Words.... from you!
loves to receive compliments, and we're no different. Here are some of the
encouraging and complimentary messages that have been sent to us. Thanks to
everyone quoted below ... we really do appreciate it!
What a wonderful site!
My 4th grade bilingual students perform poems weekly;
they are always related to the subject we are studying. We are studying
erosion, water, weathering, earthquakes….etc…….Your site provided our
poetry for the next six weeks. Thank you and all your contributors.
Bernard McDonnell, FM Gilbert Elementary, Irving, Texas.
Bernard and his students are using
Poetry of Place
Many thanks for all the amazing work that you
do. The Staffordshire website is most inspirational. I work in a small
school and don't have the benefit of a team of geographers to share ideas
with. Your resources and ideas keep my teaching fresh and current.
Rachel Wright, Ballard
School, New Milton,
I am writing to say how impressed I am with the site. I am a Head of R.E.
in South Wales and was browsing for ideas I could adapt in the R.E.
classroom. I’ve been able to get loads from the site. I really liked the
Chico Mendes mystery, which I will be adapting to make more of the
motivations behind those who live in harmony with the planet, which is a
topic on R.E. GCSE syllabuses. Thanks for this excellent site which ahs
been added to my favourites!
Regards, Melissa Davies, Maesydderwen School.
Flood pictures as e-reminder
work for Good Energy a supplier of only 100% renewable electricity. We
have been looking at ways to contact people who have requested an
information pack from us but not signed up. One of the ways we would like
to contact them is by an e-postcard highlighting how easy it is to help
reduce climate change by cutting ones personal CO2 emissions. To do this
we researched a flood image and the one that
we would very much like to use was on your website
AfL is important......thanks for the ideas
thanks for the great ideas in 'ready to use' format.
Hopefully I will get back to you with some of my own. I
believe AfL is one of the most important innovations in education and has
the power to radically improve what we do with learning. It has always
been with us in isolated pockets of our practice and dovetails so well
with E.I., multiple intelligences and 'Thinking through..' and the whole
thing is like a light bulb being switched on! Why didn't someone switch it
on before!!! On reflection they all seem like the pieces of the same
jigsaw puzzle. I am in the Cambridgeshire Outreach Network for Education
-CONE Network Learning Community and teach at St Neots Community College
of Performing Arts and Media Technology.
Fantastic site by the way - I love the way it has really developed
organically...a breath of fresh air! I'm a relative newcomer to SLN but
hope I will be able to contribute more in future....as a geographer I
think the site is really inspirational.
Mary Fargher, Masters student at the
Institute in London
was inspired by the classroom you had on the website
and got to work with mine. The pupils have been involved in the classroom
via decorating it. I am not sure how to create a virtual tour but I have
plenty of pictures if you are interested !.
SLN geography, it is just the BEST thing for
serious geographers - that and Geographypages (which is my homepage), is
the sort of thing which geography teachers need more of. I actually use
them on a daily basis! The only problem is that I still have difficulty in
finding teaching resources which can compare in quality and amount to
those found in
Ava Khalfaoui British School, Kuala Lumpur
I am a student at Loreto Kirribilli,
a catholic private girls school on the harbour in Sydney. At
lunch time when we sit down we can see the boats on the water.
We are doing a school project on Egypt. I was asking
for permission to use the pictures on your websites as part of my project.
It was as it was very helpful. I
will try to sent you an electronic copy of my project when I have
finished. thanks Bridie Ohlsson
I have milked
your great site of goodies for a long time. Hope this little offering is
acceptable.. some animated
images of coasts..
I'll try be creative and send more Geo images. Thanks Peter Crawley
Head of Humanities at Richard Lander School, Cornwall
I have used the
'50 things to do' page with Y9 classes and adapted it for the '50 places
to see'. We enjoy the SLN
geography website - it is very inspiring - and keeps us northerners
up to date with what is going on down south!! Will
look forward to attending your workshop in Birmingham.
Kind regards, Fiona Hart, English Martyrs
Guys, you're being brilliant. Thanks to you I think the class are going
to have an exciting learning experience about rivers! Thanks again
(A formerly very scared non-geography specialist!!)
