Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.

The Board of Longitude employed William Gooch, a 21-year-old astronomer, to make maps of the north-west coast of America. William recorded his experiences of different cultures in lively first-hand accounts.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

William Gooch was employed by the Board of Longitude to make better charts (sea maps) of the north-west coast of America. The Board tried to improve navigation at sea so that ships could travel more safely.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Art, Geography, History, Literacy

A classroon activity introducing the rotating Earth and the concept of longitude in which students carry out simple arithmetic to relates the 24 hour clock with the Earth’s rotation.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science