Navigation Teaching Resources

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This page contains navigation teaching resources that I use to teach core skills, and which you're welcome to download and use.

Brewing hill fog on a mountain ridge in Wales

"We're about to be swamped by cloud."

Ultimately navigation needs to be taught in context, outside.

With a bit of imagination however, there are some navigation skills you can teach in the classroom.

Navigation teaching resources — free downloads:

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A4 size OS Map Symbol Flashcards

Click here to download the 'OS map symbol A4 flashcards' teaching resource

Click here or on the image to download

725 KB pdf

This is an adaptation of a resource on the OS website.

These are the most relevant symbols, stretched to make A4 size flashcards.

I've also added a few symbols that aren't available on the originals, but which I think are important, such as "Field Boundary", and "Building".

There are tons of ways to use them — one is to laminate them and play 'memory' in teams.

The cards are ordered such that you might only print the first 20 or so for basic navigation (Bronze), the first 30 for open countryside (Silver), and all of them for wild country (Gold). Please use as you see fit for your groups.

The original flashcard images are available from: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/education/

To contact Alice Turner about navigation teaching resources click here:

Compass Skills

Click here to download the 'Compass Skills' teaching resource

Click here or on the image to download

200 KB pdf

A handout with clear diagrams showing four key skills for those who want to learn how to use a compass:

1. Orient a map using a compass

2. Take a bearing on an object

3. Take a bearing on a map

4. Walk on a bearing

To contact Alice Turner about navigation teaching resources click here:

Map Quiz

Use the text links to the left. There are three parts to download

Click the text links below to download (3 parts):

Map Quiz Questions

857 KB pdf

Map Quiz Answer Sheet

28 KB pdf

Map Quiz Maps Solution

34 KB pdf

The Map Quiz Questions include maps on which the answers can be found.

They're on six separate pages so you can spread / hide them around the room and so encourage a group to move around a bit!

You'll need to print one set of questions, as many answer sheets as you have teams, and a solution sheet for you. (It has awkward questions as well as easy ones so some answers may seem confusing at first.)

The quiz covers:

1. Distance estimation

2. Direction

3. Map symbols

4. Grid references

5. Access

6. Contour interpretation

7. Tick features

The original Get-a-Map images are available from: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/

To contact Alice Turner about navigation teaching resources click here:

Satellite to Map

Click here to download the 'Satellite to Map' teaching resource

Click here or on the image to download a pdf file.

4,000 KB pdf

This is a section of OS map and a satellite photo of the same area.

The emphasis is on how features in the world are represented on a map.

The photo is labelled with tags, which point to various features (paths, buildings, hedges etc.).

Students are asked to identify these ponts on the map, and to feed back on how they're depicted.

Jpeg files:

If you choose to download a jpeg instead you might have to tinker with the print settings to print in the format you want.

The high res. jpeg has more detail than any of the other options, and is best if you want, say, to print at A3.

The low res. quality is sufficient, and a good choice if your download speed is low.

High resoultion jpeg file.

4,000 KB jpg

Lower resolution jpeg file.

660 KB jpg

The original Get-a-Map image is available from: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/

The original satellite image is available from: www.maps.google.co.uk

To contact Alice Turner about navigation teaching resources click here:

Satellite to Map — Zoom

Click here to download the 'Satellite to Map — Zoom' teaching resource

Click here or on the image to download a pdf file.

4,500 KB pdf

This is a section of OS map and a satellite photo of a small, zoomed in part of it.

The resource illustrates some aspects of public access, but also may help cultivate a sense of scale and of the value of searching for detail.

Students first identify the area of map that corresponds to the photo.

Once they've done this, a series of questions point them towards the way certain paths are depicted.

It serves as a good discussion promoter.

Jpeg files:

Choose the pdf version for simplicity. The jpg versions are available in case you need them for some specific reason (see the resource above for more).

High resolution jpeg file.

4,500 KB jpeg

Lower resolution jpeg file.

750 KB jpeg

The original Get-a-Map image is available from: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/

The original satellite image is available from: www.maps.google.co.uk

To contact Alice Turner about navigation teaching resources click here:

Map and Compass — Path Choice (Orienting a Map)

Click here to download the 'Map and Compass — Path Choice' teaching resource

Click here or on the image to download

20 KB pdf

This is a simplified map showing only gridlines, three public rights of way and some text so you know where north is!

It's useful for students learning how to apply basic compass skills in limited space — a playground for example.

Using a compass I lay out a stretch of rope to represent two of the (adjacent) paths on the map, say the south and southeastward ones.

The group are given the maps and compasses and told they've arrived in a place where they expected to see three paths but there are only two on the ground.

They want to go down the bridleway — which one is it?

It illustrates finding basic direction (cardinal and intercardinal points) and orienting a map using a compass.

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Page Contents:

A4 size OS Map Symbol Flashcards

Compass Skills

Map Quiz

Satellite to Map

Satellite to Map — Zoom

Map and Compass — Orient a Map