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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  

Peer Assessment Mats

asseStudents can often struggle with peer assessment, especially what to write rather than simplistic comments. I use this peer assessment mat alongside success criteria and scaffolding to allow pupils to develop their peer assessment skills. Laminated it can be given... Continue Reading →

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 →

Lucky Dip

A nice simple idea for revision - pupils enjoy/hate it as they could get a nightmare q. This is an exam where I gave them 2 minutes to quickly plan and they would answer next lesson after homework revision. Please... Continue Reading →

Nightmare before exam time

An idea alongside quick thinking was one first suggested by @littlestobbsy - getting pupils to write out and plan their nightmare exam questions. Getting pupils to do this helps to build confidence and works as excellent revision. I usually get... Continue Reading →

Quick Thinking Exam Questions

As part of revision, we discuss with pupils the need to plan and think about your answer within the first few minutes of the exam. The first minutes can be crucial and can get their brain into gear, therefore we... 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 →

Highlighter Marking

Another favourite peer marking technique of mine that allows students' to identify the key components of an exam question or assessment. As it's so visual, I have found that it works well with low ability pupils. Can be used across... Continue Reading →

Breaking down events

Students often struggle to move past the description/explanation of an event in exams and assessments - this simple tool allows pupils to delve into deeper analysis and evaluation of the importance of a single event. See instructions below: Please find... Continue Reading →

MEKAKO Source Analysis

Ever since i started teaching last year, I always struggled to get my head around teaching the AQA Unit 1 6 mark questions. I went too far into unpicking them and confused both myself and students on a question which... Continue Reading →

Assessment Feedback Sheets

Alongside developing more effective marking techniques, I have also been looking at our assessment marking and how we can improve it. We are currently trialling code marking which we will be rolling out from September at KS3, but I decided... 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 →

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.

Etch-a-Sketch

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

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