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developing Geography in our primary school

Discussion in 'Primary' started by mmc39, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. I have just taken on this role and been asked to develop Geography in our school.
    I am not a Geography specialist and not sure where to start.
    Any suggestions from anyone?
     
  2. I have just taken on this role and been asked to develop Geography in our school.
    I am not a Geography specialist and not sure where to start.
    Any suggestions from anyone?
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If it were me, I'd start with an audit of what geography is presently done within the years & look to devloping opportunities to integrate Geography into the topics & ensure progression.
    Then I'd try to develop sa Scheme of work across the whole school & look to doing some INSET on it.
     
  4. Thank you for that.
    How do you go about devising a scheme of work? Any good resources you would suggest?
     
  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Is there an advisor that you could ask to come in and help you? It is quite a task to develop a whole school scheme!
    Have a look at this page:
    http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/geography/ks1-2/resources/
    It has a couple of useful matrix which might help in your survey of what is currently done, but I would speak to someone before you do too much as there might be a good county scheme in place already that you could use/adapt.

     
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree, planning a SoW isn't easy. I'd definitely research some schemes already planned online. Then choose one format, which I thought worked well, adapt & tweak it to your school.
    We all have to start somewhere, but I agree don't want to have to re-invent the wheel everytime.
     
  7. Thank you for all your advice.
    I think starting with an audit for Geography might be a good idea. Can anyone help me with this? What key points should I focus in on for this?
    Many thanks
     
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    £ key area, people, curriculum & resources.
    So how many teachers have any 'expertise' in Geography? What level. GCSE, A level, degree? (You may have been given the post of 'responsibility' to enhance your own professional development, but this doesn't preclude there being someone on staff who has better subject knowledge.)
    What aspects of Geography occur where at present within the school? Is this a good progression or does it need 'tweaking' to allow for better preogression? Or worst scenario -shows no progression so you know your remit straight away!
    What resources are available throughout the school? Are they fit for purpose or do new ones need to be acquired?
    Hope those are of some help.
     
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Should read <u>3</u> key areas of course!
     
  10. The Star Project (Google it) has some fab skills progression sheets. They're a starting point for me - I'm in a similar position having just taken over the Geog lead
     
  11. Thank you for that idea. Those progression sheets look great.
    The budget for Geography is &pound;50 this year so it won't take long to spend that. Any other ideas for what should be included in an audit?
     
  12. Anyone done an audit in Geography? What did you do for it?
    Any ideas appreciated.
     

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