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Resource – GCSE Structure Sheet

GCSE structure sheetOne of the challenges I imagine many Geography teachers across the country are faced with is the challenge of getting their students to answer the 9 mark questions of the new 1-9 GCSE Geography examinations.

I’ve produced this support sheet to provide guidance to my students but I hope it will be of use to others.

support sheet In addition I’ve included a generic mark scheme for 9 mark questions that can be applied and amended to any 9 mark question based on the AQA assessment objectives.

levels for 9 marker

You can download the word version here  and the PDF here.

Hope it’s of use to you and your students.

Mrs Humanities


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Resource – Rural to Urban Migration in China

This morning I started planning a lesson on rural to urban migration within China for KS3. I decided I wanted them to do mystery card sort and questions in order to work out push and pull factors related to the case study.

However I decided against it and went for an activity whereby they will be creating the resource. The aim of the activity is not just for them to understand the push and pull factors for rural to urban migration in China but to also be able to pick out key information from text, summarise that information and consider the application of the information in order to create a set of relevant questions.

I’m using the Rural to urban Migration – Mind Movie resource form the RGS as the basis of the task. Students are going to use a computer room to create their card and question sheets.

mystery

To bring it all together and to assess their understanding the students will have an 8 mark question to answer in which they will come up with the success criteria along with a set of mystery cards from another group of students.
UPDATE: this worked incredibly well with the class that made the cards and the class that undertook the activity. The latter class even peer assessed the cards and reflected on the effectiveness and contribution to their learning. Highly recommended. The class that undertook the task now want to make a card sort mystery for the other class. Can’t wait. 

What do you think? Done anything similar?

Mrs Humanities


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Resources for Edexcel B (Last Exam 2017)

Since I’m no longer teaching Edexcel B, I thought I’d share the resources I’ve used, created and adapted with others that are in the final year the spec.

You can access the resources here.

battle-for-the-biosphereresources

If there is anything of yours in there that I have adapted and you would like credit for please let me know and I will happily do so. I’m purely sharing to help make others lives that little easier.

Hope they’re of use.

Mrs Humanities


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Getting GCSE ready

Personally I believe and teach in a way that key stage 3 is simply setting the foundations for key stage 4. You could essentially say I’ve planned a 5 year scheme of learning, where students revisit knowledge and skills via a variety of topics, believe it’s linked to spiraling (I’ve not researched it but someone mentioned it recently).

After looking at recent assessments and discussions with students I’ve completely scrapped the scheme of work I had in place for year 9 for term 5 and 6. Instead I’ve set about creating a scheme of work that gap fills to ensure all of my year 9’s are prepared for the next stage of their learning.

The scheme of work will revisit a lot of what we’ve covered in year 7 and 8 as well as what we’ve covered in year 9 so far.

Students will be issued with a learning ladder that clearly outlines what they need to be able to do for the different bands; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students will have to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of the bronze before moving onto silver and/or gold.

Students will be guided as to which band they are aiming to master based upon targets, however as always I will encourage them all to aim for gold.

The learning ladder will look something like this….

learning ladder

The ladder starts with essential map and atlas skills which takes in some aspects of physical geography followed by essential human geography linked to skills such as description and explanation. The final part of the learning ladder focuses on the recall of key terminology; this section has been based upon my gap analysis of the work undertaken over time and is essentially the areas where misconceptions have arisen, challenges have been faced or just general forgetfulness has taken place over time.

I want to ensure that their prior learning is recapped and embedded before the summer holidays (and the 6-week brain drain takes place) to make it that little bit easier in September when they start the GCSE course.

It gives me the opportunity to fill any gaps in student knowledge, particularly as a number of new students have joined throughout the year and allows me to ensure students have a secure understanding of what I believe are the foundations needed for GCSE Geography.

My plan is to make it as independent as possible with the resources available for students to work through at their own pace, completing and revisiting as they feel fit.

I’d like to put all the resources such as helpful PowerPoints onto a website for students to access in class and at home but not entirely sure where to start seeing as WordPress is blocked on the school network. So any recommendations are greatly welcomed.

So there it is, my little gap filling idea.

Now onto the lesson planning….

If you do anything similar I’d love to hear about it.