Teaching Primary Geography

Teaching Primary Geography

by Simon J Catling, Tessa Willy

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844455881
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/12/2009
Series: Achieving QTS Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 7 MB

About 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 has been Associate Professor, School Director of Teacher Education at Kingston University, UK, since early 2018. She spent the first years of her career as both a primary school teacher in a variety of different settings across the UK and a secondary-school geography teacher in the UK as well as in Malawi. Moving into higher education, she worked as senior lecturer in primary geography at the University of Roehampton, UK, where she developed an outdoor environmental area with colleagues and students that has been used as a model in initial teacher education and continuing professional development for teachers. Tessa's areas of particular interest are in issues around the ethics of geography, notably climate change, sustainability, social justice and global citizenship. Tessa is been a member of the Editorial Board of the Geographical Association’s journal Primary Geography and has edited several issues

Table of Contents

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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