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This material was contributed by Lisa Conlon, Year 1 teacher and geography co-ordinator.

What is it like to live in Shelley?

Age Group: Year 1

Selection of Content: Our spring topic for Geography was Kenya, so I wanted to try and link the fieldwork aspect to this as we normally compare a village in Kenya to our village of Shelley anyway. We had also been looking at stories such as Handa's Surprise; Too Much Talk; Mary, Juma and Simba the Dog; and Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain.

  • Handa's Surprise, Eileen Browne, Walker Books (1995) 978-0744536348
  • Too Much Talk, Angela Shelf Medearis, Candlewick (1995) 978-1564023230
  • Mary, Juma and Simba the Dog, Helen Day, ActionAid (2000), 978-1872502656
  • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Verna Aardema, Macmillan (1986), 978-0333351642
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    View the PowerPoint Presentation to discover more about the way Lisa taught this unit of work to her Year 1 class of pupils.

    To watch this presentation online click the image to move on to the next slide or use the navigation controls. You can download the PowerPoint Presentation below.

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    Living Geography: Young Geographers Explore Their Local Area (938k)

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    Planning Starter (39k)

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    Session 1: Walking around the village (51k)

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    Session 2: How do I feel about Shelley? (50k)

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    Session 3: My 5 favourite things about my village (52k)

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    Session 4: Creating a 3D map of Shelley (49k)

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    Session 5: What is it like to live in Shelley? (50k)

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    The development of the children's mapping skills - using freehand drawing and ICT worked very well.

    The children's enthusiasm and their excellent homework projects amazed me.

    The impact of the fieldwork on the children's learning when planned and organised effectively.


    Further Development

    We still need to create a similar PowerPoint presentation for our contrasting locality in Kenya. We hope to include feedback from children in our Kenyan partner school.

    Children will also create a 3D journey maps of their route around the Kenyan locality.


    Global Gateway - link to a school in Kenya

    Flickr - search for photos of Kenya

    Quikmaps - tool for emotional mapping

    Soft Teach - Local Studies software

    Espresso Education - geography mapping skills unit

    ActionAid - website and resources

    Background Information about the School

    The school is located on the outskirts of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire taking pupils from Shelley and the surrounding villages.

    The school has large grounds plus KS1 and KS2 playgrounds, a shrub area, small barked area and outdoor area for Reception and Year 1. We are also working on creating a small gardening area. Fieldwork is undertaken within the school grounds and in the village.

    School website:

    Lisa Conlon

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