30 Jun 2020

Alumna releases series of geography lessons to support youngsters in lockdown

Krista Cartlidge has curated a series of lessons, available on YouTube, to support young people with geography whilst they are unable to attend school due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The alumna said:

“After the outbreak of covid-19 and the announcement of school closures, a friend contacted me and asked if I would be able to put together some geography lessons to help keep their children busy while they are at home.”

Krista wanted to support her friend and realised that her lessons could help others, too. She launched a YouTube channel called Geography Classroom, with lessons suitable for children aged 5-10.

Based around the primary school curriculum, the videos are designed to be followed independently by the children.

Within a few days, the first lesson had received 750 views. Children got involved by sharing photographs of them holding up maps and images of their work. The Facebook group proved popular and has become a useful online community.

From exploring the Sahara Desert to learning about Antarctica and deciduous forests, Krista has covered all sorts of topics, with hundreds of views across more than a dozen videos.

Krista is the Executive Director at My Time Charity and an advocate for young carers. She has also recently launched a programme of online activities for young carers through the charity. The programme features appearances from actors and athletes, including Loughborough-based Paralympian Stef Reid.

Krista graduated with a degree in Geography in 2006.

Check out the Geography Classroom on YouTube and Facebook. Find out more about My Time online.

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