Within the geography department, there are clear systems and policies that the teachers follow, and certain expectations that we ask all students to adhere to.
This enables effective teaching and learning for everyone in the class.
Please make sure that you and your parents understand how these systems work.

Assessment KS3

Key stage 3 assessment matrix

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
1 2 1 2 1 2
Year 7 Map work test including scale and direction not grid references

(w/c 17/10)

My patch project


* 3 Part marking


(w/c 5/12)

Climate test using laminated maps




(w/c 13/2)

Extreme weather news reports


*3 part marking

(w/c 27/3)

Reducing Crime presentation Bemahague



J(w/c 21/5)

Should Antarctica be developed?


* 3 part marking

“wow” Lesson Who killed the krill
Year 8 Billown quarry write up. Sketch map

* 3 part marking

(w/c 10/10)

Kirk Michael erosion letter


(w/c 5/12)

EFW Leaflet


* 3 part marking



(w/c 27/2)

Dragons Den presentations on environmental projects

(w/c 3/4)

Italy Tourism

* 3 part marking



(w/c 19/6)

“wow” Lesson Billown Quarry role play Bright ideas dragons den presentations
Year 9 Brazil test natural environment



(w/c 17/10)

Birchill woodland project pres

* 3 part marking

(w/c 5/12)

Decision making exercise on earthquakes in Himalayas

(w/c 13/2)

Dantes Peak news report

* 3 part marking


(w/c ¾)

Vision for a village Africa



(w/c 19/6)

“wow” Lesson Ultimate rainforest creature Shanty town game Trade Game

Assessment KS4

Key stage 4 assessment dates:

Y10 2017-2018

Mapskills  1  week commencing 19/9/2016

Settlement 7/11/2016

Weather/climate and mapskills 2 16/1/2017

Rivers 20/03/2017

Coursework 27/03- 15/05/2017


Y11 2017-2018

Coasts/tectonics and mapskills 3 7/11/2016

Development and production and mapskills 4 23/1/2017

Environmental concerns and mapskills 5  13/3/2017

Google classrooms.
At the start of the year your teacher will ask you to join a google classroom set up specifically for your class. This is a way for the teacher to message you information and reminder to help with homework tasks, or give out extra information as needed. You can also use it to contact the teacher if you need some extra help.
Please make sure you can access the google classroom and you check the message and announcements on it regularly.

Your teacher will set homework when it is appropriate to support and enhance your learning opportunities. You need to be responsible for writing down the detail of the homework, and the date it is due, in your planner, and ensure that it is handed in on time. The teacher will often place a reminder on google classroom too. We understand that occasionally you may have difficultly in meeting a deadline. If this is the case, please ask a parent/guardian to write a note in your planner explaining this.
If you miss deadlines/fail to complete work and are unable to show us in a note that your parents are aware of this, your teacher will record this as a no homework stamp. Once you have three no homework stamps the Head of Geography will contact your parents. At KS3 you will also be expected to attend a catch up club on a Monday at 13.15 in room L301 after 3 times of not doing your homework.  Here you will either show or complete your work.

Any unsuitable behaviour that prevents the learning in the classroom (for yourself or other students) is not acceptable and will result in your teacher following the whole school behaviour policy. Full details of this policy, sanctions and interventions can be found on the main school website.

Marking codes.
Your teacher will mark your exercise book and assessments using a geography departmental code system. This will help you to understand exactly what you could do in future to improve this, or further pieces of work. Please familiarise yourselves with the code so you understand the meaning.

Sp Spelling issues
Pun Punctuation issues, or use of good grammar
Des Description or content needs more detail
Sk Skills need to be improved or made more accurate
Voc More geographical vocabulary needs to be used
E More examples/evidence needed
Eq Correct equipment needs to be brought to the lesson
Ex Explanation and more understanding needs to be shown
Ap Appearance and general tidiness of work needs to be improved
Ef More general effort required
Com Work needs to be completed
Org Ensure all worksheets are glued in

Students will also be awarded a score of 1-5 based on their effort, which will be recorded as merits on the schools central system.

We expect all students to have with them the following items for their geography lessons.

Their yellow geography exercise book, issued at the start of the year.
Blue/black pen
Protractor (ideally 360)

Students may also find it useful to have with them their own pencil crayons, felt tips, glue and scissors, though these items will be provided by the class teacher for relevant activities.

Geography drop in. 
The geography department run a weekly drop in session during a lunchtime. This could be time for you to play geography-themed games and movies, seek help with homework/coursework, or just chill out in the geography room. We are open to suggestions in how you use this time, so if you have a project you have always fancied having a go at, please ask and we can see what we can do.
Lower school = Mondays 13.15 in L301 with JKM

Upper school = Thursdays 13.15 in 16a with NJW






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