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.

In the Beginning : Geographical learning in the early years

In the Beginning : Geographical learning in the early years

In the Beginning: Geographical learning in the early years

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • be aware of the geographical potential in children’s pre-school and early years education for initiating and developing their knowledge of the world;
  • have explored a variety of play approaches and activities that support young children’s geographical learning;
  • know of activities to use to develop young children’s understanding of place and sustainability.


Play and play environments are important for all children (Frost, 2010). This chapter explores opportunities available in pre-school and nursery environments and settings to enhance our youngest children’s geographical experiences and understanding. Young children’s early development is stimulated by their opportunities for observation and play in their own and other places (Louis, ...

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