These pages have been set up to share resources submitted by teachers to the Young Geographers Project.
Leighton Primary School, Cheshire
Title: Why Recycle?
Age Group: Year 5 (to be adapted for year 3)
Approach: A unit based around recycling and Education for Sustainable Development involving a virtual visit to an aluminium can recycling centre and an actual visit to the local recycling centre.
Concepts: Education for Sustainable Development, Place, Space, Scale and Change
Key words: fieldwork, reduce, re-use, recycle, raw material, waste, environment, materials, incinerators, aluminium
Little Common Primary School, East Sussex
Title: Habitats in the School Environment
Age Group: Key stage 1, year 2
Approach: Main fieldwork activity in the school grounds, with children recording what they find with photographs, sketching, video clips and habitat fans. Follow up activities in the classroom including annotating maps and using puppets to develop talk.
Concepts: The project develops the geographical concepts of place, space and diversity.
Keywords: Habitats, environment, home, local area, school grounds, field, playground, pavement, hedge, trees, buildings, nest, leaf litter, grass
Joy Lane Primary School, Kent
Title: Can I make a difference?
Age Group: Key stage 1, years 1 and 2
Approach: Use of stories and poems to introduce ESD issues, school environment survey, affective mapping, creation of school display
Concepts: Place, scale, ESD
Keywords Planet Earth, world, global, local, environment, survey, feelings, like/dislike, map, plan, spoil, improve, suggest, responsibility, change, protect
Bradley Stoke Community School, Gloucestershire
Title: Mediascape: exploring personal geographies at KS2 & 3 through virtual fieldwork
Age Group: KS3 – can be adapted for KS2 & 4
Approach: To create a unique and personalised interactive piece of fieldwork (Mediascape) on the school grounds using digital equipment (digital video camera, digital camera, music, sound files, text based material and Mediascape software)
Concepts: Local actions Global Effects, Sustainability (ESD), Space, Place, Scale, Fieldwork (Learning out of the classroom)
Keywords: Carbon footprint, sustainability, distance, scale, maps, aerial, longitude, latitude, GPS (Global Positioning System), PDA , Mediascape, route, risk, personal, memories, experiences, literacy, spreadsheet, GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
Southborough CE Primary School, Kent
Title: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood – A Geographical Adventure
Age Group: Key stage 1/year 2
Approach: A journey story based on a traditional tale, set in the area around the school. Children were involved in writing the story and in the production of the film. The film helped them to evaluate the local area including a discussion about environmental hazards and how the environment can be adapted and changed
Concepts: Place, space, environmental interaction
Keywords: Location, journey, hazard, environment, change, develop, improvement, local area, locality, Movie Maker, video, film, primary fieldwork, geography and literacy
Title: What do we feel about the environment around our school?
Age Group: Key stage 2/year 5
Approach: A series of small group, teacher-led walks with a class followed by group write-up sessions; with parallel, linked Literacy and ICT units of work. The ultimate aims were to produce a ‘journey stick’ style map and a short video
Concepts: Fieldwork, place and space, ESD
Keywords: Local area, changing environments, opinions, change, the future and past, environment, community, feelings, improvements, good, bad, interesting things, Photostory, journey stick
Shelley First School, Yorkshire
Title: What is it like to live in Shelley?
Age Group: Year 1
Approach: Local area investigation, fieldwork, map-making, digital maps, use of the online mapping programme Quikmaps, use of digital mapping software Local Studies
Concepts: Place, identity, space, location
Keywords: Journey, near to, at the side, short journey, house, bungalow, garage, village hall, Methodist Church, hairdressers, school, tall, bigger and bigger, building materials, stone, house number, feelings
Austrey Primary School, Warwickshire
Title: Journeys, Place and Landscape
Age Group: Foundation Stage
Approach: Starting from story, fieldwork in the school grounds and local area, responding to our environment, investigation and enquiry, sharing ideas through the use of PowerPoint and IWB
Concepts: Place, space, environment, ESD
Keywords: River, stream, water, environment, stream building, school grounds, Google Earth, sand, pebbles, stones