OS Symbols

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Learn 10 OS Symbols


A cut down list of commonly used OS Symbols sent home a week/two earlier


Young people asked to learn the cut down list of OS symbols
Have a quick quiz (we found this easier in groups of just two sixes) - leader draws 5 symbols and allows young people to name them and leader names 5 symbols and asks children to draw them.
* We thought "PC" was an interesting symbol, as "public convenience" is not a term the young people are familiar with. WE asked them to draw the symbol for a toilet...
* Young people are very interested in tourist attraction type symbols
* Highlight that colour of road/path symbols is important, note subtel differences
* Ask the young people how they would design a new symbol, perhaps for a unique local feature
* Highlight that not necessary to learn symbols because of the key.


  • Map reader
  • map symbols
  • ordnance survey symbols

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