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.

Children’s Geographies : Experience, awareness and understanding

Children’s Geographies: Experience, awareness and understanding

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • explain that children have a range of geographical experience that develops their awareness, knowledge and understanding of the world around them and more widely;
  • appreciate that children’s geographical experience is always changing and developing;
  • recognise that children hold views, ideas and values in relation to the nearby and wider world, about places and the environment;
  • realise that adult geographies affect them.


This chapter focuses on children’s place-based and environmental experiences, their awareness and understanding of the world through direct and indirect experience and sources, and their values and perspectives about their world. It develops your understanding of what are termed ‘children’s geographies’. This encompasses children’s personal geographies and geographies not ...

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