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Mt.Ontake volcanic eruption, Japan, 2014

Mt.Ontake volcanic eruption, Japan, 2014

On Saturday 27 September 2014, at 11.52am local time, Mt.Ontake, an active volcano on Honshu Island in Japan, erupted without warning. These KS3-5 resources contain springboard information, case studies, teaching and learning ideas and useful links for teachers.

Water crisis in Las Vegas (KS4-P16)

Water crisis in Las Vegas (KS4-P16)

These resources are about the current water crisis in Las Vegas and the American southwest. They are designed to grab students’ attention, teach key geographical concepts and improve students' skills and understanding. The topics covered are sustainability, water conflicts, extreme environments and human-environment interactions.

El Salvador KS2 resource pack

El Salvador KS2 resource pack

Aid agency CAFOD has produced a set of resources to support the new primary geography curriculum. Focusing on El Salvador, the resources include an illustrated map, photo cards, online films and classroom activities to help inspire a curiosity about the world and its people.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (All KS)

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (All KS)

Football is a global game. It provides a variety of engaging contexts for learning and teaching about remote locations, cultural geography, environmental impacts, globalisation and technology, global inequalities and the benefits of being a host nation for a major event.

Can your students walk the height of Mount Everest? (All KS)

Can your students walk the height of Mount Everest? (All KS)

This September guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison is attempting to ascend the height of Mount Everest by walking up London buildings. Supported by Ordnance Survey, your students can join the Step Up Mountain Challenge too by using this new Step Up Challenge calculator. Plug in the number of steps you have climbed in a day, week, month or year and it reveals the equivalent buildings and mountains that you could have climbed on a map.

Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 (KS3-4)

Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 (KS3-4)

The Tour de France offers a fantastic opportunity to undertake classroom based activities that follow the route and explore the challenges facing the riders on the race. These resources provide lesson ideas, student tasks and techniques in using web-based resources to study the UK Stages.

Mission:Explore (All KS)

Mission:Explore (All KS)

Mission:Explore challenges students to tackle a variety of missions in a bid to gain points and badges while learning more about the world around them. The practical, open-ended tasks are wide-ranging, promote enquiry and reflection and are appropriate for all ages and abilities.

WorldWise Week 2014 resource pack (All KS)

WorldWise Week 2014 resource pack (All KS)

This year's WorldWise Week (previously known as Geography Awareness Week) theme is Crossing Boundaries. The resource pack, which is full of teaching ideas and lesson activities for primary and secondary, is free to download.

2014 UK floods (KS3-5)

2014 UK floods (KS3-5)

Teaching resources, lesson activities, contemporary case studies and links exploring the formation of storms and the effects and possible solutions to flooding, with a focus on the 2014 UK storms.

Aid agency response to humanitarian disasters (KS3-P16)

Aid agency response to humanitarian disasters (KS3-P16)

Every year humanitarian emergencies affect millions of people around the world. Aid agency CAFOD have produced a set of resources to help students understand how an aid agency works during a humanitarian emergency.

Send ALL My Friends to School - global education (KS1-3)

Send ALL My Friends to School - global education (KS1-3)

Free resources to teach about the crisis in global education and in particular the barriers to education for children with disabilities. You can sign up for a free teaching pack and download films, case studies and lesson activities.

Statistics/data resources (KS3-5)

Statistics/data resources (KS3-5)

The I-Use project has a range of resources, tools and ideas to support teachers working with statistics. This site includes information on statistics and its (mis)use, readymade tables and introductions to statistical databases and simple but effective tools for working with data that allow you to create maps and/or a variety of different charts from your own or existing data.

Tackling Global Issues - FGM (KS3-KS5)

Tackling Global Issues - FGM (KS3-KS5)

It is important for students, and a key element of geographical learning, to appreciate the wide range of views and issues that surround many global issues. In the UK, over 20,000 girls could be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), and an estimated 120,000,000 girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences. This film highlights the misconceptions that appear to justify this practice.

Plate tectonics with a British slant (KS2–3)

Plate tectonics with a British slant (KS2–3)

Follow the movement of the UK landmass across the Earth over the last 500 million years and on into the future. This resource, which includes animations, maps and web links, was inspired by Prof Iain Stewart’s BBC series ‘Rise of the Continents’, and uses maps from its technical advisor Professor Christopher Scotese.

