Coasts: Headlands and Bays

AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 1C: In this lesson we look at the formation of headlands and bays through the process of differential erosion.

We start with a simple retrieval practice quiz.

We then introduce the concept of differential erosion and how geology can play big role in the formation of bays and headlands. the pupils are introduced to the features then use a trace outline diagram to alter the coastline to predict what it might look like in the future. The pupils then label the diagrams to show how headlands and bays are formed. We then look at concordant and discordant coastlines. We start by analysing a map of the Swanage coastline, the pupils questioned as to why the coast has different features and shapes. The pupils make a geological map of the area using an outline map, they them annotate where the two types of coastline are.

We finish with a GCSE-style question on the role of geology in the formation of landforms on the coast.

In a nutshell lesson includes:

Retrieval practice starter
Trace it 3-step diagram on the formation of bays and headlands.
A geological outline map of the Dorset coastline activity.
6 mark GCSE-style question with guidance should the pupils need it.

Hope this saves you some valuable planning time.

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