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I've worked in primary teaching for over 10 years and specialise in creating fun and engaging educational resources, particularly for Geography and History.
Identifying the human and physical features of Brazil - KS2
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Identifying the human and physical features of Brazil - KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring Brazil, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2 (Y4-6), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. It takes students on a tour of the geographical features of Brazil. First students investigate a satellite photo of South America. They then look at a map of Brazil itself to see what human and physical features they can spot (e.g. Brazilian cities, Amazon rainforest). In the activity students identify human and physical features of Brazil. It is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students label 10 physical features of Brazil. Medium – Students draw in arrows and label 10 physical features of Brazil. Harder – Students stick a map of Brazil into their book, draw in arrows and label 10 physical features. Extension – Students use atlases to also identify 8 Brazilian cities. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Introduction to compass directions - KS1/KS2
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Introduction to compass directions - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is an ideal introduction to compass directions for younger children. It is part of Our World, a Geography unit designed for students in KS1 and lower KS2 (Y1-3), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. The presentation introduces the four cardinal points of the compass (North, East, South and West). It then challenges students to describe the position of objects using these compass directions. The activity worksheets are differentiated two ways: Easier – Students describe the position of objects using compass directions (simple questions). Harder – Students describe the position of objects using compass directions (mixed questions). Extension – Students fill in the blanks on a compass using different vocabulary. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the world's climate zones - KS1/KS2
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Identifying the world's climate zones - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is an ideal introduction to the world’s three main climate zones. It is part of Our World, a Geography unit designed for students in KS1 and lower KS2 (Y1-3), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. First the presentation helps students understand that different places in the world have different climates. It then looks at the location of the Equator and North/South poles, and how these relate to the three main climate zones. To keep things simple, these are referred to as hot (tropical), mild (temperate) and cold (frigid). The activity challenges students to locate the Equator and poles and then identify various climate zones around the world. It is differentiated two ways: Easier – Students identify the climate zone of 8 numbered points around the world. Harder – Students identify climate zone and continent of 8 numbered points around the world. Extension – Students cut and stick pictures of four animals – elephant, lion, polar bear and penguin – onto their world climate zone map. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Investigating Rivers - KS2
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Investigating Rivers - KS2

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Investigating Rivers is a Geography unit suitable for KS2 (Y4-6). The planning overview and topic title page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 - Understanding the water cycle L2 - Identifying features of a river system L3 - Identifying characteristics of the three stages of a river L4 - Investigating features of the River Thames L5 - Thinking about the different ways we use water L6 - Understanding the impacts of floods and droughts Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - KS2
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Volcanoes & Earthquakes - KS2

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Volcanoes & Earthquakes is an exciting extended Geography unit designed for students in KS2. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Understanding the structure of the Earth L2 – Investigating the structure of a volcano (FREE) L3 – Locating the world’s famous volcanoes L4 – Investigating the five deadly features of a volcanic eruption L5 – Understanding tectonic plates L6 – Exploring the effects of volcanic eruptions on Montserrat L7 – Why do people live near volcanoes? L8 – Understanding the causes of earthquakes L9 – Investigating the five deadly features of an earthquake L10 – Researching earthquakes using Wikipedia L11 – Locating the world’s biggest earthquakes using latitude & longitude L12 – Writing a fact file about a famous earthquake Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. A FREE newspaper report template is also included in this unit. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Using 4 and 6-figure grid references to locate Brazilian cities - KS2
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Using 4 and 6-figure grid references to locate Brazilian cities - KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring Brazil, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2 (Y4-6), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. It is a great introduction to using 6-figure grid references. The presentation first recaps how to find 4-figure grid references, then demonstrates how to find 6-figure grid references step by step. There are two activities: Activity 1: Students locate 16 Brazilian cities using 4-figure grid references. Extension – Students answer questions involving grid references and compass directions. Activity 2: Students have a go at describing the location of Brazilian cities more precisely using 6-figure grid references. Easier – Students use mini-grids to help them locate 16 cities using 6-figure grid references. Medium – Students use mini-grids to locate 8 cities, then estimate 6-figure grid references for 8 more cities. Harder – Students have to estimate 6-figure grid references for all 16 cities (i.e. no mini-grids). If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Locating the world's famous volcanoes - KS2
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Locating the world's famous volcanoes - KS2

