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General Discussion / Re: What do you do on your KS3 fieldtrips?
« Last post by Bob Lang on October 12, 2014, 09:13:58 PM »
y7 local fieldwork planned for year and new KS3 crime mapping local area, microclimate of school
Y8 adventurous fieldwork in snowdonia, pupils do 3 activities following the course of a river, upper course gorge walking, getting up close with features adn processes such as hydraulic action, middle course kayaking on river/lake near plas -y-brenin and finally lower course power boating around the menai straits were river enters the sea. different but pupil understanding is significantly better
General Discussion / Re: What do you do on your KS3 fieldtrips?
« Last post by Victoria on October 12, 2014, 09:02:05 PM »
Thanks for the responses so far - would be interested to hear from anyone else. 

Our Year 8s didn't do a huge amount of "measuring" on our trip last week, but I think that they learnt as much in one day as they would've done in several weeks' worth of lessons...  Seems that other people disagree though!
General Discussion / Re: Setting up students to fail mocks
« Last post by Victoria on October 12, 2014, 08:57:57 PM »
I, too, am appalled by this.  I agree with Graham that tests without warning aren't always a bad thing, but deliberately assessing students on things that they haven't been taught and not telling them that they're having mock exams is totally unprofessional in my view.  I would imagine that students will become completely demoralised and I can't see how this would help them at all.  (I'd also anticipate a flood of parental complaints!)  Those students who "cannot be bothered to try until Year 11" will not revise properly even if they know about the mock exams, and will therefore perform less well than those who do work hard and revise properly even where they have been taught all the content; if it's about giving some students a kick up the backside, it's surely more effective if those who are doing what they should be are seen by those who aren't to be successful in a mock exam?

As for how to address the issue...  It's a difficult one if this has come from the head and your HoD is supporting the proposal.  What does your HoD think?  I like Stuart's idea of students assessing themselves with regard to how confident they feel about the various topics.

Perhaps show your HoD/Head this thread?

Sorry not to be able to offer more constructive help.
General Discussion / Re: 6th Form Revision weekends?
« Last post by podders on October 12, 2014, 07:28:25 PM »
I used to do a joint one with the Chemistry dept in a remote farmhouse!

Details of the activities are here

General Discussion / 6th Form Revision weekends?
« Last post by star on October 12, 2014, 10:45:12 AM »

Perhaps a little early, but starting to think about exam preparation in the summer.

Does anyone take their 6th formers away to complete revision? if so, where do you go and what types of activities do you undertake?

Would be most grateful for any suggestions

General Discussion / So, what's your pledge going to be?
« Last post by podders on October 12, 2014, 09:41:18 AM »

A few good ones from fellow geographers on Twitter this morning.

General Discussion / Re: geog of conflict open evening theme
« Last post by geogteach on October 12, 2014, 12:45:52 AM »
Thanks for your help. I did a cause and effect of ww1 specific to countries, a similarity and difference exercise of pre and post ww1 Europe, a collection of war photography from ww1 and a question "how did ww1 affect these places?", and a time lapse vid of Europe's changing borders over the past 1100 years due to conflict.
General Discussion / Re: The Ridge - Google Drive collaborative resource
« Last post by GB geographer on October 11, 2014, 07:19:49 PM »
Making of documentary now on iPlayer for next month

General Discussion / Y7 Baseline Entry Geography Tests/Resources ?
« Last post by Allan M on October 11, 2014, 01:29:50 PM »
Any recommendation? We currently have one but looking to improve upon it. Thanks
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