I love this site!! It is the first place I go whenever I am looking for
something new to try with my students.
Keep up the great work.
Richard E. Katz firstname.lastname@example.org
Applied Geography Teacher, Eighth Grade, Social Studies Department
Chair, Washington Middle School, 2101 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA
Dominoes - matching needs and wants
I know that I, and many other people, have said this before, but I've
just been prompted to re-iterate what a fantastic site this is!!! I came
along to get a copy of the coastal erosion mystery that I used last year
on TP but stupidly didn't keep a copy of, and came across a brand new odd
one out for coasts, "dominoes" for Bangladesh flooding, and
mystery for Brazil - all of which will be useful in the next week and a
half - as well as a number of other new resources that I will be able to
use over the coming weeks/months. Makes me feel very guilty that I have
contributed so little so far!! Thank you to all those who are providing
resources - they are GREATLY appreciated!!!
Victoria Ellis Swanwick Hall School, Derbyshire
I am a regular visitor to your SLN Geography site and think it is
excellent. It was through this that I saw the idea of using dominoes as a
I have been a silent observer of the SLN website for some time and just
love it! I have spread the word to many colleagues in other schools and I
know they are likewise impressed. On behalf of my pupils, many thanks for
the advent calendar - we followed it every day. As you will see, I hail
from the presently frozen north. I have strong contacts with the Scottish
Association of Geography Teachers but am enjoying ' eavesdropping' on the
activities of some of you geographers south of the border. The networking
is quite stimulating. The online forum makes a welcome change from the staff room
gossip and was my first venture into making contact- I have been supplying
Ian Murray with photos for his new website and enjoying some stimulating
email discussion on the renaissance of photographs in the teaching of
Geography , courtesy of the ICT revolution.
Val Vannet, Head of Geography at the High School of Dundee.
I am a geography teacher and discovered the game "Who
killed Chico Mendez?" on your site. I am working on a work book
for my pupils where a chapter study the Amazonian forest. Is it possible
to use the same idea, translated in French. Thank you, your site is great.
Jean-Claude Larouche, Québec, Canada.
Hurricanes and mysteries
As always the SLN website has given us a lot to think about. The Hurricanes
web enquiry proved very valuable for our Year 13s. We have also tried out
some of the mysteries which
have really challenged our most able students.
Jo Brake, Finham Park School
7-11 weblinks ideal
Thanks for this support, we spent 90 minutes on the website and found
some really supportive stuff. Keep up the good work
Richard West, Penkridge Middle School, Staffordshire.
I was most impressed by your Macromedia
program on why erratics can be found in Cannock.
Ian Grant, Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi in Ynys Mon
Advent calendar was a real hit
I enjoy the SLN geography site very much my classes liked the advent
Allyson Taylor, Slough Grammar School
I would like to congratulate you and the team for an excellent website
which I use regularly. I've attached a word mat which
you are free to use if it is helpful. Thanks,
Alison Bowers Le Bocage International School Mauritius
Thinking and thanks
Thanks to all who contribute to SLN Geography pages for their inspiration.
John has contributed a new thinking
skills exercise on trade.
John Lewis, Padgate High School, Warrington
A very large thank you
I used to work at King Eddies - Newport Road, Stafford. Just wanted to
drop you a line to say thanks. I am now teaching at the International
School of Milan - Middle school, and am still finding your web pages
(QLS SLN) really helpful. My pupils are 95% Italian, and
they are really impressed by the work from British children displayed on
your site. Thank You again
SLNgeography@UK - Floods by
I work for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and have been
tasked with putting together a pamphlet on "What to do in
floods?". I would like to include some non specific photographs of
flooding in the pamphlet Bizarrely in spite of the extensive flooding in
our area earlier this year most of us were so wrapped up with dealing with
the incident, we didn't bother taking any photographs.
