Throughout May I shall share ideas for National Fieldwork Week - one per day...
Michael Storm was an HMI working within London in the 70s and 80s in particular and was also the GA President in 1988.
Michael Storm came up with a suggested list of questions that Primary Geography should ensure that it concerned itself with.
The week has the theme of CHANGE. The photo below shows Michael Storm's questions (taken from a presentation used by Dr. Paula Owens at the Charney Manor Conference.
Primary Geography Fieldwork can be excellent.
If you do use this, or any other of the ideas I share, please let us know about what you do. We will be asking people to share their outcomes in various ways. Remember that the theme is CHANGE.
Use the hashtag: #nationalfieldworkweek
A final Michael Storm story:In 1998, he wrote a letter to the Independent during a debate about the 3 Rs and the 'literacy hour'.
Children have to want to communicate. Many primary teachers would acknowledge that the investigation of their local environment, and some contrasting environments elsewhere, not only accommodates the child's basic curiosity, but generates this all-important motivation. Such work, far from being an optional curricular frill, creates a genuine need to talk, read, write, calculate, draw.
In contrast, jumping through linguistic hoops for an hour a day is likely to be far less motivating.
Michael J. Storm,
Chairman, Geographical Association International Committee.