Geography at KS3 now takes the form of a more integrated approach. Pupils will study different topics in each year but during the whole key stage pupils will have studied the key themes of Geography. Topics tend to be studied over the course of a term but flexibility is built in to enable us to cover current issues, for example a recent flood or earthquake, the Olympics or the world cup. Each year group is assessed three times a year and after each assessment pupils are given detailed feedback, and pupils will be given the opportunity to respond to this. We then ask parents/guardians to acknowledge this feedback by signing their son/daughter's exercise book.
In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are taught as forms. In years 7 and 8 pupils have two lessons of Geography a week and in year 9 they have 3 lessons over a two week period (one lesson each week alternates between History and Geography).
Each pupil has a copy of this wheel in their exercise books.
Pupils also have a copy of the mark scheme that teachers use to mark their classwork and homework. This is shown below.
In geography the following mark scheme will be used to mark your work. You will be given a letter for your effort and a number for the quality of your work.
You will also see a
and this means, 'thank-you I have checked your work and it is correct.' Sometimes your teacher will put a
and this means, 'I have read this but you don't seem to have grasped the point.'
If you get a low mark for effort & presentation or quality and understanding your teacher will tell you where you made your mistakes and highlight some areas that you need to work on.
REMEMBER: If you do not understand any of the topics/ideas that have been covered in geography, ask your teachers.
Some of your work will be marked using levels. Refer to the level descriptor sheets for these.
Once every half term you will receive more detailed feedback from your teacher. You will be asked to read it carefully and to respond to it.