Sunday, 1 May 2016

Ice Station Antarctica - and a StoryMap

A useful resource for the dramatic Antarctic landscape….

Ice Station Antarctica 

You'll remember earlier in the year that I was blogging about the visit being made to the Halley Base in Antarctica by Peter Gibbs (who had spent time on the continent earlier in his career)
The visit has now been made into a programme which would make good reading for anyone interested in Antarctica.

An excellent StoryMap was put together by Brendan Conway from Notre Dame Cobham. You can see it below, or click the link to see it full screen.

This was produced during the journey, which lasted for several weeks, but has been updated, including new images from the Halley VI Winter team plus links to the associated programmes and articles. There was a previous Radio 4 about the journey (e.g. Costing the Earth). The story map provides a useful companion resource.

Take a look at the programme, and check out the StoryMap too.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Locate that Landmark Quiz

Thanks to Rob Chambers for the link to this fun quiz.

Locate that Landmark would be useful for younger students to find well known places, which they could then investigate further.
Which of them are:
a) natural features
b) man-made
c) located in National Parks
d) World Heritage Sites

You could also do it as a competition, as speed is of the essence as well as accuracy.
On my first go on my phone I scored 10,750 on Level 1 - can you beat that?

Also useful for UK Geography introduction - UK is important in GCSE Geography under the new specifications. Those taking the UK Citizenship test also need to be aware of many of these places too.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

British Red Cross resource

Amongst all the other stuff that I'm doing at the moment, is a resource that is currently half way complete, and which I hope to complete before the end of the month. It's a new resource toolkit on natural disasters for the British Red Cross, which has a focus on the Nepal Earthquake, but looks at the issues linked to humanitarian aid by agencies, particularly the work of the British Red Cross, following natural disasters. It explores the impacts over time, and has resources for KS3, GCSE and 'A' level students.

Here's one of the resources that I came across during my research below. You can search this blog for more on Nepal as well using the box in the top left.

I'm grateful to Rachel Hay for her substantial support and sharing her own personal story of being in the earthquake.

Here's another traffic CCTV video too, which shows the everyday traffic before the earthquake.

 I'll let you know when the resource is available, and how you can get hold of it.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Listen to the rain... and Melissa Harrison

You're welcome...

Read the book too...

Saturday, 19 March 2016

30 000 views

This blog was started following the completion of my KS3 Toolkit book 'Look at it this Way' as a companion blog, and to include and use the various chapters and sections that didn't end up in the book - quite a lot of materials. It now shares ideas on landscapes and how to teach about them, and various ideas linked to landscapes...

The book is still available to purchase from the GA shop.

Today, the blog passed through 30 000 page views, so thanks for visiting and reading the blog...

Images of Snowdonia

This time last week I was in Snowdonia.... exploring river valleys and glaciated upland landscapes... landscapes in action.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Coming soon to a classroom near you (I hope)