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Welcome to the web for Primary Geography in Staffordshire andED00091_.wmf (3872 bytes) beyond.

Story and non fiction books for geography
Stories are a wonderful
resource for geography - they transport pupils to different places, help them explore different lifestyles and issues which people face and help challenge stereotypes.
This list can be used as a reference to help you find a book to enhance your geography of place. Story and non-fiction books set in different localities fopr geography and literacy lessons.        

Staffordshire register of fieldwork locations
This is a new register compiled by Staffordshire teachers of locations and venues schools use for geography fieldwork. It can be found on GeoExcellence

Barnaby Bear on FaceBook

The Official Barnaby Bear facebook page, has been set up to 'provide a forum for people to contribute and share ideas and resources that stimulate and inspire children's learning'.
Barnaby Bear on FaceBook

Geography of Chocolate - a Y6 / Y7 transition project brought to you by Give Geography its Place and in particular Christine Lloyd-Staples and Adam Lawson.
This unit of six lessons is designed for use with Y6 post-SATs.
It is designed to:-
• provide a new and fully resourced topic for Y6
• engage children with a topic that is relevant to them all
• make links between their world and the wider world
• act as a bridge between KS2 and KS3 (through the “key concepts”)
• create opportunities for children to develop as young geographers
• provide a context for studying Fairtrade issues.
All the planning and the resources for this unit can be downloaded on GGiP blog



Assessing Primary Geography

Teacher assessment is a complex matter, but here are a few tools to help you with part of the process. Principles and purposes of assessment

These are some special assessment tasks devised by teachers in Staffordshire and Derby. They are designed to be completed by pupils, generally towards the end of a unit, to help teachers judge what pupils know, understand and can do, in order to help teachers assess pupils' progress. These are all Word files, so can be adapted to suit your needs
Year 1 Around our School Year 1 The Local Area
Year 1 A day at the Seaside Year 2 Contrasting locality: Coll  
Year 3 Local issue Year 3 How can we improve the view from our window?
Year 4 A village in India Year 5 Contrasting locality: Barmouth
Year 6 Rivers Year 6 Mountain Environment

Recording pupils' progress
These examples of recording grids are useful to help you devise your own.
End of Unit assessment chart        
"Traffic lights" chart Y1 Around our School The local Area
"Traffic lights" chart Y6 The Mountain Environment
Class assessment records Y1 - Y4 (Perton First School)
Class assessment records Y5 - 6 (Perton First School)

Monitoring progress in geography

Working on your own moderating pupils' attainment can be very difficult. To help you with a national view of expected standards in geography, please have a look at QCA's National Curriculum in Action website, which contains examples of pupils work in all year groups, with a commentary on how well they have achieved and what they could do to make their work even better.

New teaching and learning resources on Everest and Antarctica for KS2

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London has recently opened its doors to welcome primary schools. New teaching and learning resources on Everest and Antarctica for KS2 are available on the website along with a stunning on-line gallery of images from their exciting new project "Unlocking the Archives". The resources can be used to supplement any project on the Mountain Environment scheme of work and Antarctica, with specific links to the geography, history and citizenship curricular. Developed by teachers, these resources can be downloaded to give ideas and activities on teaching and learning in the classroom. Pupils can explore the gallery of images, have a go at the quiz, download the factsheets together with classroom activities, post their opinions in the forum and send in work for inclusion in the People's Exhibition. The challenging interactive work can be reinforced with a visit to the Society and participation in one of the themed workshops. These involve use of archive material, role play with historical characters, co-operative decision making, research using the ICT suite and spending time in this geographical centre of learning. Website www.unlockingthearchives.rgs.org Contact details education@rgs.org Tel: 020 7591 3056

A contrasting locality: Tocuaro
Images from Tocuaro 

Thanks to Adam Nichols for these images taken in Tocuaro, Mexico, during a visit in Easter 2004.

