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Contrasting Localities

Learning Objectives


  • Collect and record evidence
  • Use appropriate geographical vocabulary
  • Use maps and a compass
  • Describe and explain why places are similar and different
  • Carry out a pollution survey
  • Visit a place of worship


  • Work independently and in groups, taking on different roles
  • Collaborating towards common goals
  • Learn safely in a new environment

Key words/phrases

Estimate, compass, scale, birds eye view , orientate, distance, grid reference, pews, lectern, pulpit, nave, chancel, sanctuary, altar, font, architecture, gargoyles, Victorian, 1837 – 1901, pollution, lichens, acid rain, pH, nitrates, carbon dioxide


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

  • Background of the Thoresby Estate (10 mins)
  • Question: What do you think will be different here compared to where you live?
  • Pupils put into groups of 3 or 4
  • Playground: “Map and compass” Explanation on how to use a compass and relating it to the map (10 mins)
  • Walk to church (5 mins)
  • Inside St John’s Church. Explanation of the key features and purpose of the church on the Estate (5 mins)
  • Activity: “Search the Church” Searching for hidden animals in the windows, pews, stone work (15 mins)
  • Activity: “Pollution Detectives” Identifying Lichen species in the graveyard to provide the level of air pollution for this area (15 mins)
  • Activity: “ Acid Rain” Using pH paper to check the acidity of rain water (5 mins)
  • Activity: “How you got one?” Resource sheet to be ticked off if a building is seen, e.g. grocers, chemist, school etc (to be filled out throughout the session)
  • Following maps to Thoresby Hall (15 mins)
  • Activity: “Field sketching” drawing key features of Thoresby Hall (15 mins)
  • Following maps to Post Office Cottages (15 mins)
  • Activity: When were they built?” Using the Age of Building resource sheet identify key features of the cottages for that period (10 mins)
  • Activity: “Traffic Survey” Using the traffic survey sheet check traffic levels (10 mins)
  • Following maps back to the centre (10 mins)

Detailed activity sheets can be found in the Humanities in the Environment curriculum material. Copies available at the centre.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met.

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Compasses, maps, resource sheets, pollution detective resources, clipboards, first aid kit

Equipment needed from school

Pencils, rubbers

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions. Blank maps can be personalised by the pupils before they come.



Smaller scale maps used, grid references used


Drawing grid used for drawing, adults to lead groups, pollution activities not used.



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