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Resource – Describing routes using maps

This resource is one I created during my PGCE back in 2010-11 and I think I’ve used it with year 7 every year since. It’s one of those resources that is always applicable.

It’s quite a simple activity. Students are given a map, key and task sheet.

The task sheet provides a cops and robbers scenario with descriptions being provided by a helicopter overhead. Students have to follow the suspects around the map and fill in the missing information or select the appropriate information from the options provided in order to catch the suspects. The task sheet has been provided as a word document so you can easily amend to suit your students.

To grab a copy of this resource click here. 

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Hope you find the resource of use.

Mrs Humanities

 


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Resource – Why did Parliament turn on Charles I?

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As part of the themetic topic on Law and Order I developed at my last school, we explored the origins of Parliament. After having looking at the origins the students explored why and how Parliament turned on Charles I.

The students spent a couple of lessons on the topic in order to uncover the cause, consequence and significance of Charles’s execution in 1649.

They started with a card sort, which they used to develop an interpretation of events.

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Students read, sorted and linked the cards by writing on the tables with whiteboard pens to create their interpretations.

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This was then followed up with a piece of extended writing which involved them using the card sort, our discussions and their annotations to write 3 paragraphs on the cause, consequence and significance of Charles’s execution.

You can download the resources here, along with some resources for LA students.

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Hope you can make use of the resources.

Mrs Humanities

 

 


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News – #TMGeographyIcons Website

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Behind the scenes lots of work has been going into organising the first and only full-day TeachMeet for Geography teachers by Geography teachers.

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I’m so excited with what we are putting together for you. We’ve 2 great key note speakers, one is Alan Parkinson (@GeoBlogs), the second we are yet to announce. 

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The next big piece of news is why I’m writing this post. We are finally ready to go live with our #TMGeographyIcons website.

On the site you will find key information including bios of our speakers and TeachMeet presenters, location details and all of our upcoming news.

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There’s plenty to look forward to, so make sure you bookmark the first #TMGeographyIcons website.

You can also keep up-to-date with any announcements by following us on Twitter.

Hope to meet many of you on Saturday 23rd June.

Mrs Humanities

 

 

 

 


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Resource – Origins of Parliament Assessed Task

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When I set up the Humanities department at my last school, I decided to that students would study thematic topics; One of those was Law and Order.

Students in year 9 explored the origins of government and parliament from 1066.

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As part of the topic on Law and Order students explored a variety of historical events that led to the development of parliament and government here in the UK as well as the consequences. This was later followed by looking at law and crime in Victorian Britain.

foragainstroyaltablegoodbadPart way through the topic students had a simple recall test and an assessed extended writing task.

 

 

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The assessed extended writing task I favoured. Students got to explore their understanding of the topic content drawing upon their understanding of cause, consequence and significance.

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The feedback sheet looked like this, to feedback I used one colour highlighter to identify successes and another for next steps to work on during feedforward time.

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This was then followed by the English Civil war and a mystery inquiry on why did Parliament turn against the King? We finished the topic with a look at modern day.

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Students came away with a thorough understanding of how and why parliament and governance has developed.

To access the assessed task shown above click here. 

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If you’d like the resources as well for the topic, get in touch. I’ve magpied a variety of resources from a range of free sources such as the UK governments education pages so don’t want to publicly share them.

Hope you find the ideas of some use.

Mrs Humanities

 


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Resource – 1066 and all that

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I’ve just been going through some of my resources I realised I’ve a lot of history resources I’m unlikely to use any time soon but I don’t want them to just there on my computer.

This scheme of work starts by looking at key events between 410 AD and 1066 before going on to explore life in Anglo-Saxon Britain. The topic then goes on to look at the contenders for the throne, the Battle of Stamford Bridge and on to the Battle of Hastings. Finishing with the Harrying of the North after an assessment.

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Each lesson has a range of resources suited for mixed ability and ability set classes. When I taught these lessons I was teaching in a school with a wide range of abilities from students that could barely read and write to students that had moved out of grammar schools. Classes were in ability sets and the work created to suit their varying needs and abilities.

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There are a wide range of activities from timelines to historical detectives; campaigns to extended writing tasks.  As well as a wide selection of support material.

 

The lessons use a range of resources that I have both created from scratch and adapted from freely available resources over the years. I can’t credit any work I’ve magpied since I don’t know the sources after having used and amended them over two years ago. If you see anything that belongs to you please don’t hesitate to let me know and I will either acknowledge you or remove it.

To access the resources click here.

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Hope they can be of some use as springboard for lesson planning.

Mrs Humanities