In this unit pupils will develop their awareness of the world around them by looking at different representations of the Earth using maps and globes. They will study the elements that make up different types of maps including world maps, physical maps, political maps and street maps. Pupils begin by refreshing what they know about maps and compasses and explore the cardinal points by identifying north, south, east and west using a map of the Iberian Peninsula.
They are then introduced to a second way of representing the Earth, on a globe, and compare this to how the Earth is represented on world maps. They then go on to learn about the parts of a map and are introduced to different types of maps including physical maps, political maps and street maps. The last two content pages deal with scale and how it is used in maps and floor plans. The new vocabulary presented in this unit extends pupils’ knowledge of technical terms and develops their ability to look more critically at different representations of the world and their immediate surroundings. They will also improve their skills of map-reading, and observation and interpretation of visual information.
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