Primary school teaching resources

Primary geography teaching resources suitable for children in years R to 6, ages 4 to 11 years

Our free primary school teaching resources range from understanding maps to teaching map skills. We’ve also listed some helpful external resources to support teacher training, and to share further tools for pupils studying geography.

Ordnance Survey resources

Key stage 1 classroom learning

Mapping in the Early Years

This resource provides an overview of geography in the Early Years and how essential map skills are to learning about our world. Fantastically researched, this includes practical ideas that instantly translate to an Early Years classroom.

Maps and mapping in the early years (PDF)

Maps and mapping in the early years (greyscale, PDF)

Early years learning about maps

Map reading

Our guides outline everything your students need to know about Ordnance Survey maps. These include top tips, such as how to use a compass, getting to know map symbols and understanding the national grid. 

Map reading made easy (PDF)

Map reading for beginners to advanced (PDF)

Using the national grid (PDF)

Key stage 2 primary learning

Inspiring map skills

An insightful and practical guide provides the perfect support to enable class teachers to plan and implement the progressive and meaningful use of maps. The guide’s visually stimulating images, diagrams and readable text enable teachers to access and understand the interrelationship between intent and practice.

Teaching map skills (PDF)

Teaching map skills (greyscale, PDF)

Tools to test map knowledge

Test your students’ geography knowledge using symbol flashcards.

OS Explorer map symbol flashcards (PDF)

Use our outline maps for colouring in and testing knowledge.

Outline map of Great Britain (PDF)

Outline map of the United Kingdom (PDF)

Outline map Europe (PDF)

Mapzone learning

If you’re teaching beginners at primary school, Mapzone is a free and fun interactive site you can use, with games, map quizzes, and tests.

External resources for Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • BBC Bitesize

    The BBC supports students with their studies outside the classroom, at home and on the go. The site offers curriculum relevant study guides, short form videos, quizzes and interactives.

  • Digimap for Schools

    Digimap for Schools is an intuitive, easy-to-use online resource, providing access to OS mapping of Great Britain, at a variety of scales.


    A world-class centre for digital expertise based at the University of Edinburgh. EDINA provides maps and geospatial data from OS and other sources for schools, colleges and universities.

  • Geograph

    Geograph Britain and Ireland is a web-based project to collect and reference geographically representative images of every square kilometre of the British Isles.

  • The Geographical Association

    The Geographical Association is the leading subject association for teachers of geography. They publish a range of journals, publications and training courses.

  • Royal Geographical Society

    The society offers geography teaching resources and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in subject knowledge, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and fieldwork.

  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society

    A champion for geographical education in Scottish schools, involved in policy discussions, promoting geography in schools, and projects.

  • Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

    The Scottish Association of Geography Teachers (SAGT) are a Scotland-based subject association dedicated to further development and teaching of Geography.

Further teacher resources

Access geography teaching resources sorted into key stages; suitable for all age ranges from early years and key stage 1 up to key stage 4. 

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