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Comparing People and Places
Local Area

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

Session 1 (Rural) Where on Earth are we?

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Computing

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To locate their local area on a range of maps and discuss the similarities and differences using geographical language.
  • To look at other sections of google maps and create their own map of the area using Google Earth and Google Images.

Children will:

  • Locate their local area on a national map using Google maps and other mapping software.
  • Compare satellite and map views of the local area and discuss the similarities and differences using geographical language.
  • Create their own map of the area using mapping software.

You Will Need

  • Ordnance Survey map of local area
  • Selection of OS maps
  • Internet enabled devices for children to work in pairs

Session 2 (Rural) Rural rules!

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research the jobs and lifestyles of those living in their local area and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of rural living.

Children will:

  • Consider the reasons why people live in a rural area, research rural jobs and contemplate the advantages and disadvantages of rural living.
  • Prepare research questions about the local area and question a local visitor about their working life.
  • Learn how to use a map and compass to get their bearings.

Provided Resources

  • Researching a rural working life
  • How to use a compass
  • Map work challenge

You Will Need

  • Risk assessment for local area
  • Compasses and maps of local area
  • Cameras

Session 3 (Rural) Map making

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Maths

  • To complete, read and interpret information in tables. Connect their work on coordinates and scales to their interpretation of graphs.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To plan and produce a map of the school grounds, with the main geographical features and a key.
  • To take photographs of the main features of the school and plot them onto the map, using coordinates.

Children will:

  • Be able to plan and produce a map of the school grounds, with main geographical features represented on a key.
  • Plot photographs of the local area onto the map, using coordinates.

You Will Need

  • Different maps (showing a variety of scales and purposes)
  • Print-outs of the school grounds from Google Earth
  • Tracing paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Large sheets of card
  • Glue
  • Cameras

Session 4 (Rural) Persuade the panel

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

English

  • To retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
  • To extend pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking, performance and debate.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To collate knowledge of the local area and identify their local area’s unique selling point to tourists from outside the area.
  • To prepare and present a pitch to the panel explaining why their area should feature in a new Best of Britain guidebook.

Children will:

  • Collate knowledge of the local area, including its features and characteristics and identify those features which may appeal to others who live elsewhere.
  • Identify their local area’s unique selling point to tourists from outside the area.
  • Prepare and present a pitch to the panel about their local area.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Holiday brochures
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Sticky notes

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 5 (Urban) Where on Earth are we?

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Computing

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To locate their local area on a range of maps and discuss the similarities and differences using geographical language.
  • To look at other sections of google maps and create their own map of the area using Google Earth and Google Images.

Children will:

  • Locate their local area on a national map using Google maps and other mapping software
  • Compare satellite and map views of the local area and discuss the similarities and differences using geographical language
  • Create their own map of the area using mapping software

You Will Need

  • Ordnance Survey map of local area
  • Selection of OS maps
  • Internet enabled devices for paired work

Session 6 (Urban) Urban rules!

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research the jobs and lifestyles of those living in their local area and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of urban living.

Children will:

  • Identify the reasons why people live in an urban area.
  • Research the jobs and lifestyles of those living in their local area.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of urban living and prepare questions for a visitor.
  • Visit the local area and learn how to use a map and local landmarks to get their bearings.

Provided Resources

  • Researching an urban working life
  • How to use a compass
  • Map work challenge

You Will Need

  • Risk assessment for local area
  • Compasses and maps of local area
  • Cameras

Session 7 (Urban) Map making

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Maths

  • To complete, read and interpret information in tables. Connect their work on coordinates and scales to their interpretation of graphs.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To plan and produce a map of the school grounds, with the main geographical features and a key.
  • To take photographs of the main features of the school and plot them onto the map, using coordinates.

Children will:

  • Be able to plan and produce a map of the school grounds, with main geographical features represented on a key.
  • Plot photographs of the local area onto the map, using coordinates.

You Will Need

  • Different maps (showing a variety of scales and purposes)
  • Print-outs of the school grounds from Google Earth
  • Tracing paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Large sheets of card
  • Glue
  • Cameras

Session 8 (Urban) Persuade the panel

Objectives

Geography

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in a region of the United Kingdom.
  • Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

English

  • To retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
  • To extend pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking, performance and debate.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To collate knowledge of the local area and identify their local area’s unique selling point to tourists from outside the area.
  • To prepare and present a pitch to the panel explaining why their area should feature in a new Best of Britain guidebook.

Children will:

  • Collate knowledge of the local area, including its features and characteristics and identify those features which may appeal to others who live elsewhere.
  • Identify their local area’s unique selling point to tourists from outside the area.
  • Prepare and present a pitch to the panel about their local area.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Holiday brochures
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Sticky notes

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.