Due to popular demand, here are some materials and sites for Primary Geography. Don't forget to join the GA and subscribe to 'Primary Geography' journal.
This page last updated July 2008 and now ARCHIVED.
Here are some notable primary sites, all of which have Geography materials, most of which have information relevant to other subjects too, which is just as well, as Primary colleagues need to have skills in a wide range of areas.
If you want a site with resources for the lower school try the excellent site produced by TONY PICKFORD. Colleagues from the Primary sector will probably already know of his work. There is a whole range of excellent material here, including some contrasting UK localities, which are always something people want more of. There's also a virtual farm tour. This is a 'must-see' site for all Primary Geographers. Recommended.
There's also a Primary Geography section on the excellent site run by STAFFORDSHIRE'S ADVISORY SERVICE. They have recently added some extra links and it's probably worth registering to get hold of the latest updates. Recommended. (See Top Ten too.) To go straight to the Primary materials click HERE.
Look out for the DfES OPEN DOORS website and initiative to involve parents more in their children's education.
ZOOTHLAND has information on food and nutrition, and the importance of food linked in with ideas of dental hygiene.
An obvious place is SCHOOLZONE. This has been around a while now, and offers plenty of free stuff.
ESPRESSO is a subscription service, and also works best with broadband.
Link to some excellent COASTS and RIVERS material at the SOUTH WEST GRID for Learning.
Go to the DfES STANDARDS SITE to get information on Primary Schemes. Recommended.
The SUFFOLK advisory service's pages at SLAMNET have some great stuff for Foundation level. Recommended.
One useful idea for helping students write up reports and structure their work is to use a grid or writing frame. A large collection of materials can be found at CLICKER SOFTWARE.
Find out about the Foundation stages of children's development by going to the QCA site. You can download Schemes of Work for all the various subjects from the same site.
I like the FLAT STANLEY PROJECT site: the chance to download a template of Stanley to take on your travels with you.
Try the DFES for information on ICT IN SCHOOLS.
Information on the new JUNIORS site: a Key Stage 2 E-learning resource can be found at JUNIORS ZONE. This can be seen at BETT 2003. At the moment, there are 80 'e-lessons' available free, with over 700 for those who subscribe to the site.
Some useful materials and links to other sites courtesy of WOODLANDS JUNIOR SCHOOL.
A search on "Geography and ICT" should produce some other links. Try it - I did.
Try also UNDER 5's which has some useful worksheet for such things as 'Pencil Control'.. There are also sites where you can enter your own text and produce your own worksheets on particular themes, or letters.
WORDSEARCH and other similar puzzles can also be produced at various DISCOVERY SCHOOL sites.
Doing a project on transport ? Try the LEARNING ON THE MOVE site. Sections on MOVING ME, MOVING PEOPLE, MOVING GOODS, MOVING LANDSCAPES
Plenty of guidance at THE GRID site.
Several of the THINKING SKILLS activities which are very much in vogue at the moment could easily be used with lower age groups.
Every month, the TES provide free materials on their PRIMARY PLUS site. It has down-loadable worksheets and lesson plans. The password is listed in the TES each month. This month's password is.......
Another resource which may be of use to people in Norfolk (and the wider area) is the website of BROAD FUTURES.
Recently had a presentation by Nell Seal about the BROAD FUTURES project which runs in Norfolk. The locational context is / are the Norfolk Broads. The aim of the project is to support teachers with ESD. For more information on the project, try the ESINET link here and then click on 'BROAD FUTURES'. There are a number of resources available. At the moment these are largely for Key Stage 2, by the end of 2005 there will be some secondary resources. There are some INFORMATION SHEETS. Some useful resources on Ecological Footprinting can be found HERE.
Also, from the QCA website you can download any of the Schemes and specifications which you might need.
I recently went online and downloaded all the FOUNDATION LEVEL materials and details of the new Foundation Profile which all reception age children will have produced for them...
The DfES STANDARDS site now includes PRIMARY MATERIAL for the PRIMARY NATIONAL STRATEGY.
These support the NATIONAL LITERACY STRATEGY (NLS)
NATIONAL NUMERACY STRATEGY (NMS)
1. Interactive Games are to be found at the site of MANCHESTER AIRPORT. This has activities for both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils which test UK, European and World Locational Knowledge. Uses simple drag and drop operation. Have a go!
2. The published LCP, which produces Language resources, has also put on line some sample resources in PDF format. This means that you can check out some good mapping resources for use with various Key Stages, notably in the primary level. Go HERE to get them. Click on the DOWNLOADS tab and scroll through.
3. Ian Murray's GEOGRAPHY PHOTOS site has some great images for display or STARTERS.
4. Check out the brand new website of BARNABY BEAR (opened August 2006). This is one of lots of resources produced by the GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION. Get hold of their PRIMARY CATALOGUE.
Now available is the new GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION's PRIMARY GEOGRAPHY HANDBOOK
5. http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/subjects/geography/index.htm - a whole range of excellent resources for Primary Geographers...
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