Following the challenge from Mrs Smith/Mrs Miles to prove the article wrong, the children will start to become familiar with maps. They will look at a birds eye view, make small scale maps, read, locate and label maps of the local area, the UK and the World. They will investigate stories with maps and become familiar with how maps are used in different ways. Writing directions in the form of instructions to help people get from one place to another. Symbols, keys and compass directions will all be used to gain deeper knowledge of maps and the school grounds. Orienteering skills will be practised and then put to good use in designing a route for the YrR children, in order to share our new found knowledge.
A selection of maps, local and UK, plus a variety of photographs are on display in the classroom. Children are allowed time to look at these and try to work out why they are here. Explain to the children that during the holidays, there was an article in the newspaper which said that “Most children nowadays have very little knowledge of their local area or how to read a map!” Liking a challenge Mrs Smith and Mrs Miles decided that St Mark’s children would not be put into this category and so we are going to find out as much as we can, to prove that we can read maps and have a good knowledge of our surroundings.