Your interactive and collaborative tour

This guided tour isn’t a simple ‘walk and talk,' we

continually challenge the pupils by asking them to discuss

possible answers with their partners.   You can see an

example of this questioning in the picture shown to the

right of this text.  We ask this question before we

investigate a couple of gravestones to see what it tells us

about life (and death) in the 1700s and 1800s.  

At other times in the tour, we ask the pupils to discuss the

how much has changed between archive images of

Greyfriars Kirk and the church itself today.  Pupils will use

the ‘fist to five’ technique to rate the changes from ‘nothing

has changed’ to ‘everything has changed.'  

Working with partners makes encourages peer support

and knowing that they can show their answers individually

helps keeps everyone on-task.

This tour has been designed to get kids talking about

their city.  Historic Edinburgh Tours believe that

debating and discussing opinions is a great active

learning strategy.  Not only does it encourage healthy

debate, it also increases understanding.

You can see some of our laminated booklets in the

picture to the left of this text.  Partners are either ‘green’

or ‘blue.' 

Here we can see that the ‘green’ partner has the map of

Edinburgh of 1647and the ‘blue’ partner has a variety of

images of Greyfriars Kirkyard.  We’ll use these together

to see how they Kirk has changed over time. 

A lot of the area around our tour route changed at this

time.  The pupils will compare the route they see on the

map with the streets and pathways they will follow on

the tour.

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