What will we learn?
We will learn all about maps and the geography of our surrounding area . We will find out why we use maps and how to read them, as well as have the opportunity to draw our own maps and plan perspectives.
We found out what maps are and some of the different ways they are used. We learnt about the four compass points and used these to navigate around our maps using directional language.
We explored aerial views and identified some different locations based on an aerial photograph. We then looked at plan perspectives and we were challenged to draw a plan perspective of school grounds.
We looked at some maps of towns and cities, describing what we could see and found out why symbols and keys are useful when using maps. We then went on a virtual trip around Grimethorpe using Google Earth. We marked down the important places around Grimethorpe using symbols and a key.
Maps are made up of human and natural features. We learnt that a human feature is something that is man-made, such as buildings and roads, and a natural feature is something that has occurred naturally such as a river or mountain. Today we designed a new town. We had to think about where to put all the human features so that the residents would be happy. We wanted it to be a great place to live.