9-1 OCR History B, SHP History Learning/Topic Placemats for The People’s Health:  1250 to present day

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Topics Covered:

  1. The People’s Health GCSE Learning Placemat – Topic 1: c1250-1500 Medieval England
  2. The People’s Health GCSE Learning Placemat – Topic 2: c1500—1750 Early Modern England
  3. The People’s Health GCSE Learning Placemat – Topic 3: Industrial Britain 1750-1900
  4. The People’s Health GCSE Learning Placemat – Topic 4: Modern Britain - 1900 onwards

(The reverse side of the placemat remains the same throughout this study unit).

These interactive learning placemats were designed to meet the challenges of the new 9-1 GCSE. They build upon the successful ‘Edexcel Medicine Through Time’ Placemats that I previously designed (and which received 5* reviews by all who have purchased them up to the time of launching these new materials – see: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/9-1-edexcel-gcse-history-of-medicine-place-mat-question-structure-11627611 ). My learning placemats have been identified as best practice during a ‘Challenge Partners’ review as well as being identified as best practice by other History teachers on the Olevi ‘Outstanding Teacher Programme’. These OCR Placemats are produced to the same quality and have been used by GCSE Students within my MAT.
The new design learning placemats support both teachers and students in addressing the:
a) dramatic increase in the curriculum content needed for the different units
b) support the need for increased literacy demands through a language for learning section
c) help students become familiar and more confident in recognising the correct response needed for the unprecedented number of different question styles
The placemats are designed to be double sided. One side focuses on the CONTENT: providing an overview of key knowledge and understanding needed (this will change for each topic area within this GCSE unit).
Every placemat across the GCSE range is designed to encourage greater understanding of:
Historical Context - through timelines, picture prompts and key words
Awareness of the ‘big picture’ so students can see how individual lessons fit into the unit and make clearer links between prior and future learning – through ‘Big Picture’ questions. (Identified as good practice by leading practitioner such as Hattie and Morrison-McGill).
Better Literacy – through selected ‘language for learning’ vocab box.
Memory prompts to support revision – through the use of carefully selected images - all categorised under themes that underline each period.
Increased awareness of metacognition – through PME (Progress, Monitor and Evaluation Time) questions to encourage students to deconstruct their learning and identify key factors (eg. Ideas, attitudes & beliefs, wealth & poverty, urbanisation, science and technology and the role of local and national government) and make links between features. A pictorial metacognition man with 5 question prompts will support student reflection.
The reverse side contains guidance on EXAM TECHNIQUE through:
Identifying the nature of the question styles for each GCSE Unit and the allocated marks available.
Examiners leveled mark schemes
Support writing frames with generic sentence starters


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