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 Places : Key ideas in understanding places

Exploring Places: Key ideas in understanding places

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • appreciate the idea of place as a core geographical concept;
  • be aware that place is a vital component in your own experience;
  • explain why the study of places is a vital aspect in primary geography;
  • consider the range of places to include in primary children’s geography curriculum;
  • recognise the value of developing children’s mental maps of locational knowledge from local to world scales.


Place, one of the big ideas, or core concepts, of geography was introduced in Chapter 2. We use the word ‘place’ variously in geography, such as objects being in their place; a city open space as a place to meet; your place of study or work; ...

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