Maps and Map Interpretation

This online session will look at the map resources available on the internet and interpreting the different scales available.


We will look at

    • Ordnance survey maps and the differences between scales
    • Mapping symbols
    • Interpreting an OS map and describing a features properties
    • Online maps and overlays
    • The national grid and grid references
  • Some starter sessions to using maps in the classroom

Start Time: 16:00 : Cost £20 per endpoint

Dates: Session on demand

After the workshop delegates will have the opportunity to stay on-line for a Q&A /help session if required.

We also run this session on-demand at a time convenient with you, either throughout the day or as a twilight session contact to arrange.

On-line £20 per endpoint for a single delegate or  £40 per class/group

Those taking part in the online workshop may be interested in our Mapbusters Videoconference sessions for ks2 / 3 HERE

Suitable for KS2 and 3  and can be used to support the curriculum areas:


Geographical skills and fieldwork:

– use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

– using an eight point of compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world

Human and physical geography:

– use of basic geographical vocabulary when referring to key physical features including, beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather

– key human features, including, city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.


Geographical skills and fieldwork:

– interpreting Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field including, using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs

Maps – OS OpenData™ – Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right [2014]