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.

Investigating the School and its Grounds

Investigating the School and its Grounds

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • recognise that the school building and its grounds are geographical sites of interest;
  • appreciate and explain the value in using the school grounds for learning and teaching geography;
  • recognise the geographical opportunities that the school site provides;
  • plan for geographical topics and activities in the school grounds.


The school is a key site in children’s everyday geographies. It is the place they share as members of its community, users of its buildings and grounds, participants in its activities, routines and rules – its culture and place. They can describe and discuss what life there is like, how, where and why things happen, who does what, where they can and cannot go, ...

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