Mapping New Zealand

In Room 1, students have been learning to understand and compare maps, identify map features, how to use them, and how some maps vary in their construction and the information they present.

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Students started with a place they were familiar with, Taupō. They used a Taupō map, read the map key, and  identify where locations were based on map key symbols. The next step was to give map coordinates for the locations they found. All students achieved success with their map reading skills.

Room 1’s next challenge was a tour around NZ. There were too many maps to choose from though, so students worked in groups to compare different maps. They identified which maps were the most effective at providing them with the information they needed. Groups discovered that some maps were missing information, which raised questions and led to discussions about what good maps need

At first we didn’t know what the yellow boxes meant. We figured out they were popular places to visit. This map needs a key to tell people that

When students did their own New Zealand map work, they had to take what they learnt from their previous map comparison activity to create an individual map.

On my map, this scale shows how deep the oceans around New Zealand are

I used a scale to show how high parts of New Zealand are. The highest parts are in orange and the highest mountain is Mount Cook

Room 1 students also learnt about compass points to describe the location of places. To do this they used Orana Park in Christchurch and a map of the zoo. Students had to answer questions about directions they would take to get from one animal exhibit to another. The extension activity involved using  distance scales on the maps, as well as the compass point, to describe how far they’d have to travel to get from one place to another.

The otter is North of the zebra at L5

If I started at R9 and moved 100 metres north and 150 metres west, I would be at the trout Zoey

If one square is 50m, how far would it take to travel around the outside of the park twice?

2024 Morehu

Paul Morehu

I am from Christchurch but moved to Taupō at the end of 2018. I am passionate about travelling with my most memorable trip being to Egypt. I also love keeping fit through sport, the gym and just getting out and exploring the outdoors.

I have been a qualified teacher working in New Zealand since 2013. Prior to that, I spent 8 years in Hong Kong working with Chinese children in primary schools.

I decided to pursue a career in teaching because I loved the idea of making a difference in the world by helping children learn and develop as people. It is rewarding to see the progress children make and to be a part of their learning journeys.


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