Excellent and Enjoyable Geography by sdfwerte

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Anthony Barlow
> Year 5 teacher and Geography Subject Leader,
St. Peter’s Smithills Dean CE Primary, Bolton.
> Member, Geographical Association,
Early Years and Primary Committee.
 The context of geography in school.
 Demonstrate practical ways to
  encourage excellent and enjoyable
  Geography.
 How to use interactive games/
  exercises to promote Geographical
  Enquiry.
 Where to go for support in leading
  Geography more effectively in
  school.
 In schools – is it a gloomy picture?
 Inspectors say Geography is one of the worst-taught
  subjects in school

Our geography teacher doesn't teach us about the current
  affairs we really need to know. Kelly, 13, London

I think that it's not what you learn in geography, it's how
   you are taught that makes the difference between good
   or bad. Are you really going to look back and remember a
   passage from page 43 of the textbook in your test? Or
   will you remember that fun project, fieldtrip or experiment
   you did? Hannah, 13, Peterborough

I like geography and the majority of students in my school
    have taken geography for a GCSE. Geography isn't
    boring and just about maps, we go on good field trips out
    of school and really enjoy it.
    Joe, 14, Ross-on-Wye
                           Source:CBBC Newsround website
Getting them thinking -
games and exercises
                    Where have you been?
                    Where would you like to
 Inflatable globe   go?
 photo
                    Can you give me a place
                    beginning with B?
                    Can you find me a hot
                    place?
                    Can you find me
                    somewhere where there
                    are few people living? Why
 What do we know? What can we find out?

                    Africa
A country   A capital   A river    A mountain
            city                   range



Something Something What the       A famous
we buy…   we sell…  weather’s      person
                    like…
 What do we know? What can we find out?

                    The UK
A country   A capital   A river    A mountain
            city                   range



Something Something What the       A famous
we buy…   we sell…  weather’s      person
                    like…
 What do we know? What can we find out?

                    Bolton
A country   A capital       A river   A mountain
            city                      range



Something Something What the          A famous
we buy…   we sell…  weather’s         person
                    like…


                 >>Email links
The power of images!
  It’s always best to get out there… but you can take
   them there!

  ‘9 square’ powerpoint available from GA website.
  ‘Britain or Not’ powerpoint available from GA
   website.
  ‘Where is it?’ sequence of powerpoint photos.
Photopacks- make your
own

>Use the
internet
             Photo of photos
>Your own
or others’
pictures
 >have an
‘old photo
amnesty’-
you’ll be
surprised
         Using the photopack/ individual photos ideas:
           Can you find me…? Is there evidence of…?
 KS1: A hot, cold, dry, wet, mountainous, place.
  A rich, poor, noisy, dirty, exciting, dangerous place. A city,
  town, village etc.
  KS2: In a foreign country, an old place, new place, exciting
  place. What are the people like there? Why? Is life easy or
  hard? Why?
  A place where nature survives or an environmentally
  damaged place, where there are lots of manmade things.
 Introduce important Geographical vocabulary regularly (see
  National Curriculum)
 Near to or far from the equator, in the northern/ southern
  hemisphere. Can you place them in a line from the closest
  to us to furthest away. In temperate/ tropical climate.In
  Europe, North/South America, Oceania, Asia, at the poles.
  Where on the globe/map/atlas might this place be?
         Large
         Iguazu
         waterfalls
         photo




Jigsaw
                      Create jigsaws to
                      complete from
                      photos to get
                      children looking
                      closer.
Geographical
enquiry- teaching
closer looking
using photos.



                                   Show evidence
                                   of
                                   environmental
                                   damage in each
                                   square




Label one           Label one
man made            natural item
item in each                       Photo:
                    in each grid
grid square                        Reebox
                    square
                                   Stadium,
                                   Bolton.
Making your own ‘maps’ from photos– KS1




      Series of aerial
      and oblique
      photos.




                                Children can use a
                                photo and then
                                draw a map of
                                what they saw.
                                Create shoebox
                                worlds and photo.
Maps at different scales-
Using Multimap



                   Multimap
                   images at
                   different scales




 > You can make 10
 copies for ‘personal
 use’. Laminate them
 and use them with the
 whole class.
Linking with others

  Flat Stanley for KS2
  School Links
Flat Stanley
 by Jeff Brown, Harper Trophy.
 www.flatstanley.com




    Flat Stanley
    book image                   Great for
                                 cross-
                                 curricular
                                 work
Journey sticks - affective
mapping
  KS1: ‘Take a stick for a walk’, build up to
   simple mapping.
  KS2: Journey sticks for Flat Stanley.
  See Primary Geographer magazine,
   (Whittle, Spring 2006).
Encourage scrapbooks
and journals


      Photo of scrapbooks
You’re never on holiday!
          The power of artefacts
        Tickets, photos, rocks, small souveniers, brochures.




           Useful for drama. Give an empty box
           to the staff to fill for a summer
           holiday present!
  Collect/send for class sets
  of free tourist guides

             Photo of
             guidebooks




Useful for literacy, as mental starters or simply for the
pictures.
What sorts of      Are there any       Are there any    Is this a place
transport are      alternatives to     famous sports    you can go to
there to get you   car travel in the   clubs there?     visit
there?             city?               Which?



Cut out a picture Can you find a       What leisure
showing as        place to stay?       activities are
many different                         there?
types of land
use as you can.
Eg. coast, field,
city, town.
Can you design     Can you find as
a brochure         many of the
appealing to a     locations on a
Year 3 child?      map – make a
                   key.
    Subject leadership
 Join the GA – Primary Geographer magazine,
  discounts.
 www.geography.org.uk Free ‘starting point’
    support online for subject leaders, lots on
    using maps and atlases, photo galleries,
    forums and more.
   Primary Geography Quality Mark, an excellent
    self-evaluation tool – bronze, silver and gold
    awards.
   GA publications eg. Primary Handbook - a great
    starting point. QCA top-ups Super Schemes
   www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk from the
    Action Plan for Geography.
   www.rgs.org.uk Excellent resources
Excellent Websites
www.geography.org.uk – The GA
www.sln.org.uk/geography - Staffordshire LEA
www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone - OS mapping for kids
www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/mappingtheworld - Gold Award
winning resource
Author:
barlowa@st-peters-smithills-dean.bolton.sch.uk

								
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