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 times with still 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 (summing up their learning in five words or a sentence or two) can be viewed below:

  • The positioning of the sun dictates if it is a sunrise or sunset.
  • Use of Digimap for Schools for teaching latitude and longitude and time zones.
  • Great linking of biomes and climate with time/day/night.
  • Digimap for Schools to teach longitude/latitude.
  • Good to see more on Digimap for Schools.
  • Greater understanding of how to use Digimaps for Schools as a resource.  Hoping to use it with our Year 3 next half term.
  • Lots to go away and have another look at.  Love Digimap for Schools!

When asked to list any of the suggested teaching ideas that they might ‘give a go’, many stated the following:

  • Shine a light at a ball.
  • Use Digimap for Schools for looking at longitude and latitude in addition to different location and size maps. 
  • Terry’s chocolate orange for sure!
  • Digimap for Schools to look at time zones and to identify lines of latitude and longitude.
  • Looking forward to using Digimap for Schools over the next week.  The overlays look great!

Attendees were also encouraged to consider any changes that they might make to current teaching and learning in their school.  These included:

  • Sign up to Digimap for Schools – it seems to have so many uses!
  • Find time to properly look at Digimap for Schools and sign up.  Take another look at the GA books.  I have the fieldwork one, but I’ll take a look at the other ones too.
  • Develop own knowledge further.
  • Lots more emphasis on vocabulary at Key Stage 2.


  • Explanation of latitude and longitude.
  • Highlighting new functions within Digimap for Schools and The Everyday Guide to Primary Geography: Locational Knowledge book.
  • I have just bought this – not looked at it yet!!
  • Showing us how to use Digimap for Schools.
  • Use of vocabulary in action with the lesson ideas.  Overlay on Digimap for Schools.
  • Key Stage 2 vocabulary and any specific to year groups.
  • Positive interaction from participants.
  • The subject specific knowledge was really useful.  The introduction to Digimap for Schools.


  • More time on the quiz!

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 our fifth webinar of the series after half-term, which will explore ‘Settlements’.

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