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Year 9 – Skills descriptor

1. Place 2. Process 3. Environment
A ▪I can demonstrate accurate knowledge, skills and understanding in studies of a wide range of places and environments from local to global, and in different parts of the world.

▪I have a clear understanding of geographic patterns

▪I can offer explanations for interactions within and between physical and human processes.

▪I can explain changes over time in the characteristics of place.

▪I can explain disparities in development.

▪I understand the factors that contribute to the quality of life in different places.

▪I understand the causes and consequences of environmental issues.

▪I know a wide range of different approaches in tackling environmental issues.

▪I understand the concept sustainable development.

B ▪I can display my knowledge, skills and understanding in studies at a wide range of places and environments at various scales.

▪I understand geographic patterns.

▪I can describe the interactions within and between physical and human processes.

▪I can show how these interactions create geographic patterns and contribute to changes in place and patterns.

▪I understand that many factors influence decisions made about places.

▪I can use relevant information to explain how places change.

▪I understand that people’s lives and environments in one place are affected by actions and events in other places.

▪I can see that human actions may have unintended environmental consequences.

▪I know that human interactions may cause conflict.

C ▪I can show my knowledge, skills and understanding in studies of a range of places at more than one scale and in different parts of the world.

▪I am starting to understand geographic patterns and realise the importance of location.

▪I can explain a range of physical and human processes.

▪I can describe ways in which the processes operating at different scales create geographic patterns and lead to changes in place.

▪I can describe and give explanations for the different approaches to managing environments.

▪I can see that different approaches to managing the environment have different effects on people and places.

D ▪I can describe and make comparisons between the physical and human features of different places.

▪I can explain why some of these features are found in certain places.

▪I am aware of the fact that places have similar and different features.

▪I can describe and offer some explanation for geographic patterns and for a range of physical and human processes.

▪I can describe how these processes can lead to similarities and differences between places.

▪I can show ways in which places are linked through movement of goods and people.

▪I can offer explanations for the ways in which human activities affect the environment.

▪I can see that people try to manage and improve environments.

E ▪I can describe the physical and human features of a place.

▪I can recognise the features that give a place its character.

▪I have an awareness of place beyond “my” locality.

▪I can recognise and describe physical and human processes.

▪I see how these processes can change a place.

▪I notice that these changes affect the lives and activities of people living there.

▪I can describe how people can improve and damage the environment
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