Typhoon Vongfong by Mr. Wardlow

October 16, 2014

Another typhoon has hit Japan over the last few days and here is a Newsround page about it.


Here are some questions to consider / research:

  • What weather do typhoons bring?
  • In which parts of the world do they happen and why?
  • Typhoons are called something different in the Atlantic Ocean. What are they called there?
  • What problems can they cause?

Weather by Mr. Wardlow

October 16, 2014

Weather is an area of Geography that has fascinated me since I was at primary school, perhaps because the British weather is so interesting and unpredictable.

There are hundreds of weather websites, but the ones I use most are as follows:

The Met. Office (‘Met.’ is short for meteorological (to do with weather)) is where much of the work is done to forecast weather in the U.K. You will find plenty of information on their website. Why not also have a look at their education website, which has some fun games and activities on it for young people?

The BBC also have a weather website and one for children.

Don’t forget that the main Met.Office and BBC weather sites provide forecasts for cities around the world, not just in the U.K., although here is the forecast for Rochdale, to get you started.

There are apps for BBC weather and Met.Office weather. I have both on my tablet.

Bing Maps by Mr. Wardlow

October 13, 2014

How could I forget to mention Bing Maps?! This is another interesting website which allows the user to view ‘bird’s eye’ or 3d images. What I like most about this site is that you can change the type of map you use depending on the type of information you want. For example, the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps provide more detailed information of a local area than the standard road map.

What does 1:50,000 mean? It’s all to do with ‘scale‘. Perhaps, rather than me just telling you, you could find out what scale means in a map!

Geography Club by Mr. Wardlow

October 2, 2014

Geography Club (currently for Year 4 children) takes place at 12.30pm in Class 4a (unless it’s a wet lunchtime). I did a few sessions last term, but this club is still in its early stages and is developing as we think of more ideas. IPads will be available, although we may also look at atlases, globes and other resources in the future. Essentially, it is up to you what we do – I certainly don’t know everything, but I am there to tell you what I do know and to help you with your quests to learn.

I am in the process of making passes for children, so they can show them to adults in school at lunchtime as proof that they’re on their way to the club.


Google Maps , Google Earth and Apple Maps by Mr. Wardlow

October 2, 2014

Google Maps, Google Earth and Apple Maps are great ways of experimenting with maps and ‘exploring’ the world.

Google Maps and Apple Maps are available on the school iPads. The Google Maps app is in the Geography and Science section of the home screen and the Apple Maps app (simply called ‘maps’) is in the Utilities section.

Google Earth and Apple Maps can be downloaded at home with permission from an adult. I think Apple Maps is only available via the Apps Store on iOS  (iPads, iPhones, etc.). If, like me, you use Android ‘phones or tablets, you can download the Google Maps and Google Earth apps using Google Play. Remember to seek permission from an adult if doing this outside school.

I use Google Maps or Google Earth nearly every night for FUN! There is no end to what you can discover about our world!


Internet safety by Mr. Wardlow

October 2, 2014

Children, it is extremely important that you use the internet safely, wherever you are.


At school, please type www.kidrex.org into the address window at the very top of your internet browser  (Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox etc.) page, then use Kidrex for your searches. This website is designed especially for children your age to enjoy using the internet in safety.

At home, please ask an adult’s permission to use the internet. They may be happy for you to use other search engines under their supervision.

If you ever see anything on the internet that you don’t like or that concerns you – close down or minimise the screen immediately and inform an adult. Remember, with tablets that have cases, they can be closed immediately. If you are having difficulty closing the screen, you can switch your monitor off but only if you know how to. If a website is asking you to click on a link and you aren’t sure about it – don’t!

Thank you very much and don’t worry – just stay safe!

Geography links – a start by Mr. Wardlow

September 28, 2014

There must be thousands of exciting Geography links, but I’d like to start with just three for now.

I am a great fan of BBC websites because they are informative, well-presented and fairly easy to navigate. Here is the link to the BBC Schools Geography website for children aged 4-11.

National Geographic, famous for their magazines, have a website for children. There is a lot of Science in their content, but that merely proves how Geography can be linked with Science, particularly when we think about nature and the environment.

Finally, I couldn’t resist including the Ordnance Survey’s map site for children. The Ordnance Survey have produced maps for over 200 years and now provide a vast amount of digital information for use on computers. I have loved maps since I was about five, so I’m hoping some of you will develop the same hobby!

Welcome to Lowerplace Primary School Geography Blogs by Mr. Wardlow

September 25, 2014



What is Geography?

There are many definitions, but in my opinion, the Royal Geographic Society puts it clearly, in stating that:

“Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.”

Unlike some of our other fantastic blogs, this one is very new, so I am looking forward to seeing us share lots more information. I hope that children and adults from all over the world will soon find out about our learning and contribute to it. In the meantime, though, remember that this is YOUR your blog and YOUR opportunity to make Geography fun.


Good luck!