Geography KS2: A child-led tour of Shanghai in China

Shanghai lies at the mouth of the Yangtze river on the coast of the East China Sea, and is one of the busiest ports in the world.

Shanghai is a modern city with a sophisticated highway and metro system and an endless stream of shipping traffic navigating its way to the East China Sea.

Juewen is a 10-year-old girl who represents the new generation of driven Chinese children.

She has a very busy school life and then takes lots of extra classes, travelling round the city on the metro to fit in all her activities. We see her in different lessons like cello, model making (design and technology), Olympic maths, English and calligraphy.

This clip is from the series In My Shoes KS2.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used during a module on China. Students could be asked to note down any aspect of Juewen's life that is the same or different to their own.

They could also be asked to take notes on aspects of trade and transportation within this busy city.

Finally, students could be asked to suggest solutions to problems highlighted in the clip, for example, congestion and excessive pressures put upon young people. to work hard and succeed.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching Geography at Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level.

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