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Hi Folks

Sorry if this is abit of an essay but I am not sure where to turn.

I have been teaching Geog for 10 years and have always loved my subject and have had some really successful sets of results with students.

Of late I seem to have lost my way.  I am now Head of Geog, Head of Humanities.  When I took the Faculty on it was fragmented and disorganised.  Most of my time was setting up systems and building morale so the team functioned effectively.  I also had leisure and tourism and loads of other pressures, including delivering citizenship with 27 members of staff!!

We've have had an enormous change of leadership in the school, from the HT to the SLT, and it has been abit of an uphill climb, goal posts shifting everywhere we turn.  I seem to be losing my confidence and my ability to stay on top of all the pressure.  I get on pretty well with the students but my teaching lacks inspiration and I know it.

I think I have nearly now got in place enough mechanisms to effectively monitor and gather necessary evidence for the Fac SEF and the HTs new requirements.

The thing is (yes, I will get to the point!!) my Geography schemes of work have been static.  I have had to sacrifice Y7 to integrated Hums but I have a strong influence on content taught. I have 2 terms with 3 hours per week to deliver the geog element.

In addition, in Y8 we do settlement, population and migration and rivers/coasts.  In Y9 we do tectonics, development, ecosystems and energy.

If I am honest we have not really been radical since the new curriculum came in last year.  I seem to be digging out old worksheets and the same old tasks.  The students work through them but I know my Geog could be so much better.

I REALLY want the Geog teaching and learning to be cutting edge, I enjoy collecting new resources, e.g TV/Internet/news etc but am struggling with where to start.

Can I please ask:

What do your schemes of work cover?

What topics do your students really get their teeth into?

What kids of tasks do your students thrive on?

How do your schemes of work show SEN, G and T, PLTS etc?  

Then, where shall I start?  !!  Would anyone be willing for me to visit their Department for ideas/inspiration?  I live in the North East so can get to say Newcastle in the north to York in south realistically.

Sorry for the essay. I will be willing to share any new material I make. xxxx

General Discussion / Re: Help planning for WJEC B
« on: November 13, 2009, 07:09:28 PM »

I am happy to send you our SOW on Monday, we did Avery Hill too so much of it we have handed over.  I also have purchased the teacher CD rom, am happy to let you have a copy.


General Discussion / Re: Earthquakes lesson in mini LA Ofsted - help!!
« on: November 13, 2009, 07:07:10 PM »
You are so kind, thanks.

I plan to go for a walk on the beach tomorrow, blow the cobwebs away and then plan.

I often feel guilty asking for help on here, but those folk who do Avery Hill might have shared my revision stuff last year.

Will let you know how I get on. xx

General Discussion / Re: Earthquakes lesson in mini LA Ofsted - help!!
« on: November 13, 2009, 03:59:30 PM »
my email is

you guys are fab - send me everything !   xxxxxx

General Discussion / Earthquakes lesson in mini LA Ofsted - YAY YAY!!!!
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:42:38 PM »
Hi Folks

I am being observed on Tuesday with a Year 9 group.  They are a challenging group anyway.  I have just done today: what is an earthquake and how you measure them.

I was thinking of:

Bellwork : Mini wordsearch of key words (as they take ages to arrive after lunch)

Starter: Picture of earthquake destroyed city - then they annotate with How? When? Why? etc for eye witness on picture (fron Badger starter book).


Plenary - traffic light true/false.

Anyone got any good ideas for main activity?  I have sheets of different LEDC/MEDC case studies so was thinking of getting students to do factfile/ look at different effects etc but am at a loss.

I sincerely hope someone on here can help me!!!  I have been teaching 10 years (so going a tad stale and we have a new HT and SLT that are utterly terrifying and I have lost my confidence of late.

Sincere best wishes and thanks to anyone who can help.x

General Discussion / Re: Scarborough Coast DME (OCR B Avery Hill)
« on: August 23, 2009, 09:31:12 PM »
PM me your address, I happen to be in school tomorrow and can pick you one up if you need it. :)

General Discussion / Re: Avery Hill GCSE Exam yesterday...
« on: June 04, 2009, 07:15:09 PM »
I think it will focus on creating jobs, looking back at post past papers they were about renewing jobs in an area.  It could also be a problem with development and they think of solution.  Get your kids trained in the matrix, unless you have already, and practising scrutinising data as there is plenty of it.

All they need to do in last Q is opt for one, then justify and argue why they did not go for....

I wear my red dorothy shoes to get the kids to use 'because...because...because...'

I thought the paper was solid but fair. I was annoyed the migration was urban to rural, better to have free choice.  Kids needed more time, especially higher. My A* said it would have been easier with more reading/thinking time. 

Hope that helps. ;D

General Discussion / Re: Alternative KS4 courses
« on: April 22, 2009, 08:16:06 PM »
Hi Claire, please check your personal messages.  Could you let me know more about the diploma if you get a moment, my HT wants me to look at delivering it.

Cheers. x

General Discussion / Geog Activities to do in Amsterdam
« on: April 22, 2009, 11:45:42 AM »
Hi everyone! 

I am taking approximately 30 Year 9 students to Amsterdam for a combined Hums trip and need ideas of what to do with the geog element as I have never been before.

Does anyone have any suggestions or packs they have used before that I could look at?

Many thanks

Helen (HB100) xx

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