Geographical Association

Join the GA

The leading subject association for all teachers of geography

Fieldwork in Primary Geography

children running through leaves

All you want to know about fieldwork - progression in local fieldwork, health and safety, school grounds, local and residential learning ideas.

You can also visit our fieldwork page for information about publications, resources and websites offering fieldwork advice for all key stages. Here you can download the first part in the GA's Fieldwork File series, 'Setting the standards - for safe, successful fieldwork for all', a free poster which sets out a code of practice for fieldwork across all key stages.

The GA's Fieldwork File: For the primary years, priced £27.99/£19.99 GA members, is packed with useful advice and is well worth considering as part of your subject leader's resource collection.

Risk Assessment

Below is an actual risk assessment in regular use for a Riverside walk for upper juniors. It should be viewed as a model and the template can be adapted for your own use. At first glance it looks like a lot of paperwork but it does reflect the proper preparation and thought processes professionals should naturally go through when preparing for an off-site activity.

Model Risk Assessment (47k)

note: this file requires Microsoft Word.


Using the Local Area

To avoid repetition in local area work it's worth spending a staff meeting or time on a development day familiarising colleagues with the local area’s features and possibilities. This can be done simply by walking round the area and taking some useful photos for classroom use at the same time. Often teaching assistants have good local knowledge, which can help. Chapter 13 'Exploring the Local Area' in the Primary Geography Handbook contains detailed help. Use the document below as the basis for progression in local area work.

Progression in Using the Local Area (76k)

note: this file requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you do not have this you can get it free from the Adobe website.


Young Geographers Project

The GA is leading an innovative project to develop active locality fieldwork using the concept of Living Geography from Foundation to Key Stage 3. Several case studies, each including downloadable resources, are available in the Young Geographers project area.

 

If you'd like to chat to other primary geography co-ordinators and subject leaders, why not join the Geography Champions Ning to participate in online discussions and find out about face-to-face meetings in your area.


(Updated 22.07.09)

Comment on this page

Comments made by GA members appear instantly and don't require security words to be entered - make sure you're logged in!   Guest comments will be sent to a moderator for approval.

GA members can add a profile picture and their comments appear instantly

Join the GA

Please complete all fields

Journals - Free Access for GA Members

The Spring 2014 issue of Primary Geography focuses on landscapes

The spring issue of Teaching Geography focuses on quality geography

The Spring 2014 issue of Geography

Online Shop - Up to 30% Discount for all GA Members

Barnaby Bear’s World Map

£13.99 / £9.99 *

Add to basket

Glaciation: Processes and Landforms (DVD)

£61.99 / £50.99 *

Add to basket

Countries of the World Wall Map

£10.99 / £9.99 *

Add to basket

Climate Change (DVD)

£61.99 / £50.99 *

Add to basket

SuperSchemes: Barnaby Bear Investigates the World

£14.99 / £9.99 *

Add to basket

The Alps: Opportunities and Challenges (DVD)

£61.99 / £50.99 *

Add to basket

Badges - pack of 100

£17.99 / £12.99 *

Add to basket

Barnaby Bear’s UK Map

£13.99 / £9.99 *

Add to basket

United Kingdom Wall Map and Countries of the World Wall Map

£18.99 / £15.99 *

Add to basket

SuperSchemes: Investigating Rivers

£14.99 / £9.99 *

Add to basket
<-- -->

Your shopping basket is empty.

Items in basket 0

Basket Total £0.00

View/Edit Basket

* Applies to Full Personal, Group and
Concessionary members only

Resource Finder

Enter a keyword below or click 'advanced search' for more options


Advanced Search





Resources section
  • Advertisement: Geography Education at the IOE
  • Visit the Rayburn tours website
  • Find out more

© Copyright The Geographical Association 2013

Charity No: 1135148 Company No: 07139068

Website design and development by Ledgard Jepson