Discovery of the World: Age of Discovery


The children studied maps of Helsinki created by their peers in Secondary.
The children as cartographers. They created their own Age of Discovery map of Europe and then added their new discoveries of the New World.


 This term, students in P345 English, Finnish and French sections learnt about the Discovery of the World by Europeans between 1450 and 1600. This was a highly factual topic of study and required lots of initial direct teaching. However, following this, the children were able to take ownership of their own learning and create maps and their own presentations about explorers. 

Subject e.g. DOW  


DoW P34 

Curriculum Objectives 


Learn key facts about explorers of Age of Discovery (c.1450-1600) 

Develop map reading skills 

Develop note taking skills 

Develop and improve ICT skills, specifically internet research and use of Word/Powerpoint programs 



Problem Based Learning Skills (PBL)  



Read a variety of appropriate level sources for information and pleasure 

Record information and observations using a range of appropriate recording methods. 

Write simple summaries of learned information with few major errors 

begin to acquire specific facts to gain further knowledge 

Identify key words searches when using a variety of sources (print, digital and databases) 

Practice presenting findings clearly, logically and accurately using a variety of presentation techniques 

Find appropriate sources of knowledge and strengthen skills in critical media literacy 

Contribute to discussions 



Key Vocabulary 



Middle Ages, Feudal System, exploration, scurvy, Aztec, Inca,  

Central Idea (Teacher) 


To understand how Europeans expanded their knowledge of the world during the Age of Discovery  

Key Question (Pupil) 


How did we (Europeans) discover about the world? 

The Hook 


Children to learn about Middle Ages and how limited European view was of the world. 

The End point 


Pupils will create an personalised presentation/story of a specific explorer from the timeframe.  


Formative methods 


Summative methods 


Learning to Learn 

Reflection on L2L 





Final “grade” based on factual quality of presentation 


Pupils to peer assess one another’s presentations 

Teacher to assess the quality of the written presentation 


Learning to Learn skills to be assessed throughout unit  

Teacher End Reflection: 



Things to change for next time: 

Children enjoyed the map making. They enjoyed making presentations. 


But, we need to focus on how to improve presentation writing. 


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