Key Stage 3 : Doha College- Top International British School Doha, Qatar

Geography - Key Stage 3

Aim: The geography department follows the revised Geography National Curriculum. This curriculum contains the best of the existing topics but offers more scope for fieldwork, independent study and enquiry work. At Key Stage 3 we teach a broad spectrum of topics and keep the students up to date the world current affairs. It is our aim to make the learning of our planet as active, interesting and visual as possible. It is our hope this engages stimulates and inspires the students to learn more about complexities of geography. Students are assessed within and at the end of each module.

The Key Stage 3 Programme of Study and Assessment Schedule

 

 Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7

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Geographical Skills 

Levelled Assessment Nov

End-of-Unit Nov

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Settlements

Levelled Assessment Jan

End-of-unit Feb

World Cup SUpport 2022

 

World Cup

End-of-Unit April

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Brazil

End-of-Unit May

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Shopping Fieldwork

Levelled Assessment June

Year 8

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Rivers and Flooding

Levelled Assessment Oct

End-of-Unit Nov

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Migration

End-of-Unit Jan

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Deserts Fieldwork

Levelled Jan-March

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Environment v Economy

Levelled Assessment April

End-of-Unit June

Year 9

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Hazards

Levelled Assessment Oct

End-of-Unit Nov

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Coastal Fieldwork

Levelled Assessment

Nov - Dec

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Interdependence

End-of-Unit Feb

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Japan

Levelled Assessment April

End-of-Unit May

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Environmental

Presentations

A levelled assessment checks a student's understanding of geographical processes, concepts or issues. Strengths and weaknesses can be identified and discussed with the students and personal targets created.

An end-of-unit test checks a student's content knowledge of the course. Gaps in their knowledge can be identified and individual targets set.

Assessment

LevelPlacePattern & ProcessesEnvironmental Relationships and Issues
3 You can say how places may be similar and also different. You can describe the physical & human features of places and give a reason for there location. You can identify some basic environmental issues and describe the problems they cause.
4 You can say how human and physical processes can change places. You can say how these changes can affect people living there. You can describe human and physical processes. You can describe geographic patterns. You can describe how people can damage and improve the environment.
5 You can say how human and physical processes can cause similarities and differences between places. You can give simple explanations of human & physical patterns and processes. You can explain how humans try to improve and manage the environment.
6 As above but, using a variety of locations to explain your answer. You can explain a range of physical and human processes. You can explain how different ways of managing the environment has different effects on people and places.
7 You can explain that many factors (human & physical) influence the decisions made about places. You can use this to explain how places change. You can describe how physical and human processes affect each other. You can explain how these processes change places. You can explain the unexpected consequences and arguments that may arise as a result of humans management of the environment.
8 You can fully explain changes over time in the characteristics of places on a wide range of scales. You can explain in detail how human processes affect physical processes and vice versa. Show how these led to changes in places You can explain the causes and consequences of human management and mismanagement of environmental problems.