Geographical Association (GA) In the Know webinar series


Today’s webinar was the third 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 ‘Mountains and volcanoes‘.

Mountains can be tourist attractions, national symbols, a country’s borders, the source of a country’s mineral wealth, inspirational, spiritual and challenging, as well as loved by artists, climbers and engineers alike.  The connection between mountains and volcanoes lies at the molten core of our planet, where the gradual cooling of the Earth’s core over millions of years has formed the mountains and volcanoes we see today.  This geological formation of Earth is constant.  Often, in the News, volcanoes demonstrate the raw power of nature and are a stark reminder of how our world was so violently created and how our human existence is dependent on a thin crust of the Earth’s surface that lies above these primal, elemental forces beneath.

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.

  • Improved subject knowledge on the formation of mountains.
  • Key vocabulary and definitions; cross-curricular reading ideas.
  • I can identify and classify different types of mountains and volcanoes and the processes that may affect them.
  • Learnt about different mountain and volcano types.
  • Classifying mountains and volcanoes and terminology.
  • Lots of exciting websites to go to.
  • It’s very cold at the top of Everest!!

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

  • Vocabulary lists; webcam links.
  • Webcams.
  • 3-D cross-section of a volcano.
  • Making own volcano models.
  • Definitely will have a go at the vocabulary activity.
  • Webcams; locating mountains without an atlas, then trying with an atlas for accuracy; describing a mountain and partner drawing it; current volcanic activity.

Identify any changes that you will make.

  • Would love to be in touch with a school near Mount Everest so that the children could find out how and why people live there.
  • Look in closer detail at what we cover and improve with link ideas, reading around the subject and include 3-D volcanoes.
  • Vocabulary and links to novels.
  • Do you feel that the mountains and volcanoes should be taught alongside each other, or could they be taught separately?
  • I will probably use the material from this session to plan the whole unit on mountains.
  • Love the novel links.
  • It will definitely guide us when making an S-plan.
  • Thank you, Emma, 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 20th October when we will be exploring ‘Latitude and longitude, day and night‘.

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