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1 How do we use map symbols?

2 What information must a map contain in order for it to make sense?
Why are maps useful? Maps can help you plan your route. You are more likely to arrive at your destination quickly and safely if you use a map. Maps can help you visualize what a place looks like so you will know what to expect when you get there. Map credit: Reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown Copyright All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number What information must a map contain in order for it to make sense?

3 Why do we use symbols? When drawing a map to scale it is important to include as much detail as possible – however not all the detail will fit on the map so we have to use a key of different symbols, abbreviations and letters to represent the main items on the map

4 Think about it this way Imagine that you have to draw a map that shows the route from your house to the school – but you are not allowed any words . . .this means that we need to use symbols to show what we would pass on the way

5 Do you know any map symbols?
Draw a symbol on the board and then write below what it is!

6 Quick Quiz – On a page at the back of your book - write down what you think of the following symbols means There are 10 of these to guess – if you don’t have an idea - have a go! But do remember that you are trying to think of things that might be shown on a map! 2. 1. 3. 5. 4.

7 Quick Quiz – C G 6 . 7. 9. 10. So what do they all mean?

8 Quick Quiz – Ok – make sure that you are marking somebody else’s work – here they come 1. 2. 3. Caravan Park Information Office Golf club/course 4. 5. Telephone Battlefield site

9 Quick Quiz – C G 6 . 7. Lighthouse Picnic site Coastguard 9. 10. Primary Road (A Road) Rail station How many did you get?






15 Design your own map symbol for the following features:
A school A zoo A restaurant A museum A sports stadium

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