Teaching Primary Geography

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Written with reference to the 2007 Professional Standards for the Award of QTS and initiatives such as the Primary National Strategy, each chapter offers practical guidance on topics such as planning, assessment and the creation of resources. It provides summaries of key topics in primary geography, including the study of places, environmental sustainability, learning beyond the classroom, global issues, citizenship and cross-curricular approaches to promote children’s subject knowledge, well-being and learning ...

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Overview

Written with reference to the 2007 Professional Standards for the Award of QTS and initiatives such as the Primary National Strategy, each chapter offers practical guidance on topics such as planning, assessment and the creation of resources. It provides summaries of key topics in primary geography, including the study of places, environmental sustainability, learning beyond the classroom, global issues, citizenship and cross-curricular approaches to promote children’s subject knowledge, well-being and learning within primary geography. With research summaries, practical and reflective tasks, and classroom examples, this book helps trainees and NQTs teach primary geography confidently and creatively throughout the primary school.

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"An excellent handbook for primary geography.Full of practical guidance, creative ideas, resource suggestions and embedded in a wide range of up to date research and literature." (Lecturer, University of Winchester)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844451920
  • Publisher: Learning Matters
  • Publication date: 8/12/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Catling is Assistant Dean of the Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University. He spent many years as a classroom teacher in primary schools in London before moving into teacher education, where he has worked with primary trainee teachers as geography tutor. His recent research has been in such areas as children’s understanding of geography, the state of primary geography and the provision of geography in primary teacher training courses. He has run many primary geography workshops and extended geography in-service courses. He has written widely on geography in primary education, including regularly in Primary Geographer. He is author of Placing Places and the Mapstart series

Tessa Willy is Senior Lecturer in Primary Geography Education at Roehampton University, London. She has taught in a wide variety of schools for the past 20 years, starting her career as a geography secondary teacher and then converting to primary education where she worked for 12 years. She has recently moved into teacher education, working at Oxford Brookes and Roehampton Universities as a specialist primary geography tutor. She has written a number of articles on primary geography themes, in particular the importance of fieldwork, environmental change and sustainable development, and the role of geography in the primary school curriculum. She has also run a number of in-service primary geography workshops for teachers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Valuing geography: the importance and nature of geography
Children's geographies: experience, awareness and understanding
Exploring places: key ideas in understanding places
Exploring sustainability: environmental impact sustainability and citizenship
Understanding geographical enquiry
Experiencing and visualising geography: fieldwork, photographs and maps
In the beginning: geographical learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Investigating the school and its grounds
Enquiring locally and further afield
Exploring global dimensions and non-UK localities
Planning geography teaching
Assessing geographical learning
Conclusion: developing learning in geographical education
Appendix 1: Some examples of geographical picture storybooks
Appendix 2: Examples of ICT in virtual fieldwork, mapwork and communication
Appendix 3: Website sources

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