Friday, 28 November 2014

Geography Photograph Competition 2014

Over the Summer Holidays I set the Brambletye pupils a task of taking a 'Geography Photograph'. I split the shildren into four age groups and gave them a theme to follow.

Well, there were plenty of entrants and Steve Backshall, yes, he of Deadly 60 and now Strictly fame, judged the photographs for us. He chose a winner and two runners-up in each age group.

The winning images in each category were ...
Years 1 & 2: "Natural Colours"
Candy Floss Sky
by I. Sully (Y1)

Years 3 & 4: "Human Impact"
Time to Talk
by L. Garbers (Y4)
 Years 5 & 6: "A Different point of View"
Cattle Horns
by K. Colville (Y6)
 Years 7 & 8: "Transport in the Landscape"
The End of Their Travelling
by F. Colville (Y8)
To see all of the winners and runners up with Steve Backshall's comments click here.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Transport Map

I've just come across this beautiful map to use as a duscussion point in your transport topic.

I know it is quite old but there is a lot of discussion points to be raised about which modes of transport are used in different parts of the country.

The original map is here: 

Friday, 14 November 2014


At the SATIPs conference at the RGS this week Dr Andrew Lee introduced the delegates to this excellent BBC Four video featuring Hans Rosling.

The clip makes an excellent starting point to a lesson on development and it brings up so many social and economic issues:

  • Social and economic disparities
  • Impacts of war and disease on life expectency (watch Belarus, Ukraine and Russia c1940)
  • Uneven development within countries
  • Resource-rich countries (Follow the green dots)
  • Convergent economies

If you wish to manipulate the graph yourself in a lesson then go to whic will let you move backwards and forwards along the time line, identify the countries and also track their progress.

I particularly like this clip as a useful tool to help teach 'Good Geography': you can see patterns and then have to investigate the processes that caused them. There is also extrapolation or application, when Hans looks to the pattern in 2050 ...

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