Grid reference retrieval is a simple way of encouraging students to recall information and make links between different elements within a unit of study. It provides the opportunity for students to re-visit grid references then make connections between what they have been learning.
A pre-requisite of completing an activity like this requires the students to have already studied the unit, so it is ideal for revisiting learning and making links.
Grid reference retrieval can also be further developed to include multiple units, encouraging students to make synoptic links.
Another way this activity can be developed is to colour code the squares and allocated points to the colours. More challenging elements should carry a higher tariff to encourage students to tackle these elements of the unit.
There are a range of different ways this resource can be used in the classroom, including:
students working independently
providing students with grid references (could be differentiated by ability)
Last year we shared a fantastic revision timetable for AQA GCSE Geography developed by Laura Gregson (@grego_geog), inspired by @MrThorntonTeach.
This year, Charlotte Clarke (of @HornseyGeog) has been first to share a version for 2020. There are some repeat questions in there that cover some of the areas Charlotte’s students need to revisit. However, it is fully editable so you can customise it for your students. If you do customise it please send us a copy to share here via email@example.com
You can download Charlotte’s version by clicking the image below.
Several geography revision grids have been well received on Twitter recently. An example is shown below.
To support teachers we’ve put together a set of revision grids for AQA GCSE Geography paper 1, Edexcel A Component 1 The Physical Environment and Edexcel B, Hazardous Earth, People and the Biosphere and Forests Under Threat.
AQA GCSE Geography Paper 1 Revision Grids
Edexcel A GCSE Geography Component 1 Revision Grids
Revision Grids Set A Edexcel B GCSE Geography
You can download each set of revision grids in PDF format for free below:
Geography teachers are amazing creatures. They are talented, intelligent, attractive and funny, so what do you buy the person who has everything? Worry not, we’ve put together a list of must-have gifts for the geography teacher in your life.
1. Stocking fillers
This reusable coffee cup, made from recycled plastic, is ideal for geography teachers on the go!
Another great Christmas present for the geography teacher in your life has to be a drone. If your budget is tight considered a tello drone or if you want to splash the cash consider a DJI Mavic Pro 2. The newly released, mid-budget, Mavic Mini is also worth a look!
5. Ordnance Survey Colouring Book
For the more creative geography teacher treat them to an OS map colouring book. If you need to, throw in some colouring pencils. Just make sure they don’t go over the lines and the shading is in one direction.
6. Ordnance Survey OS Maps online subscription
A subscription to OS Maps will win the heart of the geography teacher who loves the great outdoors. They can plan routes online, check them out in 3D and use their mobile phones to stay on the right path in the great outdoors. Of course, don’t bother if you’re after losing them! Find out more about OS Maps online subscription.
7. A good read
We’ve compiled a list of books that should be on every geography teacher’s bookshelf. Take a look at our favourite reads.
8. A personalised OS Map
The Ordnance Survey offers a personalised map service. Focus on their favourite area or create a unique gift with folded, flat or framed maps. Show the instantly recognisable style of the OS Explorer and OS Landranger leisure maps.
Sit and watch them blow it until they’re blue in the face. If it’s peace and quiet you are looking for, look no further than an anemometer.
10. Geography Teacher Mug
Perfect for break-time refreshments, treat them to a mug
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This is the twelfth collection of useful tweets relating to #geography and #geographyteachers. The world of Twitter can be a busy place so I’ve pulled together some tweet treats from the last week that are worth having a look at. Tweets are in no particular order.
A useful strategy for re-visting learning. This example is for RE but could be easily adapted for geography. Miss Lyons has been kind enough to share this resource on Internet Geography.
Can’t remember who posted this resource but thank you very much for doing so! Some students were in an exam today, this activity was a great way to catch up on what we had learned about the final topic before picking it back up again. #edutwitter#Retrieval#GCSEREpic.twitter.com/QmXKcqmv2O
Earlier I posted a photo of an origami Christmas tree using old map extracts – @GeoBlogs has already sorted some super easy instructions. Thanks Alan 😊
(Old books and manuscript paper work well too!) pic.twitter.com/MVV2hwXQK3
These knowledge test retention resources look superb.
I’ve changed the format of our knowledge tests that we use regularly in lesson as extended starters. Tests knowledge retention and produces ideal revision sheets for students! Blue pen and feedback in lesson to minimise written feedback #geographyteacherpic.twitter.com/GqLiSyKY37
These retrieving and learning physical features using longitude and latitude resources look great!
New #geography Region Study of #Africa. Retrieving & learning physical features 4 ways of places we will ‘visit’. Lat & long location based on ‘name’ place in atlas. Any ‘must haves’ I’ve missed? Base map from pinterest + additions pic.twitter.com/JFD5iW583F
This is the eleventh collection of useful tweets relating to #geography and #geographyteachers. The world of Twitter can be a busy place so I’ve pulled together some tweet treats from the last week that are worth having a look at. Tweets are in no particular order.
Ben, thank you again for your contribution. I am picking up globalisation with my A level class after Christmas. Just lightened the Christmas holiday planning for me! Awesome work. #HowIteach#geographyteacher
The aims and learning outcomes of the AQA GCSE Geography course focus heavily on students thinking, studying and applying like a geographer. This includes students making links and applying their knowledge to a range of real-world contexts.
The Assessment Objectives in geography clearly reflect these aims and learning outcomes. AO2, for example, involves students demonstrating an understanding of the interrelationships between places, environments and processes. Also, AO3 covers the application of knowledge and understanding to make judgements. Combined, these two assessment objectives account for up to 70% of the assessment weightings in the AQA GCSE Geography course.
Therefore, it is critically important, not just in creating good geographers, but also in raising achievement that students develop the ability to make synoptic links in geography. Some students will have an innate ability to think like a geographer and make connections in the world we live in. However, others will need support in developing their ability to do this.
The document below encourages students to connect their learning to the wider world. The example covers the synoptic links that exist between The Living World unit and the other main units in the AQA GCSE Geography specification. This could be used once the Living World unit has been completed, using the additional guidance on the second page to support, along with a textbook. Alternatively, it could be used once all the major units have been completed as a summary revision activity.
Synoptic Links Revision Activity
The students draw lines representing synoptic links between The Living World and other units. An example of this is shown below. Students should be encouraged to further develop links that address multiple units.
Josh has kindly agreed to share these on Internet Geography for anyone to download. These are currently available in MS Published format. We are working on other formats and will make them available very soon!
Be sure to show your appreciation to @Geog_HA on Twitter or in the comments below!
This is the tenth collection of useful tweets relating to #geography and #geographyteachers. The world of Twitter can be a busy place so I’ve pulled together some tweet treats from the last couple of weeks that are worth having a look at. Tweets are in no particular order.
Inspired by @WilkesHistory I've created a few 8 page booklets which the pupils LOVE! So far I've used them for the formation of dryland features & the characteristics and formation of volcanoes. One pupil hoped to do a David Attenborough style voiceover! #geographyteacherpic.twitter.com/R6vdzmJ269
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