A to Z of countries – a quiz by Mr. Wardlow

February 4, 2015

On today’s trip with Class 5a, I enjoyed hearing some of the children challenging each other to name countries beginning with each letter of the alphabet and I helped out when they got a bit stuck.

Some of the letters are quite easy, e.g. A for Australia, S for Spain, but can you name countries beginning with these letters:

D,H,K,O,Q,U,V,W,Y,Z  ?

Which letter is not found at the beginning of ANY country in the world?

More snow information by Mr. Wardlow

January 19, 2015

This morning, some Year 4 children were talking to me about when snow comes in the UK and how they were expecting snow in December, giving us a ‘white Christmas’.

Here is a Met Office page about our snow and several links to click on.

I have heard it said that it is more likely to snow at Easter in the UK than at Christmas! Although December 2010 was particularly snowy here, it is more usual to get snow in January and February. March is an unpredictable month, which can be pleasantly warm but sometimes bitterly cold with snow, particularly early in the month. I can remember some April days when I have seen 10cm or more of snow in the morning but the strength of the sun has been enough to melt all of it by evening!

Another animation – rain, sleet and snow by Mr. Wardlow

January 13, 2015

Here is a link to the Meteoradar website, which shows an animation of rain, sleet and snow over the U.K. Today, it has been quite interesting to see snow in some parts of the country and rain or sleet in others. It looks like they’ve had snow in the highlands of Scotland and throughout much of Ireland today.

Transport by Mr. Wardlow

January 9, 2015

Year 4 have just started on the topic of Transport. I have been interested in learning about how people travel since I was even younger than Year 4. I thought I would give you a question to think about:

It is approximately 400 miles / 645km from London to Edinburgh, a journey which is made by thousands of people each day for work or for pleasure.

What forms of transport could you use to make this journey?

What do you think would be the quickest?

What do you think would be the most convenient / easiest to do?

I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

Satellite weather animation by Mr. Wardlow

January 9, 2015

As the weather is so bad (as I type), I thought you might be interested in this Sat24 website. It shows satellite images and weather forecasts in animation format, so you can get an idea of how weather systems move.

Snow (!) by Mr. Wardlow

November 19, 2014

Yes, snow has come early to parts of the United States and Canada and here is an Accuweather link. The snow has been very heavy (over 1m deep) in places and people have had to DIG their cars out!

This type of snow is called lake-effect snow and has been caused by cold air being blown across the warm (well, warm-ER) Great Lakes. The air has collected moisture and that moisture has fallen as heavy snow.

Night and day by Mr. Wardlow

November 18, 2014

Today in Geography Club, we talked about how it is a different time of day in different parts of the world. This World Clock link tells you the time it is now in cities around the world.

Why is it a different time though? Hopefully, this image of the Earth showing live (or nearly live) day and night will help to explain. The lines between light and dark are sunrise and sunset. When it is midday in the United Kingdom, it is afternoon in much of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, evening in East Asia, night in Australia and New Zealand and early morning in North and South America.

Lava flow in Hawaii by Mr. Wardlow

November 13, 2014

A lava flow has recently been causing significant damage in Hawaii.

Where is Hawaii?

Here is a Google Maps link to show you. If you zoom out, you will see nearby countries.


Other questions for you to consider:

  • What is lava?
  • Where does it come from?
  • What would happen to a tree if a lava flow touched it? Why?
  • Hawaii is part of which country? Martin mentions it in his Newsround article here .

Water spouts by Mr. Wardlow

November 11, 2014

Many of you will have heard about the water spouts which recently occurred off the coast of Italy during a thunderstorm. Here is the link to the Newsround video. I have to be honest – I don’t know much about them other than what I’ve read on a few websites. If there is anything you find out about them, perhaps YOU could teach ME by posting on this blog!

The wind and rain today by Mr. Wardlow

October 21, 2014

As I write (the afternoon of Tuesday 21st October), it is very windy and rainy in Rochdale.

You may have heard that this weather is what remains of Hurricane Gonzalo, which struck Bermuda a few days ago. However, we are experiencing gale force winds, which are not as strong as a hurricane.

If it was a hurricane when it his Bermuda, why is it not a hurricane now? This article from Newsround tells you why.