Comparing People and Places

Block B - The Grand Canyon

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.

Be amazed by the impressive geography of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the United States. Explore how the Colorado River, along with debris flows and weather, continues to shape the landscape. Learn about the people who live there and see the region through the photography of Ansel Adams. Capture some of the wonder of this place through your own art and set up a visitor’s centre for another class to explore the Grand Canyon region in comparison to your local 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: Carving out the Grand Canyon and exploring the human footprint

Take a journey back through time to learn about how The Grand Canyon was formed. Discover the human impact on the region and create your own homage to this spectacular region through a piece of art.

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02: Topographic design - mapping the Grand Canyon through art

Interpret topographical maps of the Grand Canyon region and explore the natural processes that help us predict the future form of the region. Create your own piece of art that shows the topographic nature of the region.

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03: Photographing the Grand Canyon: Ansel Adams

Meet the great photographer, Ansel Adams, and explore the geological and aesthetic beauty of his Grand Canyon shots. Create your own interpretations of his photographic art and set up a visitor’s centre.

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04: Comparative photography: the Grand Canyon and your local area

Take a fieldtrip to a local geographic feature and explore the geological and aesthetic beauty of it through your own photographic shots. Develop your own ideas of how to exhibit your photographs in order to create a complementary exhibition to your Grand Canyon exhibit.