Noctua School Alliance

Member Area

Geography

CourseGeography Workshops 2024/2025
Led byJulia Tanner - Consultant, Trainer and Author.
DetailsOur programme covers three half day sessions and will be delivered by Julia Tanner – Consultant, Trainer and Author. Julia was a Primary Geography Champion (2013-17) and was thrilled to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Geographical Association in April 2024.

Julia Tanner is a former teacher and teacher educator, and now an education consultant.

Julia has a national reputation for her work in early years and primary geography and has run numerous workshops and training days for schools, Local Authorities, voluntary organisations, the Geographical Association, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation and Early Excellence. She has written extensively, making practical classroom focused contributions journals and books.

Julia is well-known regionally and nationally for her practical, down-to-earth approach.

Session 1 – Teaching ‘Place’ in Primary Geography: The Local Area
Monday 7th October 2024

This session is for all classroom teachers and Geography Subject Leads.
The Ofsted Subject Report (September 2023) found that the teaching of place and other key geographical concepts is often poorly planned. This session will demonstrate how to use the local area as a familiar context for developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts, including place.
During the workshop we will:
• Clarify how the concept of ‘place’ in primary geography relates to study of the local area.
• Examine the role of the local area in learning about places in KS1 and KS2.
• Explore ideas for developing children’s geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through the study of the local area.
• Identify significant resources to support high quality learning about the local area.

To make the best use of this session, please bring copies of your long-term plans for geography.
This session will include some work outside, so please bring a clipboard and suitable clothing and footwear

Session 2 – Teaching ‘Place’ in Primary Geography: Distant Places
Monday 10th March 2025

This session is for all classroom teachers and Geography Subject Leads.
The Ofsted Subject Report (September 2023) found that the teaching of place is often poorly planned, leading to pupils learning a ’single story’ about places. This session will provide practical support for developing pupils’ geographical understanding, knowledge and skills through the study of distant places.
During the workshop we will:
• Clarify how the concept of ‘place’ in primary geography relates to study of places beyond the local area
• Examine statutory requirements for learning about distant places in KS1 and KS2.
• Present ideas for developing children’s geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through the study of distant places.
• Explore the range of resources necessary to avoid teaching a ‘single story’ about the distant places studied.

To make the best use of this session, please bring copies of your long-term plans for geography.

Session 3 - Developing Mapwork Skills in Primary Geography
Monday 23rd June 2025

This session is for all classroom teachers and Geography Subject Leads.
It will focus on understanding and developing mapwork as an essential element of the primary geography curriculum. It will cover key skills in making, using and reading maps, and explore possibilities for enhancing mapwork provision in the school’s geography curriculum.
It will include:
• Examining statutory requirements and progression in mapwork skills.
• Exploring the potential of the school grounds and local area as a site for developing mapwork skills.
• Identifying opportunities for integrating mapwork in geography units of work
• Valuable resources for developing mapwork skills.

To make the best use of this session, please bring copies of your long-term plans for geography.
This session will include some work outside, so please bring a clipboard and suitable clothing and footwear.

Event location: Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School


TimingsMonday 7th October 20241.30pm-4pm£80 per session
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseDeveloping Fieldwork Skills In Primary Geography
Led byJulia Tanner - Consultant, Trainer and Author.
DetailsDue to demand, Noctua are offering a one-off face to face workshop delivered by Julia Tanner, Consultant, Trainer and Author.

Julia was a Primary Geography Champion (2013-17), and was thrilled to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Geographical Association in April 2024.

Julia Tanner is a former teacher and teacher educator, and now an education consultant.

Julia has a national reputation for her work in early years and primary geography and has run numerous workshops and training days for schools, Local Authorities, voluntary organisations, the Geographical Association, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation and Early Excellence. She has written extensively, making practical classroom focused contributions journals and books.

Julia is well-known regionally and nationally for her practical, down-to-earth approach.

Course details:
This session is for all classroom teachers and Geography Subject Leads.

The Ofsted Subject Report (September 2023) found the fieldwork was underdeveloped in almost all schools, especially in relation to progression. This session will provide the opportunity to review your school's provision for fieldwork in the light of this finding.

It will focus on understanding and developing fieldwork as an essential element of the primary geography curriculum. It will cover a wide range of fieldwork strategies, include practical activities to investigate the potential of the school grounds and local area, and explore possibilities for enhancing fieldwork provision in the school’s geography curriculum.

It will include.
• Examining statutory requirements and progression in fieldwork skills.
• Auditing the potential of the school grounds and local area for developing children’s fieldwork skills.
• Identifying opportunities for integrating fieldwork in geography units of work.
• Valuable resources for developing fieldwork skills.

Event location: Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School
TimingsMonday 28th April 20251.30pm-4pm£80
BookingClick here to book your place