Tour de France

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By Gillian Ravenscroft

Let’s share the passion of the Tour de France.

Tour de France

“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”

Purpose of Study

Geography Programmes of Study: Key Stages 1 and 2

Embed these expectations this summer with an exciting real-life context that ticks several geographical boxes. The iconic Tour de France is a multi-day bicycle stage race commonly billed as the world’s largest annual sporting event. With the motto ‘Partageons la Passion’– in English: ‘let’s share the passion’ – not only may the TdF inspire a life-long interest in all things connected to cycling; but it importantly provides an ideal opportunity in which to promote curiosity and fascination about the people and places of Western Europe. With many eyes already focused on the Euro 2016 football tournament, use the TdF to develop geographical skills beyond stadia locations and into the wider French countryside.

During Key Stage 2, pupils are expected to:

‘…extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.’

Use the activities suggested here to cover several geographical strands including:

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