To devise a simple map and use simple compass directions
- Colouring pencils
- Plain paper - Clipboards
- Rocks and stones
- Examples of simple maps with basic physical and human features e.g. map of a zoo or tourist attraction, local map, map of school
- Put children into pairs or small groups – ask children to tell you what they notice about the compass as they walk around the forest
- Introduce children to directional language of north, south, east and west
- Using the compasses, ask children to work out where north, south, east and west are
Activity- Show children examples of maps - Ask children what they would include on a map of the forest area e.g. picnic bench, trees, path - Give each child a clipboard with plain paper attached and colouring pencils. - Ask children to draw a map of the forest area. Ask children to include a picture of a compass showing north, south, east and west.
- Ask children to share their work with each other
- Ask: Why are maps useful? Where have they seen maps before?
- Which direction is home? E.g. N, S, E or W
- Children could look at compass on way back to school to track the changes in direction