Geography KS1/KS2: Maps

This video has been designed to help younger pupils understand maps, including how and why we use them.

It covers compass points and grid references for orientation, common symbols, and different kinds of maps such as paper maps and digital maps.

It has been developed in a child-centred way to allow pupils to visualise themselves using maps in their everyday lives.

Teacher Notes

This video is a useful tool to introduce pupils to maps and their uses.

It can be used to set the scene before pupils use a map to explore their school grounds or local area.

The video outlines some common errors when using maps which pupils will then know to avoid when they start to use maps themselves.

Points for discussion: · What are maps for?
· When might we need to use maps?
· How should we hold a map?
· Can you draw a map of your local area?
· Where have you seen people using maps?

Suggested activities:
After watching the video, pupils could use a map of their school grounds to find their way from one point to another.

Pupils could do matching and card sorting activities to develop help them recognise the keys symbols on a map.

Pupils could develop their own maps of their local area or special places to help them show what a place means to them.

Can pupils work to develop their own symbols to show what things mean and where things are in a simpler way?

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching Geography at: KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, Early and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland and Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland.

More from this series:

Cities, towns and villages
The United Kingdom
The world
The seasons
The water cycle