Looking at landmarks (Around our school)

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By Suzanne Edwards, a primary teacher and maths specialist

Develop positional and directional vocabulary using fieldwork and mapping skills

Learning objective: observe, visualise and describe positions, directions and movements using common words.

You will need

An enlarged copy of a street map of your local area; if possible, a photograph of the outside of each child’s home, and their address and postcode on a sheet of paper; copies of Where we live and I spy (see linked resources below); a computer with internet access; washing line and pegs; strips of paper and a selection of felt-tipped pens.

Whole class

Prior to the lesson, visit the Mapquest website (www.mapquest.co.uk) and input the address and postcode of your school. Call up the map and then click on ‘Customize Map’ on the left-hand side – this will enable you to write the name of the school in the ‘Label Icon’ box. Click on the ‘Update’ box to return to the map. If the icon is not in the exact location you can move it to the correct position by clicking on ‘Move Location’ and then dragging the icon to where you want it. Print this out and enlarge. Bookmark the web page in your ‘Favourites’ ready for the lesson.

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