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General Discussion / Re: North Staffs GA Branch
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:37:34 PM »
The next lecture is:
Threats to Antarctica, Our Last Wilderness,  by Sue Warn, A level examiner and author, on Wednesday 15th October 2014, 7.30 at Science Centre, Staffordshire University, leek Road, Stoke on Trent. Sat Nav postcode ST4 2DF.                                               

Our full programme for 2014-15 is on the GA website

General Discussion / Re: Living on a cliff?
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:17:29 PM »
Great photo ... thanks! Great views from the "house"

General Discussion / Re: No more OfSTED grading of lessons
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:22:45 AM »
Schools will probably be using the Teacher Standards criteria more now.

General Discussion / Re: BBC travel programme on Heimaey
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:21:35 AM »
Thank you ... it was great to "revisit virtually!"

Please get involved ... don't think "they won't take any notice" - they will and your opionion COUNTS!!

General Discussion / Re: No more OfSTED grading of lessons
« on: September 03, 2014, 12:30:14 AM »
Not sure ... perhaps I am just being sceptical!
Could lead to increased observations in school by SMLT to provide "evidence" to Ofsted? 

General Discussion / Re: Year 5 Baseline Assessment (Middle School)
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:28:36 PM »
You could ...

Set them a test!
Give them an open ended little project to do, to see what they are capable of.

I presume they will arrived from several different feeder schools so will inevitable have different experiences so far!

Do ensure that you Liaise with the feeder schools in future - find out what they do and you will have to be discussing the KS2 curriculum anyway so that you divide up who is doing what!

General Discussion / Re: No more OfSTED grading of lessons
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:24:51 PM »
On the face of it this would seem to be good news and I am sure a relief to colleagues. However, I am rather wary that it could backfire - I hope my doubts are unfounded.

General Discussion / Re: North Staffs GA Branch
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:22:51 PM »
The new programme for 2014 - 2015 is now available for you to view on

The first lecture is Staffordshire's Sustainable Transport Future - the role of rail by Keith Flinders on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 7.30 in Room R0001 at the Science Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF.

General Discussion / Re: KS2 New curric SOW
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:45:48 PM »
Hi Andoca
In some ways it is sad to read your question .... no geographer in a middle school to lead curriculum development or guide the teaching ... I understand your role has changed a lot. No LA support either!!
I would definitely go down a places route - children love learning about countries, features, how people live, similarities and differences etc. You will need to liaise with the first schools of course. Carefully chosen countries and regions should / could cover all the other NC requirements. 

I would urge that those teachers who are teaching geography are consulted and those with experience of localities can be encouraged to use their experience and knowledge.

Email me and I'll see what I can do!!!

General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:37:29 AM »
Congratulations on your appointment! Welcome to this forum too - I hope you will find it really useful and supportive!
Make sure you join the GA - there is a host of materials here
Join the local GA branch - for lectures, quizzes and maybe fieldtrips
Look at the GA Quality Mark criteria - it may help you create an action plan
If you a really lucky, there may be local networks you can join. LA led or Humanities Specialist schools led or even led by GASQM centre of excellence ... where are you located?

General Discussion / Re: Happy holidays everyone
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:30:52 PM »
Thanks Stuart!
Where is everyone off to then?

I have just returned from Lancashire coast ./.. failed to find red squirrels in Formby but liked the Anthony Gormley Another Place at Crosby.
Going to Beijing and NE China with GA soon!

General Discussion / Re: Iceland fieldwork
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:50:24 PM »
Thank you Kate for the feedback.

Welcome to the forum, by the way!

General Discussion / Re: Kite diagrams
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:24:46 PM »
Great ... thank you for sharing! Very interesting!

Welcome back, by the way!

General Discussion / Re: Travel photos of children at play
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:17:21 PM »
What a fabulous find .... great photos, lovely kids showing that "kids will be kids" wherever they are!
Thank you Adrian!

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