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.

Assessing Geographical Learning

Assessing Geographical Learning

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • understand the value and role of assessment for and of learning in geography;
  • distinguish between formal and informal assessment and formative and summative assessment;
  • become aware of a benchmark framework for primary geography;
  • appreciate the importance of using a variety of approaches to assessment in geography and of linking this to your planning and teaching;
  • understand the purposes of questioning, feedback and feedforward to support children’s progression in learning geography;
  • appreciate the value of self- and peer assessment, and how they can help children take greater responsibility for their own learning;
  • appreciate the role of success criteria and benchmarks for progression;
  • understand the value of monitoring and recording children’s geographical learning.


Assessment is central to teaching and learning. As Broadfoot (1996, ...

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