Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Mission:Explore National Parks

An excellent Ordnance Survey Blog post which says a lot of nice things about the Mission:Explore National Parks book. It also features a short video with Steve Backshall. The book is now available to buy from online or National Park shops, and is a perfect accompaniment to your summer explorations of landscapes.



The Mission:Explore team compiled the book after putting a huge selection of challenges to the vote by schoolchildren, with the favourites selected to be published.

It’s the seventh book the Mission:Explore team have released, since winning the Geovation Challenge in 2010, when they wowed the team with their exciting ideas using geography. If you haven’t come across them before, the project encourages people, and especially children, to see, explore and act in new ways.
Mission:Explore founders saw the subject of geography being marginalised, and in schools and neighbourhoods children’s physical geographies being reduced due to risk aversion. And they wanted to change that.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Art at Cley beach...

Out to the Norfolk coast today to visit Cley16: an annual art exhibition which takes place in the church in Cley and other nearby locations. These included a piece by Brian Korteling which is shown below, and which I really liked. It represents the view as taken from 3 different perspectives, and breaks up the lines nicely... good to see art in the landscape.


Saturday, 9 July 2016

Local landscapes

On my doorstep for 20 years, and meandered through this region many times… a real edge land …


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Nostalgic stop-motion landscapes...

I was sad to hear of the death of Gordon Murray earlier this week, and it triggered some nostalgia, and led me to hunt out my DVD box set of the three series that I remember watching in the late 1960s....
Camberwick Green
Trumpton
Chigley
which Murray created. They were based on an idea of nostalgic 'middle England', and featured a range of characters including the famous fire crew, Windy Miller, and the workers of a biscuit factory. There was the classic voice of Brian Cant, and some excellent music.
The music, which brings back so many memories of my childhood is featured below...



BBC Front Row featured some memories from Phill Jupitus.

Scope for a resource on the Geography of Trumptonshire, which might also include reference to Radiohead's video for 'Burn the Witch'.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

400 posts

Up to 400 posts on this blog.
Remember that it was originally set up to support and extend the ideas in the KS3 Toolkit book that I wrote for the previous KS3 curriculum changes, which was called 'Look at it this Way'.
There are still copies available to buy from the GA shop but I understand that they are running out….

This new GCSE toolkit on the subject of landscapes will be published in time for the Autumn term I understand - good for the new GCSEs… and written by Becky Kitchen from the GA.

The Language of Landscape

Just doing some digging to find a different document, and found this resource on the National Archive site, which I thought had gone forever, and reclaimed some cards I wrote quite a few years ago. This resources was sent out with the OS Free Maps for Year 7's when they still did that…
Use them with your favourite OS Map extract.


Worth another watch...

Let's make Greater London a National Park City from Daniel Raven-Ellison on Vimeo.
Help make Greater London the world's first National Park City by backing our crowdfunding campaign: http://bit.ly/GLNPc