Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Maps and the Language of Landscape...

The Ordnance Survey Free Maps for 11 Year Olds are arriving in schools - you may already have had yours...
When you get the maps, you will also find a couple of (much sought after) hard copies of a publication called "The Language of Landscape"
The booklet is supported by a series of downloads from the NATURAL ENGLAND website.

I have created a SURVEY MONKEY SURVEY for those who have got their maps, and have also made use of the "Language of Landscape" to help students use the maps: whether inside or outside the classroom (or ideally both...)

Click Here to take survey

If you have used the maps and the book, please fill in the survey.

All completed questionnaires by 1st of December will be entered into a Prize Draw to win a copy of the KS3 Teachers Toolkit title: "Look at it this Way", a copy of the Geography Collective's "Journey Journal" and a few other geographical goodies....

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Travel Writing Task - ready for SAGT

I have uploaded these resources as a supplementary resource to the resources that are contained in the KS3 Teachers' Toolkit book. You will need to purchase the book to get the full value out of these presentations. It's available from the GA Shop. (Members get a big discount of course...)

They will be available to download for the next couple of weeks, as I am going to use these in my presentation on the 31st October at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers conference (SAGT)
The first is a lesson activity using a booklet....

the second is a list of possible travel writers who might produce inspiration for the extracts that might be used in this lesson...
Travel Books And Writers
View more presentations from GeoBlogs.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Tepui: amazing landscapes...

Image copyright: Disney-Pixar Studios

Here's another superb image from the Disney Pixar film: "UP", which I saw on Sunday and which is superb.
It shows the setting for the action for most of the film: the TEPUI of South America.

Why not take the opportunity to explore this fantastic landscape, perhaps as part of an AMAZING PLACES scheme of work...

More to come on this for SAGT....

Monday, 19 October 2009

Primary Geographer

The latest issue of the GA's "Primary Geographer" magazine has a focus on LANDSCAPES.
Some excellent articles which would provide inspiration for secondary teachers as well as primary colleagues.

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Coming shortly to this blog will be some supporting image sets for each of the lesson ideas in the toolkit book...

Before then, here are some great LANDSCAPE images, which were prize winners in the Take a View: Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

The winner (reproduced above) was taken on the Isle of Skye by Emmanuel Coupe and is titled: Sunrise over the Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

I've been up to the Old Man of Storr, but sadly it was a grey day, and not ideal for photography...

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Journey Journal

Spent some time yesterday with Dan Ellison pinging e-mails backwards and forwards with the rather wonderful designers at Can of Worms putting the final touches to the Journey Journal before it went off to the presses for the first print run of 3000 books.

Journey Journal is a rather wonderful book for upper secondary / lower secondary age pupils.
It is designed to be used when on a "journey" of some kind, perhaps as one of the millions of days which are taken as authorised absences every year, or maybe on a foreign exchange / activity / cultural trip.
It's a quirky and creative way of recording the visit, and encouraging young people to take notice of their surroundings.

Coming soon to an educational establishment near you.

Get in touch via the GEOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE website for more details of how to order....

Saturday, 17 October 2009

All 10 toolkits together...

First sighting of the full set of GA Toolkits, at the Wrexham Living Geography event earlier this week. All available from the GA Shop.

And thanks to Anne Greaves for giving "Look at it this Way" pride of place on the newly re-designed GA website.


Image by John Lyon...

Friday, 9 October 2009

The Toolkits are (really) in the building...

Thanks to my colleague Paul for letting me know that the Toolkit books, including the fabled, and possibly apocryphal "Look at it this Way" are actually in existence, and are now sitting in boxes of fifty in the GA warehouse, and can be ordered from the GA shop.


Editors’ Preface
Chapter 1: Look at it this way: What are your views on landscape?
Chapter 2: Medium-term plan
Chapter 3: Lesson plans

  • First Footsteps
  • Are we nearly there yet?
  • The Road to Nowhere..
  • Gone with the Wind?
  • Made in England
  • First Class Landscapes
  • Journeys through Landscapes
  • Living on the Edge
  • Mountains on my mind
Chapter 4: Glossary
Chapter 5: Links for further ideas and resources
Chapter 6: Assessment framework

The resource contains:

  • CD-Rom with resources needed for each of the lesson plans.
Thanks to those people who helped in a major way with the book. I'll be sending a copy to you...

Coming soon: some more out-takes from the final book.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Sketch to Photo

Thanks to Neil Winton for leading me to this fascinating idea.
Draw a sketch and it creates an image...

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.