Over the duration of this term we have been looking at maps. Well not just maps, but the skills required with using, reading and navigating on maps. We have looked very closely at the symbols on maps and even spent a lot of time trying to interpret what they might mean. Do you know why we have symbols on a map instead of words? We were able to work it out.
One thing we enjoyed using on a map was the grid reference. We were able to find symbols using the grid references on the side and top of the pages. We became very confident at doing this. In our search for map symbols we noticed a small symbol that had N E S W. Any ideas as to where this lead? That's right! We found a compass point on the map. After digging through the school resources we found our very own compasses to explore. There was many laughs and giggles as we came up with our very own poems to help us remember the N E S W. Like Never Eat Soggy Weetbix or Naughty Elephants Spray Water. The list went on and on. Some children were able to see that there was other markings on the compass too. Like N NE S SE S SE W SW. This is when we realised a compass has 8 points of reference. We are looking forward to making our very own compass in class (like the ones from the olden times) using a needle, a magnet, water and a cork. Maybe you could try this at home to see if you can find north? Goodluck.