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Primary Geography

Maps and photographs

The new National Curriculum requirements set the bar high in terms of expectations for high quality, inspirational geography teaching which will stay with pupils for life. The materials below will provide support with helping you to do this through your teaching.

The Geographical Association

The best one stop shop to support your induction year is the Geographical Association.

There is a very strong Early Years and Primary section along with other excellent resources available at the Geographical Association shop.

Membership is a good form of CPD, through journals, conferences and supporting materials.


Geocube offers core knowledge support for Human and Physical Geography.

The Green Thread

The ‘Green Thread’ is something missing from the current geography curriculum but environmental education is a key aspect of good quality primary geography. The Eco Schools programme brings sustainability to school.

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Fieldwork and Learning Outside the classroom are key aspects of a high quality geography curriculum. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom provides a range of support, from risk assessment through to creative strategies for teaching and learning.

If you have any specific requests for support or want advice on any aspect of primary geography, please contact

Using maps

Supporting pupil understanding of the world through their progressive use of maps is a key aspect of geographical teaching. The Ordnance Survey provide a range of teaching resources for using maps:

GIS Simulations are available at Mapzone

Digimap is an excellent digital mapping resource for primary aged pupils.

Using photographs

Images are a great way of bringing the world into the classroom – the following sites have freely downloadable images that you can use to support your teaching.

Geography is a searchable store of images of the UK.

Yann Arthus Bertrand brings home the beauty and fragility of the planet we live on.

A range of images and ideas from the Geographical Association to bring the WOW of the World into the classroom.

Planning support

The Geography Plus series from the Geographical Association provides planning support for different aspects of geography which includes lesson resources, a rationale for teaching that unit, geographical subject knowledge including key concepts, medium terms plans, lesson plans and resources. You can also get samples of one unit.

The Superschemes series from the Geographical Association provide planning support for a range of geographical teaching and learning units, from early years to upper KS2. They provide frameworks for sequences of lessons that will support pupil progress toward geographical learning outcomes.

Superschemes basics are very suitable for use within the Early Years.

Teaching support

Where will I live? A geography teacher’s guide to exploring the key concept of place is a useful reminder about developing sense of place in the locality.