Geography: Year 5 Put Their Map Reading Skills To The Test


In the Summer Term, Year 5 have been learning some fundamental map reading skills in their Geography lessons.

On Friday 9June, Mr Brewer, Head of Geography decided it was time to take the children outside the classroom and put their new-found skills to the test.

A 5 km long route was to be followed, where the children needed to use a real compass and map extracts to navigate their way from school. They successfully made their way along the South Downs Way to the top of Whitbread Hollow, down a very steep slope and safely back in time for a break time snack!


Thankfully the weather was fresher than we have had in the last couple of weeks, yet the views were wonderful and the hiking exhilarating; good practice for the much longer School Charity Walk along the Seven Sisters.

The children learned how to set bearings and follow them by carefully measuring and counting their paces, as well as how to take a bearing from a landmark.


Whilst out on the route, Mr Brewer and Mr Newberry gave their respective classes an introduction to six figure grid referencing so they could pinpoint their location on the map extracts.

The whole exercise was a great success and an important experience for the children in observing and interacting with the landscape that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.


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