Teachit geography resources (KS3-5)

Teachit geography resources (KS3-5)

Teachit Geography, highly commended by the GA in 2013 for the quality of its resources, have provided free teaching resources on Brazil, the weather, flooding and glaciation which are accessible on this page.

Preparing for a hurricane (KS3-4)

Preparing for a hurricane (KS3-4)

Scientists agree that hurricanes and other tropical storms will be more frequent and intense in the coming years. This hurricane preparedness resource explains the causes of hurricanes and their social and economic impact. The link also has facts about Hurricane Sandy and tips on preparing for a hurricane.

Flooding in Somerset (KS2)

Flooding in Somerset (KS2)

These primary level teaching resources explore the causes, effects and possible solutions to flooding in Somerset, and include schemes of work, information sheets and activity sheets.

<em>Feast and Famine: Life on the Margins</em> (A level)

Feast and Famine: Life on the Margins (A level)

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has worked in partnership with the GA and a group of expert teachers to create a second set of up to date resources for A level. Feast and Famine: Life on the Margins is a series of presentations addressing themes of food security including hunger, malnutrition and gene revolutions.

Typhoon Haiyan (KS3-4)

Typhoon Haiyan (KS3-4)

A summary of the Super Typhoon which hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013, including its primary and secondary effects, what caused the storm and why its impact was so severe.

Tectonic activity and hazards (A level)

Tectonic activity and hazards (A level)

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has worked in partnership with the GA and a group of expert teachers to create up to date resources on tectonic activity and hazards. MSF have drawn on their field reports and dispatches to produce resources based on contemporary work seen through the eyes of people on the ground in hazardous areas.

What should replace the Millennium Development Goals? (KS3-4)

What should replace the Millennium Development Goals? (KS3-4)

Activity and resource downloads to run the Shape the Future competition in your school, or to use in a regular lesson about development, poverty or global issues.

River Dee (KS2-3)

River Dee (KS2-3)

Focused on the River Dee in Wales/Cheshire, this interactive website has information on river processes and features and includes video links to help teach rivers at KS2-3.

BBC learning zone (all KS)

BBC learning zone (all KS)

More than 100 titles made for schools over are available on the BBC Learning Zone website. The programmes are designed to provide inspiration for the classroom while tying in with the curriculum. Each of the programmes is split into short films and are ideal for stimulating discussion, or setting the scene for a lesson.

Census At School (KS3-P16)

Census At School (KS3-P16)

CensusAtSchool provides a range of teaching materials based on real census data which teachers and pupils can use in data-handling statistical analysis for teaching and learning contemporary geography. There are lesson activities, quizzes, some with prizes for the winning school and a range of challenging ideas.

Glacier and sea level rise resources (KS4-P16)

Glacier and sea level rise resources (KS4-P16)

Lots of information on glaciers and sea level rise, with links to models, photo galleries, films and interactive maps to help teach these topics at GCSE and A-level.

Geography Awareness Week 2013 (KS1-P16)

Geography Awareness Week 2013 (KS1-P16)

This year's Geography Awareness Week takes place from 17-21 June on the theme of 'Looking to the Future'. Download the free 16-page resource pack full of lesson ideas.

Visual Geography (all KS)

Visual Geography (all KS)

Visual Geography is a set of base resources for PowerPoint or interactive whiteboards, and can be used for primary or secondary. The basic premise is that geography is a very visual subject and the use of images can help to make the subject much more accessible.

Geography skills sharing (KS1-2)

Geography skills sharing (KS1-2)

The downloadable publication demonstrates geography activities which can be more widely used or adapted for use in different outdoor settings.

World Vision global learning resources (All KS)

World Vision global learning resources (All KS)

Teaching resources with activity sheets, lesson ideas, videos and fact sheets on water, food, aid, development, interconnections and much more.

European Values Education (KS3-P16)

European Values Education (KS3-P16)

This website features European and world maps plotting regional and national disparities in welfare, including perceptions of health and life satisfaction. The maps are accompanies by lesson plans and other resources to teach social inequality.

