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Etch-a-Sketch

A really simple plenary that allows pupils to visually highlight their learning/progress.

Etch a Sketch 1    Etch a Sketch 2

Attached resource:

Etch a Sketch

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 onto the washing line across my class to show off – they love it!

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 a Question

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 trying to remember an article from Teaching History about using geographical examples as a way to develop pupils’ thinking about causation, impact etc. and I remember I had seen Iceberg analysis before on Twitter.Iceberg Analysis 2 Iceberg Analysis

Therefore I created this resource for my class to look at the implications of the Sudeten Crisis and the Munich Conference. We discussed and analysed a number of sources that looked at what the public saw as a result of the crisis and what were the deeper implications of Munich.

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This could be used for a variety of activities; source analysis, cost/benefit, short/long term impacts, judging significance and even revision.

Find attached iceberg worksheet

Munich Iceberg

Visual Timelines

As part of revision for GCSE, I came across this fantastic idea by , 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 sequence events from a topic really helps them to consolidate their understanding.

I like the use of visual timelines for my AQA GCSE revision as I can use it to not only develop students chronological understanding of the topic but also key exam skills. I often ask pupils to use the left side of the page to ‘describe’ the event and the right side to ‘evaluate’ the importance of the event in relation to a question. These are key skills required across both Unit 1 and Unit 2 – I especially push the description of events for Unit 1 as they can be used as 4 mark questions in the paper.

For example, the Night of the Long Knives. Left side they describe the events briefly and on the right they explain how important this event was in allowing Hitler to become the Dictator of Germany.

Attached are 2 resources: Hitler Dictator Visual Timeline and Vietnam War Visual Timeline

Hitler Dictator Visual Timeline

Vietnam War Visual Timeline

 

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.

Pupils are given pre written questions about a number of different topics or specific to a certain topic, for example women in Nazi Germany, which they answer on wipeboards or in the back of their books.

Another variation introduced is the DIY 5 a Day where pupils create their own questions on a set topic and then test each other on these.

A really fantastic way to embed subject knowledge through low stakes testing – I use it every lesson for Y11 revision across a wide range of topics.

Attached is ppt. resource

DIY 5-a-Day

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.

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Simply put, student’s revise 12 different topics in 3-4 minute time periods.
You can choose the topics or ask pupils to suggest ones they would like to revise.
They then have to fill each section with information, key words or pictures to represent what they can remember. Pupil’s like the challenge of picture section or key words, which is particularly useful at GCSE.

Attached below Revision o Clock template

Revision o Clock Template

 

 

 

 

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