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

(Webinar 2: Rivers and the water cycle)


It was, once again, time for another ‘In the Know’ webinar; this week the focus was on ‘Rivers and the water cycle’, a theme frequently displayed on many whole school curriculum maps.

Word seemed to have spread about the first successful webinar as we welcomed a few ‘newbies’ on board today.  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: 

Sessions always include a degree of interactivity and the opportunity to trial different teaching ideas, so do try and attend in ‘real time’ if you can as you stand to gain so much more from the series.

Water is constantly on the move; water from melting glaciers and water held in the ground gets channelled into tiny streams that grow and join up with other streams to form rivers.  Rivers form a major part of the water (hydrological) cycle; rivers are responsible for transferring water to the oceans.  River landscapes are often beautiful and changeable and provide many examples of physical geography at work.

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:

  • Some great activities to use with the children.
  • New ideas for activities.
  • Processes; features; erosion; transportation; deposition.
  • Wonderful to have practical lesson ideas.

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

  • Bingo (x 4).
  • 5Ws + how? activity.
  • Flow diagram.
  • Labelling a diagram.
  • ‘Step into the Amazon’ – multi-schools event.

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

  • Ask other teachers not to get children to draw diagrams in books.
  • Better use of our local river for fieldwork.
  • Specific geography vocabulary known by teachers.


  • Mentioned before.


  • None.

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 third webinar next Thursday afternoon, which explores ‘Mountains and volcanoes’.

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