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GEOG 1 Young Dragons

GEOG 1 Young Dragons

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Geography
KS3 Cycle Curriculum Pack
Project one – Young Dragons
Page 1.1
Summary
Young Dragons is a project which combines a number of highly relevant
educational issues and Key Stage 3 (KS3) geographical content:
Enterprise education
Geographical ideas about the urban transport issues facing cities today,
particularly focused on London
A wide range of geographical skills and KS3 coverage of investigative
work, processes, issues and scale, as well as use of communication and
interpretative skills
Sustainable travel solutions, focused on the value and potential of cycling
within an entertaining and active teaching and learning framework
A wide range of whole school and cross-curricular coverage, shown by
the teaching delivery map, and including Personal Learning and Thinking
Skills (PLTS) delivery, School Travel Plans, Sustainable Schools and all
five objectives of Every Child Matters
Young Dragons challenges students to think and act enterprisingly within a
cycling context, but allows the knowledge and understanding of urban
transport issues to be engaged. The project is an extended and structured
role play activity, with students working in small groups and acting as their
own companies. The companies develop a commercial way of marketing
and promoting cycling in London through advertisements, incentives and
education. The student companies compete against each other to see who
has devised the most effective marketing and promotional approach to
meet the needs of Transport for London (TfL), and this will be judged by
teachers. Teachers can use the produce of the project for wall displays
and assemblies.
Young Dragons
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Project one – Young Dragons
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The Young Dragons project is flexible and consists of two main parts, which
are composed of a number of lessons. Each section links to the next, and
can be taught all within one day, or over consecutive days, or over a number
of weeks. The approximate time for this to be delivered is five to eight
hours, depending on the route taken through the project.
This dynamic and active project will combine enterprise education with
cycling in an entrepreneurial activity that will develop student understanding
of key geographic and business concepts and ideas, as well as offering a
structured approach to the development of PLTS.
Enterprise education is at the heart of many educational initiatives and the
National Curriculum. The development of enterprise skills, experiences
and achievements will contribute towards a young person’s development
into the world of work, as well as placing their learning in a new context.
Although teaching enterprise might seem daunting, this project aims to
guide you carefully through an active, dynamic and innovative programme
of teaching and learning that will make enterprise education accessible,
rewarding and enjoyable.
This activity’s other focus is cycling. Given that cycling has so many positive
impacts environmentally and economically, for example on health, it is
perhaps a concern that cycling is not a more significant part of urban life:
‘The level of cycling in London is very low compared with many other
European cities, with less than two per cent of trips in London made by
bicycle, a fraction of the level in cities such as Berlin (five per cent), Munich
(12 per cent), Copenhagen (20 per cent) and Amsterdam (28 per cent).’
Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London
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The benefits to the student might include developing a greater
understanding, knowledge and experience of some of the following:
Geography benefits
Enterprise and business
education benefits
Urban transport issues such
Business planning
as congestion
and analysis
The economic cost of congestion
Business numeracy
and budgeting
The environmental cost
Team work
of congestion
The social cost of congestion
Problem solving
The political dimension to congestion
Marketing
Different forms of transport
Presentation skills
Cycling as a sustainable solution to some
Innovation
of the urban issues arising from congestion
The project is structured and allows flexibility for teachers. Young Dragons
might form part of an enterprise week which includes cross-curricular work
for the students, or might be taught in a series of lessons over a five- or
six-week period.
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