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**How do we use map symbols?**

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**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?

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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

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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

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**Do you know any map symbols?**

Draw a symbol on the board and then write below what it is!

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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.

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

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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

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

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**Design your own map symbol for the following features:**

A school A zoo A restaurant A museum A sports stadium

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