Geography Teaching Resources
Although maths and English are very important, we shouldn’t stick to just teaching English and maths. Looking at the geography of our world is a great way to interest children and teaches us some skills at the same time. That’s geography skills and maths and English! Here are some useful geography teaching resources that I have found on the internet.
One of the good things about geography is that there are lots of photos lots of different types of pictures and diagrams, and lots of videos we can look at.
These sites are mainly for children up to 11 although some of the books suggested at the end of this article are for older pupils.
Our World is a welsh primary school site showing local geography, and then European and world geography that the children at a primary school have investigated. It is aimed at other children in their school but it is a fantastic resource for anyone.
5-7 year olds
Here we have a PowerPoint and a PDF. They tell the story of different children, the homestead living and the food they eat. They often have to grow their own food.
Here we have a PowerPoint and a set of teachers notes. The teachers notes of really useful. There are three questions for each picture to ask for children and some suggested activities. You might want to just pick one or two pictures to look at you don’t have to use the whole set.
7-11 year olds
There is a photo pack you can buy here but you don’t need to as there’s a PDF so you can look at it all online. There are 34 pages packed with pictures, questions, activities for you to do with your child.
There’s a rather clever video at the top of the page. You can actually click on a number of hotspots so that you can choose which child’s story you’re looking at. You can also look at various themes by clicking on the appropriate hotspot. The hotspots become available when you are 20 seconds into the video, and they are also available at the end of the video so you can choose something else.
Click here for a five minute film and a short drag and drop activity to do.
Films for Children – click here for a few more films on various topics
Oxfam Educational Resources
For 8 -16-year-olds
Oxfam have some resources entitled Food for thought.
There is one section for 8 -11 year olds and another for 11 -16 year olds.
In the first section, there is a fictional island and a role -playing game aimed at thinking about issues of sustainability and fairness related to buying land.
In the second section there is a situation for you to investigate concerning the forbidding of land to be sold for biofuels.
There are lots of resources on the Traidcraft for schools website, especially related to Geography.
These go all the way from KS1 to KS5 and there are lots and good PowerPoints and activities.
These are some of the activities for KS2:
You might also want to look at the Activities and Games Page.
Primary Resources UK
A lot of resources on this site for primary school children so that’s everybody between the ages about 5 and 11.
These have been collected from different teachers over quite a large period of time. The quality is variable partly because some of the resources look quite old fashioned now.
However, there are masses of PowerPoints and other documents which is very easy to just use either on the computer or to print off if it’s an activity.
There are a number of pages for geography. Each one has a box like this at the top so just click on whatever topic you would like and you’ll get further resources.
When I first came across this site it was onto a page of photographs, so I wondered why it was called 3D Geography. However, once I saw the first page it was obvious.
There are lots of models that you can make.
There are examples of rainforest and ocean dioramas that were made by Year 2 children, and there are some backgrounds you can use.
As well as these there are quizzes, word searches, vocabulary lists , animal facts posters and much more.
You will have noticed that there are plenty of picture photobanks amongst the resources. If we are using the photos publically then we have to be careful about copyright. For tutors – sites like https://unsplash.com/ or https://pixabay.com/ are really useful and some of these pictures are amazing.
For instance, I have typed in China on Unsplash and you get 1,307 amazing pictures come up.
I have done the same on Pixabay and another 4000+ come up but here you have to be careful and some of the pictures will take you to other sites where you need to pay for the pictures. These are clearly marked, but just be careful. Ignore the sponsored photos and choose from the “4,093 Free photos of China” section.
If you are just looking for some to use at home with your own child then you can be more relaxed about your use of pictures.
KS1 Geography Video
Watch this inspirational Geography video showcasing the work of Jane Whittle in an early map making journey with her class.
This would work well whatever the number of children you had, whether it is just you and your child or there are more of you.
Fairtrade around the world – KS1 – with PowerPoint and activity
Some resources from Amazon
(I do get a small commission if you buy any of the resources below.)
The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia by Gillian Doherty With internet links. Great for KS2.
If you have any suggestions, comments or questions please put them in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.