Geography KS1 / KS2: Two children's lives in Birmingham and Johannesburg

Sulaiman and Nwabisa tell us about their lives on the outskirts of huge, sprawling cities: Birmingham and Johannesburg.

They explore what it is like to live within a developed city but outside the hustle and bustle of a metropolis' centre.

They show us the advantages of living in a quieter part of the city, with less traffic and a greater sense of community.

Both feel that they have more freedom living in the suburbs, but do also enjoy having access to the centre, which is both more hectic and more exciting.

Sulaiman takes us to the local mosque he visits daily with his dad and brothers.

Nwabisa takes us to her church on Sunday, where she sings with many other people in the community.

Together the two children’s lives highlight the cultural and geographical similarities and differences of two distinct places.

This clip is from the series: Your World

Teacher Notes

Pupils could make lists of the similarities and differences between Birmingham and Johannesburg.

How do people tend to get around? What is meant by the term suburb?

What is different about the suburbs to the city centre?

Pupils could discuss the pros and cons of living in a suburb or a city centre.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, Early and 1st level and 2nd Level in Scotland and Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland.

More from Your World:

Two children's lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia
Living next to rivers - Belfast and Pune, India
Living in remote places - The Shetlands and Iqaluit
Two children’s lives in Cardiff and Port Moresby
Two children's lives in bustling capitals London and Tokyo
Living in opposite climates - North of England and North Australia