Week 9: 2nd June


Due to time constraints, I will no longer be making a weekly video, but will continue adding weekly badge activities to the website. The previous videos are still available on the website and YouTube. I will try to make occasional videos where it helps to explain something we are working on. Please feel free to contact me with any feedback about this - Tom.

This week we will be completing the Gardener badge, which we started in week 4, and we'll also be starting the Navigator staged badge, looking at some maps.

How are your plants doing? - Gardener badge

We started the Gardener badge in week 4. If you planted some seeds and have been looking after them hopefully they have grown quite a lot by now! Send me some pictures of your plants to count towards the badge.



Broad beans

Some of the vegetables we planted in the video five weeks ago!

Also to complete the Gardener badge you need to know about tools you might use in the garden - such as a trowel, a fork or even a watering can - and how to use them safely. Let me know which garden tools you have used.

Some garden tools - can you name them all?

Using a map - Navigator badge

This week we're going to start the Navigator (level 1) staged badge.

Find your house

Firstly, you should use a map to find your home. If you have a paper map (for example an Ordnance Survey map or an A-Z street atlas) you can use that, or you can use an online or app-based map such as Google Maps or Bing Maps.

If you use an electronic map, try not to search for your exact address - start by searching for your village/town name and then see whether you can locate your house using the features on the map such as roads.

Paper maps might be old-fashioned but they can still be very useful especially when you are out and about. These are two different Ordnance Survey maps covering the same area at different scales.

You can find the same Ordnance Survey maps online as an option on Bing maps.

(© Ordnance Survey - photos for educational purposes)

Find other features

Once you have found your home on the map, see if you can find some other local features on the map and point them out, for example:

  • Your school
  • Your local shop
  • Your nearest Post Office
  • Your nearest park or playing field
  • Anywhere else you regularly go out, for example somewhere nearby you may go for a walk

A different type of map

There are lots of different types of maps. They use different ways of showing information about the same place. Try to use a different type of map to the one you used at first, and see if you can still locate your home and some other local places on this second type of map.

Some different types of map you can try:

  • Use the satellite view on Google or Bing Maps
  • Use the OpenStreetMap website
  • Use a paper map or street atlas if you have one
  • Use an Ordnance Survey map (If you try Bing Maps, you can change the layer to show the Ordnance Survey map)

OpenStreetMap is one of the many online maps you can also use.

(© OpenStreetMap contributors)

Compass points - Navigator badge

Can you name the points of the compass, starting with north? Where are the other points in relation to north?

Do you know which way north is in relation to your house? Use a compass, if you have one, or the features on the map, to check.

If you look out of your bedroom window, which way are you facing?

Draw a map - Navigator and Local Knowledge badges

As we looked at earlier, different maps can be used to show different details, depending on what is important to the people who are going to use the map.

For this activity, you are going to draw a simple map of your own that you could use to show someone the area near your home. So you only need to show the details that would be important or useful if someone came to visit you, such as anything nearby that might help them to know when they are close to where you live (landmarks).

Take a piece of paper and start by drawing your home in the middle - this can be just a simple rectangle that represents your home, or you can draw a more detailed picture if you like. Decide which way is north and draw an arrow and a letter N to show this.

Then draw the road you live on, any other nearby roads, footpaths and so on. Remember that you need to get them in the right places in relation to your home. Add some other local landmarks such as shops, parks, and other places you might go regularly.

When you are done, send me a picture of the map to count towards your badge!