**Literacy is a key ingredient to teaching that you expect to find in any classroom. The ‘Awesome Adjectives’ display is a bright and colourful resource that can be used in any subject area to support students with high level pieces of writing. ** This giant ‘describing words’ wall is great for students to refer to whenever they have to complete written analysis tasks. After a class discussion about the meanings of some of the describing words, students can start using them regularly in their writing - leading to the use of high level vocabulary. Print each page on A3 paper to create your display!
5 Great lesson starter activities that can be adapted for ANY subject or curriculum. Activities are fun and focus on pupil choice for theory and literacy recap! Download the PowerPoint to use or adapt to suit your subject area. Brightly coloured with a simple layout: Knowledge Wheel: Students have to get from A-B by answering the questions correctly. However, if they want to get the most points, the must take the long route around, answering the more difficult coloured questions. This method gives students a choice and is differentiated for different levels of ability. Target Practice: Using 3 darts, students must select 3 questions to answer to try to get the most points. Question difficulty varies based on the number of points each colour is worth. Again, this method gives students a choice and is differentiated for different levels of ability. Keyword Scrabble: Students must figure out each of the keywords by answering the clues and matching the letters to the total number of points. This activity is a great way to check student understanding and correct spellings. Connect 4 Analysis: Students must connect 4 in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. At the top of each column there is a product analysis heading. Student can only connect 4 if they correctly analyse the product based on the heading. For example: Analysis the function of the torch, iPhone, fidget spinner and washing machine. Analysing the aesthetics of the watch, consumer of the baby toy, function of the fidget spinner and material of the Xbox pad. The gives students a choice from a range of analysis categories. Vocab Snap: Students have 2 minutes to match the vocabulary word to its definition. Using a mini whiteboard they can write, 5E…1C etc. This is a great way of embedding keywords and literacy easily.
Differentiation. One of the most important things in every classroom, but sometimes the hardest to manage. Skills Strips are a visual aid that helps low level learners with instructions in the classroom Includes 6 pre-designed Technology skills : Sketching, Reflecting, Isometric, Evaluating, Analysing and Cutting. -6 different technology skills cards already set up, ready to print and use. -Print A3 and laminate so that students can tick off stages as they work. -Can be fully edited and adapted using PowerPoint. For more detail on this resource, visit - www.educationbycreation.com
GCSE Technology Careers Posters Subject specific careers and GCSE course information. A3 posters for four different Technology subjects - Design Technology, Creative iMedia, Food Preparation & Nutrition and Computer Science. -Print A3 and use for GCSE options as information for parents and students. For more detail about this resource, visit - www.educationbycreation.com
How are you challenging your most able students? Challenge Cards are a great way to embed high level learning activities into every lesson and more importantly… Students love completing them! Ofsted regularly report that more able students are not being challenged enough in most subjects. Some leave primary school with high SATS results, yet fail to leave secondary school with top GCSE grades. Challenge Cards have been created as an alternative to ‘more of the same’ extension tasks. Cards have been developed for individual year groups and contain either theory or design related activities - activities relate to the scheme of work but are always topics that students have not studied yet. Each card includes a checklist which allows students to tick off success criteria as they work through the activity. Challenge Cards also include house point rewards which are dependant on how well the student has completed the challenge. There is also a space for a teacher comment. Staple the cards to the corner of student booklets so that challenge activities are evident in work scrutiny. Students also enjoy finding these in their books once work has been marked and handed back to them in fix-it time. Cards should be printed in black and white on bright green A4 card. This makes them stand out in class books and look appealing to students. (Includes: Six different KS3 cards as examples) This resource is fully editable using Microsoft PowerPoint
Design Technology - Tangled SOW - Booklets In this project, students have to design, manufacture and package an earphone tidy for Beats Electronics. (You will need a heat press, sublimation printer, laser cutter and key rings to run this project) Included in the bundle 16 page student work booklet (print A4) GCSE DT Spec 1-9 flighpath grading box on the front cover GCSE DT Spec 1-9 grade boxes on each page Keywords, spelling test and student self assessment sections on the back cover Checklists on each pages so students know what to complete Dates and page numbers for easy organisation Four theory quiz pages - James Dyson, CAD & CAM, Surface Developments and Plastics 50 minute end of project exam paper covering everything students should have learnt Quiz me! cards for pre-exam revision. Print on coloured card and allow students to quiz each other, cards contain answers to all questions in the exam. All three resources have been created on PowerPoint and can be fully edited to suit your schools grading system etc.
