One of the outcomes from the initial meetings with some of the Learning Hubs pilot schools is that there was an uncertainty from teachers (not surprisingly) that they don’t really know what to do with the technology in the classroom. The teachers have been provided with some training and have had time to focus on the benefits that the technology can bring to leanring and teaching. Below is one of the areas of the primary 6 curriculum that has been identified as one such area. Please read the below, think about how we could deliver this then post your suggestions on the Activities page.

Environmental Studies Plan - People and Place

P6 Knowledge and Understanding
Attainment Targets Level D
  • Develop the mental map further to a range of features/locations, including main lines of latitude and longitude. D
  • Describe the main features of a range of maps at different scales eg Ordnance Survey, climate maps, population maps, the use of four figure grid references. D
  • Identify and describe a range of physical features found outwith Scotland. D
  • Describe how and give some reasons why settlements differ in character, size, number of people and function. D
  • For a developing and developed area or country, describe main features of economic life and how they are changing eg farming. D

Learning Outcomes
  • To have knowledge of the continent of Europe.
  • To be able to use a map confidently and identify different types of map.
  • To have an awareness of similarities/differences between countries.
  • To have knowledge of the EU and our place within it.

Pupil Experience/Activity
1. Map work on Europe. Where is it? Locating and labelling countries and seas.
2. Discuss why the main cities are situated where they are (size, function, character, population etc)
3. Use different types of maps eg climate, physical. Look at the similarities and differenced between countries. Locate mountain ranges, rivers etc. Use four figure grid references to locate these.
4. Compare and contrast with an undeveloped country like India. Research how people live there.
5. Homework research task. Choose a country in Europe to research. Brainstorm content, schools, religion, food and drink, transport, government, housing, climate, population, famous buildings, famous people, flag, cities etc. Discuss presentation and layout. Use the Level D criteria.
6. Research on European Union. Who, what, when and why?
7. If possible arrange a visit from a Euro MP.
Please post your suggestions to the above on the Activities page.

Level D
Preparing for tasks
  • Plan a sequence of tasks or procedures, adapting as required.
  • Identify a variety of straightforward sources from which relevant information might be collected.

Carrying out tasks
  • Select and use know enquiry methods and/or equipment to access, select and record relevant information form a variety of straightforward sources.
  • Select techniques to process/classify information in a variety of ways.
  • Make simple judgements about the usefulness/reliability of information/evidence eg by reference to bias

Reviewing and reporting on tasks
  • Present findings in an organised and appropriate manner.
  • Present conclusions and justify these with reference to evidence.

1. Formative assessment from classwork.
2. European map quiz sheet.
3. Reports assessed using given criteria.