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.

Developing Learning in Primary Geography Education

Developing Learning in Primary Geography Education

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • become aware of the value of developing children’s geographical understanding;
  • consider children’s geographical outcomes by the end of primary school;
  • encounter one approach to sequencing geography across primary schooling;
  • be aware of the possibilities for research in primary geography;
  • identify several ways in which you can investigate children’s geographical learning in your classroom.


This chapter begins by emphasising the significance of developing children’s geographical understanding during their early years and primary schooling. It sets out expectations for the outcomes of primary geography education and outlines a suggested sequence for geography through the primary years. As a primary teacher you are expected to review and develop your practice. One approach to this is ...

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