Geography KS3: A child led introduction to Inzell in Germany

A child led introduction to Inzell in Bavaria, Germany. Inzell lies in the Chiemgau region of Bavaria in the German Alps.

Josephine, an 11 year old girl, is a speed skater and trains at the Max Aicher stadium, one of only three all-weather speed skating stadiums in Germany. The stadium hosts many international competitions and has an environmentally friendly roof design that protects the ice from direct sun rays, thus saving on the electricity required to keep the ice frozen when the temperature rises in summer.

Josephine likes to ski in winter and wave-board with her friends in summer. She shows us the mountain ranges in her area, the rivers made from snow and ice melt, the traditional Bavarian farms with their cows that graze in the Alpine meadows in the summer and come into the stalls for the long harsh winters.

The region is full of lakes and she walks us round the highest and coldest lake in Germany. This lake used to be the venue for international speed skating competitions. The lake is surrounded by forest. The forests protect the inhabitants from snow and rock avalanches and provide essential sustainable wood for building homes and heating.

This clip is from the series In My Shoes KS3.

Teacher Notes

Can be used during a module on Germany. Students could be asked to note down any aspect of Josephine’s life and culture that is similar or different to their own.

They could also be asked to take notes the potential positive and negative impacts of the Max Aicher stadium on the region.

Finally, students could be asked to think about how tourism might create seasonal opportunities through winter sports and summer activities.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd Level in Scotland.

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