Maths KS2: Using a compass and reading maps

Mr Measure finds a map he made as a boy.

The map gives directions using compass points and distances in metres to find the hidden time capsule he buried in the woods 30 years ago.

Mr Measure and his son go to the woods and follow the instructions on the map using a compass and tape measure.

The viewer is then ask us to draw the map of their route using a 1cm to 1m scale, to plot a quicker route and finally to reverse the directions.

This is from the series: Let's Do Maths

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to cover directions, distance, scale and map reading and can be used as a starting point for related learning of co-ordinates in four quadrants.

Other ideas include plotting routes to school and around the local area using different scales.

Use the beginning of the clip to introduce the idea of the time capsule and what goes inside.

What do you think might go in a time capsule to sum you up? Using ICT apparatus, move it around a map or board by inputting several directions.

Can you get it to different places on your map in the minimum number of moves?

This could also be followed up by getting the children to give each other directions or instructions when blindfolded to get to different locations.

To challenge pupils, a vocabulary card could be given out to the person giving the instructions and the children are not allowed to say these.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Maths at KS2 in England and Wales, Early and First Level and Second Level in Scotland and KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland.

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Maths KS2: Understanding radius and diameter
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