Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Have You Got the Moves for Kung Fu Geography?

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Have You Got the Moves for Kung Fu Geography?

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At first glance, coastal erosion may not appear to have much to do with kung fu. But the connection has been made with a lesson that draws inspiration from the Kung Fu Panda films and is now famous among geography teachers (see bit.ly/KungFuGeography). The impact on learning is considerable.

The first half of the lesson is spent in the classroom, discussing the different erosion processes that the coast can succumb to: abrasion, attrition, corrosion and hydraulic action. So far, so usual.

Then you bring in the kung fu. Discuss with the class how these erosion processes act on a headland and create the landform features of cracks, caves, arches, stacks and stumps. Give each of these landforms a different movement - a crack, for example, is a kung fu chop.

Now it's time to take your class somewhere with a little more room. Arrange the students in the formation of a traditional martial arts class (so if you have 20 children, four lines of five) with you at the front, facing them. …

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