Journey Sticks

Get crafty, and explore your school grounds...

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subjects: Art, English, Geography, History, PE

Resource Overview

Encourage your pupils to get to know their school grounds, with this fantastic outdoor craft activity! Challenge pupils to investigate journeys and map-making, by exploring what’s around them and creating their very own ‘journey stick’. A fantastic way to develop geographical understanding whilst getting closer to nature, this activity would be ideal for a whole class or an eco-group. It can be as short or in-depth as you make it (and there are plenty of extension ideas given in the plan)!

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

Curriculum Objectives

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Discuss and record ideas.
  • 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, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.
  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.