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.

Exploring Locally, Regionally and Nationally

Exploring Locally, Regionally and Nationally

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • understand the meaning and importance of local area studies and the links to children’s geographies;
  • know and appreciate key aspects of the geography of a locality;
  • recognise opportunities for children to investigate their local area;
  • be aware of connections between local studies, sustainability, citizenship and local environmental participation;
  • identify opportunities for local enquiries and fieldwork;
  • know of the range of resources to use in locality studies;
  • appreciate the role of studying your own and another national region;
  • understand the reasons for and some approaches to studying your own country.


The study of a local area provides opportunities for children to develop some understanding of a smaller scale place. The locality of the school is an excellent place ...

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