You will find these websites useful

Mexico for Kids
WorldAware Tocuaro site
BBC Schools: A Tale of Two Cities: Mexico City and Belfast
who offer Mexico workshops to school
More images of Mexico
Links to other Mexico sites



India Quiz

This is the quiz from an "India Day" at Thornbury Hall. It is a PowerPoint presentation - download here

Round the World Google Treasure Hunt

Thanks to Chris Rogers, Perton First School, near Wolverhampton, who has sent this Internet quiz which she has devised for her Year 4 pupils

Download quiz here


Village Settlers (based on QCA Unit 9)

Sarah Robson, Headteacher at St. Augustine's C.E. First School in Draycott-in -the-Clay shares with us a Y3/4 lesson seen by Ofsted and described as "good". The report describes the lesson: "Here the teacher combined history and geography through mapping work. Pupils looked at maps to discover whether towns and villages were settled by the Saxons, Vikings or Celts. The extensive research was conducted quietly, with high levels of concentration and at a quick pace. Pairs worked together very well and the quality of discussion was very high. By the end, pupils made hypotheses using information they had already gained plus what they had found out. One group concluded that Wales was settled by the Celts because the Saxons and Viking invaders had driven them out. This showed high levels of understanding." The lesson plans and support materials can be downloaded below:
Lesson plan

Table 1
Table 2
What the place names mean

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The work of one group - their graphs and reports of their findings; other work can be seen below.

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Did you know that from Stafford to Truro* is nearly 3000 miles? 
Jill Wilkinson, Leasowes Junior School in Stafford, was fortunate to go to Canada on a TPID Professional Development visit. Here Jill describes the work she has been doing with her class since the visit, linking geography, literacy, ICT, art and design and the links she has made with Salmon River Elementary School. See the full story here!

* Truro in Nova Scotia that is!

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Teaching about Chembakolli?

On a QLS course, Geography and the Internet, Gareth Jones from Moor First School in Biddulph, created this PowerPoint presentation to be used with children studying a Village in India. Please download the presentation here for your own use. 

Please make sure you are using the NEW Chembakolli pack from Action Aid when teaching this unit. It is also a good idea to complement teaching about rural India with an urban contrast and Action Aid's new Bangalore pack is excellent. 

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Click on the picture above to see the presentation.

The Flat Stanley Project
Emma Sheridan
from Springfields First School in Yarnfield recounts a very successful project Year 2 project which puts a new twist to the QCA unit Where in the World is Barnaby Bear!

Click here to see the work and more photos 

Flat Stanley Website www.flatstanleyproject.com 

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Click on the image above, and use it as a template for your own "Flat Stanley"!

Coming to England
Caroline Johnstone
from Christchurch Middle School in Stone
describes how she has brought Geography into the Literacy hour by using Floella Benjamin's autobiography Coming to England to compare weather in Trinidad and England. 
Click here to see the work and more photos of the display!

What A Wonderful World!
Oh yes it is, and just to prove it Year 5 at Hugo Meynell Primary have been busy travelling the globe finding out about many of the most famous landmarks, natural and man-made.

Fly and float with Fergal
Fergal is the frog that will guide you through some excellent aerial photographs of the Trent from Knypersley (one of the sources) to Blacktoft (the mouth). This would make a great resource for the geographical enquiry: How does the River Trent affect the landscape and people of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire?

Sally Sanders formerly of Ryecroft Middle School in Rocester, has created two differentiated worksheets for Y5 pupils to use with the River Trent website. Click here for River Trent worksheet and click here for Freddie Frog worksheet, a slightly easier version. 

OS Grid Ref. SK 190152

An example of one of the twelve aerial photos on the fergal site

Barnaby's travels
Congratulations to Georgie Savage and Chris Rogers and their colleagues at Perton First School.  

The school web site features Barnaby's travels. Barnaby's adventures are pupil generated and he has been all over the world.

Round the World in a Day
Take a trip with Thomas Russell Infants who went Round the World in a Day. This was a project for Geography Action Week.

Cannock Town Centre Trail resource
Carolyne Cadman of Walhouse Junior School, has produced a valuable teaching aid for teachers of KS2 Geography and English in the Cannock area, with support from Cannock Chase Council and the Staffordshire Partnership. Karen Ward and Val Moore from the District Council have produced a supporting board game and wallchart. 

Silkmore Primary's Geographical Enquiry
Study the details of Silkmore Primary School's Geographical Enquiry into a development site in their local area - This involved the 'Planning for Real' project with pupils building models and offering opinions about a new housing development.



This page last updated 28 March 2012

This page was last updated 28/03/12