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

type of questioning in the picture shown to the right of this

text.  The pairs will use the green worksheets to indicate

where they think one person is buried in a grave.  The

children will listen to some information about Church of

Scotland burials in the 17h century and then use their maps

and this image to show how they thought a person was


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

how much has changed between archive images of the West

Bow in the early 19th century and the same place 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


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 1780 and the ‘blue’ partner has the same

area of town as shown on a map of 1820.  We’ll compare

these two different maps throughout the tour.  A lot of the

area around our tour route changed at this time.  In one

activity the pupils will see a third map, this time from

1647, as they try and work out what changes occurred at

the head of the old West Bow.

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


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