Ideas for fieldwork using maps
Up until 2010, all Year 7 students in the UK were eligible to receive a free 1:25,000 scale map of their local area. These activities suggest ways in which the maps can be used to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the area in which they live. The resources include everything you need to set up these activities with your students, except for the maps. Key Stage 3.
In this activity, students use their mobile phones to record the strength of reception in different parts of the local area or an unfamiliar location. They use their findings for a geographical investigation into the factors affecting mobile phone reception, including topography, the site of masts, and population density.
This activity uses fieldwork in the local area to enable students to develop an understanding of the link between OS map symbols and real places (Download from below). The students add symbols and photos to blank maps and create their own maps of the site they visit. They also upload photos of their local area onto the Geograph website. Key Stage 2.
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