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Ideas for teachers

The Imagem photographic resource can be used to support the National Curriculum in a variety of ways. Below are some of the QCA units it covers and some suggestions for how to utilise it:


'A Sense of Place' Unit 6c (Y5/6)
'Viewpoints' Unit 4a (Y3/4)
'What's in a Building' Unit 7b (Y7)


The City fact files, Food, drink and recipe sections, and the photos in the Gallery section may be useful in delivering Citizenship education.


'Images of a Country' Unit 12 (Y8)
'A Contrasting Locality Overseas' Unit 22 (Y2)
'Investigating our Local Area' Unit6 (Y3)


Introductions to the two cities give a brief history of Bristol and Oporto, which can be used as a basis for further study.

Science / Design

The Bridges worksheet can be used as a basis for a Science/ Design and Technology/ Maths investigation at Key Stage 2.

Further suggestions for using the Imagem web site as a learning resource:

Geography / Citizenship

Pupils can compile a list of similarities and differences with pairs of photos from the two cities. Why do you think these two cities are twinned?

Look at images of Oporto - what are first impressions, what words would pupils use to describe it? Think about economic, social, political and industrial perceptions.

Get pupils to examine one photo in detailwhat are positive points for example, buildings, green spaces, and the negative, such as litter, road works, beggars. Have the photographers concentrated more on the positive or negative aspects of the cities?

Do the photos tell the whole story of a city? What photos of Bristol are missing that pupils think should be included, and why?

Get pupils to focus on the details of building or structures, for example, doorways, arches, windows, porches, courtyards - have they seen other examples in their own city or town?

The photographs are only 2D - choose a picture - what smells, noises, echoes, temperature do pupils think they would find if they were actually there?

Encourage children to look at a map / plan of one or both cities and try and mark on all the locations where all the photos were taken. Use the maps in the About section of the site as a starting point.

Most of the photos are of buildings. These are only one part of a city or town. What else makes a community? People - green spaces - social activities - weather - landscape - industries.

Art and Design

Encourage children to go on their own trail around their city or town and do sketches or take photos. The trail can follow a theme, for example, bridges, parks, historical buildings, new developments, regeneration.

Observe or download and print selected photos from the Gallery, and use as a basis for creating a collage, textile picture or model.
Use images in the Gallery as a preliminary introduction to documenting a location. Pupils can then go out and collect images of their city, town or village using sketches or photos of their own.

Observe the outlines of the buildings and other structures and use as a basis for making block or lino prints.

Use photos as basis for computer art, for example, copy picture into appropriate software package and modify to create a fantasy or futuristic city.

Use the ideas as basis for a further series of sketches or photos of Bristol or Oporto.

Encourage pupils to carry out paired comparative sketches of similar buildings in Bristol and Oporto: bridges, churches, train stations, cafés, clock towers, and statues. Can you see reasons why these two cities are twinned from your pictures?

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