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Developing Primary Geography
United Kingdom
Hong Kong
United States of America
Map skills
Global trade
Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes
Exploring Shackleton's Antarctica
The Mediterranean
Subject knowledge animation: Shackleton
Subject knowledge animation: Map skills
Subject knowledge animation: Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes
Subject knowledge animation: Key Stage Two geography
Using the Societys collections to develop cross curricular links
Mount Everest and its ascent
Antarctica - Extreme wilderness
Kenya - A changing nation
China - Snapshots in Time
India - Pictures of the Past
Lesson plans and ideas

Primary resources

This module on ‘Developing Primary Geography ‘offers guidance and support for classroom practitioners, subject leaders and senior management in the development of high-quality primary geography. Each of the four modules begin with some bulleted Q and As to help you find relevant sections easily and have links to useful supporting documents, templates and websites.

Developing Primary Geography
Guidance and support in developing high quality primary geography

These resources have been developed as part of the Rediscovering London's Geography project, funded by the GLA through the London Schools Excellence Fund. They are based on the 2014 National Curriculum and have been written by teachers, for teachers.

United Kingdom - Key Stage 1 & 2
A look at the physical and human environments of the UK

Rivers - Key Stage 2
A look at rivers and river systems

Hong Kong - Key Stage 1 & 2
A look at the Asian city of Hong Kong

United States of America - Key Stage 2
A look at the geography of the USA

Map skills - Key Stage 1 & 2
A look at map skills


Australia - Key Stage 1 & 2
A look at both the human and physical characteristics of Australia

Global trade - Key Stage 2
A look at global supply chains, food, UK exports and Fairtrade

Brazil - Key Stage 2
A look at both the human and physical characteristics of Brazil

The Mediterranean - Key Stage 2
A look at Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, including a focus on Italy.

Mountains volcanoes and earthquakes

Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes - Key Stage 2
Exploring how and where mountains and natural hazards form.

Exploring Shackleton's Antarctica

Exploring Shackleton's Antarctica - Key Stage 1 & 2
A look at the 1915 Endurance expedition and daily life in Antarctica.


Subject knowledge animations

A set of animations to show primary geography teachers more about the key ideas and processes within the geography curriculum

An insight into Shackleton's Endurance expedition

Map skills
An overview of symbols, compass and direction, grid references, scale, contours

Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes
An overview of the geography of mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes

Key Stage Two geography
An overview of KS2 geography


A set of posters to show more about key ideas and processes within the geography curriculum

Weather and climate
Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes

Weather and climate resources

A selection of weather and climate resources, lesson ideas and experiments from the Met Office

Weather and climate resources

Unlocking the Archives

Educational resources are aimed at Key Stage 2 (KS2) geography, history and citizenship based on the Society's unique archive collections. More of these resources are available for Key Stage Three. Many of the resources are linked to exhibitions which can be hired out to schools.

Using the Society's collection to develop cross curricular links Using the Society's collections to develop cross curricular links
Mount Everest and its ascent Mount Everest and its ascent
Find out about the 1953 expedition and what impact tourism has had on the area.
Antarctica - Extreme wilderness Antarctica - Extreme wilderness
Learn about the race to the Pole.
Kenya - A changing nation Kenya - A changing nation
Explore Kenya's rich and complex history of exploration, trade and colonisation
China - Snapshots in time China - Snapshots in Time
Find out more about China's fascinating history.
India - Pictures of the past India - Pictures of the past
Learn more about India and its past.

Discovering Galapagos

Discovering Galapagos

Discovering Galapagos is an interactive, bilingual, educational resource from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Galapagos Conservation Trust that will bring the islands to life in your classroom.

Lesson plans and ideas

Lesson plans and ideas
A selection of lesson plans and resources for Key Stages One and Two, written by teachers.

Britain from the Air »

Britain from the Air

Britain from the Air provides a rich visual tool through which primary pupils can build a picture of the geography (social, cultural, economic and environmental) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Global Eye »

Global Eye

Global Eye is a website based on Global Eye magazine for primary schools about global development issues.

Walk the World »

Walk the World

Walk the World is the opportunity for your school to discover its local connections with the 206 Olympic and Paralympic nations that competed at the London 2012 Games.

Promethean Planet

Promethean Planet

The Society has developed some KS2 geography resources which are available through Promethean Planet. Created by teachers, for teachers, Promethean Planet is a unique teaching, sharing and support community, with over one million members in more than 150 countries.

KS2 Rivers fieldwork booklet (PDF)
KS2 settlement and landuse fieldwork booklet (PDF)
KS2 weather fieldwork booklet (PDF)

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