Geography and aid case studies (P16)

Geography and aid case studies (P16)

PowerPoint presentation on contemporary LEDC and MEDC case studies: the Haiti earthquake (2010), Japan's Tohuku Earthquake and Tsunami (2011). Developed by MSF in partnership with the GA and an expert advisory group of teachers.

Send My Friend to School (KS1-4)

Send My Friend to School (KS1-4)

Resources about global learning, and in particular, the issue of education in parts of Africa. This website page is full of lesson plans, presentations, fact sheets and videos; all free to download.

Online resources for geography teachers (KS1-P16)

Online resources for geography teachers (KS1-P16)

From case studies of the Dharavi slums to maps for planning field trips, this page features comprehensive reviews of online resources for your geography lessons.

Global Learning Programme (KS1-P16)

Global Learning Programme (KS1-P16)

New page full of resources and information about development and globalisation to promote awareness and understanding of global issues from KS1-P16.

108 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom (KS2-P16)

108 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom (KS2-P16)

This resource has lots of information about Word Clouds, including what they are and how they can be used to teach different subjects, including geography.

Annual Conference materials (KS1-P16)

Annual Conference materials (KS1-P16)

A number of presentations, handouts, lesson ideas and other resources from the 2013 Annual Conference in Derby are now available to download. They cover all KS and topics from contemporary case studies to the causes of African poverty.

School of Fish - KS2 resource pack

School of Fish - KS2 resource pack

This website gives KS2 pupils access to topic based education content covering sustainability, eco-systems, endangered species and amazing seas. Games to inspire, a chance to ask our resident marine expert questions, films perfect for the interactive whiteboard on sustainability and much more.

Eco Traveller KS2 resource pack

Eco Traveller KS2 resource pack

Eco Traveller gives pupils information about sustainable travel. It also gives them an insight into the cultures of Kenya, Egypt, Crete, Mexico, Spain and here in the UK. The resources include some exciting video content, images and even sound effects.

The legacy of London 2012 (KS3-P16)

The legacy of London 2012 (KS3-P16)

Information about the timeline for redevelopment of the Olympic Park and the regeneration of East London over the next 18 years. This page also includes questions for students to help them consider the legacy of London 2012.

Fireflies - a song by Sam Sumner

Fireflies - a song by Sam Sumner

We're delighted to share this brilliant song about volcanoes, written and recorded by 13 year old Sam Sumner. An inspirational piece of geography homework!

The Endangered Languages Project

The Endangered Languages Project

Interactive world map of endangered languages including geographical and historical information, level of risk, number of speakers, resources and video samples.

For hire! - Bangalore Rickshaw

For hire! - Bangalore Rickshaw

Based on days of riding around in rickshaws and drawings made locally, this animation captures the tough workaday life of a rickshaw driver, seen through the eyes of a European visitor.

Food and poverty resources

Food and poverty resources

Free resources from Think Global for a one-hour KS3 geography lesson on food and poverty.

Free posters and PowerPoints

Free posters and PowerPoints

Is there enough food for everyone? These free posters and PowerPoints created by ActionAid for World Food Day explore food and hunger through the eyes of children living in Bangladesh, Kenya and Malawi. Suitable for KS2 and KS3.

Create a local area manifesto

Create a local area manifesto

Sustrans' Big Street Survey is a free resource and competition which challenges pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener.

Teachit Geography discount for GA members

Teachit Geography discount for GA members

Teachit Geography is new resource website for secondary teachers which aims to stand out as a source of truly engaging classroom materials. The growing website will start with collections of adaptable resources for KS3 and KS4 across a range of file types. GA members get a three month free trial and/or 20% discount on subscriptions.

Geography resources for all phases

Geography resources for all phases

Browse our extensive range of geography resources for all phases of education including Barnaby Bear, Tocuaro, atlases, maps, fieldwork equipment, Key Stage 3 lesson plans, DVDs, option time leaflets, A-level case studies and much more. All UK orders get free postage and GA members receive big discounts!

Free European migration resource pack

Free European migration resource pack

Should Emily and Peter stay or go? is a free resource pack for KS3, GCSE and A-level geography based on the real life experiences of two Polish migrants. It contains information, activities, resources and links to support the teaching and learning of economic migration within the EU.

Brazil KS2 resources

During key stage 2 pupils investigate people, places and environments at different scales both in the UK and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They find out how people affect the environment and how they in turn are affected by it using geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.

