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

Another 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 →

Switch It! 

A further peer assessment activity I use with GCSE pupils is 'Switch It! It works perfectly with smaller 4 mark questions which pupils often fail to get full marks on due to a lack of subject knowledge. The activity is rather... Continue Reading →

Significance Circles

We've been working on ways to improve our GCSE pupil's evaluation on the bigger AQA exam questions, 10 and 12 markers which ask pupils to assess the importance of one event in relation to another or overall topic. For example,... Continue Reading →

Tarsia Wars

Tarsias have been used for years but they were firstly introduced to me by a colleague @mrhynesgeog when I was an NQT. They have become a great go to revision activity and can be used for a number of different... Continue Reading →

Display – Polaroid Moments

A really simple way to reward and recognise excellent work within the classroom. When marking or walking around the class, I take photos of top work and stick a polaroid moment sticker into their book. The work is then put... Continue Reading →

Create a Tarsia

Another great use of a Tarsia is for students to make their own for revision and to test their peers and themselves. We often do this throughout the year and students' put them into their revision folders. Do not get students... Continue Reading →

Explode a Question 

A exam question planning sheet to aid pupils in their revision. Pupils highlight the key words in the question Plan their answer around the question Fill the SPaG Bomb with any key words they will use Attached planning sheet: Explode... Continue Reading →

Marking Crib Sheet & Whole Class Feedback

Recently, I have been looking at our departments marking procedures and how best to be effective markers (obviously reducing workload is key!). I designed this crib sheet as a way to provide quicker feedback to the whole classroom rather than... Continue Reading →

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Iceberg Analysis

Recently I have been teaching the Collapse of Peace topic to my Y10 and we have been discussing the implications of the crises of the late 1930s such as the Sudetenland and Munich Conference. For a while I have been... Continue Reading →

Visual Timelines

As part of revision for GCSE, I came across this fantastic idea by @arnewoodbazzer, who uses pictures/sources for pupils to make a visual timeline of a topic or key event. Not only do they look fantastic, but importantly the chance to... Continue Reading →

5 a Day

This is one of my favourite and most used starters, originally created by two maths colleagues at my school (@missfilson and @MissBKearns). It is used to recap the previous lesson or to interleave revision on subject knowledge from previous topics.... Continue Reading →

Revision o’ Clock 

One of my favourite (and pupils') revision activities that I use across KS3/KS4. Shout-out to @teachgeogblog for the original idea. Simply put, student's revise 12 different topics in 3-4 minute time periods. You can choose the topics or ask pupils... Continue Reading →

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