Geographical Association (GA) In the Know webinar series

Consultancy

Before many schools break up for half-term, there was time for one more webinar in this 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:

https://www.geography.org.uk/events/In-The-Know-webinar-series/15254?OccId=20745

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 ‘Latitude, longitude, night and day‘, 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 (Emeritus Professor of Primary Education based in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University) for Digimap for Schools (https://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk/learning-resources/resource/?s=Locational%20Knowledge%20-%20Primary).  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.

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.

  • Better understanding of longitude and latitude.
  • Using this topic to make cross-curricular links.
  • Always lots of takeaways to further learning for myself and to share with others.
  • Will pass learning onto staff; always great sessions; very informative. 🙂
  • I know what I’m going to do with the blank display outside my classroom now.
  • Love lots of the suggested resources; really like the ‘read your way around the world’ idea.

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

  • Get up early and take a picture of a sunrise!
  • Will have a good look at Digimap for Schools as we don’t have it.

Identify any changes that you will make.

  • Develop vocabulary lists and ensure children are using them.
  • I need to make sure the Arctic Circle and Antarctic Circle are being taught.
  • Share some of these activities with staff so they can check their subject knowledge.

PDF downloads are also available to purchase via the GA’s shop, either as ten individual titles or as a full set (https://www.geography.org.uk/ebooks).  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 3rd November when we will be exploring ‘Settlements‘.  In the interim, have an enjoyable and recuperating half-term.

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