THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Geography

Key Stage 3

Contact: Mr S. Beardsley.

Course Aims

Geography is a global subject in every sense of the word, involving an increased awareness of environment, social, political and cultural issues that are relevant to everyday life in a globally interdependent world.

Geography at Ecclesbourne aims to bring these issues alive by relating them as closely as possible to the experience of the learner.

Course Content

In Year 7 students will develop a series of map and atlas skills in order to understand the concept of place. Through geographical enquiry, students will develop their map skills and will investigate the characteristics of local places and settlements. They will also develop atlas skills and will begin to appreciate the position of the UK within an increasingly globalised world system whilst paying attention to significant global settlements. Work on weather and climate allows students to take part in fieldwork activities around the school site and at home. The year culminates in a faculty trip to the city of Lincoln, where they can draw on their skills and understanding to collaborate in the production of a brochure outlining Lincoln’s past, present and future.

In Year 8 students will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive physical landscapes that change over time. They will gain an appreciation of ‘deep time’ and will study changes in the British Isles during and since the Devensian glaciation. They will gain an appreciation of how and why the coastline of the British Isles has evolved and its impacts on the people who live there. Globally, students will study the Taiga biome of the Northern Hemisphere, to be followed by an investigation into polar and/or hot desert environments and/or the tropical grasslands of East Africa and the people who live and manage the physical and human resources found there.

In Year 9 students further develop their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding and address more complex geographical issues in order to access the highest levels of attainment. They will begin by investigating natural hazards, with an emphasis on avalanches, to be followed by the causes and impacts of volcanic and seismic hazards. This will encourage the students to explore differences in the abilities of countries and societies at different stages in the development continuum to cope with and manage such events. A study of the (im)balance between population and resources then follows, to include policies and management strategies from contrasting parts of the world. Finally, an investigation of the causes, consequences and management of climate change and global warming will be undertaken.

Extra Curricular Activities

Various field trips

Course Assessment

Grade Assessment Detail
9 Students demonstrate outstanding knowledge with exceptional understanding and application to all aspects of geography. They show an outstanding understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes, and have an outstanding understanding of how links are made between places, environments and processes. They can, apply an outstanding level of knowledge and understanding and always use creativity and flair to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information from an comprehensive range of primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use a comprehensive range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and drawing on their outstanding geographical knowledge and understanding reach a very thorough and very detailed conclusion to communicate their findings which are always based on well-evidenced arguments.
8 Students demonstrate exceptional knowledge and understanding and application to all aspects of geography. They can, apply an exceptional level of knowledge and understanding and always use creativity to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information from an extensive range of primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use an extensive range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and drawing on their exceptional geographical knowledge and understanding reach a very thorough and very detailed conclusion to communicate their findings which is based on well-evidenced arguments.
7 Students demonstrate excellent knowledge with very high levels of understanding and application to all aspects of geography. They can, apply a superb level of knowledge and understanding and use creativity to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information from a wide range of primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use a very wide range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and drawing on their superb geographical knowledge and understanding reach a very thorough and detailed conclusion to communicate their findings which is based on well-evidenced arguments.
6 Students demonstrate very good knowledge with very competent understanding and application to different aspects of geography. They can, apply a very good level of knowledge and understanding and use creativity to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information both from a wide range of primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use a wide range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding reach a thorough and detailed conclusion to communicate their findings which is based on well-evidenced arguments.
5 Students demonstrate good knowledge with a good understanding of geography. They can, apply a good level of knowledge and understanding and use creativity to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information both from a range of primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use a range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding reach a detailed conclusion to communicate their findings which is based on evidenced arguments.
4 Students demonstrate sound knowledge with sound understanding of geography. They can, apply a good level of knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information both from a range of primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use a range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and reach a conclusion to communicate their findings.
3 Students demonstrate basic knowledge with a reasonable understanding of geography. They can locate a variety of places, and describe processes, and environments to some level of detail. They can, apply a reasonable level of knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information both from primary and secondary sources and from this analysis select, adapt and use a range of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and reach a reasonable conclusion, but one that is lacking in depth.
2 Students demonstrate a basic knowledge with some understanding of geography. They can, apply some basic knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information both from primary and secondary sources and from this basic analysis select, adapt and use some skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and reach a basic conclusion.
1 Students demonstrate a very basic knowledge with limited understanding of geography. They can, at a basic level apply some very limited knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information both from primary and secondary sources and from this basic analysis elect, adapt and use a limited number of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and reach a very limited conclusion.