Ed Note - I love this story! But it is really heartening
that we are of use and also that Eric is doing what he should be looking
after the people of Maidenhead
SLN in Gloucestershire - advice and support is vital to teachers
I am an AST based at the Beaufort School in Gloucester. As part of my
AST role, I decided to support all the Gloucestershire schools by starting
up a network support group. We run termly meetings which are very well
attended (we had one on assessment last night, attended by 23) but I also
provide support via e mail - I simply mail out worksheets, ideas, web
sites, schemes of work, either of my own, or those that are contributed by
In terms of your web site - this just has to be the best Geography
website that is accessible to teachers at the moment There is everything
there that we Geographers need, and this was underlined by an e mail I
received today from the FS adviser in Gloucester, who says that he uses
the site on loads of occasions. I use all areas as much as each other, and
when I have a few spare moments, I simply trawl through the various links.
At the moment, I am more interested in the creativity pages - I like to
think that I can keep abreast of the ideas at the forefront of teaching,
but at the same time I like variety. So I'm always on the lookout for the
unusual. I also constantly look for good images, so this is a favoured
I don't know if you get many e mails like this, but really, a big thank
you to simply providing a user friendly and very valuable web site.
Paul Bartlett, Gloucestershire
Editors note - If you have one, look after your local adviser
because they need TLC - many have an impossible task to do general as well
a special. It is only because Staffordshire are committed to expertise
that we are able to provide this service. Thanks Paul
Great BIG concepts
I am writing to say a thank you to Johanna Hazel for her great Geography
big concepts level diagrams. I am the FS consultant for
Gloucestershire and have pointed many people in the direction of the site.
I was a Head of Geography before and actually remember you coming to speak at
Sheffield University about 7 years ago whilst I was training with Margaret
Roberts. Small world.
Steve Brady, FS consultant for Gloucestershire
Many thanks for a superb resource
David Wailes, Head of Humanities, Moorside High School, Salford
A great website and resources.
Kevin Wells, Geography Teacher, Broxboune School, Herts.
Another Fergal the frog fan!
We have been using the River
Trent website in Year Six. The children enjoyed using the site and
gained a lot from it.
Miss Catherine Dear, Stanburn Middle School, Stanmore. Middlesex
SLN@theworld 2 - Penny Laver New South Wales, Australia
I am a calligrapher and have been looking for a
poem on drought to use as a calligraphic piece. On searching the Internet
I found just what I was looking for in your Geography section, a verse
titled "Drought" from "Newcastle Community High
School". Read it here
SLN@theworld - A Californian anti
Bob Jones photograph of oil tankers in Jordan, has
been used for a lecture in California about oil in the Gulf and Iraq in
particular. SLN Geography reaches parts of the world others don't reach!! See
the image here.
Ian Dixson, High Arcal School, Dudley wrote:
First response to on-line questionnaire received today - from an ex
pupil now teaching geography in The Netherlands! SLN reaches the
parts other websites fail to reach!
Dr Rachael Peryer Cromwell Community College Wenney Road Chatteris
Cambs PE16 6UU
I have recently used the globalisation of Chelsea football club
exercise with Year 9 and they responded very well!
At last I am glad to be able to contribute to your website which I use
quite a lot even though I am a Cambs not Staffs teacher!
John Ditchburn Head of Geography Guilsborough School West Haddon Rd.
Guilsborough Northants NN6 8QE
I have been impressed with development of particularly the Geography
branch of SLN, and the resources it contains.
Thought you might like to have a look at our little effort. I've
mentioned it to Sue Warn who thinks it's a sensible approach.
From Catherine Close talking about our on-line ICT training
Thanks for the email and the complimentary remarks on the web site. I
only wish it were true! But I still intend to carry on working through and
my confidence has built enormously. I have led 10 IT lessons in the last
10 days and I wouldn't have done that three months ago! I
Further information and a sample at: http://www.soc.staffs.ac.uk/~cmteh/newgeogcontent.html
From Johanna Hazell, Head of Geography, St Bartholomew's School,
As a new Head of Geography, I attended a conference for Heads of
Geography last week. I was shown your web-site for the first time- a
fantastic resource! I have really enjoying looking through the different
and creative ideas and being inspired, even in the final days of term! I
was impressed too by the work Jon Clarke presented at the conference on
describing and explaining, both concepts my students struggle with and
ideas I can hopefully use.
