register of fieldwork locations
have created a register of fieldwork locations which they use for
geography. The register can be found here in full
Staffordshire register of fieldwork locations (version1, March 2009)
Sometimes you send things in which don't seem to fit
into any of the existing categories! This new section is for those
items! Some of them will be items mentioned on the forum
and sent in by contributors to forum discussions.
Teachers in Staffordshire
have created classroom activities inspired by some of the ideas in
Thinking Through Geography by David Leat. These pages are growing fast
thanks to the contributions of teachers from far and wide.
Have you done any with your students that you would like to share with
here for all the materials updated August 2006 - some of the new
materials are about migration in Brazil, bananas, Lynmouth flood, globalisation, traffic congestion, London
Docklands, 3 Gorges Dam, Antarctica, coastal erosion and global
warming. New mysteries being added regularly! New dominoes
starters on Bangladesh and settlement, rivers and UK Atlas work! Also
some Most Like to ... and Odd One Out activities.
Flotsam is a 30-minute documentary film about the ‘flip-flop circle of
life’. Filmed along the Kenyan coast, the flip-flop life story starts in
factories in Mombasa, moving on to the Swahili island of Lamu. From
here, worn-out flip-flops are discarded and washed out into the Indian
Ocean. Flip-flops are often sea-borne for years, before washing up on
beaches on the tiny island of Kiwayu. Left alone, these non-degradable
pieces of rubber would disrupt the fragile marine environment. However,
on Kiwayu, islanders are transforming the flip flotsam into eye-catching
products such as bags, key-rings and toys. These materials are the
result of a collaboration project between the Cambridgeshire Geography
Teachers’ Network and the Harambee Centre for Development and
Environmental Education. It was funded by Global Thinking which is
coordinated by the East of England Development Education Network (EEDEN)
and financed by the UK Department for International Development.
Perceptions of Africa - lesson and resources (ZIP file)
Inventive world -
lesson and resources (ZIP file)
Marine Marvels -
lessons and resources (ZIP file)
Phenomena - lessons and resources (ZIP file)
Wasteful world -
lessons and resources (ZIP file)
Jane for further
information about these resources.
What about music to stimulate
creativity. Sarah Todd and team at Stanchester, Somerset make you smile again.
Sue Sturman, Gloucestershire has provided a unit
of work based on using ICT to be creative with weather.
See the new Iceland detectives in Newbury. The Griffin Geography Passport, Mapping sporting
journeys, real purpose and audience work and these world cartoon
Click on the wonderful cartoon map of the world to find out more!
Make Time for Decision Making Exercises
We must recognise that enquiry
and DMEs are in a way the lifeblood of citizenship in geography.
How do you get young people to
make discussions based on argument and evidence.
are some to start on Wind, Antarctica and....
plays - can we make them better?
Set in a National Park Village, Jo Brake and Rachael Close, Finham
Park, Coventry have offered a lesson where they use the 'jigsaw'
technique of improving pupils responses.
Sue Sturman AST Gloucestershire has
offered this unit of work on Antarctica, using the web, visual learning,
thinking skills and video to improve arguments
Look at the
Are there more out there? Any unusual ones or any where
your teaching techniques have improved the outcomes.
Miles Aarons, Head of Geography,
Jumeirah College, Dubai,
UAE sent these presentations
Fuller, Westlake Girls' School, New Zealand sent this one
What is the Point of Studying Geography
Very useful geography marketing display
PowerPoint from RGS:
Poster conversion kit (This presentation created by Val Vannet, High
School of Dundee)
RGS main page here (for
Wirral Grammar School for Boys, offers a
PowerPoint he uses
with Year 9 students asking them to consider geography. Although
specifically for WGS, the concept can be adapted to your local
Anthony Gillett has sent a copy of the options
booklet he has created which he hopes others may find useful. It
worked at Chorlton High School in Manchester in recruiting students.
O'Brien, Head of Geography Ysgol Aberconwy, sent in this Year
9 options booklet which she uses to encourage her students to take
GCSE geography. Ysgol Aberconwy is in N Wales and they do WJEC
This RGS Choose Geography
leaflet for pupils was included in the Spring term Teaching Geography.
your copy (.pdf) here.
What are your
ideas? Perhaps we can get one for every syllabus. What also
improves take up? Answers on an email please...
To start this feature off we have
a couple of ideas from Staffordshire Schools - what else do you do?
Mnemonics, games, ideas can they come our way to help pupils please.
learning - if you do one - we will have lots!
on the picture board to open up a world of visual learning.
Reinventing the slideshow is crucial to 21st Century
Get out those big pictures and get young people
thinking and participating in your classroom.
trying to bring together any ideas teachers use to make learning fun.
Olde quiz formats never die they remain with schools way after they
are trendy but who cares? This is the new media age!
Talented at Geography
When are geographers gifted? When
are the talented? I wrote this list of criteria which will provoke
discussion. Has anyone else got else got stuff to feed into the
Bob Jones has sent this to add to
Talented and Gifted
What have people done that might enhance
learning for more able geographers?
Geography could not exist without
a citizenship element. Bob Jones has sent this in to get the
ball rolling - sent in any teaching ideas.
Citizenship and Geography
We must guard against
indoctrination and remember it is our duty to encourage informed
debate about the issues.
Gary Dawson's work on a Literacy policy as well as
reading ideas. Wordmats abound, connectives mat, rivers
mat. Real purpose and audience ideas are found in the creative
for learning ideas brought together
How might we monitor progress, help students
understand how to get better in geography? You too can think about the
approach you wish to take.
There are many ideas here for you to
Geography - do we do enough of it?
Click on Hattie Tsang's image to find
out more! What are the 50 places to see before you die? How are
you connected to other places?
fever - using ICT creatively
All sorts of teaching and learning ideas related to
sporting events around the globe.
Follow this link to get a variety
of material as stimulus material
The Geography of recent and current
of Geography, Charles Edward
Brooke School, Brixton has always
responded to topical and current events. Just before
Christmas, he looked at the geography of our UK
Christmas dinner and has updated it with
one version for KS3 and another
version for KS4. He is also offering SLN browsers a lesson on
It may need you to amend it for your own Atlas but at least it is
Right click and click 'save target
as' to download these word documents.
Don't forget SLN Geography's own
links to recent and current events
Here is the Rawlett High School Geography Department value on
display for all pupils from year 7 - 13. The stunning classroom environment is tribute to
the hard work of Fiona Highfield and Paul Jenkins.
The display raises standards by being illustrative of high quality work from all pupils.
Each display item is supporting their development and understanding of sophisticated
geographical concepts. Many different techniques are used including concept maps as well
The value placed on public display of work motivates the pupils and gives them a real
audience and purpose for their work.
The old story here!
Enjoy the new classroom to music!
The Forum "regulars" have
been talking about their classrooms and wondering what makes the
"perfect classroom" (follow
the conversation thread here) and I am pleased to feature some
more classroom environments.
to Val Vannet - The High School of Dundee for this photo of her
second year class on a Friday afternoon, making posters on Kenyan