Geography GCSE: Map reading challenge on the Yorkshire coast

Three teenagers are taken out into a mystery location in the Yorkshire countryside and given a series of navigation challenges.

Their first task is to locate their position. Using a combination of observational skills and map symbols and features Abi, Irum and Sarah discover where they are. Joe asks them to navigate to a meeting point a few kilometres away.

He points out an approximate route, but the teenagers must use their initiative and the map to find their way.

The programme explains map reading techniques like latitude and longitude, as well as map features like path markings.

A heli-camera flies above the teenagers so that map features can be related to the landscape.

The girls encounter a steep gradient on a cliff path. Contour lines are explained and illustrated.

The teenagers pass ancient sites which they see on the map legend.

They meet Joe at a radio mast, having successfully navigated their way there.

Joe explains how a location can be double checked using co-ordinates and a smart phone.

Abi, Irum and Sarah continue their journey on a cliff top path and the programme explains how contour markings change to indicate cliffs.

Entering a village, the teenagers relate their position to houses and other buildings marked on the map.

The young people complete their challenge by meeting Joe in a seaside village and reflect on what they have learned.

This clip is from the series Get Lost.

Teacher Notes

Useful when discussing map reading or using maps to navigate.

Students can be asked to discuss the difference between paper maps and digital maps and the significance of map features.

This clip could also help students understand coordinates, contour lines and how map symbols and legends translate to real landscapes.

Encourage students to discuss the importance of observing surroundings and matching them to a position.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland