31st March 2010

GeoVation goes Back to School in Wales

Viv Alexander

Following St David’s Day, GeoVation visited Ysgol Brynsierfel in Llanelli to see Deputy Head, Lee James using MaxiMap with his class in the school hall. MaxiMap the brain child of GeoVation Award winners, Ann Jones and Rowena Wells, captured the children’s imagination. The children worked out where Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were, they added the borders between the countries, and calculated which country was larger by counting how many children they could squeeze onto each part of the giant floor map. They then “went on holiday” to each of the countries in turn.

Lee James, was impressed saying: “Using the map will fit with and enhance our existing geography scheme of work – we had lessons planned based on football teams, first in Wales and then throughout the UK, so the floor map will be an invaluable resource in many ways as the children respond to it so well.”

There was a treat in store for the class as Alun-Wyn Jones, the Welsh Rugby International was there to launch “Win with Alun-Wyn”, inviting school children to say why they should win a MaxiMap for their school.

GeoVation were also treated to traditional Welsh hospitality including welsh cakes, some of which made it across the Severn estuary but all were eaten before arriving home in Southampton !

We’ll post a regular update here on how each of the Geovation Award winners are getting on.

Chris