Remind Me...

Every now and again, I am reminded of this classic video.... Infographics and geography combining with a catchy tune...

Thanks to Mr. Sherlock

Thanks to Tom Sherlock for sharing his ideas on effective displays in the geography classroom.
Thanks also to those who came along to the session that I ran at a recent school CPD event.
I explored the various research into whether displays can be distracting to students.
If you want to take a look at the work that Tom did it's here on the Team Geography blog.

I adapted Tom's ideas for my presentation with his permission.

Image: Alan Parkinson

Coincidentally, it is Open Morning tomorrow, so it's up early to tickle up my displays...

#TMGeogIcons18 - Post #6 - My KS3 Specification

This was a document that I shared at the TMGeogIcons event.

Image: Ben Hennig

Thanks to Michael Chiles for the idea to have a GCSE specification- style format to the event.
It has two years of lessons here...


For Year 9, there is not quite the same detail at the moment, but these are the topics we will be teaching, with a transition into GCSE at the end of the year. Of course, the topics and skills we teach throughout KS3 have one eye on the GCSE (and in some cases are amended versions of chapters from the GCSE textbook that I wrote)

Here are the topics for Year 9 to carry on from this.


Living on the Edge (Tectonic Hazards)
Report assessment
Conflict (Israel & Palestine)
Short answer test
A Crisis?
Skills based topic on housing crisis in the local area. Will also use CITP 'Place Makers'.
Written report
Sustaining Ecosystems (Endangered Biomes) including Palm Oil
(GCSE)
Urban Futures
(Complete
GCSE topic)
Urban Futures (GCSE)



Kindle

A Guardian article on the alleged treatment of those workers in China who are making the Kindle, and are described as underpaid and exhausted...

This is the latest in a series of stories of devices which many people use, which may be made in less than ideal conditions. Worth exploring the evidence here, and surrounding stories. Remember the danger of a single story.

Image: Alan Parkinson

Living in the Age of Humans

DesignEvo - the new logo



You may notice that the site has a new logo, after many years of the same one. I used the design as one of my slides at the #TMGeogIcons18 event over the weekend.
I may still change it again, but this was my first trial of a new tool for logo design, and it was made using the DesignEvo website.

The website offers a massive range of templates and fonts and other graphics. There are over 5000 templates, for example for a range of businesses, and in various formats, which you can search using key words, and then edit to suit.

If you wanted to give it a go, there's a free version which produces a lower quality image than the one I created: going premium opens different image size and format options, as well as the ability to claim copyright on the image, rather than needing attribution to the website.

There are thousands of different fonts, graphics and templates to make use of, to produce something from your own ideas.
Disclosure: I was kindly provided with a code for the paid version so I could take a good look and see what was possible. The free edition still provides access to thousands of fonts and icons.
Any design-related deficiencies are mine.

If you'd like to have a discount on the full version of DesignEvo, there's a code that I can let you have that gives you 80% off the price. 
Get in touch.

The site is well worth taking a look at and is another option for anyone needing logos, buttons, banners and other web content, or for bespoke logos for resources. Here's a holiday firm logo I knocked up for a new unit on the impact of tourism... 

#TMGeographyIcons - Post #5 - All the resources

For those who were (or weren't) at the first TM GeographyIcons event at the University of Birmingham, all the resources will be made available. I particularly enjoyed seeing Phil Jones' presentation.

Here's a message from Victoria.

Resources can all be downloaded from here. They will appear in the week or two - mine's up there now...



Flourish - World Cup data visualisation

A rather nice version of box and whisker plots from the Flourish data visualisation blog...
Follow the links to find out more...

#TMGeogIcons - Post #4 - Becky's message

Apologies to Becky Kitchen, whose message I just came across on a separate thread to the one where most of the other messages arrived.
Here's the message that Becky wanted to say to the delegates and by default would be useful for all to hear.
Thanks for the contribution.


Portsmouth: a Sense of Place

Time for Geography has been producing a range of videos over the last year, mostly on physical topics.

They have now produced a new video exploring "sense of place" in the context of the city of Portsmouth.

This video looks at the location and importance of UK cities, focussing on a flash case study of the city of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. We then look at how the geography of Portsmouth links to the city's sense of place: what Portsmouth means to residents and visitors.

