Skye is a large inhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. A bridge permanently links it to the mainland. Local children explain to the presenter that Gaelic is widely spoken on the island and that places have both English and Gaelic names. The children also give examples of activities that occur on the island and the positive aspects of island living.
Pupils can watch the clip through and make a note of any features they see – for example a harbour, the capital Portree. The teacher could then remind the class that the presenter in the clip was confused as the map she has been provided with is written in Gaelic. Pupils could then spend some time looking through simple maps and atlases and can discuss that keys are used as a special code to help people understand maps and plans. Pupils could then be given an outline of the map of Skye with some basic grid references on and some clues eg the capital is in D4. Children can then make maps with a key that visitors will able to use.