Resource ID 107211

KS3 Geography

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
Mapping Skills
"Map Detectives! Mapping Land Uses"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Map Detectives! Mapping Land Uses"
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107211 - KS3 Low Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]

107212 - KS3 High Ability



Contextual Summary

This resource focuses on the human geography of the area - specifically the different types of land use. The resource task is aimed at investigating land use, as observed from the ferry as well as from interpretation of maps, and students will produce sketch maps showing the different types of land use along a given stretch of the coastline. The pre-visit activity introduces / revises the meaning of the term ‘land use’ and involves students sorting photos into different categories of land use, and then interpreting OS map extracts to look for evidence of different types of land use on maps. In the higher ability worksheet, there is also an (optional) extension activity whereby students complete a simple land use survey of a street. These activities will prepare students well for the fieldwork tasks they will be completing on the Red Funnel crossing. On the ferry students will work in groups to focus on a given part of the coastline of Southampton Water / The Isle of Wight. They will use map evidence, as well as their own observations, to complete a sketch map showing clearly the different types of land use that they have identified. It is intended that each group can then contribute to a display showing the land use along Southampton Water, to the Isle of Wight in the post- visit activity.

Key Skills Practised
  • Understanding key processes in human geography (land use)
  • Geographical skills of observation, analyzing images and using maps to locate and transfer information
  • Producing sketch maps in the field, and recording information accurately using an appropriate key
  • The use of GIS may be incorporated into the pre-visit activities
  • Working collaboratively with peers.
Learning Opportunities


Students will familiarize themselves with the term ‘land use’ and then practice applying their knowledge through an image-sorting activity, and then a map interpretation task.


Students complete the post-visit activity, which involves incorporating their photographs onto their sketches and then combining their sketch with those of the other groups to produce a display showing land use along Southampton Water, towards the Isle of Wight.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to define the term ‘land use’ and state examples of the main categories of land use, giving some examples from each. Students will learn how to interpret land use information on OS maps. Students will learn how to make observations about land use in a fieldwork situation. Students will produce a sketch map showing their fieldwork observations of land use, as well as land use information interpreted from OS maps.

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