Geographical Association (GA) ‘In the Know’ webinar series


Well, it was time for another ‘In the Know’ webinar.  This week the focus was on ‘Latitude, longitude, day and night’, a theme I had to explore in some depth over the summer of 2020 when creating a bank of ‘locational knowledge’ resources with Simon Catling (Professor Emeritus of Primary Education based in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University) for Digimap for Schools (

Word seems to have spread about our weekly webinars as our audience continues to grow, both in real time and for listening/viewing when time allows.  If you have yet to attend one of the webinars, but wish to discover more, then further details of the course programme and overview, along with its overall aims and outcomes and fees, can be found by accessing the web-link below:

Learning to tell the time is an early primary skill; understanding how time works through night and day and across different places around the globe is a more complex, but equally essential geographical skill.

Again, I endeavoured to integrate a number of interactive activities and teaching ideas into the webinar as previous feedback suggested these were features that participants had particularly enjoyed and appreciated.  It also helps teachers feel they are part of a supportive community, something that must be reinforced during these challenging and dynamic times with limited face-to-face contact.

Judging by the reflections in the chat feed towards the end of the session, participants found the webinar to be extremely useful; a quick, easy and cost-effective means of boosting their subject knowledge.  Some of their concluding comments can be viewed below:

Sum up your learning from today’s session in three bullet points (can be simply words/phrases).

‘Reinforcing vocabulary; locational knowledge and ideas for activities.’

‘Informative; great ideas for activities (I like the orange!).’

Teaching ideas; subject specific vocabulary; climate zones.’

‘Use of Digimap planned lessons; challenging learning of climate zones.’

‘Informative; reassuring; ideas.’

‘Key vocabulary; locational knowledge; Digimap.’

‘Locational knowledge; climate zones.’

List any ideas that you are going to ’give a go’.

‘Digimap’s locational knowledge resources.’

‘Look at Digimap; climate zone country quiz; chocolate orange.’

‘Digimap – locational knowledge activities.’

‘Webcam of different places to locate day and night.’

‘Digimap locational knowledge resources; naming countries in climate zones.’

‘Webcam investigation.’

‘Naming countries on climate zones.’

‘Webcam idea.’

‘Digimap definitely!’

‘Liked the naming of countries on the map – great differentiating task.’

‘Day and night investigation.’

‘Webcam investigations.’

Identify any changes that you will make.

‘Cautious (!) use of live webcams for day/night.’

‘Incorporate into our Connected Curriculum topics more explicitly.’

‘More in-depth subject knowledge with the children.’

‘Ensure progression through Key Stage.’

‘Greater use of subject specific vocabulary.  Greater emphasis on locational knowledge.  Use of Digimap.’

‘Use digital mapping more in late KS1 and KS2; vocabulary wall somewhere in school.’

‘Refer to latitude and climate zones regularly when looking at locations across the curriculum, e.g. ancient civilizations.’

‘Locational knowledge and mapping with climate zones.’


‘Reinforcing vocabulary/ideas for teaching.’

‘Succinct and really helpful.’

‘Use of maps for locational knowledge.’

‘Teaching activity suggestions; subject knowledge; Digimap login and You Tube suggestion.’

‘Teaching ideas and ideas for progression in locational knowledge.’

‘This has been really useful again, thank you.’

‘Thank you very much, Emma.’


‘Suggestions for video resources besides BBC Bitesize and National Geographic.’

And, one attendee, Judy Clarke, was inspired to share this photograph as soon as the session finished.  Stunning!

Richmond, Yorkshire. Credit: Judy Clarke.

PDF downloads are also available to purchase via the GA’s shop, either as ten individual titles or as a full set (  These provide straightforward, accurate and trustworthy background knowledge, explanation, diagrams and glossary on topics in the geography National Curriculum so that teachers can develop their geography teaching with confidence.

I look forward to the fifth webinar next Thursday afternoon, which will explore ‘Settlements’.


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