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Geography

Geographical Association
Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A list of resources for teachers to use in the classroom


  Resource Title and Teacher Guidance Brief Description of the Resource Accessibility
1 GTIP think Piece - Children's Worlds This resource is designed to help teachers understand their pupils' experiences of the world in order to develop pupils' understanding of how other children live. There are detailed learning activities for teachers delivered in the context of trainee teachers but relevant and useful to anyone wanting to do further thinking on this topic. Several practical activities are suggested that introduce concepts such as Children's Rights and can be easily adapted for classroom use.
http://www.geography.org.uk/gtip/thinkpieces/childrensworlds
KS 1&2
Fully accessible - to support teachers' professional development.
2 Refugee Boy: Geography, inclusion and inequality This journal article focuses on a school-based project based around the book Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001). The resource links a number of subjects and provides planning tips and ideas for learning activities but most important of all it emphasises the need to evaluate strategies and to find ways of dealing with difficult issues such as community cohesion, to suit the particular school and community that each teacher works within.
See attached pdf 'Refugee boy: Geography, inclusion and inequality'
KS 1&2
Fully accessible.
3 Making Diversity Real In Teaching The focus of this article is on using the pupils themselves as a key resource, drawing on them and their families, ideas and experiences and sharing those in the classroom. Through this sharing process, the children come to understand and value the contributions of other children who have a contrasting background whether by virtue of their ethnicity, their culture, their religion or their socio-economic background.
See attached pdf 'Making diversity real in teaching'
KS 1&2
Fully accessible.
4 GTIP Think Piece - Teaching about Diversity This Think Piece explores the issues surrounding the teaching of diversity in geography, noting that this is one of the most difficult areas for new geography teachers to engage with. Although designed for teacher professional development, this resource contains a variety of activities and suggested further reading for those teachers wanting to develop a deeper understanding of this topic, and there is a great deal of scope for adapting the suggested activities into classroom use.
http://www.geography.org.uk/gtip/thinkpieces/diversity/#6556
KS 1&2 and KS 3&4
Fully accessible - to support teachers' professional development.
5 How Am I Different? This Teachers TV video is a documentary series giving a voice to children living in challenging circumstances. It will provide a solid foundation for schools to help young people to learn to understand others, value diversity whilst also promoting shared values, promote awareness of human rights and to apply and defend them. This resource is also an excellent platform to kick-start a variety of discussions and group activities, and follow-up work could be planned to meet the needs of individuals.
http://www.teachers.tv/video/252
KS 3&4
Fully accessible.
6 Global Dimension - Learning Activities The main aim of this global dimension resource is to show how the Geography Key Stage 3 Programme of Study can be transformed to support the work of a school in promoting community cohesion. In the sense that this resource is a strong advocate of 'education for conversation', it has a potential role for teachers wishing to develop classroom practice and broader work across the whole school, which supports both community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism.
http://www.geography.org.uk/projects/globaldimension/learningactivities/#2200
KS 3&4
Fully accessible.
7 Jubilee Debt Campaign This website and a range of materials within it can be used as stimulus for teachers to raise awareness of and kick-start conversations about debt / poverty / socio-economic inequality, and how some of the global dimensions contained in this resource can be put in a local context. Students are encouraged to think about how they can make changes in their local / national / global community to improve conditions for all members of these communities, and explore ways they can make their voice heard through 'active responsible citizenship'.
http://www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk
KS 3&4
Difficult concepts for young people with learning difficulties. SEN teachers will need to differentiate to meet needs of individuals.
8 GTIP Think Piece - Values and Controversial Issues We are frequently confronted with controversy in various forms and Geography as a subject can help teachers and pupils navigate such complex and sometimes unsettling issues and dilemmas. This resource explores the characteristics of more careful teaching, as opposed to 'morally careless' teaching in relation to the teaching and learning of Geography and dealing with controversial issues, and explores a range of ideas and activities that can help developing teachers think through their practice.
http://www.geography.org.uk/gtip/thinkpieces/valuesandcontroversialissues
KS 3&4
Fully accessible.

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