Very appropriate since we will be changing the clocks shortly and, no doubt, talking lots about time!

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.  Having an active chat feed, open discussions and a Q&A slot also helps teachers feel they are part of a supportive community.

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:

  • Interesting; great teaching ideas.
  • Great teaching ideas!
  • Great refreshing of knowledge.
  • How to incorporate Digimaps for Schools into teaching about latitude and longitude and teaching about time.

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

  • I will be doing that ‘time lapse’ photography over the year.
  • Digimap for Schools.
  • Accessing webcams from around the world.
  • Accessing radio stations around the world.
  • Explore Digimap for Schools and naming countries in different climate zones.  The coldest cities in the world will link with our current cities topic.
  • I will use Digimap for Schools as I am doing polar regions next half term.

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

  • Add information about UTC.
  • None – revise states of USA!
  • Add information about time zones when teaching the ‘Space’ topic.


  • This was great!
  • Thanks – a great, focused session that has upped my teacher knowledge and ideas as to how to teach it.
  • Thank you – brilliant as always.
  • Practical suggestions as to how to teach to children.  Links to other resources, e.g. Digimaps for Schools.
  • Refreshed concepts of time.
  • Thanks for directing us to particular resources – numbers 7 and 9 in ‘locational knowledge’ within Digimap for Schools’ resource library.


  • None – thank you for sharing great teaching ideas.
  • Maybe ideas as to how to teach the Earth’s rotation/spin, etc. practically to children?

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’.

Have a good rest over the next week or so!


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