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There are many exciting and innovative audio and visual learning experiences for children in the What?Where?When?Why? Buildings website which will support both independent and interactive learning.

If possible pupils should watch the television unit which supports this site: What? Where? When? Why? – Settlements, transmitted October 2004:

1) Here Would Be Good
2) Our Place Our Space
3) Familiar Buildings

Viewing these programmes would help the children as they attempt the various activities on the site.

Click here for the Teacher's notes for the television programmes.

Children undertake activities to find out more about the variety and layout of various buildings within a town/settlement. Children also have the opportunity to take a further peek inside the Post office, farm, supermarket and house.

Within the two main games and four What? Where? When? and Why? information areas, there are differentiated tasks to meet the requirements of the curriculum at level A and B as shown below.

This full version of the town/countryside map featured in Game one - ‘Where would be good?’ with all the empty spaces visible may be printed for further class discussion.
- Printable Map (1MB)

You might like to have a look at our What?Where?When?Why? Homes website also for Level A/B and which allows pupils to build a house; match an animal to its home; build a house from bricks to plumbing in a correct sequence or listen to Boring Bertie the boa constrictor.

Curriculum Match



Game 1

Choose appropriate buildings to fill empty spaces on a town map.

Game 2

Recognise significant buildings and find out more about what goes on inside them.


Find out about buildings people live in and learn about some of the differences between buildings in the town and countryside. Relate photographs of real buildings to illustrations use within website.


Find out about buildings people work in and buildings used for leisure, and the function of buildings. Relate photographs of real buildings to illustrations use within website.


Find out about buildings we need, from day to day buildings to the emergency services. Relate photographs of real buildings to illustrations use within website.


A look at the differences in appearance, construction and function between buildings.

Gallery A look at unusual buildings from different parts of the world.

As a resource at home or at school use of this site will enhance development in the following areas:


Preparing for tasks: - making suggestions and contributing to the planning of simple practical explorations

Carrying out tasks: - following simple instructions

Reviewing and reporting on tasks: - using maps
- answering simple questions on what they have found out


A commitment to learning: - working independently to find solutions

Respect and care for self and others:
- the notion that ideas and solutions, which although satisfying some, might be unacceptable to others - the concept of justice and equality of opportunity for all

Social and environmental responsibility:
- the importance of interdependence in a local context - the interplay between meeting peoples needs and improving the quality of the environment through minimising the harmful effects of actions


In conjunction with this website, use of information books could be encouraged as well as using the internet.

By using this site pupils will gain knowledge of significant buildings - both the inside and out and gain a deeper understanding of the decision making process involved in planning a settlement.

These starting points will facilitate further study for example, a walk through pupils local settlement observing styles of buildings and types of land use. Pupils can record their findings on a simple plan or map. Pupils could visit a local significant building and observe what goes on inside eg bank, library or shop.

Game 1: Where Would Be Good?

Strand :

The Human Environment

Attainment target:

Describe some features of a simple settlement - housing, services and open spaces.

Level A:

Listen to the audio information and view a selection of housing, amenities, emergency services and green spaces available through the building buttons.

Strand :

Human - Physical Environment

Attainment Target:

Describe how people use land for work and leisure in a settlement.

Level B:

Choose, click and drag appropriate building to space on map taking into consideration the buildings and spaces already existing in the surrounding area.

Strand :

Using Maps

Attainment target:

Identify main features eg. School, road, park etc on a simple map.

Level A:

Recognise buildings which already exist on the town map.


Game 2: Inside and Out



Strand :

The Human Environment

Attainment Target:

Describing significant buildings, services and open spaces within a settlement.

Level A:

Click on Post Office, Farm, Supermarket and House to find out more about the function of each building.

Level B:

Click on hotspots within Post Office, Farm, Supermarket and House to find out a bit more about familiar objects used and routines followed in each building.


Site Navigational Aids

Help icon
Throughout the site pupils can click on the Help icon ( Doris door) at the top right of the screen for help. In the enhanced version of the site the Help text is voiced.

Teacher's icon
In the enhanced version of the site you will find the ‘T’ teacher's help icon on the top left hand corner of the screen, beneath the Home button. This tells the teacher how to complete the activity.

In the standard version of the site, there is a link to a Teacher's help page situated in the links in the far left hand side of the page.


We have provided a Gallery of photographs of unusual buildings from around the world which is accessed from the last page of each of the What? Where? When? or Why? buttons at the top of the screen. In the standard version of the site the Gallery can also be accessed from the links in the far left hand side of the page.

Forward plan

We have provided a forward plan which you can print out. Here you will find information about levels, strands, and attainment targets for knowledge and understanding, skills, developing informed attitudes and ICT.

Download the Forward Plan
- Microsoft Word Format (61Kb)
- Adobe Acrobat format (172kb)

Assessment Record

We have provided an assessment record which you can print out. Download the Assessment Record.

- Microsoft Word Format (56Kb)
- Adobe Acrobat format (162kb)


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