Sustainable Settlements

Students think about how settlements have changed over time and consider whether we need to go ‘Back to the Future’ to live sustainably. Learners study Dubai and Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. 

Expectations

By the end of this unit we expect that all students will: be able to define the terms ‘settlement’ and ’sustainable’; understand how the growth of cities can affect the environment; have designed a sustainable house and explained its key features; have explained their design to another student and taken part in a peer assessment activity.

Most students will: be able to define the term ‘settlement’ and know that different sizes of settlement have different characteristics; be able to define the terms ‘rural’ and ‘urban’; be able to define and use the term ‘sustainable’ in the context of settlement; understand how rapid growth of cities can affect both people and the environment; have considered how people might live in the future; have designed a sustainable house and annotated it to show its key features; have explained their design to another student and taken part in a peer assessment exercise.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to define the terms ‘settlement’, ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ and have considered what a ‘city’ is; know that different sizes of settlement have different characteristics and provide residents with different levels of access to services and quality of life; be able to define and apply the term ‘sustainable’ in the context of settlement; have considered how rapid growth of cities can affect both people and the environment in the short-term and the long-term; have considered how people might live in the future; have designed a sustainable house and annotated it fully to explain its features; have assessed their own design and that of at least one other student and taken part in a peer assessment task.

Key Assessments

The common assessment for this unit is to design an ecohouse. All students complete this task in class, under exam conditions.

How to help your child

The following websites contain information that will help students to design their ecohouse. It would be helpful if parents could discuss the features of these buildings with their children and help them to decide whether or not they should be included in the final design.

www.myabodo.com
www.mysusthouse.org

You can find further information about Masdar City here.

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