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 the Environment : Aspects of physical, human and environmental geography

Understanding the Environment: Aspects of physical, human and environmental geography

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • identify and understand the different foci of physical geography and human geography;
  • appreciate that physical and human geography are inextricably connected and interdependent, being brought together in environmental geography;
  • become aware that the geological time in which we live is being termed the Anthropocene, because human activities are influencing major changes in our physical environment;
  • recognise various opportunities to teach aspects of physical, human and environmental geography.


Geography covers a wide range of matters and topics affecting our places, lives and planet. These are as diverse as the eruption of volcanoes, how rivers affect the landscape, the reasons why countries trade with ...

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