From John Hamshaw, Thomas Silverdale School,
I have not had a chance to look at the SLN site for about 6
months- but again I am inspired by the ideas & contributions! It seems
to me that we could do with a period of non-contact time every week just
to look on the net to see what might be of some help to us!
From Chris Spurr, Norwich High School for Girls
I am very impressed with the whole site - Staffordshire is obviously
the LEA to work for!
From Jon and Rosie from www.geomatics.org.uk
We were invited by Chris Durbin of Staffordshire
Learning Net to speak to a group of geography teachers attending a
training day. It was a chance for the teachers to get their hands on the
resource kits and also register for the website. It was great to meet such
Across La Manche!
I registered today on SLN geography, though I have told
my French colleagues about the very good job you do. May I suggest you a
look at Chronique internet.
Hope we may meet some day and that you find something useful.
Lycée Marie Curie
14500 Vire (Normandie)
Chronique Internet et Revue Historiens et Géographes
Greetings from Central Canada - just a brief note to
let You know that here, now, in August 2002, this goin' on 70 year-old
cyberjunky is benefiting from Your WOW project.
For example, connected to your project through page
and the photo Sun, Sand and Sea by Victoria from Painsley R.C.
High School, Cheadle when, after an email communication from a "yet to
meet" cousin who lives year-round in Sleaford, Lincolnshire but who is
currently holidaying in Portinax, Ibiza. Wanting to know a bit about his
location, I dropped "Portinax Ibiza" into the search utility of my
Netscape connection only to be gifted by:.. eleventh among an apparent 139
others (1-15 of 140) - most of which appeared to be commercial
connections. It may need not be said but please know how delighted I was
to be able to visit Portinax Ibiza through the eyes and insight of
That gave me many further reasons to recognize how very fortunate we are
today, to be connected to the world courtesy of the efforts of those who
develop these magnificent tools, and those like You, who make so very
effective use of them to spread your teachings and a motivation to learn.
One of those further reasons for my enthusiasm today is related to the
fact that on September 9, 2002, less than 2 weeks from now, my bride
Helen, son Blair and myself are departing Central Canada on a first trip
to the UK. We plan to spend most of our time visiting several locations on
The Isle of Man where we are able to trace the lives of nine generations
preceding that of my Dad, who was born in Llandrillo yn Rhos, Colwyn Bay,
North Wales, in 1899, and having been prompted to visit more of the
"Window on the World" site, I was to discover a photo taken in Conwy,
North Walesby Mark Heath from St. Edward’s Middle School, Leek and another
in Llandudno, North Wales by Clare Harvey, also from St. Edward’s Middle
School, Leek. Such a serendipitous surf in search initially for a little
information on Portinax, Ibiza !
See - You never know who's going to benefit from Your efforts.
Gerry Kissack Winnipeg, MB., Canada
I am an Applied European Languages graduate from Kingston
University, and spent 6 months at Leipzig University in 1966. My
dissertation for my degree was on the lignite mines in Sudraum Leipzig,
and the destruction of Heuersdorf. I spent many days in the area of the
It is unbelievable that in this day and age this ghastly monster can
exist. On the News at 6 this evening there was a short item on the
destruction of Horno. Lets hope it is not too little too late.
From your web site your connections with Saxony are very positive. Keep up
the good work
Re SIfT Thanks for such a brilliant INSET day on every
From the lift in the morning to the taxi organised in the afternoon, not
mention the first class materials and delivery that you provided!
The course is exactly what I have been looking for. I think the quality
product on offer coupled with the support/advice provided is exceptional.
I will convey these comments/opinions to everyone I meet in
Geography/Geology/ICT fields. First class in every respect.
Kindest regards Ian Kenyon, Truro
Have just been on the Geography SLN site and regret
not having the time to look at it more regularly and spend time
thinking about geography. Your site is truly inspirational and
I have enjoyed seeing it develop over recent years. I'm only sorry I
can't contribute more though I was disappointed to find no witty
reports comments on the forum. Where's the fun in life!
