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Over the next two weeks we will be doing some Geography with a focus around building maps!  


This unit of work is called: Exploring my home.


We would like you to start with some key questions around your home and the area that you live in.

  • What is your home and the area that you live in like? 
  • How might it be improved?  
  • How can places be represented on a map?


The outcome of this project will be for you to create a map of your home and local area.  You might also go a bit further and consider how you might want to change / develop the area that you live in if you could.  Can you justify the reasons for the changes that you would make?


Here is some Key Vocabulary which you and your family might want to consider throughout your project: map, valley/hill, landmarks, landscape, coast, cliff, beach, aerial map, human and physical features.


You can create your map however you like.  You might choose to draw / paint it on paper or even using the computer.  You could get creative and collect things from your local area like sticks and leaves to ‘build’ a map of your local area just like in this video:

You might want to get even more creative and build 3D models.  The choice is yours!




In Year One, we would like you to think carefully about the human and physical features of your local area and how you could represent these on your map. If you need to refresh your memory on what human and physical features are then click this link to find out more information: 







Some tasks that you could do to help you with your project:

  • Complete an A-Z of your home by walking around the house / garden / local area and finding something beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Go on a walk of your local area and take photographs / draw sketches of key things which you could add to your map to add to your map.
  • Discuss as a family the human geography around your local area (things that man has made e.g. buildings) and the physical geography of the area (natural features e.g. coast, cliffs). See the link above for more examples.
  • Use digimaps for schools to find a map of your local area (type your road name or postcode into the search bar).  Here you could look at the use of OS (Ordnance Survey) symbols that are used.  Could you use these in your map?  You could plot a local walk / your walk to school / the shops (choose the measurement tool and click to plot your walk).  You could even experiment with adding photos of your walk onto digimaps! 

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