Early Years and Primary Phase Committee
Co-chair: Anthony Barlow/ Gemma Kent
University of Roehampton
The Early Years and Primary Phase Committee seeks to support and promote primary school geography for all learners and teachers.
The work of the EY&PPC
The EY&PPC works proactively on behalf of teachers and learners of primary geography. Committee members are involved in a variety of activities, conferences, CPD, consultations, and steering groups. We are passionate about primary geography and the skills, knowledge, understanding, excitement and fun it can offer.
The committee is comprised of classroom teachers, lecturers, teacher educators and geography activists who regularly give their time voluntarily, meeting at least once a term to discuss regular matters such as conferences, and upon matters affecting the national curriculum in the primary sphere.
The main role of the committee is to support primary classroom teachers, and if there are any issues relating to planning, curriculum design, resources, teaching and learning and research, please either contact your local Geography Champion or the Chair.
Research ideas and developments are continued through the Charney Manor Conference organised by Professor Simon Catling and co-ordinated through the Register of Research, a central database of action and investigative research, led by Rachel Bowles. The Register publications cover all aspects of teaching and learning in the classroom and outdoors. The work covers the outcomes of different strategies used for geography and cross-curricular work (with e.g. literacy, numeracy, citizenship, sustainability, creativity and environmental education). Visit the Research Register section which has been updated and includes links to national research pages.
Links with RGS-IBG continue with the development of the resources and exhibitions held there, including activities suitable for primary children and with the GIS projects.
The Primary Geography Quality Mark has been actively promoted by EY&PPC.
The Committee has a breadth of enthusiastic experience which they are happy to share with the primary community. This has been made even easier through the Geographical Association Network (NING). Join the Early Years and Primary Practitioners Group to get involved in discussions, share your ideas, photos and videos, find out about forthcoming events, and leave messages for other network members. We are particularly keen to gather your comments on the Rose Review of the National Curriculum via the discussion forums.
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