Resource ID 107111

Lower KS2 Geography

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
Mapping Skills
"Don't Get Lost! Using simple compass directions."
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Don't Get Lost! Using simple compass directions."

Students will practise using compass directions and how to relate a map to a real environment. As a post-visit activity they have the opportunity to present and evaluate their recorded information on a comprehensive, annotated map.

Contextual Summary

This is a Geographical Skills resource focusing on simple mapping skills to be used while on board a Red Funnel Vehicle Ferry. It engages students with the topographical features of the UK’s South-West coastal region from Southampton Harbour via Southampton Water and the Solent to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It enables the students to develop their skills in reading maps, using a compass and relating maps to their environment; it promotes the use of directional language and geographical vocabulary in context and under field work conditions.

Key Skills Practised
  • Reading simple maps
  • use of compass when locating own position & change of position on map
  • identifying direction of movement/sailing
  • use of directional language
  • recognising features on map as features in landscape & vice versa
Learning Opportunities


Students will learn about compass points; using compasses, maps and will become familiar with key concepts and vocabulary in this context.


Students apply knowledge & understanding of compass simple points; use of compass under fieldwork conditions; using simple maps of new location; use of locational & directional language; description of features & routes on map; use of observational, communication and co-operational skills.


Re-inforce learning by transferring the information collected on the field trip onto individual new blank base maps by annotating and labelling them with features, compass points and the ferry’s route. „ Present, compare and evaluate individual maps.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate and develop their map & compass skills. They will demonstrate & develop use of directional and geographical key vocabulary. Students will also develop geographical knowledge and understanding. They will practise co-operation skills . They will develop presentation skills (post-visit map).

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