Saturday, 21 March 2009

The EU

Those of you who were here yesterday spent p2 doing some proper geography - producing a nicely coloured map to show the EU member states and the years that they joined the EU.

We talked about what the EU is, why it was set up, and some of the benefits and disadvantages of being a member.

Lots of info in the Europa Diaries... And more on the EU website here. The EU at a Glance section is particularly useful.

And the "Tour the EU in a minute" video that wasn't cooperating yesterday is available on YouTube (think it needs some music...) and there are various other movies on there that might help with your leaflets. (NB this video was made before 2007, so no mention of Bulgaria and Romania which took the total to 27 member states.)

Economic Activity

A variety of interesting musical snippets started the lesson on Monday, and we talked about the classification of economic activity into primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary.

The graph below shows the results of the quick survey we did of your parents' occupations:
How - and why - would this have looked different if we had done the same activity 50 years ago? 150 years ago?

Saturday, 14 March 2009