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.

Understanding Geographical Enquiry

Understanding Geographical Enquiry

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • understand the importance of using enquiry as an effective model for teaching and learning in geography;
  • understand there are various approaches to developing children’s enquiry-based skills and how to structure effective enquiries;
  • recognise how enquiry can feed into the studies of places and environmental impact and sustainability;
  • be able to make connections between geographical and philosophical enquiry.


Enquiry is a fascinating and most effective way of investigating the world. It taps into children’s unbounded curiosity and excitement about all that is around them. It is an active and dynamic ingredient in children’s learning and understanding of the world. Enquiry is about engaging children actively in their own learning and, in so doing, developing them as self-motivated, independent ...

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