How do we know?
Welcome Year 6 to your Individuals and Societies Taster Lesson.
Orientation in Space and Time - an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
Time, place and space - refers to the absolute or relative position of people, objects and ideas. Time, place and space focuses on how we construct and use our understanding of location (“where” and “when”).
Perspectives - how do we view places differently?
How do our personal perspectives influence how we perceive different places throughout time and space?
Activity One - Drawing on personal knowledge
Thank you Matt Podbury at www.geographypods.com for this lesson.
We all view places and the events that occur within them differently. Our lens on the world is impacted by our experiences which includes what we have learnt in school, from our families and the media (TV, films, books, etc). To see how we view the world we are going to put you in small teams of between two and three people and we would like you to draw a quick map of the world. No maps, atlases or devices will be used for this. This is to be done from your teams knowledge.
Stage One - Draw
Collect the A3 paper resource that can be seen below.
Using a pencil, draw a 'quick' map of the world. You will have no more than 10 minutes to do this and we aren't looking for an amazing piece of art work. Think about shapes.
Stage Two - Label
A label is when you add one or two words to an image or in this case a map. This will be done on the map you have drawn and specifically the place that you are highlighting from the points below.
Now add the following onto your map.
Two physical geography features (mountains, rivers, deserts, rainforests, etc.)
Two cultural aspects your team would like to highlight - this could be anything to do with art, music, religion, festivals, etc.
Two things that relate to human history, for example, important people in history, key events, etc.
Activity Two - Pair
Your team is now going to be buddied up with another team to share with each other what you have drawn and added to your map. You will be writing down the similarities and differences in the table provided on the worksheet. It is absolutely fine to have drawn the world map with different accuracies as this is all to do with how we personally view the world.
Activity Three - Share
You have now had time to discuss your individual team's map with another group. We are now going to share your findings with the larger group. The following questions will be used to help to structure the discussion.
Stage One - Discuss
What did your teams find challenging about the activity and why?
What were some of the similarities in your maps?
What were some of the differences in your maps?
Why do you think you draw the maps as you did?
What do you think influenced you to add the specific labels as you did?
Where do we go from here to truly view the whole world?
Stage Two - Write
On your personal worksheet write down how our experiences can influence our perceptions of place. Also add how you can broaden your knowledge of the world.
What can influence our perceptions of a place?
How we view places is impacted by ...
The (media, family, holidays, etc) is most influential because ...
How can we broaden our knowledge of the world and events?
I would like to ...
I think this will be useful because ...
To write in full sentences.
To use the space provided on the worksheet.
To write between five and six sentences to answer the two questions.
Activity Four - Watch
So now we have discussed our different perspectives on how we view the world and what influences us we are now going to look at the basic difficulties of how to draw an 'accurate' map of the world.
Watch the Youtube clip below about 'Why all world maps are wrong'.
On your worksheet write down three facts on why our maps are drawn wrong.
We are now going to look at what you have learnt throughout this lesson and what you hope to learn about in I&S when you join us for your Secondary education.
Collect a copy of a hand.
In three of the fingers write down three things that you have learnt today.
In one of the fingers write down one thing that you have enjoyed.
In the final finger or thumb write down one thing that you would like to learn about over the next five years.