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KS4 | How does quality of life vary in an urban area?

Broadcast from an urban environment, this live lesson will enable students to take part in a fieldwork investigation into how quality of life varies within an urban centre. Encouraged to be decision-makers, students will be empowered in designing elements of fieldwork data collection before working alongside the tutor to collect data on quality of life within this location.

FSC’s expert field tutor will answer questions about this human fieldwork enquiry.

Submit your questions in advance to increase the chance of being answered, or ask questions during the live lesson.

Broadcast on Wed 22 Apr 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 14-16

Prepare your class for this live lesson by using the supporting resources available on this page, which support students in the early stages of the enquiry to unpick the enquiry question, write their own hypothesis and use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to interrogate secondary data sources.

Develop students’ fieldwork enquiry skills using these resources and help students to think of questions to ask the expert field tutor. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Live lessons can easily accommodate learners joining from home. Read our extra guidance for school closures here.

Lesson Outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

We will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the aim of the human fieldwork enquiry.

2. Subject knowledge (5 minutes)

The Tutor will then introduce the location and recap the enquiry question. Before sharing why this location has been chosen to investigate this question and to consider how to work safely in this environment.

3. Activity Time (20 minutes)

The Tutor will introduce and justify two fieldwork methods - land use survey and questionnaire.

Students will be empowered as decision-makers, creating criteria for the Environmental Quality Assessment (EQA) that will then be completed live in this environment. Students can annotate photographs within the resource pack using knowledge gained from the live lesson and GIS resources.

At this point, questions can be submitted via the Live chat.

4. Q&A and Conclusions (15 minutes)

After completing the fieldwork your tutor will be able to answer pre-submitted questions including evaluating the fieldwork methods and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, they will suggest ways to continue the fieldwork enquiry through the latter stages of enquiry including data presentation and analysis. They will also share what’s coming up in #fieldworklive 2020.


FSC Fieldwork live Speaker Charlotte Foster

Charlotte Foster

Senior Tutor, FSC

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