Footprint Futures

Footprint Futures
The key stage 2 and 3 eco-footprint teaching resource from the Centre for Alternative Technology

Other Group Work Activities

  • Time Travel
    A discussion about how transport in the region has evolved over time.
    (From module Module 2: Transport)
  • Sustainable Planning - Buildings
    The pupils use what they have learned to design a regional sustainable plan for buildings.
    (From module Module 4: Buildings)
  • Positive Futures
    Using the internet, pairs or individuals use the images of global problems and find positive versions or solutions to the problem which they then present to the class.
    (From module Module 7: Think Global, Act Local)

Things needed for this Module...

Transport Survey:
  • Clipboards, pencils and paper
Getting About:
Time Travel:
  • Historical maps of your region
Mystery Guest:
  • A visit by a member of the local community involved in transport issues – this person could be a representative from the rail network, or the bus station, or someone who runs a bike shop for example.
Regional Planning - Transport:
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Module 2: Transport

Getting About

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This is a group activity using maps and public transport timetables.

What to do:

If you have a set of large aerial photo floor mats of the area, then you can use those instead of, or in addition to, the standard regional maps. The large aerial photo floor mats will allow you to work with a larger group.

Encourage pupils to identify familiar places on the map or photographs. They will need to be able to identify where they live, where the school is, and familiar places they travel to: eg the leisure centre, places where friends or relatives live, where they go shopping or for days out.

Introduce local public transport timetables to the pupils. Check they understand what they mean and how to use them. Next, challenge the pupils to plan a journey from the school to a suitable location using the timetables. Use as many examples as you need to be sure the pupils understand the task.

Then divide them into small groups and ask them to plan three journeys per group. The journeys can be ones that you have challenged them to work out, or of their own choice. After some time, pupils can report back to the rest of the class. Discuss as a class how difficult or easy this was. Some areas will be better served by local transport than others. Could public transport in the area be improved? What about if they wanted to cycle between locations? Are there cycle routes?

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