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General Discussion / Engaging White British & Extending more able
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:14:11 PM »
Our head has asked each department to have a specific strategy about how to raise attainment of white British. We have a lot of whine school initiatives and other than glossaries and literacy help we are struggling in Geography. I was wondering if anyone has any strategies they use either through curriculum tailoring at GCSE & KS3 or any other initiatives. We are London based so have a wealth of resources. Thank You any help greatly received.
Likewise extending the able strategies would help too.

General Discussion / Homework
« on: June 07, 2016, 10:47:50 AM »

I was wondering what other schools do as far as setting homework and whether it is weekly or through an project that is open ended that takes a half term and then is collected in?
SLT announced yesterday it wanted ideally all departments by 2 weeks time to have planned and produced homework to go down the project based route like History do such as WW2 and the students then produce a piece of work however they wish whether and essay, model, dress, video, cake etc that shows their understanding of the topics.
Has anyone else done this and been successful.

General Discussion / New OCR A-level Geography ning?
« on: April 25, 2016, 01:50:39 PM »

Does anyone know if a ning for the New OCR A-level Geography spec has been set up?

I would be interested in sharing resources if anyone else would that has chosen it.


General Discussion / Calling London schools
« on: January 25, 2016, 12:34:39 PM »
The results for my department last year were dire slipping by 10% from the previous year. My new head has suggested I contact other schools with a similar intake to ours in SE London and identify and good practice that they use to achieve good results much better than ours that I could transfer to our department.

I am also looking at how much time each department is given to teach the GCSE. We have 2 lessons per week 55 minutes which although this is the guided learning time feels impossible to teach all content and develop exam skills and assessment.

Thank You any help and departments I could visit would be much appreciated.

General Discussion / Map Skills
« on: June 02, 2015, 05:48:26 PM »

I am just wondering how people teach map skills to their Year 7 students. We currently teach a rather dry stand alone unit and want to intergrate it into enquiry based learning- Does anyone do anything similar or have they tied this approach and had feedback/experience.
Any help & advice greatky received.


General Discussion / Life after Levels
« on: April 28, 2015, 09:35:19 AM »

Our SLT has only just started to think about how to assess and show progression at KS3 from September 2015 onwards without using levels.

They have decided to move away from levels- but have now put the onus on us as middle leaders to come up with the alternative for our subject area and ensure it is in line with the new (for English & Maths) numbering system for GCSE.

Please can anyone give an advice/help/documentation and criteria which I could use as a starting point to think about how to do this with Geography at a time of year when revision and everything else is a priority and I have 10 days to do this in.

Thank You

General Discussion / Desperately needing to promote A-level Geography
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:29:35 AM »

For the first time in 10 years we have no Year 12 stduents taking Geography, which is really disappointing and the Head of Sixth Form wants to know why as we always add value and get good results.

We have always had a class size of 12 (as we have a small sixth Form) & I do not want the slippery slope of decline to happen where this countiues next year.

We have had RGS Ambassadors in to speak to students, but this seems to have had little impact.

I am in a school in SE Londin and want to establish links with Univeristes or industry but am finding it really hard. Does anyone out there have any ideas or had any luck doing this as I am worrying already for our cohort for next year.

Thank You

General Discussion / Savage Earth-Into the Inferno
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:32:48 AM »

Just wondering if anyone has a copy of this with the examples of Mt Pintaubo, Nevado del Ruiz & Mt Unzen eruption that they could send me. Will pay any costs incurred


General Discussion / Improving connections with outside groups
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:22:15 PM »

I am keen to improve our links with outside groups for students to make Geography more real and relevant to students, as despite our best attempts so far we seem (having completed students evaluations) to be struggling to do this.

I have had Geography Ambassadors in but other than this despite living in London I find it hard to establishing connections with universities as they are outside London and not locally based and am at a loss for other agencies umoike other subjects.

Does anyone have a any suggestions/ideas about connections that can be made.

We are also looking at improving G&T provision for students so any ideas there would be a help too.

Thank You much appreciated

General Discussion / Lesson Observation on river processes
« on: February 02, 2013, 06:03:06 PM »

I have yet another lesson observation (2 this term already) and will be teaching river processes, landforms to students. My lesson at time was criticised for not being student centred enough, so am wondering whether anyone has any ideas on how to teach Yr 11 students this (I teach Edexcel B spec) without it being a factual re-call. I need to identify processes and lanforms that occur in upper .middle and lowert course of a river.

Thank You

General Discussion / Ofsted style lesson on water
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:58:18 PM »
I am due to be observed on tuesday in a Yr 11 lesson on water quality.

The Edeexcel Spec we follow is quite content heavy with the main focus on knowledge and understanding and trying to use blooms taxonomy higher level thinking skills and make it interesting talking about sewage disposal, industrial pollution and agricultural pollution is hard.

Alternatively I could teach about human interference of water supply but likewise not that interesting -deforestation, overabstraction etc any ideas? worried as me have a 'friendly' oftsed insepector in observing aswell.

Thank You


General Discussion / Observation Lesson on UK Climate
« on: November 11, 2012, 03:38:55 PM »

I am being observed by new prosepctive principle on Tuesday on UK climate - rainfall, temperature and seasonality differences and am struggling to make it less didactic and more students centred, so they understand air masses and their influence aswell
Any ideas - gratefully received

Thank YOU

General Discussion / Help Key Stage 3 topics/SoW
« on: July 09, 2012, 09:10:29 PM »

We break up in 7 days and have been informed today by SLT and new principal that instead of being taught for 2 lessons half the year Geography will be taught 1 lesson the whole year, meaning we will teach in a week in our department around 300 students. Not happy  :(

Secondly and more woryingly some of our SoW have been deemed unsuitable for Yr 7 & 8 so have a matter of days to start from scratch showing differentiation, challenge and overall interest in new topics.
We used to do Map skills as Yr 7 intro and Olympics as (which we were going to turn into positive impacts next year - using newspapers and artcles from the summer). As these have now been vetoed by SLT who has inspected all SoW am desperate for ideas that will fit their bill which will not require my whole summer holiday to be spent creating them.
SLT think that country studies are the way forward as this is what Geography is.... HELP!!!
Our Yr 7 topics are usual local area studies and ensuring basic skills ... so need some help as feel very stressed and angry!!

Thank You

General Discussion / Links with external agencies
« on: July 01, 2012, 06:39:30 PM »
I am an innner city London HOD and was wondering what links people have with other agencies as highlighted in the Ofsted subject criteria as being important.

We have had Gegraphy Ambassadors visit the school in the last 3 years but are looking for people/groups that the students can work with/visit.

Any ideas greatly welcomed

Thank You

General Discussion / Level descriptors
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:26:08 PM »

In time for next week and Yr 6 transition/Introduction each department is expected to have a set of level descriptors that we can give to parents to show them how and on what their children will be assessed.
I was planning to overhaul this is in the summer as our current levelling does not meet all the criteria/strands of the NC.

Please can anyone help give advice on what they do. We currently only really focus on skills such as describe, explain, analyse, evaluate and the content is secondary.
We also only teach 2 lessons for half the year so review of targets/strabds rarely happens.

What do other people do? Do you have a sheet in back of book which students cross reference to, does this have all the strands all 9 of them?

I am in a real quandry and now only have 4 days until it needs to be submitted

Thank You

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