Manifesto for geography: images and activities

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Introduction

The GA's Manifesto for geography contains eight sets of images, each accompanied by teaching activities for primary, secondary or cross-phase. The activities are designed to inspire and challenge young people to think geographically and are all available to download.

Before using the images, read this advice on using images with primary childrenand this article on looking for the geography in a photograph.

Download full copyright information for all photographs here.

 

Photo Family: Energy Flows   

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A lot of geographical investigation, particularly in physical geography, is concerned with energy. This is because so much geography is about movement. 'Why do things move?' is a great 'big question', and one that geography helps us investigate... read more

Wish you were here!

Key stage: KS2/3/4/5
Author: Paula Cooper

Photo: Niagra Falls © James Watkins

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A sense of perspective

Key stage: KS1/2
Author: Fran Martin
Photo: Oahu Pipeline © Seth Johnson

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A fluid landscape

Key stage: Upper KS2
Author: Anthony Barlow
Photo: West Vigne Glacier © Ahmad Abdul-Karlm

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Photo Family: Vanishing Points

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Why do environments change? This is a vital question in an increasingly crowded world. Sometimes the answers are to be found in the physical environment itself. Sometimes, humans are responsible. Frequently, it is a combination of physical and human activity that causes specific changes... read more

Where does my garden go?

Key stage: Lower KS2
Author: Ruth Potts
Photo: Coastal Erosion at Skipsea © Alan Green

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Safe as houses

Key stage: Upper KS2/Lower KS3
Author: Tina Sudell
Photo: The Maldives © Ahmed Zahid

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Photo Family: Producers and Consumers

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Who gets what, where and why? This is an enduring 'big question', which brings us close to some of the moral and ethical issues of our times... read more

The real toy story 

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: Toy production in China © Wolf/LAIF

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Money makes the world go round 

Key stage: KS3/4/5
Author: GA Secondary Phase Committee
Photo: Various

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Are we being taken for a ride?

Key Stage: KS3
Author: GA Secondary Phase Committee
Photo: Cycleurope Factory © Sveta Bogomolova

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Thinking through images

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: GA Secondary Phase Committee
Photo: Winter Wheat © Ben Visbeek

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Photo Family: Moving Stories

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Who is my 'family'? Where do I belong? Who are the people around me? Where are they from and where might they be going? According to some educationists, these 'big questions' are representative of all young people's fundamental curiosity. Geographical perspective offers a 'progressive' alternative to narrower, more instinctive ideas about identity... read more

Making connections

Key stage: Upper KS2
Author: Phil Maudsley

Photo: Concourse, Waterloo Station © Jack Davison

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In control, or lost? - NEW

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo:
Grand Central Station © Esther Tange

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Away Days UK - NEW

Key stage: KS3
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: Concourse, Waterloo Station © Jack Davison

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Elves, or football fans?

Key stage: KS2
Author: Ruth Potts
Photo: Dutch football fans © Martin Dadfur

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Flying the flag

Key stage: Lower KS2
Author: Phil Maudsley
Photo: Australian supporters © Clayton Scott

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Taking to the streets

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Jeff Serf
Photo: Contre Parade © Philippe Leroyer

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The future's bright

Key stage: KS2
Author: Paula Owens
Photo: Football Crowd, Tennessee © Scott LaPierre

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Lost in space

Key stage: Foundation/KS1
Author: Emily Richardson
Photo: Grand Central Station © Esther Tange

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Photo Family: Running Free

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 Young people have direct experience of using space and will know which spaces to avoid, or where they are made to feel unwelcome. But this topic need not be limited to young people. Excellent contemporary geographical enquiries look at space from the perspectives of different user groups including older people, disabled people, families with very young children and so on... read more

Security blanket or straitjacket? 

Key stage: KS3
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo:
CCTV © Antonio Martinez

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Free running?

Key stage: KS1/2
Author: Wendy North
Photo: Young Bikers at a Skatepark © Wendy North

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Watching me, watching you

Key stage: KS3
Author: Dan Cowling
Photo: CCTV © Antonio Martinez

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This book's rubbish

Key stage: KS3/4/5
Author: Paula Cooper
Photo: Payatas Garbage Dump

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Street performance

Key Stage: KS3
Author: Sue Lomas
Photo: Parkour, Cambridge © Daniel Roy Connelly

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Photo Family: To the Ends of the Earth

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The real reason for this family of photographs is its 'wow' factor, or what some call 'awe and wonder'. The school curriculum is supposed to develop a 'spiritual dimension' to learning. Whilst it is not difficult to see how geography is a way into moral, social and cultural dimensions, the spiritual sometimes is seen as less geography (and more RE)... read more

Extreme change 

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: Antarctic Peninsula © BAS/David Vaughan

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To the Ends of the Earth

Key stage: KS3
Author: Catherine Owen
Photo: Various

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Teachers in the freezer

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Ruth Hollinger
Photo: Connell Canyon ©
Ruth Hollinger

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Photo Family: Between Heaven and Earth

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This photographic family is redolent of another core concern of geography - if geography is the study of the earth as our home, it is an essential component to understanding the ultimate 'bottom line' in human history. That is, our dependence on the environment: the land, the water, the air and the sunlight... read more

Mr and Mrs Smith's shopping list 

Key stage: KS3
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: London allotments © The Daily Telegraph

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Pomegranates or parsnips for dinner?

Key stage: KS3
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: London Allotments © The Daily Telegraph

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A nice cup of tea

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: Tea Plantation © Paul Berry

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Photo Family: Appearances can deceive

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'What is happening here?' and by implication 'How are we going to find out?'. These are critical 'big questions' which geography helps us ask... read more

Where am I loving it?

Key stage: KS3/4
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: Foodcourt in South African mall © ada.photo

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Location, location... NEW

Key stage: Upper KS3
Author: Shaaron Sanderson

Photo: Cottage in the Cotswolds © Scott McLean

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Life imitating art

Key stage: Foundation/KS1
Author: Paula Richardson
Photo: Fishing with Cormorants © Rein Kuresoo

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Winter fuel allowance

Key stage: Lower KS4
Author: Alan Parkinson
Photo: Touareg in Niger © Alessandro Vannucci

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Tiggy you're dead

Key stage: KS3
Author: Tony Cassidy
Photo: Boy Soilder © Sven Torfinn/Panos

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