Geography skills - using a compass and understanding grid references

Let's explore using a compass and understanding grid references

This collection contains curriculum relevant videos, quizzes and games to help Years 5 and 6 / P6 and P7 Geography students with:

  • understanding how a compass works and how to use it with a map

  • learning about grid references

These educational resources are hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC.

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Here you will find videos, a picture gallery and activities about using a compass and understanding grid references. Try them out, and then test your knowledge with a short quiz before exploring the rest of the collection.

Using a compass

Let's find out how to use a compass when reading a map.

Learn about grids on maps with Sue Venir from BBC Bitesize - KS2 - Geography.

Can you label the different parts of the compass?

Grid references

Let's find out about using a grid on a map.

Fin and Snoot use the grid references on a map to explore an island from BBC Bitesize - 1st level - Maths.

Highlights from the BBC

The best guides and activities from around the BBC. They contain text, videos and challenges to help you understand, practise and test your knowledge.

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Expedition to Guyana - planning an expedition
Mapping the world
Map reading skills - calculating distance
Map master quiz

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