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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 – Harry Potter Map Skills Assessment

Geography Teachers, have you ever come across the Harry Potter Contour Mapping Lesson on the TES site? I’m sure you have. Well some time ago I created this assessment based on the maps provided in the resource.

Since it’s just been sitting on my hard drive for the last year and a bit I thought I’d share it with you.

map skills test

For the word version click here and for the PDF version click here

Hope you can make use of it.

Mrs Humanities
Please note: I don’t own any of the images in the document and if I’d known I would be sharing it to help others, I would have included the original sources.


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Resource – Exploring England Year 7 SoW

exploring england
It occurred to me this morning that I have so many resources that I put loads of time and effort into but since moving schools in September 2016 I no longer use. I thought I ought to start sharing a few more of them.

Now I can’t promise they are any good but they might be a starting point for you.

To start with I’m sharing my Scheme of Work on Exploring England. Whilst the topic is called Exploring England, it looks more at the the United Kingdom as a whole with some exploration of the geography of England.

Lesson 1 explores the differences between the British Isles, the UK, and Great Britain. Students have to locate their location on a global, national and local level.

Lesson 2 explored human and physical features of the British Isles.

Lesson 3 takes a look at the population distribution of the UK and in particular England.

Lesson 4 encourages students to look at migration to the British Isles over time.

Lesson 5 looks at migration in more recent times and the stories of migrants, encouraging students to explore push and pull factors.

Lesson 6 is an an opportunity for some directed improvement and reflection time of any assessed work.

Lesson 7 is the summative assessment for the topic.

Lesson 8 explored symbols of Britishness and encourage students to understand the concept of multiculturalism.

Lesson 9 encourages students to reflect on their knowledge and understanding of England to explore tourism to and within the UK.

Lesson 10 finishes the topic with a look at UK governance.

In addition you will find a learning matrix for the front of student books. Simply highlight the achieved criteria in one colour and the next steps in another. Easy to use and clear for students to identify next steps if asked.

matrix

You can access the resources, click here.

Feel free to use as you will.

Hope you can find some use out of them.

Mrs Humanities


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Recommendation – Twinkl Secondary Resources

Recently I’ve started to make use of the newly added Twinkl Secondary Geography resources.

The variety of resources is huge with 12 pages of material so far covering everything from tectonics and coasts to tourism and urban issues. The most common of geography topics all make an appearance.

At present there are plenty of resources for Key Stage 3 and a growing number for Key Stage 4 linked to the AQA, Edexcel and OCR specifications. Key Stage 5 is currently bare but an area for future development.

Each of the lesson packs are fully resourced, many of which have eco-print versions, as are many of the stand alone lessons or single activities.

Personally I really like the opportunity for differentiation in the lesson packs, they are a great starting point to differentiate up or down depending on your students. Some resources even have differentiated versions already. I wish they’d had these when I worked at my last school, they would have been of massive benefit and would have saved me so much time with planning, differentiation and scaffolding.

My personal favourites are

But don’t take my word for it, check the resources out for yourself over at Twinkl.co.uk

Mrs Humanities

 

 

 


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UK County Word Cloud Project by Alan Parkinson

You may have already spotted this project from Alan on twitter or on his site Living Geography since there have already been a solid number of responses.

If you haven’t, then you can read more about the project here. It’s a great link to this year’s Young Geographer of the Year theme and something that could be done in class.

Add your contribution to it by filling in the form below.

I look forward to seeing the results in the summer.