I must say that one of the most enjoyable events of
the year was your KS3 Conference which was informative and
inspirational. Well done again.
Richard West, Penkridge Middle School.
In my current role as a NOF tutor for primary schools, I find the
section of the Staffordshire Learning Net a reliable resource. When
on using the Internet this site is a safe example to explore. The mixture
of contributions from children and links to other sites make an
site to demonstrate. It is reassuring to know that whenever I log on, in
front of a large group of teachers, I will see what I always see, the
Because of my personal interest in the weather, and because I have a
input into this part of the site, I enjoy showing them the Staffordshire
Schools Weather Data Site.
It is good for the basic training teachers need
in using hyperlinks, viewing a variety of types of pages and seeing simple
animations. I hope that the teachers I train make a note of
this site and use it
As a primary classroom teacher the SLN geography
website has given my pupils an opportunity to
to web based material which can be seen all over the world. My classes
the last few years have enjoyed helping out with the Advent Calendar,
thinking about what geography means to them and searching for suitable
contributions. They also enjoyed working on the You Speak We'll Listen
project. That really bought home to them how they can now communicate
with other countries through e-mail.
In the role of Geography co-ordinator the SLN site has often
given me inspiration to build ideas into
Geography Action Week. Projects such as Window on the World
enabled me to involve many of the adults in the school. When they
contributed pictures and commentary they felt as though they had
achieved something memorable. The SLN Geography pages also keep me in
touch with national and international events.
Posting link to events such as the Even Bigger
Breakfast which was an exciting and informative event I later used
as the main part of my school's Harvest Festival.
I hope that I will continue to be able to make use
of contacts, links and activities from this web site.
Angella Streluk, Amington Heath Primary School,
I have downloaded examples of work from your site that I have used
with teachers at my school to help assess work, but also found useful
information about the role of co-ordinator. The links to other websites
were brilliant, and gave me relevant information. It was SO comforting to
find someone who knew what they were talking about when I first became
geography co-ordinator. Yours is the best site in the country.
Geography co-ordinator, Taxal and Fernilee Primary School,
Whaley Bridge, High
The SLN Geography Web site is an invaluable and priceless
resource for Staffordshire teachers. It is a great
help in finding resources, keeping us up to date
with all the new developments and keeping us in touch with what is
happening in Geography. I have used it for over three years and whenever
I am struggling for ideas, I can get inspiration or
problems solved by consulting SLN Geography Web
page. Sometimes we might take it a bit for granted but the more you
talk to people from outside the county, the more you realise what a
resource Chris and Kate have created. I only wish I had more time to
contribute to it.
Alan Brown, Blythe Bridge High School. See
their geography website here
I would like to say thanks for the excellent
resources the SLN geography site has made available for schools to use.
Keep up the good work.
Melanie Richards (Head of Geography), St
Ursula's Convent School, Greenwich, SE10 8HN. Melanie has sent the new
killed Chico Mendez
Many thanks for all the work you have put into your website
- it has provided us with hours of interesting surfing today - no doubt
the fruits of many hundreds of hours on your own time.
Although we are
not working within the GCSE framework - we are able to experience many
You may wish to add a link to our growing site at:
We're much impressed by your SLN website for
geography - it really is excellent. Congratulations for getting it
so up and running! We're beginning to wonder if we could do
something similar but with a more limited objective to start with - e.g a
collection of photos from around Somerset, resources and so on. Some
of us will be meeting in the summer term to discuss possibilities and
maybe you could help us think through it.
Sam Woodhouse, Associate Adviser for
Thanks to Gary Dawson for his work on the literacy
statement and exemplars. We have made use of them on our training day
today. They provided a very valuable starting point for our department
and made the day much more productive than it otherwise might have
been! Hopefully we will be able to contribute some ideas of our own to
the site in the near future.Many
thanks again for the great web site,
Di Green, Rushey Mead School
Thank you for the letter to school and the e-mail spatial odyssey.
