Each classroom has key words on display but are these used effectively? The words may become wallpaper to the pupils and of no use, other than making sure they spell the word correctly. Below are some ideas that could be used to check understanding and develop the pupils’ use of the key words in your subject.
1. Choose the word/ words that you want to develop the use of in the lesson or SoW. Display the words on the classroom wall so that they are easily accessible to the pupils. Give the pupils synonyms and ask them to stick them on the relevant word. The synonyms could vary in their difficulty to develop the pupil’s vocabulary. Check that the correct words are stuck with the right key word and discuss any words that are misplaced.
2. Give each pupil a key word and ask them to write a subject specific sentence/paragraph including the key word
3. Ask pupils in pairs to write a definition of a key word and share with the group.
For the first time ever AGGS hosted The Weakest Link! In a bid to raise money, Ecuador Team C organised a charity event involving multiple teachers (some of whom did not turn up…). Before the event started, we interviewed some of the contestants…
Interviewer: How are you feeling?
Miss Devlin: “Apprehensive, disorientated, discombobulated!” She also contemplated voting off herself!
Mrs Hulme: “I’m incredibly nervous, I can’t remember the rules! I’m gonna say bank every time,”
Mrs Clark: “I am dreading it!”
After this enthusiastic start from the teachers, Ros from Year 12 (i.e. Anne Robinson) started Round One by a small introduction of each teacher. They all said their specialist subjects were the subjects they teach except for Mrs Clark, who stated: “My name is Mrs Clark and my specialist subject is Game of Thrones”
The round continued with various general knowledge questions, which the teachers (kind of) coped well with. After 90 seconds the time to vote came about and it was revealed that Miss Dev was the strongest link (much to her surprise!). The voting was heated as there was a draw between Miss Dodd and Mr Wilkinson. In the end, Mrs Clark made the crucial decision to vote off Mr Wilko with the words “because we live in a patriarchy”. Therefore Mr Wilkinson was the first weakest link…
Round two began, ironically, with Mrs Devlin getting an English question incorrect! The next weakest link was Mrs Hulme who was, in her words, “robbed” as the English and Drama department wanted to abolish the other departments.
In round three, we said goodbye to Miss Dodd, who came to the realisation that she had no chance against ‘Team English’ and thus, voted herself off.
In round four, the finale, Mrs Clark and Miss Dev went head to head as they battled for victory. After five gruelling questions, the score was a draw leading to the SUDDEN DEATH round. Tensions were high and Miss Devlin started to feel the pressure. This led to her narrow defeat making Mrs Clark the strongest link.
Mrs Clark received the prize of a pot of (chocolate) gold, which she kindly shared with the weakest links.
Overall, the event was hugely successful, and the audience as well as the contestants enjoyed themselves immensely!
Thanks to Ecuador Team C for organising the event, and to the audience and contestants for participating!
We would like to give an extra thanks to Miss Dodd and Mr Wilkinson for stepping in at short notice and to Ros Pearson for hosting the event.
As part of biology week, we have taken part in a series of fun events such as:
>Dissection Masterclass (14th October) Run by Miss Hulme, this after school session available for Year 10s – Year 13s gave us a cutting edge dissection experience. The first of two sessions involved de-skinning and taking apart a rat (not for the faint hearted!). After half term, there will be another session, this time with a frog…
>The Great Biology Bake-Off (13th October) The school was in desperate knead for a new competition. The heat was on as pupils competed to bake the best cake which related (obviously) to some aspect of biology.
Thank you to John Murray who has forwarded this powerpoint focusing on connectives. It is really useful to many subject areas. The questions can be changed to meet your subject requirements. Macros need to be enabled for it to work effectively