Year 7 assessment – Waterfall Display Board
Your task is to design a display board to be placed on the tourist viewing platform by a
waterfall. You can choose any waterfall you wish! In the past, students have produced
particularly good work about High Force on the River Tees and Niagara Falls on the River Niagara.
Your display board will help people visiting the area to understand how the waterfall
has formed and how the landscape is likely to change in the future. It must be presented
on one (large!) sheet of paper.
You must include the following things on your display board:
- Basic facts about the waterfall – for example, information about where it is, how much water
falls over the crest at peak flow, types of rock, height of the crest above the river below.
- A map to show the surrounding area – the river and the waterfall should be clearly labelled on
- An aerial photo for the same area as your map – again, label the river and the waterfall and
any other landscape features that you think are important.
- An oblique photograph showing the waterfall– you will need to label this with the key features
such as hard rock, soft rock, plunge pool, overhang, undercutting. This could be accompanied by
a paragraph describing the waterfall (or, if you wish, this could be done as a poem).
‘Oblique aerial photography
provides the “side view” or
“nearly directly overhead”
perspective of a subject or
project. Vertical aerial
photography provides an
image directly over the
subject or project; nearly
straight down from the
- An explanation of how the waterfall formed – you might want to use a series of diagrams
to help you with this but must also include some writing (at least one paragraph). Make sure
you include plenty of geographical vocabulary here! Your diagrams must be hand drawn –
just downloading diagrams from the internet doesn’t allow you to show your understanding.
- A section to tell people about things they might like to do while they are visiting the area – you
could link this to your aerial photo and map by marking some of these locations on them.
DEADLINE:Handinat start of
a highresolutionphotograph as
Optional Extension: A description of how you would expect the
waterfall to change in the future and an explanation of why you
would expect this to happen. This is also a good place to show off
how much geographical vocabulary you can use. You might include
old maps and photos here to show how the waterfall has already
changed over time.