Learning Grid References

Digimap for Schools uses the Ordnance Survey National Grid as part of our service.  The National Grid is a unique reference system made up of 100 kilometre grid squares identified by two letters which spans the whole of Great Britain. Grid Ref Map

The National Curriculum now specifics that 4 and 6 figure grid references are now to be undertaken in KS1 and KS2.

The Ordnance Survey have a fantastic webpage that gives very clear and simple instructions to help with conveying these concepts.  The website is available here:


It also has some magnificient YouTube videos which are very short on 4 and 6 figure grid reference.

Always remember this simple tip when learning or teaching Grid References! :

“Along the corridor, THEN up the stairs!”

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