Our School and Local Area

Block F - Local Land Use

This is a lively and fun topic to teach children fieldwork and observational skills as they study the geography of their schools, the grounds and the key human and physical features of the surrounding environment. We have included a final Block to help children compare their local area knowledge with a small area in Kenya.

The pirates want to play! Map the local area to locate parks and playgrounds; is there enough play space to satisfy pirates’ play needs to prevent them becoming mischievous? What shops do we have in our locality? One pirate wants an ice-cream, another a comic and a third new boots – where can we buy these items? The classroom becomes a ‘miniature village’ as local businesses are reproduced. Finish by working together to produce a trail around the locality. Celebrate learning with a presentation to parents and carers.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Treasure hunt

Pirates use treasure map to hunt and find treasure! We’re going on a treasure Hunt; we’re going to find a sparkly one.

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02: Pirate code

Decipher the pirate code to learn about coordinates!

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03: What do you think?

The pirates want to play! Use Google earth and map of the local area to locate parks and playgrounds; is there enough play space to satisfy pirates’ play needs to prevent them becoming mischievous?

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04: Shopping!

What shops do we have in our locality? One pirate wants an ice-cream, another a comic and a third new boots – where can we buy these items?

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05: What are you doing today?

The class room becomes a ‘miniature village’ as local businesses are reproduced in role play and small world.

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06: Walk around our locality!

Work together to produce a trail around the locality. What sounds might you hear on your way? Celebrate learning with a presentation to parents and carers.