Map Skills 2
The colour of public foot paths on an Ordnance Survey map is green.

Map Skills 2

Map reading is one of the fundamental skills of geography. In KS2 children are taught about using a map and a compass for navigation. This is the second of two quizzes on maps and it focusses primarily on the symbols that might be found on a map key.

Map skills are used when reading maps for orientation. Orientation means knowing where you are in relation to a compass. If you are going on a walk or ramble with a group of friends, it is vital to know where you are otherwise you may get lost and into difficulties. That's where a map comes in. To read a map you need to look at its key. This will tell you what the different symbols on the map mean. You will also need a compass to show you which direction you are heading in.

How good are your map reading skills? Do you know what the symbols mean? Can you use a map key? See if you can find your way to the end of this quiz!

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  1. What colour are the tourist symbols on an Ordnance Survey map?
    Tourist symbols include theme parks, nature reserves, museums, castles and public toilets
  2. What do contours represent on a map?
    Contour lines show land of equal height
  3. What is represented by the symbol of a P in a box?
    A letter P outside a box is a post office
  4. Which scale shows the most detail on a map?
    The lower the ratio the more detailed the map
  5. What symbol is used to represent a tourist information centre?
    Tourist information centres are useful if you are somewhere you do not know your way around
  6. What colour are the public footpaths on an Ordnance Survey map?
    Motorways are blue, A-roads are red and B-roads are yellow
  7. What are the grid references at the bottom of a map called?
    They travel from West to East
  8. If 1cm on a map is equal to 25,000cm on the ground, which scale represents this?
    1:25,000 means that a cm on the map is 25,000 times longer in real life, so 1 cm on the map = 25,000 cm (250 m) in the real world
  9. If the contour lines are close together what does this mean?
    The closer the lines the steeper the hill
  10. What are the grid references at the side of a map called?
    They travel from South to North

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