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Geography from Square Two

Geography from Square Two

The Geography from Square One poster, part-funded by the Frederick Soddy Trust and designed to help non-specialist primary teachers start to feel confident with geography, was a huge success - both the poster itself and the supporting materials on this website.

DCSF funding enabled us to follow it up with 'Geography from Square Two' - another stunning poster with more activities, and additional support in the form of downloads and a photo bank on this website.

Courtesy of the Ordnance Survey, the Square Two poster was mailed out to all primary schools with the Summer 2006 issue of Mapping News. A PDF of the poster is available to download below:

Geography from Square Two Poster (2.3M)

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Downloads

Extra resources to accompany the poster are available to download here free!

These line drawings of each region could be used in a variety of ways as a means for pupils to record their ideas. They can be coloured in, annotated – perhaps using the vocabulary cards provided - used for comparison purposes or for describing features within each photo. By sticking the drawings onto a larger A3 sheet, pupils may be able to extend the drawing beyond the frame. The map outline can be used to record the locations of featured photos and climate zones.

Line Drawing - Desert Region (69k)

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Line Drawing - Polar Region (24k)

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Line Drawing - Tropical Rainforest Region (53k)

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Line Drawing - Tropical Monsoon Region (48k)

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Line Drawing - World Environments Map (623k)

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These vocabulary cards can be used for descriptive work based on the photos. Each set has some blanks for additional suggestions and some 'red herrings' that don't belong to the particular climate zone to keep pupils on their toes!

Vocabulary Cards (22k)

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This activity sheet encourages individual or group research into other places with similar climates to those in the four photos. It can be used in conjunction with the map and vocabulary cards.

Where in the World? - Resource Activity Sheet (17k)

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These resource sheets accompany the activity detailed on the poster – matching speech bubble statements to the four climate zones.

Who Said That? - Activity (39k)

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These line drawings accompany the activity detailed on the poster – matching people, buildings, animals and vegetation to the four climate zones (beware of the red herrings too!).

Add Some Detail - Activity (478k)

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Background information and key questions for subject leaders and colleagues to consider when planning a focus on geography.

Why Do A Geography Week? (17k)

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Region Factsheets

These information sheets give an overview of the typical characteristics of six climate types and include links to useful websites:

Desert Factsheet (75k)

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Mediterranean Factsheet (92k)

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Mountain Factsheet (73k)

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Polar Factsheet (72k)

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Temperate Factsheet (70k)

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Tropical Monsoon Factsheet (72k)

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Photographs

We've provided a few free photos for you to download and use in the classroom:

Tropical Monsoon Region - Vietnam

Tropical Rainforest Region - St Lucia

Desert Region - Uluru, Australia


Links

Found a good website? Tell us about it!


kids.mongabay.com
Very comprehensive website about a variety of aspects of rainforests – easily accessed by pupils.

Primary Global Eye
Clear information about the climates of North West India suitable for use with either monsoon or mountain climates.

The Living Desert
Child friendly website on many aspects of deserts, including characteristics, animals and plant life.

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