Maps - Sam Makes a Map
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Maps - Sam Makes a Map

This quiz addresses part of the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2 in Geography. Specifically it looks at drawing a plan of, for example, a room and making a map of a town. It is one of 50 quizzes to help you understand the world around you.

At school in geography do you remember drawing plans? They might have been plans of a room - your bedroom perhaps, or your classroom. You might have drawn a plan of your school and the playground. Sam has drawn plans. Now he wants to draw a map of the town he lives in. What should Sam put on his map? Can you help him?

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  1. Sam is drawing a map of his town. What should Sam draw first?
    Sam draws the main roads first. Then he can add everything else
  2. Sam draws his house on the map. Sam also draws his friend’s house on the map. Why does Sam not draw all the houses in his town?
    Maps use symbols and colours to show where all the houses are
  3. Sam draws his school on the map. There is not room to write the full name of the school. So Sam writes:
    What does Coll. stand for? - College
  4. Sam colours in where there are shops. He uses purple as his colour for shops.

    There is a shopping centre on the edge of town. What colour is the shopping centre on Sam’s map?
    Sam uses purple for all the shops in the town
  5. Sam wants to show where the town centre is on his map. What would be a good symbol for the town centre?
    Sam labels the black circle: Town Centre
  6. There is a railway running through Sam’s town. What does Sam draw on his map to show the railway?
    The blue wavy line is for the river
  7. Sam draws a black line on his map to show the railway. Trains stop in Sam’s town. People get on and off the trains. Where do people get on and off the train?
    Sam draws a red circle on his map to show where the railway station is
  8. Sam’s town has a park. What is a good colour for the park on Sam’s map?
    What sort of things are there in a park?
  9. There is a swimming pool in Sam’s town. What colour does Sam use for the swimming pool?
    Why does Sam use blue as the colour for the swimming pool?
  10. Sam lives in a town called Bedworth.

    What is the best title for Sam’s map?
    Can you draw a map of where you live?

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