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Geography display ideas

Is OPEN EVENING approaching? Is it time to refresh a few displays? I have dedicated a large portion of my time over the last few years to revamping our department displays, so here are photos and a small blurb as... Continue Reading →

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Netflix Geography

Netflix is a global phenomenon, available in 190 countries, with 139 million customers having the availability to stream over 15,400 TV shows and movies across all of its regional libraries. Netflix estimates that its users spend a total of 1... Continue Reading →

Synoptic link: GCSE summary

A summary activity to enable Year 11 students to draw connections between different elements of their GCSE course. Each student is provided with one A3 sheet with the course topic titles on i.e. urbanisation in global cities. Students are then... Continue Reading →

Developing geographical skills, practically, in the classroom #GAConf19

With new GCSE specifications placing greater emphasis on students understanding and application of geographical skills, it is important to provide opportunities for students to develop and practice such skills throughout their geography education. These practical and hands on activities can... Continue Reading →

Effect-o-meter

A versatile activity which can be used for a number of topics such as natural disasters and climate change. Most recently I decided to use this activity whilst studying the impacts of deforestation in the tropical rainforest with Year 7.... Continue Reading →

Word clouds

At the end of a topic, or even the academic year, I like to get students to collate every geographical term they have been exposed to. This allows students to see how many geographical words we have learnt or used... Continue Reading →

UK physical features

UK physical features is a new addition to a number of new GCSE specifications. Creating a model is a fantastic opportunity to allow cross-curriculum links with Art, Design and Technology. Students are provided with a range resources (such as foam, cardboard, string,... Continue Reading →

Geological time in 24 hours

We simply do not have enough time to explore geological time, considering it goes back 4.5 billion years. Therefore, a more manageable approach would be a 24 hour perspective. This activity allows students to explore the concept of geological time... Continue Reading →

3D ecosystems challenge

Completed by Year 7 as a homework competition, and I was blown away by the amazing work which was produced!

Gasp-o-meters

These are regularly produced and shared on twitter when new documentaries or episodes are broadcast, such as Planet Earth and Blue Planet II. So I decided to introduce this concept to my Year 7 students, as an activity to complete... Continue Reading →

Rainforest triarama

In previous years, when exploring plant adaptations in the rainforest, students have created their own 3D tree (see previous blog post HERE). So this year I wanted to do something different and create a rainforest triarama. This task allowed students to... Continue Reading →

Structure of the rainforest poem

I have finally been able to use Sarah’s (@sarahcnokes) structure of the rainforest poem, previously shared on twitter. The activity requires students to first read the poem and identify any descriptive words associated with the layers of the rainforest. A... Continue Reading →

Christmas grid reference puzzles

What better way to finish for Christmas than with a few mystery Christmas grid reference puzzles. Each puzzle requires students to colour various grid squares in with a specific colour. Once completed the puzzle will reveal a Christmas themed image.... Continue Reading →

#Thankyou100 pledges

To mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War, our theme for the week has been remembrance. During tutor time, this week, my form took a moment to reflect and write personal thank you pledges to... Continue Reading →

Revision clock

Revision clocks (created by @TEACHGEOGBLOG) assist students in condensing an entire topic into twelve sub-topics. In each segment students summarise key information required for their revision, using recommended headings (provided by the teacher). They can present this using diagrams, images, graphs,... Continue Reading →

Proportional lego maps

Last week, students investigated the global distribution of certified fair trade farmers. How it worked? In pairs, students were provided with a data sheet, A3 world map and lego blocks. Firstly, they agreed on a key using the various sizes... Continue Reading →

How to complete a field sketch?

The focus with Year 7, this term, has been to explore the subject of Geography through the development and practice of geographical skills. The aim being to enhance/embed their geographical experiences from primary school, whilst introducing them to new skills... Continue Reading →

Foldable structure of the earth

An interactive introduction to plate tectonics, in my classroom, begins with students creating a foldable structure of the earth diagram. This activity is very open ended allowing students to showcase their creative flare,  resulting in a beautifully presented front page... Continue Reading →

A tale using four figure grid references

'A tale' is an activity I was introduced to during my PGCE* and it has been used every year since with students of various abilities and key stages. At the start of the lesson students begin to understand how to state... Continue Reading →

GCSE revision packs

In my previous department we always recommended GCSE students have a revision guide, at a minimum, to refer to when completing homework or preparing for formative and summative assessments. But, we also place great emphasis on the importance of using a... Continue Reading →

Grid square table cloths

A grid square table cloth is a versatile resource to create. All you need is a plastic table cloth (available from your local pound store), a ruler and a sharpie. Once the table cloth is complete arrange it across a number... Continue Reading →

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