This six-lesson unit on map skills is designed so that one lesson will be taught in each year group from years one through six. The final lesson, lesson six, is aimed at Year six pupils. They find locations using six-figure grid references and practice locating the school, their house and significant buildings on a map of the local area. They will then use these skills to interpret a Treasure Map and find the lost treasure. Note: this lesson can take place in the computing suite. Pupils develop their digital mapping skills through answering the treasure hunt questions using the Digimap for Schools software.
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Geography and Map Skills
I wanted to create something for my students that would provide them with guidance on the wide variety of geographical skills they could come across in the exams, but in particular Paper 3. I wanted something that would bring it all together as much as possible. So I set about creating a skills overview booklet. The idea of the booklet is that students can self-assess their level of confidence with the skills listed in the AQA specification.
Below you will find a link to a number of home learning booklets, specifically designed to take Key Stage Four students through a number of concepts they will need to complete for their GCSE examinations. In addition, you may find some of the content and tasks useful for Key Stage 3. With home learning, there has also been increasing concerns regarding isolation, lack of interaction and lack of teacher explanation and talk. In order to combat these concerns a large number of the tasks included in the booklets direct students to existing YouTube videos, which offer content, use of subject specific vocabulary and links to wider geographical skills. Therefore allowing students increased access to subject specialist knowledge.
I have a confession, I really like post-apocalyptic fiction. Last year I wanted to take some of this enjoyment and create some tension and fun in the classroom. I decided to make my favourite resource of all time, a geographical scheme of work based on the concept of a disease spreading around the world, through Europe and into the UK. I wanted to add a sense of excitement and tension through challenges that led to learning and the practice of key geographical skills.