Comparing People and Places

Block A - Local Area

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Carry out a structured study of your local area. Choose from either a rural or urban study, depending on your locality. Develop geographical skills by exploring the local environment in a variety of ways and compare and research key features of your area. Identify the key attractions of your area!

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. 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: (Rural) Where on Earth are we?

Explore the local area using conventional maps and Google maps. Then create their own map of their immediate area using mapping software.

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02: (Rural) Rural rules!

Explore and examine rural life and research rural jobs. Explore the local area using a map and compass.

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03: (Rural) Map making

Make a map of the school grounds. Highlight the main geographical features using a key and include photographs to show images of the main features.

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04: (Rural) Persuade the panel

Here children will gather information about their local area, identify the most interesting attractions and the features that would appeal most to visitors; then present their findings to a panel of adults.

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05: (Urban) Where on Earth are we?

Explore the local area using conventional maps and Google maps. Then create their own map of their immediate area using mapping software.

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06: (Urban) Urban rules!

Explore and examine urban life and research urban jobs. Explore the local area using a map and compass.

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07: (Urban) Map making

Make a map of the school grounds. Highlight the main geographical features using a key and include photographs to show images of the main features.

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08: (Urban) Persuade the panel

Here children will gather information about their local area, identify the most interesting attractions and the features that would appeal most to visitors; then present their findings to a panel of adults.