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Assessment - How much do you know?

In this final lesson of the UK unit, pupils recall and consolidate their learning from the previous six lessons through two types of assessment; visual and written.

Subject content areas

This assessment aims to cover all the subject content areas included in this unit. 

  • Locational knowledge:
    The United Kingdom within the world/Europe; surrounding seas; regions & counties; major cities; physical features (mountains, rivers, climate & weather); farming and industrial zones.
  • Place knowledge:
    Contextual knowledge of constituent countries including different physical and human landscapes; population characteristics, cultural features; farming products; processes of industrial growth; settlement change and the value of multi-culturalism in London.
  • Human and Physical Geography:
    Pupils are able to describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography and the interdependence between natural and man-made environments.
  • Geographical Skills and Fieldwork:
    Use of maps, atlases, compasses, aerial photographs; observational and questioning skills; fluency in geographical enquiry (data collection, interpretation, presentation, analysis); understanding of interdependence and contemporary issues in society and the environment.


Web Links

  • Interactive assessment of UK locational knowledge via Toporopa website
  • United Kingdom Cities Quiz
  • Assessment of geographical skills via interactive games:
    Grid References/Map symbols
    Compass bearings

Learning Objective

To recall and consolidate learning from the UK topic.


Introduce the objective of this lesson: to recall and consolidate learning. Explain that the assessment will be in three parts, one visual, one verbal, and one written.  

Assessment Part 1 - Visual Recall

Display the images in the Assessment – how much do you know PowerPoint Presentation (see downloadable resources) on the IWB and ask pupils to:

  • describe what they see
  • suggest where in the UK the geographical landscape might be located
  • explain the processes leading to its creation
  • put forward ideas on the interdependence between physical and human features

Note: The locations of the scenes in the photographs are in the ‘notes second of the PowerPoint.
Make a qualitative assessment of pupil responses based on the ‘essential characteristics of geographers’ integral to the new National Curriculum 2014:

  • Effective use of geographical vocabulary
  • Locational knowledge
  • An understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much physical and human environments are interrelated
  •  Fluency in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and effective analytical techniques
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings
  • Originality, imagination and creativity in the interpretation of subject matter
  • A sense of curiosity to find out about the world and human activity
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment.

Assessment Part 2 - Verbal recall

Pupils play ‘Just a Minute’ game. (See rules and possible topics below)

  • Children take it in turns to be one of four panelists who sit on desks at the front of the classroom. The teacher or another child can act as chairperson.
  • The four panelists are challenged to speak for one minute on a given subject without "repetition, hesitation, or deviation"
  • Repetition" means the repetition of any word or phrase, although challenges based upon very common words such as "and" are generally rejected.
  • "Hesitation" is watched very strictly and a momentary pause can give rise to a successful challenge.
  • "Deviation" means deviating from the subject, but it has also been interpreted as "deviating from the English language as we know it", "deviation from grammar as we understand it", deviating from the truth, and sometimes even logic, although use of imagination and creativity are encouraged.
  • A panelist scores a point for making a correct challenge against whoever is speaking, while the speaker gets a point if the challenge is deemed incorrect.
  • If a witty interjection amuses the ‘audience’, both the challenger and speaker may gain a point, at the discretion of the chair.
  • A player who makes a correct challenge takes over the subject for the remainder of the minute, or, until he or she is correctly challenged.
  • A panelist also scores a point if they are the person speaking when the 60 seconds expires. An extra point is awarded when a panelist speaks for the entire minute without being challenged.

Possible topics:

  • Things to consider when climbing Snowdon
  • London from the top of a double-decker bus
  • Why the weather is important
  • My favourite UK food product
  • Football Team nicknames
  • Birmingham old and new
  • Multi-cultural London

Assessment Part 3 - Written Assessment

Pupils complete the Assessment - UK Knowledge Quiz (see downloadable resources) independently. For answers, see Teacher answer sheet (downloadable resources).


The unit can be completed with a topic assembly, during which pupils could present their work, perform weather forecast roleplays, and deliver a ‘Food Fair’ related to lesson three.

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