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

(Webinar 4: Latitude, longitude, day and night)


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:

  • Securing subject knowledge.
  • I like a Terry’s chocolate orange!
  • I have a better understanding of how to teach latitude and longitude.
  • Latitude; longitude; Prime Meridian; International Date Line (IDL) and seasons.

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

  • Using the different climate zones map.
  • Can’t wait to go on Radio Garden!
  • I am going to set up a display for September 2022.
  • Digimap for Schools’ resources.
  • I want to plot the school’s ground using what3words app.
  • Digimap for Schools and Radio Garden.

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

  • Longitude and latitude in more detail.
  • Need to find out if any classes are using this vocabulary!
  • Use more visuals.


  • None.


  • 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 our fifth webinar of the series next Thursday afternoon, when we will explore ‘Settlements’ together.

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