April 2016

Pie Chart Analysis

This was one of those random ideas that came to me when I wasn't working but it made me grab my laptop to create it. I wanted to find a way for pupils to visualise the importance of a range... Continue Reading →


My first use of the Solo Taxonomy when I was an NQT was finding a way to link it to hexagons for an observation - came up with this super cheesy 'Are you a hex-pert' activity (kids still laugh whenever... Continue Reading →

S.P.I.T Marking

AnotherĀ peer assessment idea I trialled in my NQT year that I like to use to keep peer marking of assessments fresh. Really simple idea: pupil's assess using the S.P.I.T criteria; Spag, Positives, Improvements and Targets and mini post-its to peer... Continue Reading →

Comic Strips

Another favourite activity of mine introduced by the excellent John Mitchell @jivespin. Comic Strips created using Halftone 2 can provide a great way to consolidate learning, explain impact/causation/consequence or simple to provide a revision resource.


A really simple plenary that allows pupils to visually highlight their learning/progress.      Attached resource: Etch a Sketch

ABC Feedback

A great activity that can be used throughout the lesson in a variety of formats. I always tell my students that great historians can agree/disagree and argue a point regardless of their own personal thoughts. Secondly, I like to use... Continue Reading →

Tetris Quiz

A really simple starter/plenary/AfL or revision. Pupils create a quiz using questions, pictures etc in each of the Tetris blocks Please find attached resource Tetris Quiz

Significance Hexagons

Developing pupils' skills in the key concepts (causation, change & continuity, significance etc.) was something that was drilled into me during my PGCE at Edge Hill and it is something I love to teach still. Luckily, there is a wide... Continue Reading →

What’s Missing?

In my never-ending quest to try peer assessment and critique ideas, I decided to trial 'What's Missing'. The aim is for my GCSE pupils to work on developing model answers through improving their peers' exam question answers. A rather simple... Continue Reading →

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