Our School and Local Area
Contrasting Country: Kenya

Country Mouse and City Mouse encourage children to learn about Kenya. Learn key geographical vocabulary and carry out map work. Build a picture of Kenya through a series of activities such as role play and hot seating, wellington gardens & making clay furniture. Gather research for an informative brochure and take part in `The City & Countryside DebateĀ“.

Session 1 City mouse and country mouse

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non -European country.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human & physical features.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

English

  • Give well- structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Participate in presentations and performances.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Use brochures, websites and information books to research Kenya.
  • Contribute information and images to large class brochure.
  • Present their findings to their class.
  • Begin to understand the physical geography of Kenya.

Provided Resources

  • Fiction and non-fiction book list
  • Helpful weblinks
  • Research questions

You Will Need

  • Two mice hand puppets or teddies
  • Atlases and maps
  • Information books, brochures and leaflets (from local travel agencies)
  • Large sheet sugar paper or similar for brochure page

Session 2 Country mouse and city mouse learn about the city

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non -European country.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human & physical features.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Investigate and identify the human/physical geography of Kenya.
  • Use atlases and maps to find Kenya, Nairobi and other cities, mountains and rivers.
  • Learn about life in Kenya and through role play develop greater understanding of similarities/differences to their own lives.

You Will Need

  • Atlases and session maps
  • Physical and human feature word mats
  • Stickers and flags
  • Painted tissue box

Session 3 City mouse and country mouse learn about the country

Objectives

Geography

  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human & physical features.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human & physical features.

English

  • Give well- structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.

Art

  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Discuss aspects of life in Kenya and vote for their preferred lifestyle.
  • Use hot seating to appreciate similarities and differences between life in Kenya and in the UK.
  • Use an assortment of sources to research topic: Kenya.
  • Explore a range of Kenyan landscapes and contribute images to the class brochure: Kenya.

Provided Resources

  • Kenyan landscapes
  • Wellington boot planting
  • How to make clay furniture

You Will Need

  • Atlases
  • Old Wellington boots
  • Plants
  • Clay