This week one of our users posted a tweet which gave a brief overview of the Edexcel Geography GCSE curriculum (Edexcel GCSE Geography Curriculum). We immediately noted how valuable a resource Digimap for Schools could potentially be in this curriculum. We noted that in particular, Component 2: “UK Geographical Issues” and Component 3: “People and the Environment Issues -Making Geographical Decisions” cited the use of OS maps at 1:25000 and 1:50000 numerous times.
We spent some time going through the full GCSE Edexcel Geography B specifications and noted the large number of topics and assessments where Digimap for Schools was applicable. Two areas in particular: Topic 4: “The UK’s evolving physical landscape” and Topic 6: “Geographical investigation” cited the use of Ordnance Survey maps several times in the ‘Integrated Skills” sections. See below:
We also noted that this GCSE also required 2 fieldwork investigations, one for physical geography (coasts or rivers) and one for human geography (dynamic urban areas or changing rural areas). We already provide some guidance on how Digimap for Schools can be used directly for fieldwork in two videos on our youtube channel: Fieldwork Webinar and Using FieldTrip GB with Digimap for Schools
We believe that Digimap for Schools is the perfect tool for providing this OS mapping, but also has the added functionality of providing GIS elements such as the ability to add point files which would cover some of the assessment criteria within this particular exam specification.
We believe Digimap for Schools is the perfect resource allowing pupils to access all the relevant OS maps required within the GCSE curriculum (we think it’s also the GB mapping used within the most exam papers), it also provides the tools to undertake all the assessment objectives in a simple, no fuss way. We also believe it facilitates the GIS components of the curriculum (please someone tell us if it doesn’t, but we genuinely believe it does ).
I did a quick look through some of the other examination boards and can report that it’s a similar story with the OS 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps being persistently cited for usage, so Digimap for Schools is applicable for these examination boards also.
Anyhow, I did a quick video which identifies the areas of the Edexcel specifications and some of the AQA specifications where I think we Digimap for Schools can help.