This book outlines how good teaching of primary geography can extend children’s world awareness and help them make connections between their environmental and geographical experiences. Chapters offer guidance on important learning and teaching issues as well as the use and creation of resources from the school environment to the global context. It covers all the key topics in primary geography including: understanding places physical and human geography environmental sustainability learning outside the classroom global issues citizenship and social justice. Summaries, classroom examples and practical and reflective tasks are included throughout to foster understanding and support the effective teaching of primary geography.

Experiencing and Visualising Geography : Fieldwork, photographs, artefacts and maps

Experiencing and Visualising Geography: Fieldwork, photographs, artefacts and maps

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • appreciate the importance of outdoor learning;
  • recognise the significance of undertaking fieldwork with children of all ages;
  • know how to manage fieldwork;
  • understand the value and role of photographs and maps in geographical learning, and know some ways to develop children’s understanding;
  • appreciate that children learn through ‘virtual’ environments and can use appropriate technology.


Geography is founded on investigation of the real world. It is, therefore, essential that children engage in learning outside the classroom and undertake fieldwork as a key element in their studies. We cannot always take children out, but it is possible to bring the outside world into the classroom, through the ...

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