Journey to the World Cup stadium with Samir and Samira

Journey to the World Cup Stadium
with Samir and Samira
Lesson ideas and activity sheets
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Journey to the World Cup Stadium/Lesson plan
Introduction: Samir and Samira, eight-year-old twins, take us on a journey from their home in Maré favela to the Maracanã
Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Start to explore how key human characteristics can divide one small geographical region.
To understand how to map a journey.
Complete a mapping exercise.
Curriculum links
 Pupils play the board game (Activity Sheet 1) and join
Samir and Samira on their journey to the stadium.
 Pupils read out the additional information on Activity Sheet
2 as they stop on the numbered stops.
Activity Sheet 1
Geography: KS2
Activity sheet 2
• Using an atlas, ask pupils to find Brazil and then the city of
Rio de Janeiro.
• Pupils use the information on Activity Sheet 2 to plot the
journey taken by Samir and Samira using your school’s GIS
or free mapping software such as Google Earth.
• If pupils have time, ask them to work out how long it would
take to travel between different locations by foot or car etc
and/or find images of the different locations.
Activity sheet 2
Geography: KS2
Class set of computers
with access to school
GIS and/or internet
Locational knowledge
Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on
Europe and North and South America, concentrating
on their environmental regions, key physical and
human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
• Discuss with pupils the differences between places they
have passed on their journey. You might like to refer to our
A childhood in Brazil resource to think about the human
geography at the start of their journey in the favela.
Activity sheet 2
Geography: KS2
A Childhood in Brazil
ppt (optional)
Place knowledge
Understand geographical similarities and differences
through the study of human and physical geography
of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a
European country, and a region within North or South
Geographical skills and fieldwork
Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer
mapping to locate countries and describe features
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Journey to the World Cup Stadium/Activity Sheet 1
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Journey to the World Cup Stadium/Activity Sheet 2
Samir and Samira describe their journey in more detail below:
1. The military headquarters
“There’s always really bad traffic on this road. It’s the same in Maré where we live.” [NB exact location of military headquarters
not known].
2. The General Hospital – Hospital Federal de Bonsucesso, Avenida Londres 616, Bonsucesso
The HFB is the largest public hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
For more information on the hospital:
3. The Institute of Tropical Diseases – The Instituto Fiocruz, Avenida Brasil 4365, Manguinhos
“They vaccinate people there. Our mum took us there when we were babies to have our Rubella and Tetanus jabs. We also went
on a guided tour there once. We watched a play that explained how people get diseases.”
For more information on the Institute:
4. The São Cristovão area
“These streets look different to where we live. Everything’s different. The people look different. The shops and houses are all
different. People here have more money. There are lots of big cash-and-carry stores here. People can buy their food in bulk in this
part of town. Mum says people buy things here and then sell them on.”
For more information on the São Cristovão area:,_Rio_de_Janeiro
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Journey to the World Cup Stadium/Activity Sheet 2
5. The local bus (e.g. Avenida Pedro Ii próximo ao 235)
“I like getting the bus. Our older sister Sara doesn’t though! She says it’s too crowded and because we are young, we have to
give up our seat to older people. But I don’t mind.”
For more information about local buses:
6. The Imperial Palace Gardens – Quinta da Boa Vista, Avenida Pedro II, São Cristovão
“[This is] The Royal and Imperial Palace of São Cristovão, the palace has a beautiful park around it called the Quinta da Boa Vista
Gardens. Our aunty works as a maid for a rich family around here. So she takes us to the palace gardens sometimes at the
weekends. We get to ride our bicycles around it. There it is! There’s a football stadium around here too, for Vasco, the team I
For more information on the Imperial Palace Gardens:
7. The Maracanã Stadium - Estádio do Maracanã, Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Maracanã
“This is the stadium where some of the World Cup games are happening. It’s one of the oldest stadiums in Brazil. It was built in
the 1950’s for football games. I think it might have been built for another World Cup years ago. They have kept the outside shell
of the stadium, but they’ve renovated it inside. Seven games will be played here. The stadium is cool! We’ve been here before on
our bicycles. We came here with my aunty and her friend and cycled all around the stadium.”
“We also came to the stadium last Christmas to watch Santa come down from the stadium. This was the last event in Marakana
stadium before it closed down for the World Cup. We have never watched a football match there. We are going to watch the
World Cup on the TV at home. The game between Brazil and England will be the most exciting!”
For more information on the Estádio do Maracanã:
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