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General Discussion / Re: blank black and white maps
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:20:56 PM » is also excellent for map outlines, especially as you can save PDFs.

"The assessment of quantitative skills in Geography AS and A level must comprise 10% of the whole assessment."

Yikes! That makes it a hard sell to non- mathematicians!

General Discussion / Re: File sharing
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:05:21 PM »
Dropbox is excellent. Especially if you can download the desktop version at school (we can't!) but it does work well. We share stuff with our consortium school partners this way.

Do you have a learning platform, can they be given guest access, or accounts so you can have a staff sharing page where resources which can be uploaded?  This has also worked for us.

General Discussion / Re: As/A2 homework
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:02:08 PM »
We do AQA 4B and used Moodle forums to set discussion questions which all the kids had to contribute too, when they all had they could print the forum and have a whole variety of different opinions and interpretations of the material. Worked really well.

Watching videos and writing scripts for them - useful for landform formation for physical topics. 

Research tasks to produce case studies. Alternatively, I've used some of the questions from the zigzag springboard packs, but differentiated them into 'I want a C grade' and 'I want an A grade' ones, kids have to find answers to three questions, at least one from each section plus one other. Works well as a starter the next lesson and we discuss all the questions. Worked well for the energy topic last year about nuclear power.

Pretty much anything you would set lower down the school works well for sixth form too, just the content is different. 

Creating revision resources is always a good HW task too.

General Discussion / Re: BTEC Travel and Tourism
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:17:41 PM »
I am going to be running level 3 from next September. Looking forward to the challenge. We're going to run units 1-4, 6 and 8 (investigating TT, business of TT, UK as a destination, customer service, preparing for employment and long haul destinations).

In terms of resources, we have a parent at Pearson which helps with buying the textbooks! A lot!

I've been looking at trips, visits and speakers too.  Got a contact at BA and Mariott through parents and am hoping to include these in the course. Other ideas welcomed.

General Discussion / Re: Spelling Eyjafjallajokull in an exam
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:46:18 PM »
AQA A SPAG marks are only on unit 2, human geography. This might be a helpful thing! The Icelandic volcano 2010 should be fine.

General Discussion / Re: use of time
« on: September 07, 2013, 09:24:15 PM »
We've moved CA to the end of Y10, so they start it, mid-way through they sit their end of year exams, then continue with it, completing it by the end of term.  It leaves Y11 for content and seems to work well. April is far nicer weather for fieldwork too!  This year, we've moved it even later, fieldork is now mid-May after exams.  Might be tight to complete by end of term but we're going for it!!

General Discussion / Re: Resource Sources
« on: August 31, 2013, 08:54:04 PM »

BBc schools, espcially Class Clips website for short videos.  Excellent!

No, but I really like the idea!!

General Discussion / Re: Optional/enrichment trips
« on: July 06, 2013, 09:38:43 AM »
We launched Iceland in January this year for a July 2014 (first week of holidays) departure. Letters went to current Y9-12 so they'll be end of Y10-13 when we go.  Had 40 places, but interest was huge this time so I'm taking 50. No non-geographers. Mostly Y9-10 going this time.

General Discussion / Re: Iceland Trip
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:14:51 PM »
We go the first week of the summer holidays, for 7 days, so our trip. Is double that price! We include everything, hoodies, all food, drinks etc. swimming three or four times through the week, a tutor and so on which makes for an expensive trip. We also include experiences like walking on a glacier which add to the cost, but are s fabulous they really are must do activities. When you budget include all excursion costs so the price you quote to parents is the final price. 

General Discussion / Re: AS induction task
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:35:03 PM »
We can really only do something in town with the time slot we have. The boys school (who we work in consortium with for A level) do an urban study for GCSE so I don't want to duplicate. We do AQA so we could look at service provision I guess - social welfare and the like.

General Discussion / AS induction task
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:55:52 PM »
We have a 2 hout slot in September to provide an induction task, kids will choose one of their subjects so we can't cover anything 'important'. Any suggestions?  I don't want to do a trade game, we've thought about getting them to do some animation.  Any ideas welcomed!

General Discussion / Re: Exercise books at KS3
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:33:13 PM »
Through the Herts county supplies people:
I'm sure other stationary suppliers do something similar.  We're saving loads compared to books.  All we buy are the folders and treasury tags.  File paper is charged to general stationary at my school so its free to us.  We use A4 books at KS3 and they generally go through 4 or so in the three years.  If they lose it they buy a new one.  They carry on in the same book as they move up each year. 

General Discussion / Re: Exercise books at KS3
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:38:49 PM »
We are using little folders (really cheap - 11p each!) - nothing more than A3 card folded and punched with holes.  We have 2 colours, one for the physical topics and one for human topics so it'll be easier to revise at the end of Y11.  We have teh kids cover them in plastic and they work a treat.  Easy marking too as we take in worksheets or exam questions rather than a whole pile of books.  Really pleased we made the switch.

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