Exam season - look for the positives not the negatives

One of the positive aspects of yesterday's TeachMeet GeographyIcons event (have I mentioned that I was a keynote speaker) was the approach of several speakers to the recent examination season.
I was certainly aware of many aspects of the last five weeks as my son was one of the students sitting the papers. As the time came for each paper to end, I was scanning the hashtags e.g. #edexcelgeography to see what the students thought of the papers (teachers wouldn't be tweeting about them for another day or so)

Jo Debens and Michael Chiles have both been involved in examining this year, marking papers, and also in a Chief Examiner's role. They both talked about the potential for the new exams to create better geographers, and Phil Jones in his academic keynote (of which more later) talked about the benefits of the NEA, as it meant that students would start arriving as undergraduates already having some experience of independent studies and enquiry.
Their presentations will be appearing on the TMGeographyIcons website in the next few days.

This BBC article appeared on the same day, and I noticed that Alan Kinder quickly saw it too, and suggested that this was not a good quality of journalism, to turn the comment of one student (who did an indeterminate amount of revision) and made it into the headline of a piece on the BBC website.

More lazy geography-bashing of the kind that led to our Give Geography its Place campaign over a decade ago...

Looking at the piece now though, it has a different headline when looked at on mobile devices once it is clicked on... 

Image: Copyright BBC News

#TMGeogIcons - Post #3 - David Lambert's message

Here's the full text that Professor David Lambert sent to me for TeachMeet Geography Icons.
I asked a lot of people who I've worked with over the years to send a message to the delegates and I'm grateful to everyone who replied.
There's a lot here about our role as teachers, which David shared with the delegates, and it's also worth sharing more widely too. I only managed to put part of this into the presentation, but David talked about one of his own personal icons: the late Rex Walford. I have the privilege of having Rex's and Liz Taylor's PGCE colleagues from Homerton College in my school for many years, and worked with two fine folks who we employed after they'd finished their training.
Here's what David had to say to the folks.

I am now 80% retired after spending a long time grappling with geography in education. I started school teaching in 1974 and have ended up a professor; but I intend finishing by 2019. That's a 45 year stretch and I have loved (almost) every minute of it.

One of the things I learned from one of my GeographyIcons (Rex Walford) is that is good not to be a one trick pony. I am not a brilliant polymath like Rex was (he was a journalist and wrote musicals, directed and performed as well as doing geography), but I am convinced that there is need to balance the passion, enthusiasm and commitment (of the kind you have shown to turn up for Saturday in June to do geography) with, well something more than being a ‘great teacher’ who can turn on an outstanding performance when Ofsted calls.
Something like a vision - and possibly a concern for contemporary challenges. This is because this helps focus your commitment on the potential power of geography in school - beyond the exam grades.

There are times when your geography lessons are the only thing that matters. Occasionally you will get most of the class to think that too. This is wonderful. But it sometimes can also be a bit limiting - especially if the quality of the geography is a bit dodgy.

It is therefore especially wonderful if the significance of geography can be established in a wider setting. Geography’s good, but not as as end in itself. Philosophers used to say that the only thing is the love of learning: learning for its own sake. I now think this is a bit twee, and somewhat self-indulgent. I am interested in asking the very difficult question: in what way is the geography you teach powerful? 
And I mean powerful to every child you teach, who ever they are and their circumstances.

This is why I have been involved in GeoCapabilities recently

#TMGeogIcons18 - Memories of 2015 and Claire Kyndt's invitation

This was Rachel Hay's set of notes on the session that Claire Kyndt and I led at the GA Conference back in 2015. It was a session where we talked about the 'ordinary' things that we were doing well in our department at the time. I've been revisiting it while producing my Teachmeet GeographyIcons presentation, and thinking about the things that we did, and still do in Geography, and also because I wanted to thank Claire in my presentation for inviting me to come and work with her just over five years ago.

