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Introduction: thinking about primary geography

BySimon Catling

Introduction Geography, when taught well, is an exciting, inviting and invigorating primary curriculum subject. Geography is, intricately and demonstrably, a dimension of our lives, takes us into the world, and challenges us. It connects our lives and places to others, and with the physical environment. It is the ‘world subject’ (Bonnett 2008). Geography gives, with other subjects, ‘body’ to the primary curriculum and extends and deepens younger children’s learning. Its importance lies in developing their knowledge and understanding about the world as it is and their sense of its and their own futures. As a school subject its role is to engage, encourage and enable children’s geographical thinking.