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.

Geography in Primary Schools

Geography in Primary Schools

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • develop an understanding of the situation of geography in primary schools;
  • recognise some of the challenges and opportunities for primary geography;
  • become aware of how primary geography’s teaching and learning can be of high quality and enjoyed;
  • reflect on your own experiences in learning geography;
  • appreciate various contexts and influences affecting primary geography.

Introduction

Geography is ‘the world discipline’.

(Bonnett, 2013, p. 7)

Geography is a fascinating, invigorating, inspiring and exciting subject to teach and learn (IGU-CGE, 2016). Understanding geography makes a difference to ourselves and others (Catling, 2012b). It is fundamental to our appreciation of and knowledge about the world in which we live, including our daily interactions and through the ways the world impacts on us, whether ...

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