The Impact of the Ordinary: the Story of a Geography Department
Claire Kyndt, Head of Geography, and Alan Parkinson The King’s School, Ely @KingsElyGeog
  • ‘Learning adventurously’ – authentic, real world learning
  • Ely’s mission statement: Creativity – Integrity – Energy
  • Use Piktochart to make infographics
  • Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities; look for common opportunities and make them great!
  • Look for stories and narratives; enquiry is important.
  • Learning Grid – John Sayers
  • Mission:Explore
  • ‘Stories from a geography classroom’ – Alan Parkinson’s Blog: https://geographyteacher2point0.blogspot.co.uk/ 
  • Big Outdoors Day Passports
  • Use people within the school – range of previous jobs!
  • IPhone Apps – Tony Cassidy – Inuit and climate change – submit best one to the App Store for peer review
  • Geography Map Faces using OS maps to create a simplified image of your face
  • Captain Geography – Year 7 – create own superhero with costume and utility belt!
  • Globalisation revision walk (GlobEly Connected – make the link between walking and learning)
  • E-Waste – Follow the things unit e.g. produce a Health & Safety guide for new employees (children) working in Ghana’s landfill sites
  • Stepup challenge – climb the height of The Shard
  • Pole of Cold – polar environments – ‘what’s the coldest you’ve ever been?’
  • Year 7 – The Ice Man – Otzi – glaciers, mountain, adventure
  • Danny Macaskill – mountain biking; adventure and landscape
  • Food homework booklets e.g. fish and chips on a plate: fish – quotes regarding threats, chips – solutions
  • WaterAid – twin your toilet
  • Pupil voice – G Factor – pupils choose topics by voting
  • Flip Classroom – Moodles (open source learning platform), discussion boards etc before the lesson, springboards discussion
  • Ingrid Pollard image – Lake District
  • DIRT – time to reflect, edit and collaborate
  • 45 minute reading challenges for free periods
  • Boards around the room – pupils add ideas
  • Takeaway Homework menus
  • An Interactive Journey – ‘KingsEly’ on YouTube
  • Reading Challenge 2015
  • Gaming: Pandemic (Development and Health) – end of unit – make a board game
  • Revision time – Jenga; song lyrics, make up revision packs containing highlighters, PostIts etc
  • Film group – use Netflix, Erin Brocovich, The Impossible etc.
  • Photo group
  • Getting parents involved – quiz questions, exam questions
  • RGS Young Geographer of the Year
  • #teacher5aday
Here's a version of the presentation.


Elink - a way to share links

Thanks to Laura Pelligrino for sharing a range of articles using a tool which was new to me called Elink.io
This offers a free way to share links in a nice visual way.
I gave it a go myself to see how it works, and will perhaps start to add a few articles that I find to the Elink page here over time, or I might just continue to add them to Living Geography.
Have a look.

#TMGeogIcons - Post #2 - Teaching explained... from my keynote

We're approaching the final few months of the academic year, and time to start to evaluate the year so far, and gear up for a busy run in to summer, including the exam season.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of being given some time talk to a large group of teachers. Follow @TMGeographyIcons for more, and catch the #TMGeogIcons18 

If you are of a certain age, you may have no idea what this is showing, but it is called 'drawing', and I can still 'see' my mum and grandma doing this, and also used to do it myself in a cottage where I lived for many years on the Norfolk coast which had an open fire.
Many people are sharing their love for teaching at the moment, as well as the challenges that teachers face, alongside a backdrop of issues with teacher retention.

Once a flame has been lit, it needs coaxing...
What are the firelighters that you find work best for you?
What's your best 'drawing' technique? 
Have you ever found the newspaper sets on fire because it's too close to the flames? 
Take time to keep yourself safe - don't get too close to the flames...


Dinosaur Pictures' Virtual Globe

A virtual globe which allows you to scroll through millions of years of Earth's history, and even see where your house was/is....
It shows tectonic movements and the changing geography of the planet.
Options are available to change the time period, and also explore the different areas of the world.

Great work by Ian Webster - you will need to have a browser like Firefox that supports WebGL.

Choices

Getting on for 12 years ago perhaps(?) I was in a room at the Institute of Education, where the awarding bodies were coming up with their plans for the new specifications. They were deciding what to offer, and one of the issues that I suggested was that, as they were commercial companies, they would perhaps be offering a specification which was 'safe' and wouldn't want to be too 'out there', even though the subject needed refreshing.
One of the other people in the room was Professor Noel Castree, who spoke clearly and eruditely about his views on the school curriculum and the overlap with academic geography. I was reminded of his quote on choices... and the importance of the choices we make.

Also this....

Ben Fogle and Kenton Cool on top of the world


Congratulations to fellow OS Champions Kenton Cool and Ben Fogle for successfully summiting Everest a few weeks ago. I meant to post it at the time, but better late than never :)

Also congratulations to Sean Conway for his efforts in breaking the World Record for cycling across Europe.

Costa Rica Carbon Free? - TUI Resources

I've been working on some resources for TUI, which will be released shortly (I'll let you know when). As part of that work, I've been exploring the impact of tourism on various parts of the world. These include Palau, which has a special pledge for the people who visit it. This includes a video which is shown on all flights.
I've been putting together some resources based on those.

Costa Rica is aiming to become 'carbon free' and the President is tackling tourism issues as part of that.
More on this to come...


