What are grid references?

In this lesson we will learn how to locate specific areas on OS maps and practice the skill of reading four and six-figure grid references.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What does OS stand for?

1/5

Q2.What does a key/legend show you on a map?

2/5

Q3.What is the purpose of map symbols?

3/5

Q4.Which of these is the symbol for a church with a tower?

4/5

Q5.What is this map symbol?

5/5

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What does OS stand for?

1/5

Q2.What does a key/legend show you on a map?

2/5

Q3.What is the purpose of map symbols?

3/5

Q4.Which of these is the symbol for a church with a tower?

4/5

Q5.What is this map symbol?

5/5

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Worksheet

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Quiz:

What are Grid References?

Complete today's review quiz to test your knowledge on today's lesson.

Q1.What is the rule for reading grid references?

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Q2.What is the correct way to write down a four-figure grid reference?

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Q3.On an OS Explorer map, how large is the area of one grid square?

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Q4.What is the four-figure grid reference for B

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Q5.What is the six-figure grid reference for the orange square?

5/5

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

What are Grid References?

Complete today's review quiz to test your knowledge on today's lesson.

Q1.What is the rule for reading grid references?

1/5

Q2.What is the correct way to write down a four-figure grid reference?

2/5

Q3.On an OS Explorer map, how large is the area of one grid square?

3/5

Q4.What is the four-figure grid reference for B

4/5

Q5.What is the six-figure grid reference for the orange square?

5/5

Lesson summary: What are grid references?

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