Land use surveys

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Land use surveys
Main Subject
Key stage
Geography: Geographical applications and skills
Includes answers
Resource type
Complete lesson

Use this complete lesson and accompanying worksheet to teach your students about categorising land use in urban areas by carrying out a land use survey. Students will also practise useful fieldwork and geographical skills including data collection, using sampling techniques, data presentation and data analysis.

This resource includes a base map for identifying their transect and starting point. Students then carry out their land survey by identifying the different land uses. Once they have completed a survey and created their land use map, students will evaluate their methodology and improve their surveys. Finally, students will present and analyse the land use data.

Suitable for KS3 and KS4 students, use this resource to complement a larger unit on geographical applications and skills or as a stand-alone lesson. If you found this useful, you might also like to browse our fieldwork and GIS resource collections.

Completing a land use survey

  1. Choose the location of your transect along which you are going to collect data. You will either need a blank base map or a sheet on which you can record each shop.

  1. Start at one end of the transect, for each building or space record the land use on your sheet using the RICEPOTS acronym.

  2. Once you have finished recording land use on one side of the road, complete the same activity on the other side.

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