All around the world — Paris

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By John Davisteacher and freelance writer

In our new globe-trotting series, we explore the largest cities in each of the six continents. This month: Paris

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’ most recognised landmarks

Some 12 million people live in Paris and the surrounding area. Always a popular destination for tourists of all ages, Paris is steeped in history and culture and is considered by many to be the fashion capital of the world. As with the rest of the locations in our around-the-world series, Paris provides excellent examples of significant places and environments – an integral part of the locational knowledge section of the QCA Programme of Study in Geography for children in Key Stage 2.


1. Route planner

Ask the children to investigate different ways of travelling to Paris from their homes in the UK. Give them scale maps and atlases to find out the distances involved or provide information from travel agents. Ask the following questions: How long would your journey take? How much would it cost? Encourage the children to explore different methods of travel, including a direct flight to Charles de Gaulle from a regional airport in the UK, a car journey using ferry crossing and a train through the Channel Tunnel. Ask the children: Is it true that the journeys that take the least time are the most expensive?

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