Geography KS1/KS2: Cities, towns and villages

This short film looks at the key features of villages, towns and cities, helping pupils to investigate what makes these places different and what their common features are.

It has been developed to help pupils explore their local area and the wider locality to identify examples of the key features of villages, towns and cities in context.

Teacher Notes

This short film is a useful way for pupils to identify the main features of villages, towns and cities.

It covers the key features of each type of settlement and encourages pupils to think about how places are interconnected.

As the film progresses, teachers could ask pupils if they have seen examples of the features of villages, towns and cities described in the clip.

Points for discussion:
· What is a locality?
· What are the key features of a village?
· What are the key features of a town?
· What are the key features of a city?
· How are villages, towns and cities connected?
· Why is it important for these different settlements to be connected?

Suggested activities:
After watching this short film, teachers could use a map of the United Kingdom to help pupils locate key cities, towns and villages in their local area and beyond.

Pupils could begin to explore and use keys and symbols on the map to find out how places are connected e.g. by road or rail.

Pupils could also start to think about how the physical geography of a place impacts on the development of settlements.

Pupils could start to explore the key features of villages, towns and cities and photograph examples of these key features in their local environment.

Following this, pupils could explore how localities change over time and think about whether cities in the future will have the same key features as cities in the past. This would help them to develop geographical enquiry skills.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching geography at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, Early and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland and Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland.

More from this series:

The United Kingdom
The world
The seasons
The water cycle