#TMGeogIcons - Post #1 - All the stuff will appear here...

So this weekend I was at the University of Birmingham, doing a teacher keynote / highlight spot at the first running of an event called Teachmeet Geography Icons.
It follows the successful Teachmeet History Icons. I first signed up as a presenter at the actual 'Teachmeety' bit, which is lots of short presentations by teachers usually, and which lasts for 5 minutes or so per person.
 I shared my presentation in the previous post.

My first Teachmeet was in 2008 in Glasgow, hosted by Ewan McIntosh, and held at the SECC: 'Armadillo' building. I remember the presentation that Ollie Bray gave while going up the escalator in the foyer. 

One of the things that I mentioned was the role of TES Resources in the potential 'theft' of resources from teachers.
Michael Shaw from TES Resources was asked to respond.
Here is the text of some tweets that he sent me in advance of the event - where he outlined what TES Resources are going to do to reduce the problems that have been happening.

Michael Shaw – Director, TES Resources

Thanks for the excellent question. It frustrates me more than anyone when we find resources on TES that are plagiarised or infringe copyright. So here are a few recent things we’ve been doing.

We’ve toughened up our takedown policies, and made it clear that we will now not just ban uploaders we catch, we’ll also be ready to extract payments from their balances to make it clear plagiarism doesn’t pay.

There are real consequences for uploaders who do copy materials (as it happens, we banned a geography teacher very recently). Some teachers have then lost their jobs when their schools have been informed.

We’ve introduced a new TES Author’s Code spelling out more simply our Ts&Cs on this - and added that we want authors to be actively involved in reporting others they think are damaging the reputation of the community.

We’re also developing further tech and data work to spot material that has been uploaded previously, to help us intervene earlier. And the new content team we’re setting up this summer will be exploring other ways to work with teacher subject experts that should help flag them.

But - and here’s the caveat - we’re not psychic (nor have secret access to every teacher's hard drive). I’ve adjudicated in a handful of cases where the complaints involved teachers whose material was copied by teachers they’d taught alongside in the same school.

However, the advantage we have over things like schools' VLEs, private Dropbox folders, and private sharing via WhatsApp groups is all the resources on TES are out in the open. So if they are copied, that can be spotted, and the uploader dealt with.

Hope that helps! Thank you for inviting me to respond.

There are also some questions that I wanted the delegates to answer.
I set up some Mentimeter Polls, but realised at lunchtime that I'd set them up too early, and so they'd expired - I'll wake them up again and insert them into the document below.

Here's the questions that I asked folks to fill in. Please contribute if you can, even if you weren't at the event...

#TMGeogIcons - The programme and my presentation

More to come on this in several more posts...





Here's my presentation from this event, where a couple of hundred(ish) geographers gave up their Saturday to attend the event. It ran from 9.30 to 4pm, with a social event afterwards.
This is my keynote. It lasted for just under an hour, and started with a quote that I have used before.

OS GetOutside Campaign wins an award

Proud to be a small part of the team that won an award last night for the campaigning around public participation in outdoor activity.

World Cup 2018 - it's all kicking off....

Just as England opened their World Cup campaign, Milan from the Geographical Association pressed the publish button on a new set of resources that I have written for the GA website.



There are so many additional geographical stories emerging each day that the World Cup happens of course, so keep an eye out for them, and if you spot something interesting let me know and I'll add it to the post here as an update.
There's an extra Teachit Geography resource here, which was flagged up on their Facebook page.

There's also this useful set of ESRI StoryMaps.

And you also need to be a bit careful of some of the stories of course.
There were some stories about an earthquake that was triggered by Mexican fans.

The wording has now changed, and it's more like the fact that perhaps there were some sensors which noticed some movement. The New York Times explained it more accurately...

I also like this Latimer Geography initiative.

Spectator Earth

This is a site which allows you to search for recent satellite images taken at any point on Earth.
It has a fairly simple interface to use, although a little confusing at first.
It will also take a little while for images to pop up (or at least they did when I used it)
Give it a go, and see what's available for you to use.

The Bortle Scale

An interesting blog, which has a new scale on me: the Bortle Scale.
This is a scale which measures how dark the night sky is.
Here's a rather wonderful night time image by Gary Pearson, a local photographer who shares plenty of images of Norfolk on his Facebook page.
I'm fortunate to live in a place with dark skies and great stars on a clear night.
Check out Brendan Conway's excellent StoryMap which explores Dark Sky Tourism, which you can see on this previous blog post on Dark Skies.

