What are human and physical features?

Human and physical features are things that you can see all around you.

Physical features like seas, mountains and rivers are natural. They would be here even if there were no people around.

Human features like houses, roads and bridges are things that have been built by people.

Play the video to watch Ben and Amber learn about human and physical features.

Complete the human and physical features activity below:

Maps can show:

  • Just physical features - for example when people want to go walking in the mountains.
  • Just human features - for example when people want to find their way around the streets in towns or cities.
  • Both human and physical features - for example when people go walking in the countryside.

In the mountains, a map would need to show all the physical features so that people don’t get lost and they keep safe.

Have a look through different human and physical features:

Physical features showing cliffs, the sea and a waterfall in the isle of skye.

Physical features by the sea

Physical features include cliffs, the sea and waterfalls.

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What about you?

Next time you go out, try to spot human and physical features around you. Maybe you could draw a map of them too with a key to explain what your symbols mean.

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