Key Stage 5 Geography - A Level Tour
Changing Places and Making Spaces
There are places I remember – In my life John Lennon.
Liverpool visit objectives
- To inspire students for their individual projects.
- To look at housing areas and interpret Inequality in the region.
- School tours to study the area of Toxteth and consider Regeneration in the City Centre.
- To debate Rebranding in Liverpool after a lecture from a Branding expert.
In the lead up to the day out we suggest that students look at some of the following;
- Liverpool during the Blitz in WW2.
- Why the overflow area of Speke was created around 1930.
- Toxteth and Liverpool 8 and the Toxteth Riots in 1981.
- Liverpool International Garden Festival in 1984.
- Regeneration of Albert Docks<./li>
- Liverpool World Heritage Site 2004 & the impact of current and future plans for devleopment
- The Bid for European Capital of Culture Year 2008 (Liverpool).
- Peel Ports, Liverpool, Salford, Wirral and Salford.
- Liverpool One shopping and retail area.
- Liverpool Ten Streets project
- Liverpool Knowledge Quarter
- Liverpool Hotel occupancy year on year since 2008.
This is one of several school tours & educational tours available. It is a full educational day out in a vibrant city and is a new educational tour primarily for Geography A level students.
The tour will include a fun twist as we look outside some of the childhood houses of the Beatles including John Lennon and Ringo Star as part of our Inequality and Regeneration exercises.
The students will be led by a Liverpool Tour Guide and in many cases for school tours we use those who are retired or former teachers or from an Educational background. For young groups we are able to provide guides who have an enhanced disclosure checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The students will love their visit to the Radio City Tower which towers 138m above the city with its panoramic views across the region. The tower is in use as a working radio station for Radio City and you can see the new extension to the stand at Anfield the home of Liverpool Football Club, the gigantic red cranes at the busy Container port of Liverpool and on clear days you can see across the Wirral Estuary as far as the hills and mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales.
We have a code of practice and excursion policy for all our educational tours which is shown at section 18 of the Terms and Conditions on our website.
The walking tours have all been risk assessed and groups will only be crossed over roads where absolutely necessary and in every case at a marked pedestrian crossing using the “green man” using a teacher or Group Leader as a black marker.
All students on educational tours will be given a work pack including free map of Liverpool City Centre as well as an aerial view panoramic map of the City Centre for the mapping exercise.
Suggested timings - Full Day tour (these can be amended to suit your arrival time)
Starting point Crowne Plaza Hotel Speke – Liverpool (postcode L24 8QD)
10.30am Meet your group at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Speke the former Liverpool Airport.
10.45am to 11.30am - Drive through Speke area which was according to the 2000 index of Multiple Deprivation was the second most deprived ward in England. We will look and take photographs outside a house that Paul McCartney used to live in on the council estate and then we will take a guided drive through the South of Liverpool through the more affluent areas with Parkways with central reservations and grassy areas in front of detached and semidetached houses and cars on drives and garages. Using the Beatles theme and for a bit of fun we will stop and take photos outside the childhood home of John Lennon called “Mendips” which is certainly a very nice house indeed for someone who once claimed to be a “working class hero”.
11.30 to 12.00pm Drive through Toxteth (looking at the birthplace of Ringo Star the Beatles drummer in a very deprived area called the Dingle which was earmarked for demolition and regeneration and was subject to compulsory purchase order.
12.15pm Look at the Granby 4 Streets which won the coveted Turner Prize in 2015.
12.30 to 1.15pm the students we will spend time doing an activity or trail in the £1billion pound retail and leisure area called Liverpool One which was redeveloped in the former Old Dock area (which was the first commercial wet dock in the world when it was opened in 1712) – this time will also allow the students to eat their own picnic lunches which they will all bring with them. This area was redeveloped within an ideal timeslot to fit in with the curriculum content as it was opened in 2008 in time for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Year and on its completion it beautifully reconnected the old city centre and the new areas to the Albert Dock.
1.30 to 2.00pm Radio City Tower Tour 135m above the City of Liverpool with panoramic views and we can then explain from above how the design of Liverpool One has reconnected the city. We will also point out Peel Port Operations giant red cranes adjacent to the brand new “in river” berths at the Port of Liverpool . You’ll see how the River Mersey connects to the Manchester Ship Canal and how it is used to move container freight and keep containers and HGV’s off the M62.
2.15pm to 3pm – Talk about branding in either Radio City Tower, Ziferblat or another suitable meeting room.
3pm – Short drive passing LFC ‘s newly extended stadium and the Anfield regeneration areas
3.30pm - depart Liverpool.
This is fully guided school tour for groups arriving in their own bus or coach or we can arrange transport for you.
Pre-visit information packs, Full days guided eduational tour for up to 30 students & Radio City Tower Tour.
£17.50 per person arriving on your own coach (minimum numbers 12) – Teachers and classroom assistants travel free.
We can tailor this and any of our tours to suit the interests of your group. Educational tours can also be combined to create an exciting and bespoke holiday using the Liverpool City Centre Youth Hostel with excursions out to explore a wider part of North West England and North Wales. We also work with Liverpool Universities and show their students around on University Open Days.
We are members of UKSchoolTrips & Educational Visits UK. http://www.educationalvisitsuk.com/attractions/north-west-england-attr/brilliant-liverpool-tours
What Key Stages are the tours aimed at?
Our tours can be tailored for all age groups from Early Years and Primary schools through to Key Stage 3. We also design tours specifically for University and College groups. Why not have a good look through all of the tours on our website as many of them can easily be adapted or combined for a fun educational day out or school holiday.
How many educational tours do you run for schools?
We are now running educational tours for both UK and international schools and colleges throughout the year. It’s an area that we are extremely keen to grow and it’s also an area that we would like to work with schools and colleges to source young new, Tourist Guides especially those with language skills. Overall I would estimate that this year we will run in excess of 50 tours to students from all over the world.
How do your tours of Liverpool develop skills required for the National Curriculum?
Liverpool is a brilliant place to ‘Learn Through Culture’ and the many museums and galleries and our tailored tours allow the students to focus on specific foundation subjects.
Using worksheets and multimedia, our structured tours inspire literacy, there’s lots of hands-on numeracy and lots of opportunity to introduce History in a first hand way and to enhance Science and learn new skills.
Liverpool is a truly superb destination for educational tours and just as importantly is a really fun and vibrant modern city that will inspire students.
How much are your tours?
As every tour is designed specifically for your group we do not have set charges. However, we will deliver great value and the final cost will depend on the size of the group, duration of the tour & whether we supply transport.
Are all your tours risk assessed?
Once we have arranged your tour we will help you design worksheets and supply any relevant risk assessments before you arrive. You can also find our excursion policy at section 18 of our Terms shown at the foot of our website.
How many students can the tours accommodate?
We can arrange tours for any number of students; indeed we are currently working on a project for an International Choir Festival with 450 students visiting Liverpool in September 2016.
We will always split large groups and use sufficient guides to ensure that everyone has a brilliant day.