Summer Term - The Holiday Show
This term, children in Year 6 will be exploring tourism as it is now the world’s biggest industry, is responsible for over 250 million jobs worldwide and is the main source of income for 80% of the world’s poorest countries. The children will explore the positives that travel can provide for both the tourist and the destination and how, today, we have more choice than ever in where we want to go, how we want to travel and what we choose to do when we reach our destination. From package holidays to exotic jungle expeditions, holiday companies are now offering us whatever we want – for the right price.
The children will also study the negative impacts that tourism can bring if not managed properly. Unfortunately, some countries are paying the price as mass tourism becomes their main trade – with hotels, restaurants and bars rapidly displacing local communities and traditions. Jobs for the local workers are often badly paid, sometimes with very poor working conditions. A large percentage of the money earned by tourism goes back to the tour operators and large hotel chains, which are based in countries like the United States, Germany, France and Great Britain.
Specific examples such as The Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica will be used so that the children can fully understand the potential benefits and threats posed by tourism within these countries. The Manuel Antonio National Park is a fantastic example of ‘Ecotourism’ which is aimed at allowing tourists to visit exotic and potentially fragile locations around the world, whilst ensuring that the environment is protected.
The children will use their learning to create travel brochures outlining geographical and historical highlights for the local area, promoting these tourism opportunities using their technological skills, advertising their brochures by looking at similar, existing products.