Map skills in geography

Lessons and resources for secondary geography students studying map skills including grid referencing and coordinates, contour lines and compass skills.

Tes Resources Team

Map on a table with a notebook, pen and camera, improving map skills

Support young geographers in learning how to use and interpret maps

Map reading is an important skill for geographers both in the classroom and when participating in schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Secondary students are required to learn the necessary skills to interpret Ordnance Survey maps, use grid references, compasses, contour and scale in addition to topographical and other thematic mapping.

With this in mind, we have gathered together a collection of lessons, worksheets, booklets and activities to support you in teaching map skills to secondary geography students for both classroom and field learning. 

Map Skills Resources

Map Skills Resources

Resources for teaching map skills to year 7 covering a range of skills Activities have been collated from a variety of free resources over the years - I'm sharing this SoW to help others with planning and resourcing. If there is work of yours I will happily credit it in the resource description...
4 and 6 Grid Reference Exercises

4 and 6 Grid Reference Exercises

Worksheets for practising 4 and 6 grid references. This is a free resource for all. I know how tedious and difficult it can be to find resources for teaching so I hope that wherever you are, you'll find them as useful as I did when I first started. It's been a while and I realise there might b...
Geography Mapping Skills Work Booklet
Teach Trends

Geography Mapping Skills Work Booklet

This work booklet guides pupils through vital mapping skills by giving them a 'how to guide' as well as a chance to practise their new skills in a variety of questions and tasks. The booklet is aimed at children in upper KS2 and lower KS3 and can be easily adapted to suit. The booklet can be given a...
Map Symbols Quiz

Map Symbols Quiz

Here's a Jeopardy style quiz that I put together a while back for students undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It was designed to conclude a series of navigation and map reading sessions. Ideal revision for symbols used on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Maps.
Geography Skills     Map Skills & Symbols
Miss R

Geography Skills Map Skills & Symbols

Geography Skills Map Skills & Symbols This is a full lesson PP that is part of a humanities curriculum covering History and Geography strands. This lesson is ready to teach and can be used as part of the whole unit that I have uploaded, but each is a standalone lesson so can be taught alone...