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Primary Geography Week ideas :)

Discussion in 'Geography' started by MissMynett, May 11, 2020.

  1. MissMynett

    MissMynett New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a new geography coordinator and the idea of having a geography week has been suggested. Does anyone have any ideas or themes that have worked well for them?

    I know there is a feeling we could do something around Europe as the Euro football has been cancelled due to the on going situation.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. CaptainTuttle

    CaptainTuttle New commenter

    We had a theme day- each class was allocated (though you may want to ask for preferences as there was some grumbling) a country and the teachers planned activities relating to their country and the children moved to different 'countries' (classrooms) to take part in activities- New Zealand- the haka, Italy- pasta pictures, China calligraphy etc. We considered each child having a 'passport' to be checked and stamped for each country but decided against it due to time. As you're thinking of a geography week, making passports- and learning about what they're used- for could form one of the activities.

    We also had a room set up with food stations, flags and labels to say where it was from and the children could taste different foods- this was naturally their favourite part of the day!
  3. MissMynett

    MissMynett New commenter

    Thanks for your reply, that sounds great!

    I can imagine about the grumbling :D
  4. CaptainTuttle

    CaptainTuttle New commenter

    Do you have many EAL pupils, or children from/have family from other countries in school? A geography week would be ideal for work on diversity and giving them the opportunity to share... you could make it cross curricular- African drumming workshops (though I'd make sure they say which country in Africa the style is from- can you believe I was told off for being picky when I objected to a classroom being Africa because it's not a country grrr!... sorry still annoyed about that lol) Where was I? Cross-curricular... bhangra dancing, aboriginal art etc Some of it you can get people to come in a do (as long as their companies have survived lock down) and some photos and youtube are all you need. You could look at climates- link it to fashion and compare regions - science links looking at specific adaptions in local wildlife to survive extreme weather/temperate etc

    You've got me thinking that I want to have a geography week now! :D
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  5. MissMynett

    MissMynett New commenter

    Ah you have some great ideas! Thanks so much.

    I'm going to work on the assumption we are still mostly at home and set a daily geography challenge that can be sent out by class teachers. I will follow your suggestion and let teachers choose their own country. I'm thinking: learn a song in the language of your country/count to 10, find out an usual fact, research a traditional food/meal/recipe then I might pinch your ideas about fashion and local wildlife.

    Maybe I could introduce a competitive element where the most interesting/well researched contribution wins my remote geographer award?

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