Pirate Treasure Island - 4 Figure Grid Referencing Geography

Learn how to work out 4-figure grid references and devise a map to test each other.

This lesson is fully interactive and the PowerPoint is animated with sound effects.

NO PREP CUTTING AND LAMINATING! Just print out the provided grid and go! I’ve also added plainer versions of the fully animated slides in case you would like to print them out and have the children work on them individually and not as a whole class while the teacher goes through on the whiteboard.

It explains the method students should use to work out 4-figure grid references on maps. I have created two animated examples to show the students how to work them out. (The preview is a PDF of just two slides to give you an idea of the themes but the real download is fully customisable and animated and the animated parts disappear out of the way when not needed.)

Students have to design their own treasure island using the grid outline provided. They then swap with a partner who has to state where certain things are using 4-figure grid references.

I have always encouraged my classes to be as imaginative as they like with this activity resulting in some really interesting magical islands! The lesson could take a one hour period but it would be better over two hours to give students time to fully realise their own designs!


  • 10 slide powerpoint with animated explanations
  • Grid proformer for drawing a treasure map (best blown up to A3 size)
  • Symbols that can be used by students in their design.
  • Full lesson plan

I hope your students find this as fun and informative as mine have.
Thanks for looking.
Some graphics from: www.mycutegraphics.com**

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Created: Mar 10, 2019


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