Canal and Rivers trust KS1-3 resources

The site has a vast library of free cross-curricular teaching resources about canals and rivers which explore topics including transport, water, habitats and the environment. The resources are aimed at KS2 but can also be used at KS1 and KS3.

Barnaby Bear (primary)

Barnaby also enables practical first-hand experience - the best way to cover the early years requirement to encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, thinking and discussion.

Kenya map activities (KS1-2)

Supporting activities for the Kenya map, which help pupils use a globe and atlas to locate Kenya and its neighbours in Africa, practise their map skills by planning a trip to Kenya and find out more about the wider area around the village of Kaptalamwa, the focus of the GA's Kaptalamwa locality photopack, and the life of people living in the Rift Valley.

St Lucia resources (KS1-2)

Links and activity ideas to compliment the St Lucia publications, which are about tourism, maps, growing tropical fruits and nuts, the coastal environment and everyday life in St Lucia.

Energy and the MDGs (All KS)

Free resources from Practical Action which explore access to energy in the developing world in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, includes the topics climate change and renewable energy.

<em>Top Tips</em> for geography

Top Tips for geography

Top tips on a range of themes from Developing Locational Knowledge to revision tips and promoting GCSE geography.

Geography apps

Geography apps

List of geography apps for mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows.

Digimap for Schools

Digimap for Schools

GA Award-winning online service which provides up to date Ordnance Survey maps at a variety of scales and free resources for all key stages.

Nepal Energy Village

Nepal Energy Village

Photos and information about Renewable Energy Village in Nepal from Practical Action. GA members only.

Volcano resources

Volcano resources

Free films and fact sheets on volcanoes from Twig.

SPaG and geography

SPaG and geography

27 ideas for developing Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar in geography.

World Wonders

World Wonders

Google's World Wonders Project lets you explore some of the most famous sites on earth including Pompeii, Kyoto and the Jurassic Coast. The site also includes free educational resources for primary and secondary.

GIS Made Easy

GIS Made Easy

Nine complete lessons to help you integrate GIS into your Key Stage 3 geography teaching.

Geography Blogs

Geography Blogs

Browse our A-Z of geography blogs and don't forget to let us know if yours isn't on the list.

Managing Flood Risk

Managing Flood Risk

Flooding from rivers or the sea is a natural hazard that has a major impact on people and the environment. In this series of case studies students will find out why flooding occurs and how we can manage flood risk in the future.

FILMCLUB - Free film library for schools

FILMCLUB - Free film library for schools

This exciting scheme gives all state schools in England free access to an extensive film library including geography-related titles such as 'An Inconvenient Truth', 'The Day After Tomorrow' and 'March of the Penguins'. Funding is also available to help set up your school cinema covering items such as black-out blinds, cushions and popcorn makers! Find out more on the FILMCLUB website.

Protected Planet

Protected Planet

An interactive world map containing detailed information about protected areas around the globe.

Discovering Places

Discovering Places

Events, activities and ideas for exploring the natural and built environment. Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Case study of a school weather station

Case study of a school weather station

Find out about Maiden Erlegh School's successful Weather Club and how they set up a weather station on the school grounds.

Is More Equal More Green?

Is More Equal More Green?

These teaching ideas use Worldmapper visualisations and data to help GCSE and A-Level geography students explore issues of inequality, consumption, sustainability and ecological footprints.

New outline maps

New outline maps

We've added 18 new maps to the Base Maps page including Great Britain, Kenya, India and Japan. GA members only

Aiming for Gold

Aiming for Gold

View an interactive sample of this new DVD based on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Resources and weblinks to help you teach about earthquakes.

Geocube

Geocube

Geocube is a free online resource created by HERODOT. Move the Geocube around with your mouse to explore 54 geographical topics.

Gapminder and Worldmapper

Gapminder and Worldmapper

This new page has been created to help geography teachers understand the importance of a fact-based world view and to change the way we think and teach about development. It provides an introduction to Gapminder and Worldmapper and offers a selection of free resources to help you use both tools with students.

Journals - Free Access for GA Members

The Autumn 2014 issue of Primary Geography focuses on geography out of the classroom.

The Autumn 2014 Teaching Geography focuses on teaching about places.

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