For Schools

GSCE and A-Level Geography syllabuses require students learn basic cartographical skills and GIS (Geographical Information Systems). We’ve created resources for schools that use Public Rights of Way data to develop these skills.

1) Loading GIS data into ArcMap (Requires ESRI Subscription)

This tutorial teaches students how to upload a .kml file of Public Rights of Way into ArcMap. There is an extension task for classifying routes by their parish ward.

OCR GCSE Geography skills developed

  • Select and construct maps, using appropriate scales and annotations, to present information
  • Extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information
  • Describe, interpret and analyse geo-spatial data presented in a GIS framework

AQA GCSE Geography Skills

  • Geo-spatial data presented in a geographical information system (GIS) framework
  • Use of maps

2) Interpreting Historic Maps

This tutorial teaches students how to identify footpaths and bridleways on historic maps using free online maps from the National Library of Scotland.

OCR GCSE Geography skills

  • Use and understand coordinates, scale and distance
  • Extract, interpret, analyse and evaluate information

AQA GCSE Geography skills

  • use and interpret OS maps at a range of scales, including 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 and other maps appropriate to the topic
  • use and understand coordinates – four and six-figure grid references
  • use and understand scale, distance and direction – measure straight and curved line distances using a variety of scales
  • use and understand gradient, contour and spot height
  • numerical and statistical information
  • identify basic landscape features and describe their characteristics from map evidence
  • identify major relief features on maps and relate cross-sectional drawings to relief features
  • draw inferences about the physical and human landscape by interpretation of map evidence, including patterns of relief, drainage, settlement, communication and land-use
  • interpret cross sections and transects of physical and human landscapes
  • describe the physical features as they are shown on large scale maps of two of the following landscapes – coastlines, fluvial and glacial landscapes
  • infer human activity from map evidence, including tourism.