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Walt: Sketch simple maps showing how land is used


The aim of the lesson is to:


  • Describe and understand key aspects of human geography including land (urban and rural) use in the context of using sketch maps.
  • To use simple sketch maps that show how land is used.
  • To use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps in the context of drawing a sketch map.


Explain that space is a limited resource in the UK - we are an island nation and cannot easily expand! Children discuss the different ways land might be used in the UK. Encourage them to think generally (e.g. housing, rather than types of houses and retail rather than types of shops).


How many different ways to use land can you list? Add children’s ideas to the list of suggested land uses. What do you think we use most space for? Show children the two images of the urban and rural landscapes.

Can you think of words to describe each place?

Ask children to predict how much of the UK is rural and how much is urban. Explain that only about 10% of the UK is urban. Are you surprised? Was your guess higher or lower? Now move on to the presentation and work through addressing misconceptions as they arise.


You will then need to sketch a map of your urban area or an urban are you know well.