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1 Welcome to the GA Conference We Geography! A self-indulgent journey of discovery EY–KS2 Anthony Barlow, Senior Lecturer in Primary Geography, University of Roehampton

2 Aim: Sharing whats special about our geography and discovering our own geographies of difference. Build up a patchwork of resources that you can take away that will enable you to share your own geography with pupils and staff. Enjoy and learn from each other about our personal, private geographies.

3 Using your senses... Please write on the post-its why you love geography. The smell of... The sound of... The sight of... The touch or feel of... The taste of... If you need inspiration, use the postcards and pictures.

4 Where does this fit in? The essence of building a motivating and effective primary geography curriculum is one that focuses on working with children "not on behalf of them, or to them, nor ignoring them (Catling, 2005,p.340) Everyday or ethno-geography (Martin, 2006) Importance of enquiry (Roberts, 2003) We need to work out where they are coming from!

5 Geographical games a type of classroom activity that provides students with opportunities to learn 'through experience (and through subsequent reflection on experience) rather than by the processing of information through more didactic means… to grapple with ideas based on their own experience and on discussion with their peers, rather than being told about the ideas' (Walford, 1987, p. 79). Source:

6 Were all unique... Were all Geographers! We all have unique, personal (and private) Geographies! The people I know The places I have been The food I eat The clothes I wear The places I visit regularly The family I haveThe place I live The place I hide away The place I fear The place I love The place I avoid The place I was born The place I have ended up! Me! We need to capitalise on these with children!

7 Whats your geography story? Learn about each others personal geographies. Globingo /fairtrade_step1b.doc /fairtrade_step1b.doc Ask and answer each of the questions.

8 A-Z of geographical places game. Lay out the pieces. Can you name a place, building or feature? England, Scotland, UK, Europe, Northern Hemisphere, Africa, North America. Extension: Look at a series of pictures. Think of a fieldtrip, visit or location. Eg. your journey to Manchester. What features did you spot in them? Building a vocabulary for geography Google: Geog vocabulary ks1

9 Lets be out and proud about our geography! Make a badge I love Geography because... Geography is... Cut and stick to make a Manchester Geo Cube. Make a nested hierarchy Geography of Me plate. Add a story/ reflection to the We Geography mural.

10 Geo literacy : geography cubes for vocabulary building Make themed cubes: place-specific: local/city/country-specific, people, landscapes. Use with vocabulary lists or A-Z alphabet cards for pupils to mark off. Children can design their own – based on their walk to school? Use with the Storm enquiry questions, 1989 (cited in Halocha, 1998 et al.) What is this place like? Why is it like it is? How is it connected to other places? How it is changing and why? What does it feel like to be here? Based on :

11 Nested hierarchies ZOOM

12 Bibliography Banyai, I. (1995) Zoom, New York: Viking; Catling, S. (2005) Children's personal geographies and the English primary school geography curriculum, Childrens Geographies, Volume 3, December 2005,Issue 3 December 2005, pages ; Martin, F. (2006) Everyday Geography in Primary Geographer, Autumn 2006, pp.4-7; Roberts, M. (2003) Learning Through Enquiry: Making sense of geography in the key stage 3 classroom Scoffham, S. (2011) Primary Geography Handbook, Sheffield: Geographical Association;


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