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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 →

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.

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 →

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 →

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