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:

Saturday, 25 June 2016

New CPRE President

My toolkit book featured a quote from Bill Bryson when he became President of the CPRE, used with permission.

A lot of houses have Emma Bridgewater designed pottery in them. She is about to be announced as the new President of the CPRE: an organisation that has featured on this blog many times over the years. In this Telegraph interview piece she describes some aspects of her views on the Rural landscape.

It is a small country. It is all of our backyards. With increasing numbers of us living in cities then the need to be able to walk out into unspoilt country is all the more crystal clear.
The population is going up - we really, really must be very, very intelligent about how we develop and be mindful of the irreversible nature of development. We will be hated by our grandchildren if we get this wrong.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

New GCSE Textbook now out for OCR B

It's now just over two and a half years since I went to a meeting at the offices of Hodder down in London, to start the process of writing a set of textbooks and support materials for the then-as-yet-written OCR GCSE Geography specifications for first teaching from September 2016.
The authoring team of Jo Payne, Jo Debens and myself were joined by Simon Ross, and we had the editing talents of David Rogers helping to steer the project, as well as Ruth Murphy from Hodder and numerous editors and other publishing professionals at various points during the project. Earlier today, the postman brought me a package, and I finally held the results of hundreds of hours of effort in my hand.

I wrote quite a few chapters in the end, and also helped to create the digital support materials, and the answers to all the various activities that have been included in the book. These all form part of the support materials that are available.

More details about the books are here, where you can find out about the various options for ordering. There are various options for discounts and inspection copies if you look at various sections of the website.

Thanks to all those who helped me with writing the books in various ways, including Ian Ward, Bryan Ledgard and Richard Allaway for the use of their images in my chapters. I managed to get quite a lot of my own pictures in, which was nice.

If you're teaching OCR specification for GCSE, please consider making our book(s) your set text. Order plenty just in case… It would be a pity for it not to sell a lot after all that effort…


Friday, 20 May 2016

Coming soon...

2nd edition of David Matless book on landscape...

Looks like being an essential book on cultural geography....