A teaching and learning inventory


June 2016

DIY Visual Hexagons

I really love @Jivespins’s Visual Hexagon idea, and having seen someone else drawing on blank hexagons I thought about trying DIY visuals hexagons with classes.

Very simply, pupils design their own visual hexagons and then annotate/link to explain the topic or question. As seen below, these are examples that I trialled with bottom set year 8 today and they really enjoyed it and were able to explain multiple causes of the population growth.

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With two pupils for challenge, I got each pupils to first draw their pictures to represent the population growth in the IR, and then asked them to swap and use the pictures to explain their own understanding.

I will be doing again tomorrow with 8 set 2, and asking the to peer work and then draw links and explain in red pen to show the multi-causality.

Please find attached resource:

DIY Visual Hexagons

Revision Bookmarks

As part of my revision packs for Y11, I created a version of the popular bookmark that contained simple exam question guidance and QR codes to relevant videos created by   .

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Simple printed and laminated – you may need to fiddle with or ask reprographics to get the two sides aligned as it can be tricky!

Please find attached resource for AQA Unit 2 Germany, Vietnam and Roaring Twenties topics:


Make or Bake Homework

Our NQT @ came up with this excellent project for our KS3 students; Make or Bake!

Simply, students are given the choice to make or bake a historical artefact based on a topic we have studied (the Romans and WW2 above), they also produce a guide/fact sheet to accompany why they have chosen to design their item.

A really easy, popular and enjoyable homework – we peer asses and get to each cake in the lesson the homework us due.

If you have a go, tweet me some pictures!

‘The basics’ sheets for revision

After inspiration from our geography department and the fantastic @Mawhinney, I decided to make these ‘basics’ sheets for Y11 for the final push in the day/morning of the exam. Handed them out Friday and the guys were receptive!

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Please find attached for AQA Unit 2 VIetnam, Hitler’s Germany and 1920’s America:

Unit 2 – The basics A4 Sheet

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