Emerji - more emojiography...


I talked about "emojiography" back in April 2017 at the GA Conference, and the way that they could be used in the classroom, following some earlier work for Practical Pedagogies 2016. If you're interested, my presentation is here. (one of hundreds I've shared over on Slideshare)

I also had a previous post on Climojis: climate change emojis.

Now there are Emerjis which are being suggested, as shorthand for people to use during specific events, the logic being that there are emojis for some other hazards, but not currently for earthquakes. It's an idea by Sara Dean.

Emerji Project Overview from S Dean on Vimeo.

You can read about a related idea called emoji-quake on this BBC article here: Could an emoji save your life?

This has a link to a project called Emoji Quake

Thought for the Day

"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera"
Dorothea Lange

Go and see the exhibition at the Barbican Art Centre which opens next week. Some classic images contained...

Avocado? Avocadon't - they come at a high price

Avocado
An article in the Guardian which has been picked up and discussed in lots of places talks about the demand for water in a region of Chile where avocados are grown.

It takes two thousand litres of water to produce just one kilo of avocados. According to the Water Footprint Network, this is four times the amount of water needed to produce a kilo of oranges, and 10 times what is needed to produce a kilo of tomatoes.
Image: Shared under CC license by Flickr User Ina Todoran

Kick

I've been giving some thought over the last few weeks to the use of narratives in my teaching for next year.

Mitch Johnson's book here is on the shortlist inclusion.
He is yet another graduate of the MA Creative Writing course at UEA.

Kick tells the story of Budi, who works in a factory making football boots but dreams of being a professional footballer, and emulating his hero: a Real Madrid star.

There is some information about the book here.

Also check out the scheme of work.

The book is also featured in the recent issue of football magazine Kickabout.


Iain Stewart on Geography



One of three videos produced with, and shared by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

See the other two from the video page.

What Geography means to me
and
My favourite place

Would be a useful activity for teachers to produce and share a similar video of their own, answering the same questions.

New CDRC GeoDemographics maps

A new way of mapping workplaces was launched by CDRC a few weeks ago. It was launched as a brand new map on the CDRC site.
For those who haven't seen numerous other blog posts with references to the CDRC maps, you've been missing out on some excellent resources.
See if you can spot where King's Ely is located within Ely by looking at the employment in education, for example:





The Geography Teacher Zone - new to Facebook

Discover the World and the Geographical Association have teamed up to create the Geography Teacher Zone on Facebook.
This is your opportunity to join the new group.

Bridging the gap between the latest geography research and news and your classroom. 
Follow us for: 
• Latest research and insider information from geographers and scientists 
• News and updates relating to the Geography GCSE and A Level, Highers and International Baccalaureate qualifications. 
• Expert commentary on current geographical goings-on from around the world, but with a particular focus on Iceland, Italy, the Azores and the UK. 
• Q&As and discussions 
• Lesson plan ideas and teaching tips 
• Advice to help your students prepare for university. 

Geography Teacher Zone is a joint venture hosted by Discover the World Education and the Geographical Association.

YGOTY 2018 - the Arctic

The new title for the 2018 competition, run by the Royal Geographical Society has been released.

What makes the Arctic unique?

Here's a video from the British Antarctic Survey to get you started:


The competition guidelines are here.



There are some weblinks that might be helpful to get your students underway added to the poster above. We've added all of these to a Firefly page on the school network along with some others.
Also a search here on LivingGeography revealed quite a lot of previous work that I've done on the Arctic.


Holkham revisited... Coastal Management Case Study Update

Over the half term, I went to stay in a lodge belonging to a family member, which is located on the Norfolk Coast, close to a popular beach.
It was a chance to explore an area which I had previously written about in the OCR 'A' and 'B' GCSE Textbooks for Hodder.

For the Distinctive Landscapes case study, I chose the Norfolk Coast.

This included a chance to update the case study, and this work will be ongoing between now and summer.

I decided to visit the Holkham Meals: an area of pine trees which were planted to prevent the landward movement of the dunes, and act as a sea defence. This is a dynamic area, and many of the beach huts along the sea front, which can sell for upwards of £50000 are regularly submerged by sand and have to be dug out by their owners.

Was interested to see that there was some building going on with a new visitor centre going up at the end of Lady Anne's Drive, which is one of the key access points to the famous Holkham Beach, which is regularly on the lists of the best beaches in the world.
There was also a new set of ticket machines, rather than the previous system where there was a manned booth and check point as you entered the drive. Construction is underway on the visitor centre, which looks like being an interesting building overlooking the grazing marshes.


