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Understanding the Local Area Teacher Reflection

Overall feedback on the project

Geography was seen happening in this unit of work. Progression – the ability to answer questions, map making, ability to see the overall picture – varied, but interest was high in both boys and girls at all stages, the fieldwork and the follow up.

The students responded well to the creative methods of follow up. There was a great interest in the abstract nature of the art produced as a reaction to the ‘journey’ as well as the interpretation of the journey through Comic Life and the 3D Map.

Primary Geography article

Anthony wrote a summary of the project in a Primary Geography article published in Autumn 2009 entitled ‘Fresh eyes on our natural world’. Primary Geography subscribers can download this article free (login required).

Young Geographers

Anthony Barlow and students from St Peter’s Smithills also took part in the GA’s Young Geographers project.

This was a three-month pilot project funded by the TDA which aimed to support teachers in planning for and carrying out a short unit of work with a focus on living geography.

Teachers were asked to design some locality fieldwork, thinking about aspects of ESD and personalising planning to suit their school context. You can see the outcome of this work in the Young Geographers project area.


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