Monthly Archives: July 2016

Iceland in June (4 of 4) – Hidden Shangri-La

The highlight of day seven was our visit Solheimajokull, where we were able to strap on crampons and walk on the surface of the glacier. When I first visited this location around 10 years ago,  the glacier – an extension … Continue reading

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Iceland in June (3 of 4) – Heimaey

On day five, we spent the morning of day four exploring Reykjavik. The clear weather rewarded us with some excellent views of the city from the observation deck of the Perlan, and we also admired the stunning architecture of  Halsgrimkirkja. … Continue reading

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Iceland In June (2 of 4) – Into The Glacier At Langjokull

Day four was a highlight for me, as it took me to some fresh locations. The theme for the day was ‘ice’, and having moved accommodation to the hostel at Selfoss, we left straight after breakfast to head for the … Continue reading

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Iceland In June (1 of 4) – Tomatoes For Christmas

A lot of things were different about my most recent trip to Iceland as a Field Studies Tutor for Rayburn Travel. First of all, this was a different time of year for me to be visiting the country. Most of … Continue reading

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Socrative App Gets Update

Tablet technology always played a major role in my classroom, and one of my favourite (free) apps to use with students was Socrative, a formative assessment tool that includes polls, live voting and quiz games. If you too are a … Continue reading

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Relevance Of Geography In The Modern World

These letters – penned by Nick Crane and Michael Palin – are a useful resource for teachers intending to stress the relevance of their subject in our modern world. They may be helpful for parents’ evenings, displays, or a tool … Continue reading

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GCSE Geography Grade Descriptors Update

GCSE Geography Grade Descriptors (updated July 15th, 2016) – from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grade-descriptors-for-gcses-graded-9-to-1/grade-descriptors-for-gcses-graded-9-to-1-geography 1. Grade 8 1.1 To achieve Grade 8 candidates will be able to: demonstrate relevant and comprehensive knowledge, understanding and application of geographical information and issues demonstrate perceptive understanding … Continue reading

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Colouring Books For Geographers

In this stress-filled age we live and work in, busy people are always looking for different ways to relax and maintain personal well-being. One recent fashion has been adult colouring, and many resources are now available for people who want … Continue reading

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Geography Skills

I came across this interesting graphic on Twitter a few days ago – courtesy of @refthinking. How many of the 2020 skills do you help to develop in your geography classroom?

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What’s Your Favourite Grid Square?

The Ordnance Survey has recently released information identifying the most popular grid squares for route planning on their maps, using 10 years of public routing data compiled in OS maps and its predecessors. It came as no surprise to me … Continue reading

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