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Fundamental academics within the united kingdom need to comprehend the nationwide Curriculum and understand how to enforce it. this article goals to supply basic lecturers with a pragmatic advent to instructing geography at Key level 2 to point five and past, and is acceptable for non-specialists.>
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Detection problems may also arise in the way that a map is scanned by the reader. The overall pattern of shape and colour on a map seems to influence the scanning strategy adopted for perception of detail. Visual acuity of the reader is also significant. If the map is used in poor light some small symbols may not be seen at all. Most maps are designed to be read at the same distance from the eye as a book and so maps displayed on the classroom wall may well be too distant for children to see the symbols clearly enough.
One useful skill to practise with these maps is that of being able to read distances from the map. These are often shown in the form of numbers printed in between 'lollipops' marked at towns or significant junctions. This arrangement can be sometimes quite complex, with two or three levels of distances shown with the size of the numbers matching different-sized'lollipops'. A hierarchy of map skills Although a number of writers have advocated different ways of teaching children about maps, there has been very little independent evaluation of the various approaches recommended, neither is there much agreement about the order in which aspects of map reading might best be presented.
Children may, however, have some difficulties in using the key. Part of the process of identifying a symbol is recognizing it in its geographical context, and the symbols shown in the legend are not related to each other in a meaningful way; they are just arranged as a vertical or horizontal line of symbols and explanations. The key will typically show a short strip of blue line which is identified as a river. Another strip of black line is identified as a railway. g. rivers are found in valleys) and the way they bend (rivers tend to be wiggly whereas railways form smooth curves) as by reference to the key.