Some class activities undertaken as part of the project

Maps and Surveys

Walk to School maps from memory.

Children draw a simple route map of their journey to school, including key features from memory. They develop a system of symbols and colour codes to represent key features on their personal maps.


Writing : What on their walk do they like / dislike? Why? (Cars, litter, pollution, sweet shops, trees etc.)

Make a class map to include everyone's walks.

Do we need to develop a system of common symbols for our class map? Look at symbols used on other maps (Compare green map / OS / road map /our icons.)

Design map icons to represent our key features.

(Where else do we use icons? link >>>>> computers / WWW. Design icons for navigating the web site.)

Take a Walk

Use a photocopied map of City Road and our newly agreed system of symbols to 'survey' City Road. (Perhaps split class into 4 and take a section each.)

Collate information and discuss findings.

Common likes and dislikes about where we live.

(Would other people have different ideas e.g. older people, people who don't live here. How might we find out?)

Use these ideas to develop a questionnaire / survey to circulate in school / at home / in the community.

Invite adult helpers to join at this stage?

Process the results using Junior PinPoint. Stats. / graph work etc.

Publish on the web site with an interactive version of survey online.

More Walking

Use the results of the questionnaire to identify issues of common concern.

Group work: each group takes responsibility for a key issue and undertakes an appropriate survey activity of City Road

Each group will have an agreed number of web pages (6?) to promote and address the issue.

~ Drawings ~ Photographs ~ Writing ~ Survey ~ Interviews ~ etc.

Example

Litter

Leisure Facilities

Transport

Buildings

Problem Identified

photographs / bin survey / drawings / litter lists

Attitudes

creative writing

interviews

Action and Solutions

posters

letter to newspapers/ Council/ talk to Councillor

Change

Urban area : what does urban mean?

What will you find in an urban area? What are you unlikely to find?

What do we have in our area : offer list . . .

Was Roath ever rural? Look for evidence - compare maps of different ages - old photographs.

Who lives in Roath today? How could we find out? Introduce idea of census. Also use street directory to find out about changing occupations.

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