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Eco-island: Sky City activity 1

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To conduct a survey on means of travelling to school and represent findings on a pictogram.

Key Stage 1

Curriculum links: Ma2 5a, b; Geography 5a, b.

What to do: Ask every child and teacher taking part in the survey to say how they travel to school on the majority of mornings and keep a record of the findings. Encourage the children to predict the outcome of the survey before they plot the results. How do they think most people travel to school and why? When all the information has been collected, it needs to be displayed on a giant pictogram. Make this by cutting out images of cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, and sticking the images onto the graph. Agree with the children at the outset what one image represents on the graph. For example, one car image represents two people travelling by car.

When the pictogram is complete, display it prominently and discuss with the children how much pollution is being created by their school community on their journeys to school.

What ideas do the children have for reducing this pollution? Instigate a ‘cycle to school’ week or ask the children to write letters home, asking for parents to find other parents to car-share with. Incorporate any other good ideas the children may have for reducing the number of car journeys. After three weeks, conduct the survey again and make another pictogram. Is there an improvement? Has the campaign to reduce pollution been successful?

Completed this activity? Use our show and tell facility to upload your work and help the inhabitants of Sky City to improve their zone.

Key Stage 2

Curriculum links: Ma4 2c, f. Geography 1b, c; 4b, 5a-b.

What to do: Ask every child and teacher taking part in the survey to say how they travel to school on the majority of mornings and keep a record of the findings. The point of the survey is to discover how much pollution is caused by journeys to school. It is important, in the case of car journeys, that siblings or friends travelling in a car together are not being counted as two or more car journeys. Explore other ways of making this a fair survey, for example, if people are travelling to school by bus, the number of different buses must be counted rather than the number of people travelling on a bus. When all the information has been collected, it needs to be displayed on a giant pictogram. Make this by cutting out images of cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, and sticking the images onto the graph. Ask the children to agree at the outset what one image represents on the graph. For example, one car image represents five car journeys.

When the pictogram is complete, display it prominently and discuss with the children how the process of the school community journeying to school is affecting the environment. What is the most common way people travel to school? Invite ideas for improving the risk of pollution. For example, instigate a ‘cycle to school’ week or look carefully at addresses around the school locality and see if suggestions can be made for car-sharing. After three weeks, conduct the survey again and make another pictogram. Has the campaign to reduce pollution been successful?

Completed this activity? Use our show and tell facility to upload your work and help the inhabitants of Sky City to improve their zone.

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  1. mikle garratt
    on 6 January 2012

    sky city

    Sky city has loeds of cloeds