National Curriculum 2014 – KS2
‘A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Pupils should be taught to:
  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics 
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time’

Phase One

Locating Jerusalem

Look at maps of the Ancient Holy Land (search engine images) on the IWB

Locate Jerusalem using an internet search engine map. Zoom out to see where Jerusalem and the surrounding areas are located within the wider world.

Pupils look at the map on the white board and using atlases identify the modern day countries that cover what used to be the ancient Holy Land (i.e. Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, parts of Egypt, Iraq and Syria).

The Holy Land and a shared holy city
  • Ask pupils what they already know about Jerusalem and construct a class mind map Pupils could suggest some things they would like to know
  • Show the pupils the Power Point Presentation Jerusalem and the suggested internet clips and provide them with atlases and any reference books that are available. (Notes on the Power Point presentation provide teachers with suggestions and open questions for use with the photographs)
  • Use the Learning and Teaching Strategy (15) Snowballing, go round the groups and ask for one significant thing they have learned about Jerusalem. Add each item to the mind map and continue asking groups in turn
  • Ask each pupil to select five things they now know/have learned about Jerusalem that they could share with someone at home. How will they do that? 

Jerusalem – Old City – 2010 Walking Tour

Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Jerusalem is considered a holy city to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. The city is important to Christians and Jews because many important biblical events are said to have taken place in Jerusalem (both religions believe the Old Testament). Jerusalem is also mentioned in the Torah, which is an important
 Jewish text. Christians believe Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad visited Jerusalem, which is why it has importance to them as well.