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Humanities - KS2 / Geography - KS3

OS Map Skills Challenge – Bristol

Multiple locations Classroom
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to practise their OS map skills using an extract from their local area.
20 minutes


This resource has been designed for students to practise their OS map skills using an extract from their local area. Students will be challenged to use 4- and 6-figure grid references, symbols, keys, contour lines, scales and compass points to learn about Bristol’s human and physical geography features.

Curriculum Links

KS2 Geography

  • Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom

KS3 Geography

  • Build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field.
  • Interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping
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How to get there

This resource is designed to be delivered in a classroom. However, if you would like to visit Bristol with your class, please use either of the options below to help plan your journey. 

The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads.

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