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General Discussion / Creative Use of Textbooks
« on: July 05, 2016, 03:59:09 PM »
Does anyone have a creative way of using textbooks in lessons?

I'm keen on up-skilling colleagues in my faculty area on the lost art of using textbooks.

I know they are out of fashion, but I think there is a correlation between PPT lessons and the decreasing literacy standards seen in schools.

Any 'creative' ideas that don't involve completing the questions would be appreciated.

Any other ideas like quick on the draw?

General Discussion / Level 8 Tasks
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:57:10 AM »
This year a number of our year 9s have been given level 8 as targets and in previous years the highest was a 7A.

We are now adapting our SOWs/resources with L8 tasks, if anyone has any ideas/examples they would be appreciated.

General Discussion / Global Fat Scale!!
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:56:32 AM »
I found this on the BBC website and its made a few people in the department laugh.

Apparently i'm a Somalian!!

General Discussion / AQA A Level resources
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:22:57 PM »

I'm moving school in September and will be teaching KS5 for the first time in years and have been given some money!!

Can anyone comment on the zigzag education AQA materials, I'm not sure whether the materials are good or not from the leaflet i have been sent?

Or can anyone point me in the direction of a good resource (I've already seen the ning)?



General Discussion / KS3 Textbooks???
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:59:43 PM »
I've not been involved in KS3 Geography for a couple of years as we teach humanities Jointly with English & languages in a mixed curriculum so I'm a bit out of touch with KS3 developments. So I'm not quite sure which KS3 textbooks are good/innovative or old/dull, I've had a look at a range on line and have been emailed some electronic copies but i really can't see much difference between them. The only thing that has stood out has been; how relevant they are, accompanying ICT/Assessment resources.

Could anyone tell me which ones;
-you use
-i should stay well clear of
-are up to date
-Come with good teacher resources.

Thank you in advance for your input.

General Discussion / WJEC AS/A Level
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:43:04 PM »
I've just got a new job as head of Humanities and the Geography ks4 & ks5 results are consistently lower than History so i am already going to change the ks4 spec to WJEC B but i don't really know much about the Ks5 spec other than whats on the WJEC Website.


Does anyone teach this?

Is there a WJEC ning for ks5?

What are the pro's/con's of WJEC As/A level?

Can anyone recommend a KS5 spec?

Other than this website are there any sites/forums for Ks5 Geography that i could use to collect resources/share ideas?

Thank you in advance


General Discussion / East Sussex Humanities Network meeting
« on: March 08, 2012, 01:41:18 PM »
Although this isn't 100% Geography based the delegates which attended the last meeting stated that it was extremely helpfull. If you would like to attend could you email Tim Dudgeon whose email is below.

Just a reminder of this network meeting on Thursday 29th March. The opening autumn meeting of the network was a very positive experience for all involved. The spring meeting is open to both current and new members. Outline details are attached with some further draft details below. If you have questions about the day, the agenda or booking arrangements, please do contact me.
Thursday 29 March, 2012 - 0900-15:30
Wellshurst Golf Club, Hellingly 
Session 1: Local Studies:
- Developing thinking skills through a 'mystery' exercise: 'Murder at Gladish Wood, 1826'
- Presentation - Isilda Almeida-Harvey (East Sussex Records Office) - 'ESRO and making links with schools and the Humanities' 
- Presentation and discussion - Helen Hughes - 'Future Village - A Humanities and Technology Project for Gifted and Talented'
- Developing initial ideas on local studies in mini-networks of schools
Session 2: Success in exams:
- Reflection and discussion - Examiners' Reports
- Developing students at A/A* in the Humanities 

Session 3: Taking the floor:
- Ideas from network members
 -Plenary : To include setting next steps and the future of the network.
Tim Dudgeon (
(AST, Heathfield Community College)

General Discussion / Literacy in Geography
« on: January 06, 2012, 10:12:30 AM »
As literacy is going to be a big part of the new OFSTED observations our school is having a big drive on literacy and we are all expected to include a literacy type activity in our lessons.

Does anyone have any activities that they have tried and that work well?

Thank you in advance for your replies.

General Discussion / Good & Bad Aspects of Tourism Lesson Plan Ideas
« on: June 15, 2011, 03:03:27 PM »
I finally have my AST assessment day coming up next month and have one of my two lessons planned but am weighing up the pro's & con's of my second lesson.

Currently i am thinking of a lesson based on the good & bad aspects of tourism and have a few ideas for activities i could use but was wondering if anyone had any activities that they have used with success that they wouldn't mind sharing?

Thanks in advance


General Discussion / Lino It
« on: April 08, 2011, 04:30:43 PM »
Has anyone used this free internet website its brilliant for ICT lessons, AFL, self & peer marking?

Have a look at these links and you can see its potential.

General Discussion / Lesson Observation Structure of a Volcano
« on: September 30, 2010, 02:11:49 PM »
I have a lesson observation next week with a top set year 9 class which will be their first lesson on volcanoes. They already have studied the structure of the earth & hazards & the lesson is only 50min long.

I was thinking of setting up around 6 small activities about volcanoes as the class has 6 tables with 6 students, then getting each group to produce a quick presentation to feed back to the class.

While each group is feeding back the students create a mind map to show all the information?

However i would ideally like to do something with levels & students discussing how to improve.

Anyone have any suggestions as to which idea would be best?

General Discussion / Juicy Geography Monserrat Video
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:49:59 AM »
I've just tried using the introductory video to this lesson and the video is now unavailable? ???

Has anyone got a copy they could send to me.

thanks in advance


General Discussion / Excellent Disaster Mitigation Game
« on: July 02, 2010, 02:04:55 PM »

Just found this much better than the supervolcano game

General Discussion / ks4 Natural Hazards Textbook
« on: July 02, 2010, 09:47:04 AM »
We will be teaching a new unit on Natural Hazards in September and i would like an up to date textbook

Can anyone recomend a textbook??

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