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Comparison study in KS2

Discussion in 'Geography' started by willow1918, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. willow1918

    willow1918 New commenter


    I am currently planning a Year 4 geography unit involving a comparison study, looking at human and physical similarities and differences between our local area and an area in France (possibly, or perhaps Spain).

    Can anyone tell me how they have gone about planning to cover this part of the curriculum? Did your children do a lot of internet research? Did you focus on just a few aspects - for instance, comparing climate for physical and population for human, or did you look into many aspects?

    Also, prior to this, we have studied Europe more generally, firstly to look at key physical features (planned lots of map work to locate rivers/mountain ranges etc). Then, I planned to look at human features generally. At the risk of sounding a little silly - I know human geography covers a huge amount - trade, tourism, population etc, and we couldn't possibly delve into it all, but is it too limited to look at one aspect? Everything I come across seems to suggest landmarks (is that actually human geog?!).

    Apologies for all the questions - I am certainly not a geography specialist and I really don't want to let down my children as a result of this!

    Thank you in advance - all suggestions/advice much appreciated.
  2. freckle06

    freckle06 Lead commenter


    I'm secondary so haven't taught this. But, as a geography specialist I don't want to read and run. I always plan schemes of work by starting with a blank piece of paper and mind mapping all the possibilities. As it's geography I like the lessons to feel like we're going on a journey and mind mapping lets me see a logical path - but I'm sure you have your own method.

    I would suggest you start by getting them to look complete a KWL grid - what you know already (this can cover the human and physical so you can see what they know), what you would like to know (this helps focus where the lessons go) and at the end what you/they have learnt.

    I suggest you start with the human and physical features of where you are. You could map these using OS maps or get them to make their own maps. You could investigate the physical processes that shaped the landscape where you are. Why human features are where they are?

    This is the perfect opportunity for a geographical enquiry and get them to ask their own questions. You can plan lessons in advance on physical and human features (landmarks are fine and interesting to the pupils depending on where you choose. I'd go a lesson on each) and let the pupils lead where they want to go - this should enable you to direct them towards whichever area of human geography they're interested in. I agree you can't do it all - if you're in a rural area compare the agriculture, if you're in an urban area - compare the ways people make money.

    Historically there are lots of resources on St Lucia (comparing island nations) and Italy. You don't need to reinvent the wheel. If you have a look at my resources, I think there's a sheet on Geographical Enquiry which you can use to see how to develop the work. If you can't see it, send me a message and I'll email it.

    Just remember - if you're interested, you can get some enthusiasm and they'll go with you. The world is your oyster!
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  3. willow1918

    willow1918 New commenter

    Thank you so much for your very detailed response - really useful. I will definitely have a look at your resources too. Thanks again!
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