FAQs

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Mapland England & Wales

Q. What is a Mapland giant floor map?

A. Mapland England and Wales is a large topographical floor map printed on vinyl. The map is accompanied by a resource pack of activities and materials. The map is in one piece and requires no assembly, except for unpacking and unrolling (10 minutes).

Q. How big and how heavy is the floor map?

A. Mapland England and Wales is triangular in shape with a maximum width of 10.7 m and maximum height of 13.1 m. The floor map comes rolled and folded and is contained in a pallet box on wheels that is approximately 1 m by 1.2 m. The map weighs approximately 45 kg. You will need 2 to 3 strong people to lift the map out of the pallet box.

Q. Are the floor maps accurate?

A. Yes, they are identical to the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series of maps. All the islands are in the correct locations and not as insets.

Q. What is the Resource Pack made up of?

A. Lesson plans, activities, activity cards and props. Lesson plans can be accessed in advance through the website under Information for Schools.

Q. How do I get Mapland for my school?

A. Mapland England and Wales is available for hire for either 5 days or 2 days.  (Other timespans may be possible. Please enquire for a quote.)

1. Enquire by:

2. Agree dates, final costs and book presenter if required. Booking is pencilled in diary

3. We send you hire agreement and deposit invoice.

4. Booking is confirmed upon receipt of signed hire agreement and deposit of £150. We then invoice you for the balance.

5. We contact you nearer the time to give full delivery, collection and presenter details

Map arrives with full instructions and resource pack. Unpack, enjoy and explore!

Q. How is the floor map delivered?

A. We arrange transport to the specific delivery location you require. The map will usually arrive in a pallet box.  It must be packed up in the same way ready for collection at the end of the hire period. Depending on other bookings and where the map is in the country at the time, it will either be delivered prior to the booking days (usually at some point the school day before) or we will arrange a timed delivery before 8.30am and a pick up after the end of your school day. If a presenter is hired, or in some other cases, the map may be driven by car by us . In this case we will let you know in advance. We will arrive in plenty of time before the start of the school day.

Q. Can I transport the floor map to another school or venue? Can other groups use Mapland?

A. The floor map must only be used in the school or venue it is hired to and must not be transported to another location. However, we do encourage you to share the map with other local community groups such as after school clubs, Scouts, Brownies and Rambling Clubs – this is a way you may be able to share the cost amongst several users. Please Note: if other groups are using Mapland it must still remain in your school and must be supervised by a responsible person at all times.

Q. Where should we put the floor map?

A. Mapland England and Wales needs a large flat floor without pillars, of 11 m by 13 m. It is triangular in shape. If the length or width of the room is less than this, the side/ends of the map can be curved up the wall or left unrolled. Usually it is set up in the school’s sports or assembly hall, both hard and carpeted floors are suitable.

Q. Can we use Mapland outside?

A. No. Mapland is for indoor use only and it is not permitted to be used outside including use in marquees. Mapland is easily damaged by dirt and grit and must be used inside only on a floor which has been swept clean of dirt and grit. If indoor space is an issue, speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Q. What are the rules for use and care of the floor map?

A. There are a number of rules which must be followed at all times. A list of the rules is detailed in the Hire Agreement. The key rules are:

1. Absolutely no shoes are allowed on the map, all users must wear socks or stockings.
2. Absolutely no running, sliding or skidding on the map as this results in permanent scuff marks. All users must walk only.
3. Mapland must be regularly swept clean when in use to prevent dirt and grit from scratching the map.
4. No permanent writing utensils or sharp objects are allowed on the map including pens. Pencils may be used on the map, but pupils must not write on the map with the pencil.
5. Users must take care with any hard or sharp jewellery, watches and belts that may scratch the map – preferably these items should be removed.
6. The map must be supervised at all times by a responsible person. The map can be quickly folded or rolled out of harms way during breaks if necessary.
7. No other hard or sharp items to be used or placed on the map, including map measuring wheels, chairs, tables, camera tripods, etc.

Q. Can wheelchair users go on Mapland?

A. Yes. Please thoroughly clean wheels of all dirt and grit before going onto the map.

Q. Should I contact the local newspaper when Mapland visits our school?

A. Yes. Pupils using the map makes a great photo! The local media is likely to be very interested and we encourage schools to take advantage of this. We have made available a press release with interesting details about Mapland. In addition, they can contact us. We request that you forward us a copy of the press release to us before sending if at all possible so we can make sure our information is presented in the correct way.

Mapland Scotland

Q. What is the Mapland Scotland giant jigsaw map?

A. Mapland Scotland is a massive topographical map made up of 180 giant plastic jigsaw pieces. Mapland is accompanied by an educational resource pack of lesson plans and activities. The map requires assembly which can be done systematically from the labelled boxes; it takes 2 people about 1/2 hour. Alternatively, assembling Mapland can be undertaken by the pupils themselves – a great test of their Scottish geography!

Q. How big is the map?

A. Mapland Scotland, including the Shetland islands, is 15m long by 8m wide. Without the Shetland islands it is 11m x 8m.  If the hall/venue  is needed for other uses, e.g. for school dinners, Mapland can be quickly disassembled and stacked in piles at the side of the hall; this takes about 15mins. Mapland comes packed in 13 plastic boxes stacked on a wooden pallet. Each box when packed is approximately 15kg; they have handles and can be carried like a large suitcase.

Q. Are the maps accurate?

A. Yes, they are identical to the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series of maps. All the islands are in the correct locations and not as insets.

Q. What is the Resource Pack made up of?

A. Lesson plans, activities, activity cards and props.

Q. How do I get Mapland for my school?

A. Mapland Scotland is available for hire for either 3 days or a week.  Complete a Booking Form and we will contact you to confirm your booking. We will agree a delivery and collection date and send you a Hire Agreement which will need to be completed and signed.  A £100 deposit is also needed to confirm your booking – we will invoice you after contacting you.

Q. How is the map delivered?

A. You provide us with a delivery location, and we will arrange transport. The map will arrive in 13 boxes stacked on a pallet.  It must be packed up in the same way ready for collection at the end of the hire period.

Q. Can I transport the map to another school or venue? Can other groups use Mapland?

A. The map must only be used in the school or venue it is hired to and must not be transported to another location (on agreement, we do make exceptions for the Scottish Islands). However, we do encourage you to share the map with other local community groups such as after school clubs, Scouts, Brownies, Rambling Clubs – this is a way you may be able to share the cost amongst several users. Please Note: if other groups are using Mapland it must still remain in your school and must be supervised by a responsible person at all times.