Life in London

Themes (Ages 11-14)
Life in London
Focus

To contextualise life in London for students who are unfamiliar with it.

When doing the Miriam's Vision modules, students who are unfamiliar with London have asked questions such as, "Why do people need to go under the ground to go on trains?!"

This session provides students with some context if they haven't visited a big city like London before..

There is brief reference to the locations of the 7/7 bomb sites.

Key Messages

London is a big city, which means that it is spread over a large area and has a lot of inhabitants, necessitating a lot of facilities, including the public transport system that was attacked in the 7/7 bombings.

Objectives
  • Familiarise students with London and what life is like there
  • Discover some information about London
  • Discover some information about where the students live
  • Compare life in London with life where the students live
Outcomes
  • List facts about London and where the students live
  • Compare some facts, and advantages and disadvantages of London and where the students live
Plan

Starter

MV Life in London resources is a list of ten links to resources illustrating day-to-day life in London. You have the list as a Word document in case you would like to amend or add to it, and as a PDF that can be projected for the class to look at. You can follow as few or as many of the links as you wish, as a class or in pairs if the students have internet access.

The resources are listed by title, link, format, size and overview.

There is one website, some individual web pages from different sites, Youtube video clips and finally a map showing the four locations of the 2005 bomb sites, in which some students have shown particular interest.

Spend as much or as little time as you wish on the resources. The point is to give your students a feel for life in a big city and contextualise the 7/7 London bombings, including the transport system, which was the focus of those attacks.

Main phase

Hand out A4 copies of MV Add On 1.2 Comparing London with Where I Live. There are three differentiated versions of this sheet, and further differentiation can be achieved by having students fill the sheets in individually or in groups. You have the different versions as PDFs for printing and filling out by hand and as Word documents for filling out electronically.

The sheet provides several comparison points between London and where the students live, including location on a map, size, number of inhabitants, public transport facilities and so on.

MV Add On 1.2 Comparing London with Where I Live simplified sources is the simplest version, with the information about London completed and the sources simplified to websites. MV Add On 1.2 Comparing London with Where I Live London info completed has the London information completed and gives the full web page sources. MV Add On 1.2 Comparing London with Where I Live no info is for the highest ability with no information or sources provided about London.

Allow time to go over the sheet together and answer the question on it: What can you infer by comparing the information about London with the information about the place where we live? (London is a comparatively big city with matching big infrastructure.)

Plenary

MV Add-On 1.3 Life in London Advantages and Disadvantages is a simple table listing the advantages and disadvantages of London and where the students live. This can be done individually, in groups or as a whole class. Take information that has been gathered during the session along with the students' own opinions. For example, "Not much access to the countryside" could be a point that is seen as either an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on opinion.

The final questions, "Where would you prefer to live? Why?" can be answered as a group or could be set as a homework question, to be answered at the level of the individual.

Some optional links to explore

Note: It is difficult to find websites about London that are not tourist-oriented. This in itself is indicative of the importance of tourism for London.