Saturday, 24 October 2020

Geography Fieldwork Academy

Chris Webster of the Geography Fieldwork Academy has teamed up with the Norfolk Broads authority and brought his video making, resource creation and drone flying skills to bear on one of our National Parks, and the nearest one to where I live and teach.

He told me:

We've teamed up with the Broads Authority as part of the lottery funded Water, Mills & Marshes project to create a series of unique and engaging geography lessons for KS3 students. These lessons are designed to prepare students for GCSE geography by developing maths, fieldwork and GIS skills in addition to increasing their ability to interpret landscapes and analyse data.

The end product is here.

There are 6 lessons with all the relevant resources in word and PDF format, and they are rather good resources as well, which I am thinking of slotting in to my own KS3 scheme. Powerpoints are available for download, and also some videos.

The final few lessons explore the planning of a route for a Broads triathlon, which is a nice context for some creativity and mapskills.

One of the great elements of the resource that Chris has produced is that it is sort of lockdown ready, and ready to go with some links sent to students. It's 6 weeks of resources, but each week also has a narrated lesson which Chris has produced and shared on the main resource page.

There is a competition running alongside the project.

There is a chance to win some rather good prizes.

The prizes include a McConks Go Race 12'6 inflatable stand up paddleboard

Towelling change robes and paddling caps from Red Paddle
Caps, paddleboard leash and GoPro mount from BecauseSUP
CamelBak hydration backpacks and running belts from Burton McCall
Zoku mountaineering water bottles from Burton McCall
A wide range of goodies from the Ordnance Survey, including subscriptions to the award-winning OS Maps App, water bottles, mugs, ponchos, pens and stickers!!

Here's a 'trailer' for the resource, and for the National Park.


And here's one for the competition:


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