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Garden Map Co-ordinate Trail

Garden Map co-ordinate trail
In the classroom we will look through the different features of maps including symbols, scales, orientation and co-ordinates. Working in pairs, pupils will use a map and compass to find features within the grounds using co-ordinates.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand that a map is a birds eye view of a place at a smaller scale.
  • To recognise different features on a map using the symbols and begin to relate what is shown on the map to what they can see.
  • Use simple coordinates (or four-figure grid references) to locate points (or areas) on a map. 

National curriculum links 
Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use maps to locate countries and describe features studied
  • use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world

Y3 Geometry – properties of shapes

  • identify horizontal and vertical lines

Y4 Geometry – position and direction

  • describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
  • describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
  • plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon

PSHE guidance

  • to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions