Jumpstart! Geography: national book award success for UWE Bristol academics

Issue date: 29 April 2015

Jumpstart! Geography: Engaging activities for ages 7-12 - book frontcover

Mark Jones and Sarah Whitehouse, Education tutors from UWE Bristol, are celebrating the success of their published book, Jumpstart! Geography: Engaging activities for ages 7−12, awarded a national GA award at the recent Annual Conference of the Geographical Association in Manchester.

The book written by Mark Jones (PGCE Secondary Geography Tutor, Department of Education) and Sarah Whitehouse (PGCE Primary Programme Leader, Department of Education) received a Silver Award.

The GA Awards are given for materials associated with geography in schools and colleges that are considered to make a significant contribution to geographical education and professional development.

Silver award: Jumpstart! Geography: Engaging activities for ages 7−12

The judges thought this collection of simple-to-use, engaging and stimulating activities was excellent. The activities, which are intended to jumpstart pupils' understanding of the geographical skills of enquiry, outdoor learning, graphicacy and communication, are child-friendly, appropriate for the age range, up-to-date and fun. They could be used as starters, in plenaries or for the main activity for the lesson. The book includes some useful knowledge, refers to key concepts and covers a range of key geographical issues that will help in teaching the 2014 National Curriculum.

The judges felt this title will support experienced and recently-qualified busy teachers, provide helpful material for non-specialists that will increase teacher confidence, and help teachers teach geography in an imaginative and thought-provoking way.

Mark and Sarah are delighted to receive this honour, they said, “We are thrilled that our latest contribution to helping primary school teachers raise the profile of geography in their schools has been received so positively locally, regionally and now nationally”

For more information on studying for Primary and Secondary teaching qualifications or CPD opportunities at UWE Bristol, visit the Department of Education website.

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