Archive for the ‘Geography’ Category

Christmas Decisions- Artificial or fake?

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

A rare post as I come up for air at the end of term…  Liz Smith and I have put together this decision-making exercise. Which is best for the environment, an artificial or fake tree? Think of it as our present to you. Enjoy.

Original resource 149kb docx
PowerPoint 2.5mb pptx
SEN resource 112kb docx

Urbanisation with Lego…

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

I currently have my Year Ten Friday afternoon for a double, which is challenging enough; but I’m also trying to reduce my teacher talk and encourage more independent learning. As a result I’m trying to incorporate more kinesthetic activities within my repertoire… 

I wanted students to consider the changing pattern of urbanisation, and as a result begin to consider some of the contributing factors. It was also an opportunity to begin to develop students’ ability to describe patterns.

Each group was given a sheet with data about the ten largest cities in 1900, 1950 and 2012.


Using a base map each group had to locate the cities and then construct a graph using Lego. We used a scale of one square block to represent one million people. Students then used the support sheet to begin to describe the geographical distribution of the cities.


This was then repeated for each of the given dates. The results were quite impressive, and visually I think it helped students describe the pattern in the shift of urbanisation.


With reflection I think I should have encouraged students to make a prediction for a future date, one for next time…


Landscape in a box…

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Thanks to Alan Parkinson for reminding me about his landscapes in a box, after watching Noel Jenkins at TMClevedon. Both legends.

Reminded me of the collaborative 101 ways to creatively teach geography presentation. One to revisit for inspiration.

Drought in England- where’s all the water gone?

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Since writing this for Boardworks it hasn’t stopped raining… Free lesson ideas.


Top Ten Resources and Posts- 2010

Sunday, December 26th, 2010


There were over 100,000 visits for this year and 300,000 individual page views. Sunday was the most popular day for visiting. The top ten posts for this year are:


101 creatively simple ways for teaching geography.


Who owns Antarctica?


Singing Continents.


Boardworks- free resources.


A solution to an ageing population?


CAMFED in Zaire.


Some Google Earth maps and overlays worth a look at…


Forumulator Tarsia.


Radical Geography Update and China Case Study.


What if they had a Facebook profile?


There were 200,000 unique visits and 350,000 page views for this year. The top ten resources downloaded from the site this year are:

(Resources are directly linked to…)


Weather or climate video (16mb wmv)


Introduction to drainage basins PowerPoint (9mb ppt)


Pat does depressions (58mb zip file)


Antarctica tagging video starter (22mb wmv)


Introduction to weather and climate PowerPoint (5mb ppt)


Formation of Hurricane Katrina (300kb doc)


Mystery river profile (2mb ppt)


Pop-up drainage basin (2mb ppt)


Pop-up hurricane (2mb ppt)


Weather symbols PowerPoint (400 kb ppt)


I haven’t updated the top resources page since 2008, so will do this before the new year.

Thanks to all that have influenced my ideas, contributed, shared, or used my resources within your classroom, whether one of the 265 email subscribers or the casual visitor.

It has always been my belief that we are best when we discuss, collaborate and share, it’s the reason why I continue to share my practice, good and poor, and why I continue to fund these little projects each year for free. I also enjoy it :)

Here’s hoping for a good 2011. :)