We are delighted that our new Key to the National Curriculum KS1 and KS2 geography resources are going down so well! We were thrilled to have been highly commended at the Geographical Association Publishers’ Award  earlier in the year and are equally pleased that the keys have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Teach Primary Resource Awards 2018 in the geography section.

It follows months of hard work, going from the original idea to receiving the full set of keys ready to go! We wanted to create something that was easy and quick for teachers to use, relevant to the National Curriculum and engaging for those learning geography at KS1 or KS2.

We wanted to devise a simple but helpful and comprehensive format for busy teachers . The concept of being able to have all the resources you need for one geographical area, on one USB key is proving popular with schools who are looking to improve their progress in Geography.

It is heartening to be recognised by the industry but hearing feedback from schools that are using the keys is just as important. One of our favourite comments from a child working on the Isles of Scilly, “I really enjoy this geography”. And the teacher’s comments about Naples and Campania are just as pleasing, “This effective case study of a region in Europe is both simple for teachers to use and curriculum focused, whilst providing a range of stimulating and engaging suggestions to motivate and engage pupils.”

We’ve had a great couple of weeks going in to schools to demonstrate how the Key to the National Curriculum keys can fit in to a school’s ‘whole school plan’ with the option of developing bespoke units which are completely unique to the school. It’s been a real pleasure to work with Peters Hill Primary School, in Dudley, creating new modules with their geography co-ordinator/lead on ‘My School’, ‘My School Environment’ and ‘The Surrounding Environment’ and ‘The Local Area’ all of which draw on real life local examples.

We’re looking forward to more school visits over the coming weeks including St Edwards RC Primary and St Bernard’s RC Primary in Birmingham and Castlefields Primary in Bridgnorth before the end of term.

Until next time!