A Geographical Mystery
Name of Teachers
Annie Woodhouse and Elizabeth Brown
AQA B AS Module3 12.1 Option S.
Urban change in the UK and the Wider World with particular reference to inner city decline and regeneration.
Here is a Key Skills Audit for the scheme
Why do two similar houses in different areas of Blackburn have such widely differing values?
The introductory PowerPoint sets the scene of this mystery whilst the Activity Plan outlines the students’ tasks and learning experience. Their assessment was through a presentation task. The students were encouraged to use statistics about both areas. These can be obtained for any place by visiting National Statistics.
Concepts and Big Ideas
- Sustainable Communities
- Reasoning with Maps
- Geographical Imaginations
- Geographical Communication
Darwen and Mellor
St Peters Regeneration area
Adapting this scheme for your own school
The mystery activity could easily be adapted for learners in both Key Stages 3 and 4. Many areas have houses in close proximity that are of widely different prices for a variety of geographical, reasons. Websites such as Rightmove could be helpful here as is Multimap and Google Earth. If you have access to a GIS then you may like to think about how you could use the GIS to support such an investigation. Alternatively you may wish to use this scheme as a case study.
Files that can be downloaded to support this scheme of work
- Posters (Summary display panels produced by the students)
- Key Skills Audit
- Activity Plan
- Introductory PowerPoint
- House Pictures: House 1 and House 2
The teachers were extremely positive about the motivation and engagement of their students:
“Being immersed in a topic was wonderful”
“It showed us how valuable conference style project work is for 16-18 students”
“We were amazed at how independently the students work when they can for the final task”
“The big issue for us was exploring sensitively with students the issues that they may be faced with concerning house prices. Many find that local homes were likely to be in excess of their potential salaries”
If we had our time again we would…
– make the follow-up more IT based
– allow more time for presentations by visiting professionals and local residents
– focus more on making stronger national connections