“Messy maps mean more because its mine”: What might support Ordnance Survey map use in the EY and Primary years

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Geographers use maps as representations of the world and they only ever manage reality (Brotton, 2012). How can we do this in an age-appropriate way given the focus on Ordnance Survey mapping in the National Curriculum. I will use my reflections of working with ITE students and with practising teachers to consider how map-making skills in EY and KS1 can help prepare pupils for map-creation, interpretation and use in the older age phases. When might it be appropriate to use 1:25,000 scale O.S mapping? Using paper and everyday materials you can find in your home, and through shared discussions, we will make maps and reflect on attendees experiences of map-making with children and teachers. We will use BreakOut rooms and group discussions to give a range of great ideas for immediate use in the classroom and with trainees. You will need: paper, pens, blocks, string…anything you could make a meaningful messy map with!
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeography Teacher Educator's Conference 2021
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2021

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