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Year 8 – Skills descriptor

Level E D C B A
Verbal

Skills

▪I do not make contributions   to class discussions

▪I do not understand and therefore do not ask questions

 

 

▪I make a limited contribution in class

▪I will offer information when asked, but am reluctant to volunteer answers

▪I may understand but I lack confidence to ask questions

▪I make occasional contributions in class

▪I sometimes use appropriate geographic terminology

▪I occasionally provide information and examples

▪I make frequent contributions

▪I use appropriate geographic terminology

▪I ask questions and offer examples that help the understanding of others

▪I make an excellent contribution

▪I confidently use geographic terminology

▪I often ask questions and offer examples that help the understanding of others

Written

Work

▪I find it very difficult to communicate through written work

▪I constantly need to follow advice of teachers to improve written work

▪I have a limited knowledge of geographic terminology

▪I can communicate by brief statements

▪I need to follow advice of teachers to improve written work and use text book more fully

▪I have a basic knowledge of terminology

▪I am usually able to communicate effectively

▪I provide some detail in written descriptions and explanations and my answers are usually clearly set out

▪I generally use appropriate terminology

▪I am able to communicate effectively on paper

▪I generally provide detail in descriptions and explanation, and my answers are well structured

▪I use appropriate terminology

▪I am able to communicate clearly and effectively on paper

▪My answers are detailed, accurate and logically structured

▪I make full use of geographical terminology

Sense of

Place

▪I find it difficult to recall basic information about places and environments

▪I have difficulty understanding the ways in which people and environments interact

▪I find the find the work complicated and thus lose marks due to the general nature of answers

▪I recall basic information about places and environments

▪I show limited awareness of the ways in which people and environments interact

▪I provide limited examples in discussion and written work and I lose marks due to the general nature of answers

▪I am able to recall information about places and environments

▪I am aware of some of the ways in which people and the environment interact

▪I use some case study material and examples in discussions and written work

▪I am able to recall accurately information about a range of places and environments

▪I am generally aware of the ways in which people and environments interact

▪I use accurate and relevant case studies and examples in discussions and written work

▪I am able to recall accurately detailed information about a large variety of places and environments

▪I am fully aware of the ways in which people and environments interact

▪I always use accurate and relevant case studies and personal experiences in discussions and written work

Numeric

And

Graphic

Skills

▪I do not know how to use maps and geographic diagrams, therefore find it difficult to draw conclusions

▪I cannot make the connection between work and reality – do not see geographic patterns

▪I find it difficult to comprehend what the evidence is showing

▪I can draw simple maps and diagrams, communicating information by brief statements

▪I can see some patterns

▪I recognise some of the limitations of evidence

▪I understand and apply a limited range of practical skills and techniques

▪I sometimes use skills to explain and describe

▪I can see some of the limitations of evidence and conclusions

▪I understand and accurately apply most practical skills and techniques

▪I use many skills to explain and describe

▪I can draw conclusions and appreciate the limitations of evidence

▪I fully understand and accurately apply a variety of practical skills and techniques

▪I use skills to help explanations and descriptions

▪I reach conclusions based on evidence and can critically evaluate the limitations of evidence

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