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This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of two wider units, both of which are available on TES: -Volcanoes -Volcanoes & Earthquakes First the presentation introduces some of the world’s most famous volcanoes and classes them as active, dormant or extinct. The activity then challenges students to locate volcanoes using an atlas or the internet (e.g. Google maps). Alternatively, a map of famous world volcanoes is also provided. Easier – Students locate volcanoes using the map of famous volcanoes (writing numbers). Medium – Students locate volcanoes using the map of famous volcanoes (writing volcano names). Harder – Students locate volcanoes using an atlas. (N.B. It is recommended you check the atlas has the relevant maps prior doing the activity.) If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the key features of mountains - KS2
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Identifying the key features of mountains - KS2

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This is the first lesson in Mountain Environments, a Geography unit designed for students in upper KS2 (Y4-6). First the presentation introduces students to the topic and looks at some of the activities people do in mountains. It then introduces the key features of a mountain range. The activity challenges students to identify the key features of a mountain environment. It is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students identify 8 key features of mountains. Medium – Students identify 10 key features of mountains. Harder – Students label the key features of mountains in their exercise book. Extension – Students match mountain vocabulary to their definitions. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Understanding Trade - KS2 unit
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Understanding Trade - KS2 unit

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Understanding Trade is a Geography unit suitable for upper KS2 (Y5-6) and is a great way to teach students about global trade. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Investigating where the products we buy come from L2 – Understanding that all products have a supply chain L3 – Exploring the chocolate supply chain L4 – Investigating the UK’s biggest exports L5 – Investigating the highest value exports of different countries L6 – Is the banana trade fair? (FREE) Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Why do people live near volcanoes? - KS2
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Why do people live near volcanoes? - KS2

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This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of two wider units, both of which are available on TES: -Volcanoes -Volcanoes & Earthquakes First the presentation looks at Mount Etna and Mount Vesuvius in Italy and asks why people choose to live so close to volcanoes. The activities then challenges students to think about the advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano: Partner Activity: Students sort statements and photos into advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano. Writing Activity: Students write about the advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano. Stickers and a vocabulary prompt are provided for this activity. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Introduction to latitude and longitude - KS2/KS3
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Introduction to latitude and longitude - KS2/KS3

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This lesson is part of Understanding Latitude and Longitude, a unit designed for students in upper KS2 and KS3. It can also be taught as a stand-alone lesson. The presentation introduces the concept of lines of latitude and longitude, including the Equator and Prime Meridian, and goes on to explain their purpose and relationship to Earth’s hemispheres and poles. In the activity, students have to identify all of these features on diagrams of the Earth. It is differentiated two ways and includes an extension: Easier – Students have label clues and a vocabulary bank to help them. Harder – Students have only a vocabulary bank to help them. Extension – Students fill in the missing words in a text about latitude and longitude. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Mountain Environments - KS2
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Mountain Environments - KS2

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Mountain Environments is a Geography unit suitable for KS2 (Y4-6) and has everything you need for covering a mountains topic. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Identifying the key features of mountains L2 – Identifying the world’s major mountain ranges L3 – Locating the world’s famous mountains using latitude and longitude L4 – Understanding how fold mountains are formed L5 – Investigating the structure of a volcano (FREE) L6 – Researching famous world mountains (FREE) L7 – Investigating mountain climates Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Investigating Brazil's weather and climate - KS2
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Investigating Brazil's weather and climate - KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring Brazil, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2 (Y4-6), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. The presentation first locates Brazil in the world’s climate zones and asks children to infer what the country’s weather and climate might be like. Next, students look at three areas of Brazil in more detail – Manaus in the Amazon, Teresina in the caatinga desert region and Porto Alegre in the south of the country – and investigate a climate graph. There are two activities: Activity 1: Students first investigate three climate graphs, looking at temperature and rainfall. Their challenge is to match each graph to an area of Brazil, explaining their reasoning for their choices. It is differentiated 2 ways: Easier – Students match two statements to each climate graph, then match each graph to one of the three cities/regions. Harder – Students write sentence describing the temperature and rainfall patterns in each climate graph, then match each graph to one of the three cities/regions. Activity 2: Students create their own Brazil climate graphs in Microsoft Excel using step-by-step instructions. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the countries and capitals of South America - KS2
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Identifying the countries and capitals of South America - KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring Brazil, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2 (Y4-6), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. It is a great introduction to South America. The presentation first locates the continent on a world map and then explores its political and physical geography. There is a choice a shorter or a longer activity. In both, students identify the countries and capitals of South America. They are differentiated three ways: Activity 1 (shorter): Easier – Students have letter clues for countries and capitals marked on their map. Medium – Students have capitals marked on their map. Harder – Students have to mark capitals on their map themselves. Extension – Students identify the capital cities of each country. Activity 2 (longer): Easier – Students have boxes for each country name and capitals marked on their map. Medium – Students have capitals marked on their map. Harder – Students have a blank map and have to mark their capitals themselves. Extension – Students add other features to their map (e.g. Amazon rainforest) and complete a key. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Investigating features of the River Thames on maps and satellite photos
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Investigating features of the River Thames on maps and satellite photos

