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Many primary teachers feel overwhelmed when it comes to teaching the Geography National Curriculum. The brief, rather dry curriculum statements and objectives don’t give teachers much to go on when planning for Geography. That’s why we believe a creative approach to Geography planning is essential.
Do it the right way and you’ll help bring Geography to life, inspire your primary students to learn more about this fascinating topic and also meet key UK National Curriculum guidelines.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled some of our favourite hands-on Geography lesson ideas that will help get your KS1 and KS2 primary students excited about learning Geography and exploring the world around them.
Creative geography projects are fantastic for getting your students involved in hands-on learning, discovering some real-life applications of Geography, and bringing the Geography National Curriculum to life.
A creative approach, where you include opportunities for learners to develop their ‘soft skills’ such as teamwork and communication, will really help ignite curiosity and bring learning to life.
Consider including geography projects such as the following:
Digital geography resources are valuable tools that will help you bring your geography lessons right up to the 21st century. They’ll also boost your students’ engagement, get them excited about geography and also meet some of the requirements of the UK Geography National Curriculum.
Here are our favourite ideas:
Use the creative Geography ideas we’ve shared so far to supplement or inspire your lesson plans, help you students feel enthusiastic and excited about their geography lessons, and to help deepen their knowledge in a fun and accessible way.
To ensure you’re meeting the geography National Curriculum requirements for KS1 or KS2, consider supplementing your Geography lessons plans with the following:
At PlanBee, we offer an excellent scheme of work for KS1 Geography such as ‘Where Do I Live?’ and KS2 Geography called ‘Our Local Area' which will ease your lesson planning burden while also meeting the demands of the National Curriculum.
Combining essential classroom lesson plans, slides, activity sheets, handouts and other resources, this pack will teach your students about human and physical features of the your local area. This includes key geography topics such as economic activity, climate, rivers, land use and settlements which are presented in a way which help primary students put their learning into context.
We also offer a wide range of Geography lesson plans, worksheets, and Geography curriculum packs which will help ease the burden of lesson planning and allow your students to get more from the classroom.
Get your students inspired by using these innovative primary teaching ideas and you’ll boost their sense curiosity about the world while also meeting the guidelines set out in the Geography curriculum.
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Planning looks quite detailed, engaging and differentiated to support everyone’s learning :)
Thank you, Eva! We hope that you and your class enjoy using the resources :-)
This unit has some good ideas but needed a lot of tweaking to make a suitable unit for my Y3 class. This made it a rather expensive buy and not the best value for money for me.
Hi James, thank you for your comments. This is a Year 5/6 scheme of work so we can understand how it might not have been best suited to your Year 3 class. We have sent you an email - please check your inbox :-)
Exactly what I was looking for, thank you.
We're so pleased to hear that - thanks, Molly!
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Thanks, Kyla :-)
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