High Weald

The High Weald’s formation began 350 million years ago. Today’s landscape - rolling hills, rocky outcrops, small irregular fields and scattered settlements - is a result of its geology and land use through time. Extensive footpaths make it perfect for exploring and developing map and fieldwork skills. Each High Weald Hero school has its own unique map set to help pupils discover the area.

Go to curriculum areas:

Curriculum areas: Geographical skills, Mapping and fieldwork, Human and physical geography

Roman Roads map (KS2) - classroom
• Shows Roman roads in the High Weald which were used to transport iron to London and major rivers to export across the empire.
• Use with our Maximillius the Roman soldier video to find out what Romans did in the High Weald.
Additional curriculum link: History (Roman, local history study)

Saxon Drovers Route map (KS2) – classroom
• Shows the ancient routes Saxon drovers took from the North and South into the High Weald, described here in our Routeways Story.
• Contact our Education Officer to find out if there’s an ancient routeway on your school’s welly walk.
Additional curriculum link: History (Anglo-Saxon, local history study)

School Map Set: maps of your area (KS2)
• Aerial photographs, historical maps and features and OS maps.
• Find your school and download your area map set (and welly walk) with your school's location marked on it.
Additional curriculum link: History (local history study)

Maps activity sheets (upper KS2) – classroom
• Use with your school map set (see above).

Maps activity sheets (lower KS2) – classroom
• Use with your school map set (see above).

Compass fun (KS2) – outdoor. Equipment – compasses, camera.
• An opportunity to practice compass use and landscape observation.

Natural mapping activity (KS1/KS2) – outdoor
• Creating a map with natural materials.

Curriculum area: Human geography (natural resources)

The High Weald Energy Story (KS2) – classroom
• Use these resources together to present a fun and interactive lesson on forms of renewable and non-renewable energy.
• Focuses on energy use in the High Weald through history to the present day:
Energy presentation, energy story activity cards, wind speed map, old windmills map, energy quiz, energy story lesson plan, journey of a woodchip.

Water wizard game (KS1/KS2) – classroom
• Helps children learn about the water we use and how to save it.

Curriculum areas: Human and physical geography (land-use patterns)

High Weald farming information pack (KS2) – classroom or outdoors
• Contains background information for teachers about key farming practices and history locally as well as ID sheets for farming terms, habitats, crops, farm buildings and animals.
• Individual ID sheets can be used on your welly walk to understand and identify aspects of farming.
Additional curriculum links: History (chronological narrative, local history study), Science (living things and their habitats), Design & technology (cooking and nutrition).