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Teaching Primary Geography

Teaching Primary Geography

First Edition

224 pages | Learning Matters
Written with reference to the 2007 Professional Standards for the Award of QTS and initiatives such as the Primary National Strategy, each chapter offers practical guidance on topics such as planning, assessment and the creation of resources. It provides summaries of key topics in primary geography, including the study of places, environmental sustainability, learning beyond the classroom, global issues, citizenship and cross-curricular approaches to promote children's subject knowledge, well-being and learning within primary geography. With research summaries, practical and reflective tasks, and classroom examples, this book helps trainees and NQTs teach primary geography confidently and creatively throughout the primary school.
Valuing geography: the importance and nature of geography
Children's geographies: experience, awareness and understanding
Exploring places: key ideas in understanding places
Exploring sustainability: environmental impact sustainability and citizenship
Understanding geographical enquiry
Experiencing and visualising geography: fieldwork, photographs and maps
In the beginning: geographical learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Investigating the school and its grounds
Enquiring locally and further afield
Exploring global dimensions and non-UK localities
Planning geography teaching
Assessing geographical learning
Conclusion: developing learning in geographical education
Appendix 1: Some examples of geographical picture storybooks
Appendix 2: Examples of ICT in virtual fieldwork, mapwork and communication
Appendix 3: Website sources

"An excellent handbook for primary geography.Full of practical guidance, creative ideas, resource suggestions and embedded in a wide range of up to date research and literature." (Lecturer, University of Winchester)

This is an excellent additional tutor resource. This can help develop their understanding of the curriculum and to incorporate a variety of tasks within the classroom. Structured format.

Mr Daniel Philip Murphy
Hospitality and Tourism, St Helens College
May 31, 2016

A very useful guide for all trainees wanting to be primary teachers.

Emily Rotchell
School of Education, Roehampton University
September 17, 2013

Useful support for students who lack confidence with this subject area.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
October 15, 2012

An excellent core guide to teaching primary geography

Mr Justin Woolliscroft
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
December 22, 2011

Simon J Catling

Simon Catling is Assistant Dean of the Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University. He spent many years as a classroom teacher in primary schools in London before moving into teacher education, where he has worked with primary trainee teachers as geography tutor. His recent research has been in such areas as children’s understanding of geography, the state of primary geography and the provision of geography in primary teacher training courses. He has run many primary geography workshops and extended geography in-service courses. He has written widely on geography in primary education, including regularly in Primary... More About Author

Tessa Willy

Tessa Willy has been Associate Professor, School Director of Teacher Education at Kingston University, UK, since early 2018. She spent the first years of her career as both a primary school teacher in a variety of different settings across the UK and a secondary-school geography teacher in the UK as well as in Malawi. Moving into higher education, she worked as senior lecturer in primary geography at the University of Roehampton, UK, where she developed an outdoor environmental area with colleagues and students that has been used as a model in initial teacher education and continuing professional development for teachers. Tessa's ... More About Author

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