Geographical Association (GA) In the Know webinar series


Today’s webinar was the second in a series of six linked to the Geographical Association (GA)’s In the Know online resources.

These webinars are a quick, easy and cost-effective means of updating your subject knowlege, whether you are a Geography Subject Leader, experienced classroom teacher, ECT or trainee.

Further details about the series can be found by accessing the web-link below:

The aim is to make these webinars as interactive as possible by challenging participants to different activities that they could replicate in the classroom, introducing a competitive element from time to time, opening up the floor to discussion, inviting input via the chat feed and making use of ‘breakout rooms’ when larger numbers are present.  They are also fast-paced as no one wishes to remain for very long at the end of a busy school day and when they may have additional work or external commitments to attend to.  I am also happy for individuals to contact me by e-mail with any questions that they have at a later date once they have had time to digest the content of the webinar and reflect fully on the teaching and learning that currently takes place within their school.

The focus for today’s session was ‘Rivers and the water cycle‘, a theme frequently displayed on many whole school curriculum maps.

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.

Towards the end of the webinar, delegates were asked to consider the following points.  Some of their answers can be viewed below.

Sum up your learning from today’s session in five words or a sentence or two.

  • The importance of vocabulary.
  • Fun games to remember vocabulary and processes.
  • Task design.
  • Great session – I knew more than I thought!
  • Subject-specific processes; importance of teaching features and processes.
  • Love the cross-curricular books!
  • Subject-specific vocabulary.
  • Importance of teaching vocabulary.

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

  • Matching diagrams to captions (x3).
  • Adding labels to a diagram.
  • Bingo (x4).
  • Using photographs to generate enquiry/develop observational skills.
  • Virtual fieldwork ideas.

Identify any changes that you will make.

  • Focus on vocabulary in planning lessons and promote using pictures for lesson discussions.
  • Ideas to teach vocabulary.
  • Enquiry and cross-curricular links.
  • Thank you!  Really informative session.  Lots of notes taken!
  • Thank you so much.  Another great session.

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 teaching with confidence.

Join us from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm on Thursday 13th October when we will be exploring ‘Mountains and volcanoes‘.


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