- Locate the page `Living Geography’ which is part of the Geography and Global Dimension On-line CPD unit and then plan an activity that involves fieldwork and the children you teach.
- Look at the case studies on this Blog site and choose one to adapt for your own teaching – they are all listed along the banner at the top of this page.
- Download the PowerPoint from the Planning and Resources Page of the GA CPD Unit and adapt it for a unit of work that you are going to teach – you will find examples of ways our teachers have done this if you check out the case studies. You’ll find Zoe’s version for her Chembakolli Unit here >>>
- Share some of the work that you have done with your children so that we can build up a wider bank of case-studies.
We had a very good evening and the staff at Jump Primary were fantastic! (Say thank you again to them from me Zoe.) I changed things round a bit from my original programme, deciding that everything except the `Danger of a Single Story’ should go first.
So I began with a short introduction about the project- mainly for Lucy’s benefit as Zoe’s staff already knew something about the background. I was able to flag up the online CPD unit on the Geographical Association website:
Next, we talked about what we’d learnt from the project, i.e. `Steps on our learning journey’ and then moved onto look at `The Geographical Questions’ that I had linked to our fieldwork visit around Wortley Village. These can usefully be used in relation to places in our parts of the country/ world and our Year 2 project group found them very valuable. (They also enjoyed their fieldwork experience.)
We ended with the Danger of a Single Story, which went down very well with all of our teachers – we had some very positive comments at the end of the session which I felt had a significant impact on their thinking. It will be good to see how they follow up this initial input.
A geographical understanding of the world (places and spaces and people’s relationship with them) supports a greater understanding of global issues / key concepts (interdependence, human rights, values & perceptions, global citizenship, social justice, diversity, sustainability, conflict resolution).
- The Danger of a Single Story: teachers need to be aware of the limitations of their own perspective on issues, places and people; to broaden and deepen their own and pupils’ understanding and challenge assumptions, prejudice and discrimination.
- The Global in the Local: recognise the global context of our local lives.
- Recognise the interconnectedness of people, places and spaces locally and globally
- Here as well as there: we need to ask the same questions in our own locality / country as in other localities across the world. Understanding their own locality helps children to understand distant ones (e.g. look at local forests when studying rainforests).
Some principles drawn from Year 2 of the project