Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Exploring local organisations – first level

What is this?

Find some ideas to support you to design an activity to help children explore local organisations. You can use or adapt the activity for learners in your class while they are working remotely. This learning activity is based on first level experiences and outcomes.

When designing learning activities, think about the range of learners in your class and their individual circumstances.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: First level

Literacy and English

  • I enjoy creating texts of my choice and I regularly select subject, purpose, format and resources to suit the needs of my audience. (LIT 1-20a)
  • By considering the type of text I am creating, I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in a logical sequence and use words which will be interesting and/or useful to others. (LIT 1 – 26a)

Social Studies

  • I can consider ways of looking after my school or community and can encourage others to care for their environment. (SOC 1-08a)
  • I have developed an understanding of the importance of local organisations in providing for the needs of my local community. (SOC 1-20a)


  • Using digital technologies responsibly I can access, retrieve and use information to support, enrich or extend learning in different contexts. (TCH 1-02a)

Purpose of the activity

Children will develop an understanding of the range of local organisations which are represented in their local community.

Learning activity

Whenever you use content on a platform like YouTube, please cue the film you intend to play in advance, check it is the film you want to view, and skip adverts.

Using whichever method you use to share home learning activities with the children in your class, consider the following:

  • Share this video with children and ask them to think about the careers they recognise in the clip. Can they remember if any of the organisations represented in the clip are part of their local community?
  • Encourage children to think about their own community and the businesses, shops and groups they are aware of. They could make a list of known organisations and if able to, write about their purpose to the local community. Examples of local organisations could include:
    1. medical centre – providing medical support
    2. mechanics – fixing cars and vans to ensure they are safe when driving
    3. councillors – serving the community and their needs
    4. painters and decorators – helping people to improve their homes
  • Provide examples of local sites that children can search safely to learn about their local area such as the council’s website and community sites. Ask children to research these local sites to find any businesses, groups and shops that they may not have included in their original lists.
  • In addition, children can be tasked with exploring their local area by taking a virtual walk using online tools such as Google Maps. If using these tools at home, an adult would be required to support children’s safe access when working online. Children should be supported with guidance about how to search for their area using locality and postcodes etc.
  • Task children with sorting the organisations they have gathered into lists under different headings according to their purpose within the community. Children can make decisions about how they want to sort and display the organisations they have researched.
  • In addition, children can reflect on how their school contributes to the local area such as organising litter picks, intergenerational projects and fundraising for charities. These ideas can be added to their list to demonstrate how the school can positively impact the local community.
  • Children can decide how to use the information they have gathered to share with others what they have learned about the local organisations. They may wish to share their research through a poster, presentation or leaflet.

Extension activity

For children who require more challenge in their learning, encourage them to think about the skills required to work in the different types of organisations researched. For example, what skills would a person need to work in one of their local shops compared to volunteering at one of the local community groups?

National Benchmarks

Literacy and English

  • Creates texts selecting subject, purpose, format and resources for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Plans and organises ideas and information using an appropriate format.
  • Makes notes to help plan writing and uses them to create new texts.

Social Studies

  • Identifies a way in which the school looks after its environment.
  • Names two local organisations who provide for needs in the local community and describe what they do.


  • Demonstrates an understanding of the different functions of a browser and search engine.

Possible approach to assessing learning

Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and provide some feedback.

Some children may want to upload photos or a record of their work to their online learning journal. They may wish to use the school’s online learning space on Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams or through alternative school communication channels. This will give you the opportunity to provide feedback and next steps.

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.