animation
This is an active lesson on the hydrological cycle for Y7 or Y8, it is
a role play based on the journey of a water molecule. The resources are
all contained in this
Publisher file. Thank you to Kuldip Birdi from Newbold Community
School, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. There is a good
Water Cycle animation here
Dan Denker, formerly Cannock Chase High School, but now Head of
Geography at King Edward VI Girls' School in Handsworth has sent these
resources for a lesson on hurricanes, it works
best using the Wild Weather DVD on digital projector in combination with
PowerPoint and could easily be transformed for interactive
Question of Weather (PowerPoint)
Weather starter How
are these images linked (PPT) Cause
and Effect grid
you got the energy?
resources relate to a series of lessons for Year 9 on Energy, using 3 of
the thinking hats . All the resources, commentary, music and photos are
included apart from the Power Point as the images used are from the Animation
Factory. Marie Hart, Head of Humanities, Head of Geography, AST,
Barnwell School, Hertfordshire.
for teachers Instructions
Alleyne's High School, Stone
- Pretend Real Purpose and Audience
Bob Jones has sent us this work from a more able year 9 pupil. Bob uses
the web to support extending more able pupils.
The full story & downloadable file here!
more recent piece of work from the same unit, this is a PowerPoint
presentation Divided Britain,
by 2 Y9 pupils at Alleynes High, in Stone.
geography of tourism
What about music to stimulate creativity? Sarah
Todd, Melissa Gardner and Sally Heppenstall at Stanchester School in
Somerset make you smile again.
They have some groovy lesson ideas
using music - Here is a lesson idea and
resources that we have used for a lesson inspired by the movie 51
First Dates (the theme tune is the Beach Boys 'Wouldn't it be nice)!
lesson plan is used to show how we are
currently team teaching - Further information is in an
article in Teaching Geography about Team
Teaching this year (we have a room devoted to this).
They use a lot of lyrics and music to teach
Geography. They do a Eurovision Weather Song
Contest (peer assessment), a song to describe the way Delta's are formed
(inspired by Barry Manilow 'Her name was Lola') and a Christmas Refugee
Song (this produced beautiful lyrics and songs from Year 9 - again it
was peer assessed). It seems to go down well. For coastal erosion
they use the mnemonic CASH and dance/sing to
the tune of YMCA (Year 11). They are UFA
fellows and trying to meet the needs of all learners - music appeals to
What a brilliant project to get more geography
in the ICT curriculum and what potential for geographers...Chris
'The project I am now working on involves
schools swapping CDs with recordings of pupils talking about their
lives/ areas they live in etc. It is in many ways a development of the
Database Discovery Project. The pupils record
a 3 or 4 minute video talking about themselves and their lives and this
is put on a CD and swapped with another school. This has enormous
potential in terms of purposeful interaction between pupils from
different cultures. You will realise the citizenship benefits.
In Swanshurst, where I am now head of ICT, we are going to get our Yr
8 pupils to use TAG cameras to record information about themselves, our
technical staff will then put the video films on to CD. This is a bit
like video conferencing but the video material is recorded not live. (
recorded TV is always better than live! )
The Head of ICT in the Chase School in Malvern has agreed to swap CDs
with Swanshurst. I am looking for other schools to participate.
Swanshurst school has 70%+ Asian pupils The Chase School is almost 100%
white. The idea of swapping CDs is to break down cultural barriers/
improve understanding between different cultures.
I would be extremely pleased if you know of a school which might like
Swanshurst School, Birmingham
great part of this site is the work Guy Shears and the geography
department has been doing in South Africa
with their link school Ntafufu as part of a
Link Community Development's Global Teacher Programme visit; Contrasts
in South Africa
shows rural/urban contrasts in accessible way for all ages, plus contrasts
within the urban area.
The site also promotes Geography teachers use of
video lessons when on holiday.
and climate creativity
Thanks to Sue Sturman for this unit of work
which combines ICT work with creative activity a combination of
teaching sound geography with some creative tasks.
There are some word files and some publisher
files. Most are only small. Right click on the link and save target
of the future
This is a grade 12 activity from South Africa
which uses clip art as the tools for designing a plan for a city. It
has very clear assessment criteria.
