Digimap for Schools and the New OFSTED Framework for Primary Schools

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Sep 052019

Its been a busy week already! Schools have started back and we are already seeing a big rise in the number of Primary Schools subscribing to Digimap for Schools!

We suspect this has a LOT to do with the new OFSTED framework that began on 1st September. (Apologies now as we aren’t teachers or OFSTED inspectors so our knowledge and understanding is limited!) .

We seem to be gathering from our users that this new framework focuses on a broader Primary curriculum delivery and has less focus on numeracy and literacy. I know this is bad news for many schools as these changes will have ripple effects around schools e.g. teachers now expected to deliver or develop a History or Geography curriculum from scratch.

We’ve received some feedback on the ways Digimap for Schools is helping schools with this transition but would love some concrete examples or lovely quotes to help us spread the word of Digimap!

Please do keep spreading the word to your fellow Primary teaching colleagues!


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May 302019

This week the Ordnance Survey are facilitating National Map Reading Week.  There are a series of events and activities all based specifically around maps.

I came across this article which I think is particularly apt as it states “Millions of millennials have NEVER read a paper map”.

Have a read here: click here

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Primary Geography Specialist CPD in Leeds 13th June

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May 162019

This course will focus on the teaching and assessment of geography throughout the primary phase linked to the requirements of the new Ofsted Framework and the National Curriculum. We will investigate what key knowledge and skills children require to be successful geographers.

During the session we will consider:

  • Auditing, monitoring and evaluating geography provision in your school
  • Progression and assessment of geographical skills, knowledge and concepts
  • Developing the use of ICT and technology including digital mapping
  • Creative ideas for activities including fieldwork
  • Sharing of good practice and resource ideas

This course is suitable for those new to geography subject leadership or those who require a refresher linked to recent Ofsted developments.

This course will be run by:

Rowena Pryor, Teaching and Learning Consultant, Lancashire County Council

Supported by Peter O’Hare from Digimap for Schools and Darren Bailey from The Ordnance Survey Education team. 

For further details contact peter.ohare@ed.ac.uk


Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/primary-geography-subject-leaders-yorkshire-network-meeting-tickets-61146658301

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#OutdoorClassroomDay 23rd May

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May 022019

#Outdoorclassroom day is on the 23rd of May this year. It comes at a particularly apt time as we see the huge positive wave of young people getting involved in activism to highlight the environmental crisis our world is in.

Digimap for Schools is a fantastic resource for planning and delivering these outdoor classrooms. Our maps can be used to create risk assessments and plan activity locations for the day. It can also be used to show the changes that have happened in you schools location over the past 130 years using our historical maps. The aerial imagery can be used with Ordnance Survey maps to give pupils a sense of place and explore their local area and environment.

We also provide lots of free resources to assist and guide your day. These outdoor education resources are available here: https://bit.ly/2DI0zcA

This resource (above) for example is great for getting pupils to do some biological monitoring and understanding the importance of the species in our environment.  This resource was developed for the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence but is also perfect for any KS2 activities in England and Wales.

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Outdoor Learning with Digimap for Schools

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Apr 022019
This week is #WalesOurdoorLearningWeek and we just wanted to showcase some of the learning resources and maps that you can easily create using Digimap.
Obviously maps are a key tool when doing outdoor learning, they help teachers and pupils prepare and plan any outdoor activities. (Also very useful in doing any risk assessments for outdoor activities)
The quality and scale are also brilliant as you can even map you playground and the schools locale to a small scale. The measurement tools and the ability to add text boxes and images also allow the documenting of your activities.
We also provide lots of free learning resources for outdoor activities which are all available here: https://dfsresources.edina.ac.uk/resources/subject/primary-87/subject/outdoor-learning-97
Below is just a very simple map of a school walk to see the ducks as an example of some of the features described above.


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Mar 212019

Today is #WorldPoetryDay and I thought’d I’d highlight one of our free resources. Landscape Poetry https://dfsresources.edina.ac.uk/resource/landscape-poetry

Its a great resource for Primary School and I’d thought I’d just highlight some of the curriculum links it has:

Knowledge and Skills: Reading and interpreting maps/drawing areas on maps/using a key/using eight cardinal points/using grid references to locate places.

Geography: use maps, imagery and ICT to find and present locational information. Identify and describe natural and human features.

English: develop range of writing, particularly grammar and vocabulary. Writing in a range of forms and in response to a wide range of stimuli.

Literacy Framework: use appropriate vocabulary, including subject-specific words and phrases.

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Last weeks twitter posts!

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Mar 112019

I thought I’d share a couple of tweets and photos we received last week from some of our schools!

It’s really interesting to see the wide range of mediums that our maps are being consumed on by pupils….  we have the full range from paper maps, laptops, desktops and Interactive White Boards.

The variety of maps being used is also very encouraging with Ordnance Survey and Aerial maps being used by schools to explore their local area, but also one of the schools is using our 1890’s historic mapping to explore the impact the Victorians had on todays infrastructures in cities!

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Using Geography Photos on #DarwinDay

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Feb 122019
As today is #DarwinDay the 210th Anniversary of Charles Darwins birthday, I thought I’d have a dig around some of the Geograph images that are available in Digimap for Schools to see what popped up relating to Darwin.
I came across loads! Images of his sculpture in the Natural History Museum, images of his home, a mural in Bromley dedicated to him and even a plaque in his honour.
Incase you didn’t know, Digimap for Schools hosts 6,029,764 Geograph photos from each and every Grid Square in GB. https://www.geograph.org.uk/
You can very simply search for anything and everything and these geolocated images will appear on the map with the associated image!
Go have a look! there really are some absolute gems in there!

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Coastal Erosion examples using Digimap for Schools

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Jan 242019

We were recently demo’ing some scenarios of how to use the historical maps with current day Ordnance Survey maps and we thought we’d share the maps we created.

This example is of coastal erosion in Happisburgh in Norfolk. By using the historic maps and our drawing and measurement tools you can trace the coastline in the 1890’s, the 1950’s and the current coastline. You can also use the measurement to see that in some areas the coast has eroded about 150 metres..

I ‘think’ in the GCSE and A-Level NEA’s (though don’t quote me! I’m not a teacher 😉 it talks about data presentation and using secondary data sources; and on both fronts Digimap for School more than covers these specifications.


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Customising maps using Digimap for Schools

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Nov 012018

This week we ran a webinar on Customising maps with Digimap for Schools.  It was warmly received by the attendees so we thought we’d make it public on our youtube channel.

We showcase some of the fantastic maps that have been created using Digimap for Schools and simply run through the process of how people have created them.


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