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CPD: Explanation

I've been lucky enough this year to have an increased role in supporting our new staff at MCHS during this strange. I've become an NQT mentor again (to non historian, which is really interesting), I'm involved in the Ambition Institute's... Continue Reading →

The Single Paragraph Outline

Alongside a number of my excellent history colleagues, @MrsBallAP, @MrPattisonTeach and @HistoryKSS, I've been embedding The Writing Revolution by Hochman and Wexler into my practice this last 6 months. I've spent a lot of time looking at sentence level work,... Continue Reading →

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GCSE Options Handout

As we are doing remote GCSE options this year, we’ve been tasked with creating a simple one page handout for students and parents. We are doing a live ‘Teams’ chat with parents and students to discuss any questions but I... Continue Reading →

Booklets, a labour of love

Since the profession moved to remote learning in Spring there has been a notable increase in the discussions about booklets or workbooks on Twitter, with queries about their use, design and research around their benefits. There is also a glut... Continue Reading →

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Parental Engagement in Y11

Having trialled a version of a 'How to support your child through Y11' handout to give out at parents evening, I've continued it again this year with some additions. I've always thought about improving parental engagement and it is something... Continue Reading →

Whole Class Feedback & Crib Sheet Handout

As part of our first Meols Cop High Research Conference I finally had the balls to speak about the Crib Sheet & whole class feedback after a 18 months of refining it. Below is the handout I produced to accompany... Continue Reading →

Full Cycle – Saying goodbye to Year 11

As we come to the end of the school year, I find myself at the end of my first ‘full cycle’ – taking a class of students through from Year 9 to 11 where they have sat their final two exams in history. For some this is the end of their history education, for others […]

Knowledge Organiser Breakfast Jam

Another 'Breakfast Jam' that I presented in was our ongoing use of Knowledge Organisers in history. Below are the slides used in the reflections and discussions of our trial so far.   Breakfast Jam Knowledge Organisers  

Marking Crib Sheet Breakfast Jam

Last week I presented at a school 'Breakfast Jam' (T&L sharing sessions) on my findings so far after using the marking crib sheet and using verbal feedback for coming up to one year. Below is the ppt. slides on what... Continue Reading →

Assessment Crib Sheets

Following on from the marking crib sheet, I have begun to use an amended version for assessments, the Assessment Crib Sheet. Whilst this is still in the development phase (as to what needs to be included), I thought I would... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Make or Bake Homework

Our NQT @@ctaylorhistory 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),... Continue Reading →

AQA Exam Sentence Starters Mat

Simple sentence starters to aid pupils answers for the AQA Modern World History B Unit 1 and Unit 2 exam questions - nice revision aid and for LA students. Please find attached resource: Exam Question Sentence Starters  

Literacy – How do great historians write?

To improve literacy across the department, we began to use these sheets at the start of this year - student's would stick these on the back of their exercise book and use during assessments/exams/planning to develop their extended writing pieces.... Continue Reading →

Peer Marking Stickers

I have a real love for stickers, an obsession you may call it, but I find them so useful for myself and the students. One simple sticker I created was a peer marking sticker for GCSE questions. Where students highlight... Continue Reading →

Significance Stars

A version of the fantastic resource made by @aheadofhistory originally. Can be used to rank the importance of factors, GREAT significance criteria or the extent of change and continuity. Simply, pupils rank between 1-5 and put a cross on the... Continue Reading →

Magnify a Source

As we have a 3 year GCSE, we started the new GCSE specification in September (eventually moving to Edexcel in January, but thats another story) and have spent the last year working on developing our source skills for KS3/Ks4. Having... Continue Reading →

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 →

Hex-Pert

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 →

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