Where? – 18 – Places in Children’s Literature

As with last week’s post on paintings, there are so many options for a literature theme.  To narrow it down a bit, I have limited this to children’s literature, and where there is a very clear link to an actual place, as opposed to just inspired by.

As usual, print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, and find somebody for a bit of competition.

Have a guess at the location of these places by marking your map with a small circle and writing the name of the place next to it.

  1. Ashdown Forest – Winnie the Pooh
  2. Bantry Bay – The Cottage at Bantry Bay
  3. Coll – Katy Marag
  4. Isles of Scilly – Why the Whales Came
  5. Lake District – Peter Rabbit, Swallows and Amazons
  6. London – Mary Poppins, Paddington, Peter Pan
  7. Norfolk Broads – Coot Club, The Big Six
  8. North-West Highlands – Kidnapped
  9. Sherwood Forest – The Adventures of Robin Hood
  10. Thames Valley – The Wind in the Willows
  11. Walton-on-the-Naze – Secret Water
  12. Watership Down (North Hampshire) – Watership Down
  13. Yorkshire – The Railway Children, The Secret Garden

If I’ve missed any of your favourites, do add them to the list.

Then when you are ready, scroll down, past my pictures, to find the answers.  If you are having a competition, then 2 points if your spot touches mine.  Spots 5, 7, and 8 can have 2 points for anywhere within the dotted line.  Spot 13 is roughly in the middle of Yorkshire, but it’s a big county, with a wiggly shape so I haven’t drawn the area.  You can have 2 points for anything within 1cm of spot 13.  And as usual, if no one scores 2, the nearest person gets 1 point.

Bantry Bay
Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Lake District
Thames valley

Finally check your inbox for a map with all the dots in roughly the right place, ready for labelling.  (Fill in the form in the side bar if you have yet to sign up.)

And this is the last in this series.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Where? – 17 – Places in Paintings

There are loads of landscape paintings out there, but often the view is a general scene, with little clue as to the location.  However, many of Turner’s landscapes are clearly located, and there’s loads of them too.  I could have made a whole post with just his paintings, but I’ve added in a few other artists, to include some famous works and to ensure a good range of places.

As usual, print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, and find somebody for a bit of competition.

Each location has a link to the painting.  Maybe that will help with the geography…or maybe not.  Anyway, do have a guess, by marking your map with a small circle and writing the name of the place next to it.

We’ll start with paintings by Turner (1775 – 1851).

  1. Beachy Head  
  2. Dover
  3. Durham
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Harlech
  6. Melrose
  7. River Clyde  
  8. Isle of Skye
  9. Snowdon
  10. Connemara by Henry
  11. Dublin by Ashford
  12. Eton by Canaletto
  13. Powerscourt Waterfall, Wicklow Mountains by Barret
  14. River Stour by Constable
  15. Salisbury by Constable
  16. Westminster by Monet
  17. Weymouth by Constable

When you are ready, scroll down, past my photos, to find the answers.  If you are having a competition, then 2 points if your spot touches mine.  If everyone is way out, then the nearest gets 1 point.

Connemara
Westminster
Isle of Skye
Snowdon

Finally check your inbox for a map with all the dots in roughly the right place, ready for labelling. (Sign up form is in the side bar.)

Enjoy!

Where? – 16 – Places that Inspired Music

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post on places that inspired songs.  This week we’ve some more music, but this time no lyrics.  This means that the place links are literally the titles of the pieces.  Some of them are maybe nothing to do with the places whose names they share but you’ll find some familiar tunes, including a Christmas carol!

As usual, print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, and find somebody for a bit of competition.

For each of the songs I’ve given you a youtube link.  There are no lyrics this time, and mostly not much to watch as many are just someone playing the piece.  The exception is Fingal’s Cave.  Watch that one!

So have a listen and, for each track, guess the location on your map, by putting a small circle where you think it is and writing the name next to the circle.

