Village Study


Compare and contrast where you live to a small village in the Essex countryside. A real chance to find out what life might be like in a community, possibly, very different to where you live.

Maximum group size: 30
Minimum age: 6

Core Values


Maintain focus in a new, unfamiliar location.

Team Work

Collaborative map reading, Respect opinions, Encourage everyone to play a part in the group and its discussions.


Inquisitive approach, Forming an opinion when making comparisons.

National Curriculum Links:


Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical features of a place in the United Kingdom. Use maps to locate features of a place. Use the eight points of a compass, four and six figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom. Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical feature of the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and digital technologies.

We help children to:

  • Learn from mistakes, bounce back and try again
  • Try new things with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Believe that the harder they work, the better they will get at the things that they do
  • Never give up!
  • Love learning!
  • Concentrate
  • Keep on trying when challenges occur
  • Think their way through problems
  • Ask questions and think about our world
  • Make links and notice patterns in their experiences


Settlement, compare and contrast, rural, urban, facilities, land use, village, town, city, religious buildings, employment, economic activity, trade links, public transport links, site, county, country.

Activity Passport Links:

You can complete 4 achievements with this activity.

Walk to a local landmark

Visit a village

Take part in a debate

Learn something about your local area

National Trust Links:

Play "Pooh" sticks

Find your way with a map