Throughout my PGCE I had been working closely with my mentor at Casterton Business and Enterprise College and Tim Mackrill at the Rutland Osprey Project (http://www.ospreys.org.uk/) to create lessons where students could learn about several different countries and geographical concepts within one scheme of work. The migration of the Osprey provides an ideal catalyst for creating this holistic learning experience as its annual journey takes us to a variety of different places using a route tracked and recorded on Google Earth (see here). Throughout these lessons students learn about these diverse areas of our globe: The Osprey begins it's journey within the British Countryside of Rutland Water; Urban London (where my school is located); France; Spain; Morocco (through the Atlas Mountains); Mauritania (through the Sahara Desert); Senegal and Gambia. Already from the list of countries you can see the scope for some outstanding Geography lessons the initial Scheme of Work I built is shown in a presentation using Prezi (see below).
Lesson 1- Introduction to the Osprey Project: Migration, Scale, GIS.
Lesson 2 - Osprey in the UK: Personal Geographies, Development, Schools Link.
Lesson 3 - Osprey goes on Holiday: Tourism in Africa
Lesson 4 - Outside speaker on the Ospreys and the project.
Lesson 5 - Osprey in the Desert: Extreme Environments, Adaptions.
Lesson 6 - Osprey in the Mountains: Extreme Environments. Physical Geography, Atlas Mountain Formation.
Lesson 7 - Farming on the Flightpath: Diversity of Farming methods and food supply, Sustainable foods.
Lesson 8 - Half Term Quiz and Self Assessment.
Lesson 9 - Climate on the Flightpath: Different climates.
Lesson 10-11 - Osprey Atlas Project and Assessment.
Lesson 12 - Reflection.
This scheme was successful in introducing the students to a range of different geographical topics which can be built on further in the future while linking everything together using the flightpath of one bird which they can physicially see. This project also provided the opportunity for a school link all they way out in Gambia (where the Osprey ends the migration journey). The students recorded a video with questions to ask the students of Kartong School with the aim to learn about differences in development. The students were excited to be emailed through responses from the Gambian students just weeks later.. (see below).