  1. Aberystwyth
  2. Cool Breeze of Brighton  
  3. Cwm Rhondda  
  4. Down Ampney  
  5. Fingal’s Cave Overture 
  6. Hereford
  7. Irby  
  8. Londonderry Air  
  9. Melrose
  10. Nottingham
  11. Padstow Lifeboat 
  12. Trip to Sligo 
  13. Westminster

When you are ready, scroll down, past my pictures, to find the answers.  If you are having a competition, then 2 points if your spot touches mine.  If everyone is way out, then the nearest gets 1 point.

Aberystwyth
Westminster

Finally check your inbox for a map with all the dots in roughly the right place, ready for labelling.  (If you’ve yet to sign up, you will find the form in the sidebar.)

 

Where? – 15 – Places that Inspired Songs

The next two weeks of Discovering Where are inspired by music, because the landscape and places of the British Isles have themselves inspired tonnes of music over the years.

This week it’s songs and next week instrumental music.

I’ve had a lot of fun putting this one together and I’ve had a few cross-curricula ideas too.  So, I’ll email out a sheet of notes to subscribers.  (Form is in the side-bar if you want to sign up.)

As usual, print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, and find somebody for a bit of competition.

For each of the songs I’ve given you a youtube link.  I’ve tried to pick versions that show something of the landscape or place that is in the song, so some of them have good location clues.  One even has a map!

I’ve watched the videos and checked the lyrics so you should be good to go on these.  There are a couple of others that didn’t make the cut for various reasons, which I will mention in the notes so that you can check them out for yourself.

So listen to the songs, watch the videos and guess the location on your map by putting a small circle where you think it is and writing the name next to the circle.

  1. Are You Right There Michael – West Clare, Ireland
  2. Dirty Old Town – Salford
  3. Ferry Across the Mersey
  4. It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  5. Loch Lomond
  6. Manchester Rambler
  7. Molly Malone – Dublin
  8. Mull of Kintyre
  9. On Ilkla Moor Baht’At – Ilkley Moor
  10. Skye Boat Song
  11. Solsbury Hill
  12. Sunshine on Leith
  13. Taking a Trip up to Abergavenny
  14. The Fields of Athenry
  15. The Rose of Tralee

When you are ready, scroll down, past my pictures of Skye, to find the answers.  If you are having a competition, then 2 points if your spot touches mine.  If everyone is way out, then the nearest gets 1 point.

Finally check your inbox for a map with all the dots in roughly the right place, ready for labelling, which I’ll send with the cross-curricula notes.

Enjoy!

 

Where? – 14 – Motorways

This week we are going to discover the location of some of Britain’s motorways and main routes.

We’ll start with a basic outline.  Here’s your starting map to print.

I’ve added 4 shapes to the map, each of which is a motorway route round a major city.  Do you know which cities?

Now let’s take one country at a time and add extra lines and labels to show some of the main route network.

We’ll start with England, as the following routes all intersect with one or more of the city rings.  Don’t worry about all the twists and turns – just go in roughly the right direction and if you haven’t a clue – have a guess!

  • M1
  • M3
  • M4 – crosses into Wales
  • M5
  • M6
  • M11
  • M20
  • M23
  • M25
  • M40
  • M42
  • M60
  • M62
  • And the A1, which is the A1(M) motorway along some of its route and crosses into Scotland.

There is a logical system to the numbering of Britain’s roads and those that start with a 7, 8 or 9 are all in Scotland.  There is no M7 but add:

  • M8
  • M9

Northern Ireland has its own numbering system and its longest motorway is another M1.

And guess what – Ireland also has an M1 and another logical system.  Join these to the loop I’ve started for you.

  • M1
  • M3
  • M4
  • M7
  • M11
  • M50

Finally personalise your map with any routes that are relevant to you – maybe a frequent journey or the roads coming from your nearest town.

I don’t have many pictures of roads but here is an unusual shot taken from the bridge that crosses the River Thames to the east of London.

And here are the answers.

If you got it a bit muddled, don’t worry.  I’ll email out a version showing all the lines, ready for labels to be added.  If you are not yet on my email list, fill out the form in the sidebar to get yourself added.