Activity 5: Investigating maps

Exploring, comparing and asking questions about maps.

Learning goal

  • To explore a range of maps.

EYFS outcomes

Development matters

Understanding the world

  • Draw information from a simple map.

Characteristics of effective learning

  • Playing and exploring.
  • 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:

  • Identifying the meaning of the 2D shapes, lines and patterns on the map.
  • Identifying and naming features on the map.
  • Discussing and encouraging comparisons with how things look on the map in 2D versus in 3D, when on the ground.
  • Introducing and supporting the use of new vocabulary including geographical features and characteristics.


  • above

  • aerial

  • bird's eye view

  • map

  • feature

  • feature names (e.g. bench, building, field, gate, hall, hill, house, playground, pond, road, steps, tree, woodland, etc.)

  • find

  • identify

  • look

  • 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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