The Oxford International First Atlas Activity Book builds upon themes introduced in the Oxford International First Atlas to develop and reinforce geographical concepts and map skills. The Activity Book offers maps and activities to encourage pupils to work independently and to practise and develop their kwledge and understanding of the topics and themes covered in the atlas. Assessment for Learning support throughout the Activity Book enables teachers and pupils to monitor their progress. The Oxford International First Atlas is a stimulating first atlas for young children. It introduces young learners to maps and develops early atlas skills, encouraging them to talk about local and distant places and to find key places on maps. Based on the popular Oxford Infant Atlas, this new atlas uses colourful artwork-style maps, photographs and satellite images to create an exciting first atlas for all 3-6 year olds.
Dr Patrick Wiegand taught in primary and secondary schools before being appointed to the School of Education at the University of Leeds where he trained teachers, taught on Masters' programmes and supervised PhD students. He became Head of Teacher Training at the University of Leeds and then Reader in Geography Education. He has researched children's thinking with maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) throughout his career and has published many books, chapters and research papers in this area including Learning and Teaching with Maps (Routledge, 2006). He was Chair of the Cartography and Children Commission of the International Cartographic Association, held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in GIS in Education, and has served on the UK Committee for Cartography. He has always worked to improve the quality and usability of classroom teaching materials and has been Editorial Adviser for OUP atlases for 30 years.