Methodology of Primary Geography
Primary geography is all about understanding and interacting with the world we live in both locally and globally. Recent newsworthy events have presented primary teachers with several opportunities for teaching geography. Significant events which took place locally, nationally and globally include: unprecedented weather conditions in Ireland; several major earthquakes including those which occurred in Haiti, New Zealand and more recently in Japan; the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. The visits of Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama also provide much geographical potential. However, geography starts with the personal geography of children: their immediate locality including places where they live, play and visit. Through primary geography children and teachers have an opportunity to interact with the personal, local and global geography of children. Children engage in primary geography through a range of enquiry based approaches including field trips, simulation games, interactive map work and photography. This work is assisted by ICT, Google Earth, adventurous primary teachers and a range of geographical resources. (See www. geography.org.uk for more information about geographical resources).