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This lesson is part of Investigating Rivers, a unit designed for upper KS2 (Y4-6). The presentation takes students on a journey from the source to the mouth of the River Thames. Starting at Thames Head, the source of the River Thames, students investigate maps and satellite photos and try to identify river features along the way. Other locations include Windsor Castle, the Isle of Dogs in London and the mouth of the river at Southend-on-Sea. The writing-based activity challenges students to first label each map/satellite photo and then write a paragraph describing the location and river features they can see. It is differentiated two ways: Easier – Students have maps/satellite photos and cloze procedure paragraphs to complete. Harder – Students have maps/satellite photos, a wordbank and write their own paragraphs. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Finding latitude and longitude coordinates on a world map - KS2/KS3
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Finding latitude and longitude coordinates on a world map - KS2/KS3

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This lesson is part of Understanding Latitude and Longitude, a unit designed for students in upper KS2 and KS3. It can also be taught as a stand-alone lesson. This lesson explains step-by-step how to find the coordinates of a point on a world map using lines of latitude and longitude. In the activity, students are challenged to find the latitude and longitude of 12 points in all four quadrants of a world map. It is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students find coordinates of 12 points in the NE, SE, SW and NW quadrants of the world map respectively. The compass directions are already filled in. Medium – Students find coordinates of 12 points in the NE, SE, SW and NW quadrants of the world map respectively. Harder – Students find coordinates of 12 points randomly distributed across the four quadrants of the world map. Extension – Students are challenged to draw and label 4 more points on to their map. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying human and physical features of the United Kingdom - KS1/KS2
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Identifying human and physical features of the United Kingdom - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring the United Kingdom, a Geography unit designed for KS1 and lower KS2 (Y2-4). The presentation helps students understand the difference between human and physical geographical features. It then challenges them to classify famous UK landmarks as either human or physical. There are two engaging activities included: Partner activity: Students sort pictures/descriptions of UK landmarks into human and physical geographical features. Individual activity: Students match pictures of UK landmarks to their descriptions. This is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students match 8 features to their descriptions. Medium – Students match 12 features to their descriptions. Harder – Students write a description of each UK landmark using a word bank. Extension – Students sort the UK landmarks into human and physical geographical features. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Continent matching activity - KS1 & KS2
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Continent matching activity - KS1 & KS2

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This is a simple matching activity to help children recognise and identify the continents of the world. It is suitable for children in KS1 & KS2. This resource works well with the World map jigsaw and Continents and oceans of the world. It can also be used to play Pelmanism, a fun game which promotes concentration and memory skills. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
London Zoo - KS1/KS2 - Planning Overview
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London Zoo - KS1/KS2 - Planning Overview

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This is the free planning overview for London Zoo, a fun introduction to one of the world’s most famous zoos. A topic title page is also included. This cross-curricula unit is designed for KS1 and lower KS2 students (Y2-4) and includes fully-planned lessons complete with differentiated activities and worksheets. All the resources described in this unit plan are available on TES, either as individual lessons or as a bundle. Lessons include: L1 – Writing a fact file about London Zoo L2 – Taking a tour of London Zoo L3 – Using compass directions at London Zoo L4 – Using grid references at London Zoo L5 – Matching animals to their habitat L6 – The history of London Zoo If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Great Missenden - A Village Settlement - KS2 - Planning Overview
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Great Missenden - A Village Settlement - KS2 - Planning Overview

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This is the free planning overview for Great Missenden – A Village Settlement. A topic title page is also included. Located in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, the village of Great Missenden was once home to famous children’s author Roald Dahl. It is a great case study for helping students understand the similarities and differences between urban and rural settlements. The unit is designed for students in KS2 from Y4 to Y6 and includes a variety of engaging lessons, differentiated activities and worksheets. All the resources described in the planning are available on TES, either as individual lessons or as a bundle. Lessons include: L1 – Locating Great Missenden in the UK L2 – Investigating satellite photos of Great Missenden L3 – Locating features of Great Missenden using grid references L4 – Identifying the features of settlements L5 – Surveying Great Missenden High Street using Google Street View L6 – Interpreting a high street survey of Great Missenden If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.