Monday, June 17, 2024
The Globemaker

The Globemaker

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

A short film about Peter Bellerby, artisan globemaker and founder of Bellerby and Co. Globemakers.

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Make a persuasive poster / advert to advertise these globes to others.
  • Watch the video and try to work out how this company make their globes. Could you use this information to write some instructions?
  • Think of some questions that you would ask Peter if you could interview him. How do you think he would answer them?
  • Write a biography of Peter and the work that he does.


  • Look at the prices of these globes at Can you use this information to make some word problems?
  • Various mathematical terms are mentioned in the video (e.g. centimetres, diameter, Pi). What do these words mean?


  • How does the Earth form part of our Solar System? What are the other planets? Can you remember the order of them?
  • How is our planet similar / different to others?

Design Technology

  • What materials are used to make the globes shown in the video?
  • Could you try and make your own globe? There are a number of printable templates on the 3D Geography site.
  • Make a jigsaw map of the world for others to put together.


  • Can you draw / paint your own map of the world?


  • What is the difference between a flat map and a globe? How do flat maps distort the image?
  • Look at different maps. Why are there so many different types / styles?


  • Can you find out about the history of globes? When were they first created? Who used them and why?

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