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General Discussion / Re: Introducing Asia to Year 8 interview lesson?
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:46:52 PM »
I second a map from memory type activity. Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: New Year 11 - controlled assessment
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:55:44 PM »
We have one student we are entering for the AQA Certificate (iGCSE) which has no controlled  assessment requirement. There are four units to cover as well as a pre-release (on energy due February). Does what she's already covered match this spec?  Might be easier?

General Discussion / Re: under 3 minutes
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:30:58 PM »
The video is one of  a number on this YouTube channel; there are some excellent geographical videos in there.  The one that asks about what happened to the car is fantastic in its explanation of liquefaction for example. The one about why deserts are hot has a fantastic explanation of atmospheric circulation. A fantastic resource.

General Discussion / Re: New student
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:27:12 AM »
I'd sit down and go through what he has covered already and then compare it to other specs than yours to see if there is a better fit.  We have a student doing the AQA Level 1/2 certificate this year because it suits her circumstances better.  Often there is overlap between specs and content anyway.  AQA A is general enough, that his topics studied might just work with the constraints of the paper.  Last year we had a student join at the start of Y11, luckily having done our spec at her previous school but with a different combination of topics, we muddled through and it worked out fine! Good luck!

General Discussion / AQA Certificate
« on: November 22, 2014, 05:23:24 PM »
Hi all, we have had a major ICT disaster at school and my laptop caught a virus, from which it sadly passed away.  Unfortunately I have lost the AQA Certificate papers I downloaded after the exams. Whilst the papers are available online via eAQA they now have the copyright resources removed.  Can anyone help me out with these resources?  I have one student, who through illness, missed her controlled assessment for AQA A and is consequently being entered for the Certificate instead. 

My email address is available on the left there, click the envelope to send a message. Any help gratefully received!


General Discussion / Re: Sixth from open evening
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:50:31 PM »
Could you have students do it?  Alternatively, make a video; the educreations app is free on iPad and let's you narrate over images - this could be topic related or diagrams etc.

General Discussion / Re: Different Marking Strategies (student responses)
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:21:24 PM »
We are trying to develop one piece of self assessed and one piece of peer assessed work per topic at KS3. For each task we are generating target sheets with 5/6 printed targets which student have to tick and then respond to in green pen.  It means feedback from peers is more focussed and higher quality. Picking targets is tricky but does make us think carefully about the task and likely errors/areas for improvement/challenge to stretch the most able.  We've only used it properly once so far this half term, way less than we had planned, but it worked pretty well.

General Discussion / Re: Old maps online
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:33:52 PM »
Old maps also available on Digimaps.

General Discussion / No more OfSTED grading of lessons
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:44:23 PM »

I wonder what the implications in school will be in terms of performance appraisal?  Could lead to some really interesting and healthy discussions about strengths and areas for development. The language used during feedback will be telling in terms of an overall judgement I imagine.

General Discussion / Re: Rising numbers for geography at AS and A2
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:43:43 PM »
Good news indeed, numbers holding fairly steady for us at A level and rising at GCSE so fingers crossed a rise next year. 

General Discussion / Re: Iceland fieldwork
« on: July 13, 2014, 08:43:21 PM »
We are flying out on Saturday with 50 girls.  This will be my second trip with kids (both times at the end of term in July - weather changeable - hail to sunshine in one day!).  Also been twice alone (summer and October) - summer days mean ou can do more in the extended daylight and actuall still feel fairly awake!

I've travelled with Rayburn and Discover the World, both abslutely excellent.  Trying to book our next trip and I have been most pleased with those companies ho have a location specialist to talk too, some have put me through to my local area rep who couldn't answer a single question I had - I know which companies I'll be moving forwards with!

General Discussion / Re: Department SEF
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:30:49 PM »
I'd ask your new school for a template, we don't do a dept SEF, only a devlelopment plan each year - from a template provided by SLG.

General Discussion / Re: AQA B - Thoughts on the spec...
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:29:47 PM »
We (staff and students) loved it as a modular specification, but changed to AQA A when it went linear.  Few resources as its not a popular spec (in terms of numbers) but we produce our own anyway.  Acessible and fair papers at both tiers.  Two pieces of controlled assessment meant we used the last term of Y9 to do one of the two topics for the issue investigation (including the full CA) and then did the other topic in Y11 so we culd submit the better of the two (almost always the Y11 one!).  We miss it but I didn't feel the depth of each topic suited teh linear assessment model.

General Discussion / Re: Are iPads in lesson actually useful?
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:05:00 AM »
We have 10 in geography and they are used on a daily basis by at least one class.  We've successfully used them in an increasingly wide range of ways; videos, interviews, sound recording, iMovie for short edited films, educreations app for revision videos narrated by kids, OS Locate app for generating grid references quickly on fieldwork, GPS log for plotting routes on fieldwork, iBooks for GCSE revision, sketch app for annotating photos on fieldwork and probably lots of other uses I haven't thought of!

The joy is that the kids can use them with little or no instruction from us. The only time we really need to 'teach' them anything si when using a new app for the first time.  They've been great for inspiring us to get more creative in our use of them as we wanted to move behind just the research and internet usage.  Managing the content and getting stuff on and off is still a pain, I have no control of them - everything has to go through ICT technicians and this can be time consuming.  Like everything there are ups and downs!  We've got a booking sheet for them in the department and they live in a  bag with an extension lead for charging, the rule is less than 20% battery and they are plugged in by whoever has use them last.  They are turned off after each use to prolong the battery life between uses. 

We have some hardcore cases so they accompany us on fieldwork too.  Never have kids done so much interpretations as when recording videos about what they were doing/seeing and annotating images as they were stood next to the river they were studying.  Back at the field centre they could immediately access secondary data of all descriptions to extend their work.  Fab!

We follow AQA A and I might be interested in your resources!  Drop me an email or direct message - address over on the left there.  This is our first examined year of AQA A - fingers crossed!

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