Activity 1: Pirate map bingo

Locating and naming features on a pirate map.

Learning goal

  • To find and name familiar features on maps.

EYFS outcomes

Development matters

Understanding the world

  • Draw information from a simple map.
  • Recognise some environments that are different from the one in which they live.

Characteristics of effective learning

  • Creating and thinking critically.

See Development Matters (non-statutory curriculum guidance).

Before the lesson

Print in advance


Support and challenge

Adults can use the opportunity to discuss and/or support with:

  • Discussing what a map is.
  • Thinking about why pirates might need to use a map.
  • Identifying different features on the map.
  • Naming different features on the map.
  • The use of new vocabulary.


  • feature

  • feature names (e.g. hill, hut, island, lake, land, ocean, palm tree, river)

  • find

  • identify

  • look

  • map

  • search

Curriculum opportunities

Created by:
Sophie Pickles (EYFS),  
Geography specialist
Sophie is an¬†expert Early Years consultant. She has spent many years both teaching in Reception and leading, in her role of Head of Early Years and senior manager at an outstanding-rated, child-led setting. Sophie now works with many national educational…
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