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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 do contours represent on a map?
Lakes
Hills
Forests
Roads
Contour lines show land of equal height
2.
If the contour lines are close together what does this mean?
It is a hill in a forest
It is a hill subject to flooding
The hill is not very steep
The hill is very steep
The closer the lines the steeper the hill
3.
What are the grid references at the bottom of a map called?
Northings
Southings
Eastings
Westings
They travel from West to East
4.
What colour are the public footpaths on an Ordnance Survey map?
Blue
Green
Red
Black
Motorways are blue, A-roads are red and B-roads are yellow
5.
What are the grid references at the side of a map called?
Northings
Southings
Eastings
Westings
They travel from South to North
6.
What is represented by the symbol of a P in a box?
Car Park
Post Office
Police Station
Palace
A letter P outside a box is a post office
7.
Which scale shows the most detail on a map?
1:500,000
1:25,000
1:250,000
1:50,000
The lower the ratio the more detailed the map
8.
If 1cm on a map is equal to 25,000cm on the ground, which scale represents this?
1:25
1:2,500
1:25,000
1:250,000
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.
What symbol is used to represent a tourist information centre?
Letters TI
Small i in a box
Small ti in a box
Letter I
Tourist information centres are useful if you are somewhere you do not know your way around
10.
What colour are the tourist symbols on an Ordnance Survey map?
Blue
Green
Red
Black
Tourist symbols include theme parks, nature reserves, museums, castles and public toilets

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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