Visuals of a globe and map help establish the location, regions and key geographical features of India. These include the cool mountain region in the north, the hot dry central plains and the hot humid tropical south. Population figures, the number of languages spoken and the main religious groups are detailed. The three seasons are described and the monsoon season with the risk of flooding is illustrated.

First broadcast:
26 September 2007

This clip provides a meaningful introduction to a study on a contrasting country such as India. The first few frames of the clip illustrate the location of India on a world map. Pupils could use an atlas or globe to find India and label the country, the surrounding mountain ranges, seas and oceans. With reference to the points of compass, as well as locational vocabulary such as longitude and latitude, pupils could describe India's location to a response partner. Using a base map, children could work in groups to provide a visual display of the contrasting regions across the country. Headings could include - lifestyle, landscape, climate and any other facts. As the topic progresses, pupils could add extra information they discover, resulting in a useful record of their knowledge and learning.