I would like someone to have a go at it adapt
for UK schools. Download it by right clicking on the picture and 'save
Thanks to John Alexander, The
International School of Hout Bay ( Cape Town) in South Africa. Their
web page is
Thanks to Ian Langrish and the year 9 pupil at
Tiffin School, Kingston-upon-Thames who sent this very artistic
leaflet for warning people about Earthquakes.
How do we ensure quality geography
with creativity? In this case it certainly has. It is interesting that
the pupil has combined drawing with ICT
volcanoes and geography detectives
Iceland has been the inspiration for many a lesson. This last week
we have been making exploding volcanoes as a response to some things
we looked on our trip (see enclosed photos). I have also taught
a series of lessons entitled ' Becoming Geography Detectives' using
the Iceland photos. Pupils were given different pieces of evidence
they had to collate and work out as much as possible about the
country. Included questioning skills, looking for detailed evidence
and presenting their ideas. That probably makes no sense but it worked
so well. A lesson where they managed to become Geographers rather than
just learn the subject. Jo Hazell, Head of Geography, St
Bartholomew's School, Newbury
This is what Jo said about it:I split the class into groups
and gave them an Iceland photo on a particular theme. Having discussed
some of the important qualities of good group work (looks like/ sounds
like) and the skills of good geography detectives (a good geography
detective is/has....), I then got them using questioning boards for to
generate questions about their photo (some interesting results!). The
lesson then progressed to collecting evidence from a variety of
resources and questioning other groups until they had to each present
(as a detective would) a summary of their evidence and main findings
(With prizes for best detective work). Sounds bizarre I know, but it
worked really well and they were hooked! I was impressed with the
questions they generated (a part of the Geography levels I always
struggle with) and with the things they pieced together. I didn't need
to teach them a great deal, they were able to work a lot of things out
from the evidence.
making - is creativity
This factory location exercise is designed to get young people
thinking about geography - location and therefore geography
This activity from Steve Gibbons of Sandbach School is available
for you to experiment with. Any other creative decision making
exercises out there?
Weather and the World
Cassidy has offered two ways to use webcams for out of class
activities using the web. Have you any further ideas
Download these word documents:
the UK allows young people to examine the weather at different
sites across the UK
the world allows young people to look at places they might like to
visit and why. WHY NOT is as important as why!
patterns for more able students
Steve Smiths independent learning
approach at King Edward VII School in Chelmsford, students investigate
Download and have a look at these:
World tennis map and data
World athletes map and data
Male Olympic Medal winners
Female Olympic Medal winners
Here are the instruction
Sporting fever offers other ideas for
Gill Butterfield of Madeley High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme, has with
year 7 pupils on how the world is represented and how different types on
information are displayed on maps. They are given a free hand to do
what they like. The outcomes here are wonderful and they are not all
from the brightest pupils.
Click on the wonderful cartoon map of the world to find out more!
go chasing waterfalls -make them!
Jean Boyling from King Edward VI School,
Lichfield every year gives her students the opportunity to create models
Why not give students the opportunity to be creative
in geography. It will help them understand it better.
Read more about it!
enquiries - applying your knowledge and understanding of climate change
Gareth Stockton, offers this resource which is about
the Pacific, a world away from the UK but only a few metres above sea
will drown the Marshall Islands? (MSWord document)
Marshall Islands Word Mat?
This role play is about argument based on evidence.
The pupils prepare a case which explains the plight of the coral atoll
nation if sea level rises. They research independently with the
teacher guiding, questioning and focussing the pupil on quality.
Pupils need to develop understanding of Pacific Islands and their
geography. They need to look at the relationship between global
climate change and localities. There is literacy support that could be
adapted for lower ability pupils. The word mat encourages them to use
Edgecliff High School - World Sport - Decision making and route
Sharkey has developed some excellent map skills and decision
making in conjunction with the QCA unit of work called World
The full story & downloadable files here!
Sporting fever offers other ideas for
Geography teachers from
schools in the Stone pyramid, meet regularly to mutually support each
other and plan a geography curriculum from the age of 4 to 19,
overcoming some of the barriers traditionally associated with
progression across the phases. Annually they have an event based around
the GA's Geography Action Week. See here to share with their latest
by the Sea!