Mapping Masterminds

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In this session students receive instruction on how to use a compass to take a bearing and to understand some of the key features of Ordnance Survey maps. They will follow a trail to answer a series of questions and learn the basics of map reading within the setting of our beautiful parkland. Suitbale for Key stage 3 and 4.

How does this session link to the National Curriculum?

Key Stage 3 - Interpreting Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs.

Key Stage 4 - Applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues; and develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their
geographical knowledge and understanding.

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  • Shenley Wood featured in the Doomsday Book of 1086. We know settlers were here earlier than this as Roman and Saxon remains have been found here.

  • New developments always have to have SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) designed in to the plans. These are often at the heart of the new parks.

Discover our parks

  • Atterbury Park


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    Atterbury is an interesting area of parkland that sits adjacent to the Broughton Brook linear park. With footpaths throughout it is a great place to visit as part of a wider exploration of the linear parks.

  • Campbell Park


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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

  • Furzton Lake


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    Furzton Lake’s open views make it a popular choice for joggers, cyclists and walkers. Created to act as a basin for floodwaters during rainy spells, the lake has matured into an easily accessible and peaceful oasis for local residents, office workers and wildlife.

  • Kents Hill Park


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    Kents Hill Park contains a small woodland which pre-dates Milton Keynes and is located on a hill in the area between Walton Hall and Crowborough Lane.

  • Millfield


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    Encircled by water, with the River Great Ouse on one side and the Millrace on the other, Millfield is a relatively small area of floodplain that connects to the Ouse Valley Park.

  • Teardrop Lakes


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    Part of the Loughton Valley Park, the four Teardrop Lakes are also a destination in their own right, providing fishing waters and a peaceful escape for those working in nearby offices.