See my recent post on the new Mark Cocker book 'Our Place' for more on this area of coastline, as it was one that he spent some time in when younger. The book also visits several other locations I know well...

Images: Alan Parkinson

#BeCliffAware

A new campaign has launched as summer approaches to make people aware of the risks they face when they head for the coast.
#BeCliffAware reminds people of the risks of cliff collapse.
This was an issue that was featured in the Coasts chapter of the textbook that I wrote, which features a stretch of cliff near Sidmouth which has had a number of recent collapses, and access to that area of the beach has now been closed off.

People are taking selfies at cliff edges and putting themselves at great risk. This has led to people having media attention, and there have also been organisations involved in taking less care than perhaps they needed to.

Barely a week goes by without some cliff collapse. Ask students to keep an eye out for these in the media, plot where they are happening and see whether you can spot a pattern.

GetOutside Champion Blogs #4 - Katie Tunn

The latest in a series of blog posts publicising fellow GetOutside Champions' blogs, which are of interest.

Katie Tunn calls herself The New Girl (new to the Isle of Skye that is...)
Follow Katie on Twitter, and also on Instagram: @katietunn, where you can also check out her excellent art.
Here's Katies's post about becoming a GetOutside Champion.

Like me, she feels that her skills are complimentary to some of the other adventurers, endurance athletes and 'professional' outside folks who are also on the roster of Champions - we encourage people to get outside in our own particular ways. We share our thoughts and images of the outdoors, and our enthusiasm for it will hopefully rub off on others.

She also has the good fortune to be able to live on, and share her experiences of, an island that I know very well, but which I haven't returned to for too long. Perhaps this autumn is the time when I revisit some familiar places...

Radish - head out for Open Farm Sunday and see some growing...

They're not to everyone in my family's taste, but they are an element of the landscape in my local area, and one of my favourites, freshly picked and dipped in some sea salt.
Radish farmer Scott Watson farms a large area of land close to Feltwell on the Norfolk / Cambridgeshire border. I pass the neighbouring village on the way to work, but don't usually turn off that way.
Feltwell is one of the biggest areas dedicated to growing radishes in the UK – around 406 hectares in total.
The Radish season is now well underway, and Scott's little red globes are rolling along the conveyor belt in their tens of thousands.
You can find out more about the work that Scott and his team do in various locations, as it turns out he has been interviewed numerous times, and featured in a number of resources.
He was also in the local paper a few months ago, at the start of the season, as he started using a new £1 million production facility.

What crops are grown in your own home area?

This weekend and next weekend many farms are opening their gates for Open Farm Sunday.

I've had a look at the farms open local to me...



Hemsby Chalet removal

Hemsby has been in the news for the last few months as storms washed away the dunes where a number of people had lived for many years, in an area called 'The Marrams', which is a give away to their location of course (shared some ideas on the importance of marram grass and sand dunes). Seven dangerous houses had to be removed.
We have the North Norfolk coast as our Distinctive Landscapes case study for OCR B GCSE Geography.
Hemsby is an area I've visited, and went down to the area following the 2013 storm surge too.

There is a new coastal road being constructed, and there may be some new chalets appearing further back from the edge as time passes.
Should these houses be given protection?
There is a new BBC Teach Big Issues programme which asks that question, with regard to Happisburgh.


Tour de France

With the amazing stage in the Giro d'Italia that gave Chris Froome the lead that he took to the finish, I'm now looking forward to the start of my favourite sporting event (and a global one of course that we explore during Year 8)

This is the Tour de France.
Every year, I reinstall the app that Richard Allaway bought me years ago, and purchase the Race Guide with its maps and associated materials. This year's copy was a bumper edition. I'm currently enjoying the Criterium de Dauphine too...

Keep up the cadence...

Weapons of Reason Volume 5

I've got copies of all four volumes so far of Weapons of Reason and used elements of all four in my teaching.

As a subscriber, I'm also guaranteed copies of the four remaining issues, and helped support the endeavours of this passion project for the next couple of years.

Pleased to say that the latest issue has now gone to the printers, and I should be getting the latest issue in time for the start of the summer holidays (which is perfect timing frankly...)

The front cover of the latest issue has been produced by illustrator Giacomo Bagnara, who has also produced a range of other superb visual material. I'm always on the lookout for good graphic images rather than falling back on clip art or images, and adding them to my growing Pinterest archive.