Going global

15th February 2008 at 00:00
Encourage children to use their memory and imagination when learning about other continents. Jane Whittle explains how.

Geography

Teaching about foreign countries is a great way for children to develop their spatial awareness and learn to make sense of the world. This lesson can be used for Years 3 to 6.

You will need: a globe, A3 paper, different sized hoops, some cones and an outline map of the country you are studying, with a zoom-in on the location you're focusing on.

Firstly, write up your school's address, but in the wrong order, and ask the children to correct it. Ask how they knew what the correct order was.

This is an opportunity for them to think about scale.

Following this, show children a muddled-up address of a far away place, such as the village of Mapusa in Goa, India, and tell them that, by the end of the lesson, they will be able to put this in the correct order.

Using a world map or globe, show children the country that the distant place is in and discuss its shape, neighbouring countries and key geographical features. Is it an island? What is the capital city? Which hemisphere is it located in?

Then, put pupils in groups of three or four. Each group will need two hoops (one large, one middle-sized) and a cone. Ask the children to use the equipment to represent the key places being studied - the continent, country and town.

Some groups may line them up in size order, others may place one hoop inside the other to represent the compass positions. Then, group children into small teams and play "picture from memory".

Stand at the front of the room, with an A3 picture showing your distant location. Cover it up and invite each group to come forward, one by one, study the picture for 30 seconds, and then go back and draw what they have memorised. This should continue until most of the groups have finished their drawings.

Finally, revisit the muddled-up address of the distant location and, as a class, choose the correct order and explain your reasons.

This is also a helpful lesson for teachers, as they can find out about the many different ways children make sense of distant places.

Jane Whittle is geography co-ordinator at Edwalton Primary in Nottinghamshire.

Win a piece of the planet

TES Magazine reader offer

Were you mesmerised by the mountains, jungles and oceans that provided the lush background for Planet Earth, widely regarded as the best nature programme ever made? The 11-part series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, one of the world's most acclaimed broadcasters and naturalists, is available on DVD - and now you have the chance to win a copy.

The BBC has joined forces with The TES Magazine to give away 10 copies of Planet Earth: The Complete Series, worth pound;40 each, to mark the recent launch of the BBC's Earth - The Movie and its accompanying website www.loveearth.com

Send a postcard to Treats, The TES Magazine, 4th Floor, 26 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4HQ, marking your entry "Earth", or email treats@tes.co.uk

The first 10 entries picked will win.

By sending us your name and address, you agree to The TES sending you this prize. The TES will not use your personal details for any other future communications.

The closing date for entries is Friday, February 29.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now