May I too wish you a very happy Christmas and
New Year. We at Holy Cross in Chorley, Lancashire have
made great progress in our ICT work in our lessons and have pooled
good ideas and research following our work and
follow up from our SIfT
Training. In particular I have been impressed by the contact
and communications since our visit both
written and online. Only this week we have been reassessed
by Investors in People awards and their report outlines
most favourably the great strides made in ICT across the departments
work since our initial NOF SIfT
training. We look forward to further contact with you
and in conclusion must say I have enjoyed your Advent calendar.
However I do feel the Masai Mara website is
going to cost me after my wife gained access
to its paintings recently!
Best wishes 'email@example.com
|I think the SLN geography site is
developing well - the whole team must be proud. Pass on our thanks
to all concerned!
Steve Telfer, Geography
Adviser, West Sussex
think the website is great, its saved me a lot of time and given me
some useful teaching ideas. It would be useful to
have a section on classroom activities and lesson planning. Where
teachers could pool resources (worksheets etc) and share
innovative ideas. As a student teacher I would greatly
benefit from such a site. I will continue to recommend this site to friends
Sean Spurgin, PGCE
student, studying at Birmingham University
|Congratulations, Chris and Kate, for
providing an award winning site open
to all geographers. The site is top of the list for my B.Ed and PGCE
students, primary school co-ordinators - and of course correspondents on
the Primary Research Register. Thank you for so kindly hosting
as well as providing inspiration, for teachers wishing to raise
across the curriculum. Nowhere else is there advice/information ranging
from OS digital map supply through photographs local and world wide to
exemplars and advice for co-ordinators and done with fun!.
Rachel Bowles, Associate Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University
|Thanks to all. Your web work is
developing brilliantly. I love the erratic
animation! Needless to say I always
advertise you and your work in any Internet sessions
Sheila King, Institute of Education, London
|Back in October I posted a request for
help with large scale resources for a Y7 visually impaired pupil.
Published resources proved unhelpful, however the Kingston Centre
have solved the problem. By them copying pages/resources and
enlarging to A3 and me then laminating these for durability, this
pupil is now able to participate much more in Geography. Her initial
reaction on seeing these resources was "Wow!" Thanks to
all at Kingston, and hopefully there will be other pupils who can be
helped in this way!
Bev Langton, King Edward VI High School, Stafford
(Thanks to Annette Davies and Sheila Davey for their work on
|I have to say that I am a great fan of
the Staffordshire Geography teachers website that you run with Kate
and it is a model that other authorities would do well to look at.
The site always has a fresh look to it, full of lots of new ideas
and obviously provides excellent support within Staffordshire. I
know the area reasonably well as my wife's family come from
David Rayner, Editor of GeoResources
I am an ArcView ArcExplorer user in a
Nottinghamshire school. I am happy to provide advice to
potential users or exchange data with existing users. I am
very impressed with your SLN site, well done.
e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org
of the GA Gold Award for SLN Geography at Birmingham University by Professor Michael
Bradford, President of the Geographical Association.
|I go into your Staffordshire site
regularly and would like to compliment Chris and Kate for what is an
Simon Asquith, Liverpool Hope University College
|Yet again your site came up trumps, I
followed through one of your articles regarding digital
put me in contact with my county liaison officer, who is now sending
me the complete Landranger series for Dorset and the Land tiles.
|We have seen your window on the world WOW
website. We found it very interesting and good for our Education.
One of the pictures from your website was from Disney world Florida.
Kayleigh has been there and noticed it.
Best wishes Emma and Kayleigh, Amington Heath Primary School
|I have already used the River
Trent site. It
Kathleen Keating ICT co-ordinator at St. Mary's RC
Middle School, Grange Road, Northampton
|Having only recently connected to the
internet, I am just discovering things and I am really impressed
with the Geography website. I think the River Trent pages are great
and hope to be able to use them with my year 6s in the Spring Term.
Sue Coley, Geography co-ordinator, Christ Church
Primary School, Lichfield
|Hearty and belated congratulations to
Kate and Chris for achieving your marvellous award - you deserve it
so much and a lot of children around the country are being taught
better Geography as a result!
Best wishes Caroline Mathews
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03 April 2012