Village visit

Compare and contrast another locality with Minstead village

village visit

Compare and contrast another locality with Minstead Village.  

Maps, compasses, feely grams and tally sheets - a chance to explore place and settlement.

Programme of study
  • Place Knowledge (Ge2/1.2)
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region in North or South America (Ge2/1.2a)
  • Human and Physical Geography (Ge2/1.3)
  • Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water (Ge2/1.3b)
  • Geographical Skills and Fieldwork (Ge2/1.4)
  • Use the 8 points of a compass, 4 and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world (Ge2/1.4b)
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies (Ge2/1.4c)
Learning objective
  • Name features of the locality and match them to compass directions
  • Create a symbolic map on the journey to the church
  • Note similarities and differences between two localities
  • Discuss how features of the locality influence human activities
  • Mark the actual travelled route on a map
  • Create 8 figure grid references for named features on a map
  • Debate recent and proposed changes in the locality
  • Gather in a circle by the goblin tree and create a ‘human compass’
  • Distribute the ‘feature cards’, identify which features are visible and which direction they match
  • Walk up footpath passing back items of interest. These should be ‘saved’ by the member of staff at the back
  • Recreate map in the churchyard
  • Spread out to private ‘magic spots’ and complete emo-scan. This activity could be replicated back at school for similarities/differences to be identified
  • Enter church, remove wellies in the porch (if muddy ) - make a short prayer and give thanks
  • Look at the features of the church & point out the plan in the shape of a cross. Explain use of symbols and key
  • Expand idea of village community sitting in pews to debate local changes and village issues. “Who would complain if the church was closed?”
  • Give out the rich world poor world bead in the church
  • Proceed to village green - mark the actual route walked
  • Lay map to ground
  • Complete map activities 1-4 below:
  1. Identify 6 figure grid references for given features on map
  2. Complete the tally sheet to highlight human  & economic activity in the village
  3. Identify features at the 8 compass points on the village green & record on sheet
  4. I spy activity can be completed from the village green

For a more “spiritual” exploration, see At the church.


  • Warm clothes & wellies – the footpath can be very wet
  • Clip boards, pencils & worksheets
  • Mobile phone, nominal roll, medical records
  • Compasses
  • First Aid Box & High viz jackets for teachers