Geography- Durham and Rome

Date: 5th Mar 2021 @ 2:14pm

In Geography we have been comparing Durham and Rome.

The National curriculum states that pupils should be taught to:

Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

  • locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities,
  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time

Place knowledge

  • 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,
  • describe and understand key aspects of:  physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle, 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

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied,
  • 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.

We have had lots of fun finding out about Durham and Rome.

Rome is located on the west coast of Italy, in Europe


Durham City is located in the North East of England, In Europe.


We used Digi maps and atlases to locate both Rome and Durham.

We found out about some physical features and human features and compared the two cites this way.

Using our mapping skills, we created our own maps to show land use. This showed us how different the cities were but also how they both had a river running through it! Both cites had ancient buildings to visit, which showed the History of the city. We found out about town planners and other careers that Geography skills are used in.

In Literacy we became tourist information officers and created a leaflet about the two cities to give people information so that they could decide which city people would prefer to go.

Finally, as part of blended learning for homework we found out about food that would be traditionally eaten in Italy and had a go at recreating it at home. Check out the photos, some of these dishes look amazing!


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