Welcome to the Early Years & Primary area containing information about all our EY-KS2 activities for the second phase of the Action Plan for Geography.
Primary Geography Champions
Now recruiting for 2010-11
We need another 12 Geography Champions across England to help us promote primary geography and support primary teachers. Would you like three paid days in 2010–11 to support a network of teachers in your area?
About the Champions
The Primary Geography Champions scheme forms part of the second phase of the DCSF sponsored Action Plan for Geography, and up to 54 Champions will be appointed by 2011 to lead local, free CPD networks for primary teachers.
To date we have an impressive list of 40 Champions in place. Our Champions are a mix of (mostly) teachers, Head teachers, educators in ITE and advisors – several of our teacher Champs are Chartered Geographers and/or ASTs. All of them are enthusiastic, approachable and keen to support local needs. We are also lucky to have recruited Professor Iain Stewart as an honorary Primary Geography Champion.
The Champions hope to engage with at least 1500 primary teachers over the next three years and will work with you to ensure that geography retains its place amongst those curriculum areas that are characterised by excellence and enjoyment.
Visit the Primary Geography Champions Ning to meet our Champs, find out about networking activities taking place in your area, and interact with other teachers across the UK. Although registration is required, this is free and only takes a few seconds.
You may also be interested in joining the Early Years and Primary Practitioners group on the main Geographical Association Ning.
Local and Regional Events
Our Primary Champions regularly hold CPD events and offer free network meetings in their local areas – visit the Primary Geography Champions Ning for up to date listings.
The ‘Young Geographers’ project was a three-month pilot project funded by the TDA, which aimed to support teachers in planning for and carrying out a short unit of work with a focus on Living Geography. Teachers were asked to design some locality fieldwork, thinking about aspects of ESD and personalising planning to suit their school context.
Twenty teachers (ten in the north of the UK and ten in the south) were recruited for two parallel projects to work and develop active locality fieldwork using the concept of Living Geography. We were lucky enough to have a tremendous response and to enrol teachers representing Foundation through to Key Stage 3.