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Map Design Competition

I love maps. You could say I’d be lost without them.

Enough of the bad jokes. To celebrate World Book Day, our students were given a task: listen to me (Mr Walder) describe a map and then recreate what they heard.

In their English classes our budding cartographers were given the challenge of making their maps both accurate and unique. This is a difficult balancing act, but the students excelled, and the maps they designed were phenomenal. I personally chose ten finalists, then the whole of Key Stage 3 voted to choose their favourite overall. The voters and designers were anonymous of course.

Overall, 232 students from Key Stage 3 voted! This is almost everyone in the entire three years, which again shows the level of interest and engagement in this challenge!

Fifth place: Stanislaw S. Stanislaw’s design incorporates a multitude of different materials to create a fun yet accurate 3D design. Very creative Stanislaw!

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Fourth place:

Gabriella L. Year 8. Gabriella’s digital creation is a modern take on map design. I genuinely have no idea how she did this! Well done Gabriella!

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Third place: Joshua M. Year 8. This is an excellent map design which features an unusual low-angle perspective. Well done Joshua!

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Second place: Daniela S. Year 9. Daniela produced a 3D map with all of the key features of the landscape described in the audio recording. Great work Daniela!

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First place: Magdalena P. Year 8. Magda’s design is a ‘traditional’ map in its perspective but was the runaway winner due to its clear, crisp design and excellent attention to detail. Fantastic work Magdalena!

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Just for comparison, as the blog's cover photo above is the original design from the brilliant, hilarious book The Princess Bride. Thank you to all of our students who submitted a map.

William Walder

English Teacher