Its Sunday evening… you’ve already got the Monday morning blues and the last thing you want to do is mark a class set of books! What could improve the dreaded challenge ahead? …Fix-it Time Bookmarks! Guaranteed to half your marking time! These handy little bookmarks have been created as an alternative to whole class mark sheets. They are easily adaptable to suit any subject, year group or specific scheme of work. The ‘Fix-it Time’ (green) side of the bookmark includes ten commonly used student targets with letter codes, that can be written in pupil books, instead of the actual comment itself - ensuring faster marking time. There is also a star shaped target which is a ‘take it further’ activity, such as our challenge cards, aimed at high level learners. The ‘SPAG’ (purple) side of the bookmark, includes common subject specific spelling mistakes, punctuation and grammar reminders. Print double sided A4, laminate and reuse consistently with every class! This resource is fully editable via Microsoft PowerPoint
Being a Designer means stepping out of your comfort zone and forgetting about your own preferences & needs. However, I have noticed that this is sometimes lost in classroom practice. Students are given a design brief or problem to solve, yet the final outcome is bias and based upon what THEY like and want. Students design something for themselves that they can take home and use - This resource prevents this from happening! 12 different consumer cards that are purposely written in a paragraphs, so that students can dissect the information, like a reading comprehension, pulling out the important facts that they need to know. This will show a detailed understanding. The cards include a range of people that have a variety of likes, needs and wants. This encourages students to choose a suitable consumer that is relevant to the problem that they have been asked to solve. (For example, if the problem is to design a product to help the elderly, then the Baby consumer profile card would not be suitable - Students should be expected to work this out after class discussion). Print on A4 or A3 paper and laminate!
A5 Technology cards that can be printed and inserted into IKEA Tolby frames. 4 x Designs including; Colour Theory, Technology Keywords, DT Equipment & Adjectives -Excellent resource for weaker students to grab and use when needed. -Editable/Adaptable file using PowerPoint -Can be printed larger for posters etc.
Design Technology - Case Replace SOW - Booklets In this project, students have to design, manufacture and package a mobile phone case for Apple. (You will need a heat press, sublimation printer, vacuum former and blank sublimation phone cases to run this project) Included in the bundle 16 page student work booklet (print A4) GCSE DT Spec 1-9 flighpath grading box on the front cover GCSE DT Spec 1-9 grade boxes on each page Keywords, spelling test and student self assessment sections on the back cover Checklists on each pages so students know what to complete Dates and page numbers for easy organisation Four theory quiz pages - Sustainability, ergnomics & anthropometrics, production aids and product life-cycle 50 minute end of project exam paper covering everything students should have learnt Quiz me! cards for pre-exam revision. Print on coloured card and allow students to quiz each other, cards contain answers to all questions in the exam. All three resources have been created on PowerPoint and can be fully edited to suit your schools grading system etc.
Postcards are a simple but effective way to reward students for their hard work. ‘Technology Talent’ postcards have been created to award the most talented designers in the classroom! Send these to your most gifted students. Students who have the most creative ideas, students who are fantastically skilled in the workshop or just have a natural talent when using design programs. Technology Talent postcards are a great way to target any pupils that you think will succeed if they choose Technology at GCSE - we have sent some out to our already talented KS3 students. Promoting them on social media accounts will also build up hype and awareness with students. Print on A4 card, cut out, write the student name in the ‘well done’ bubble and you’re ready to go!
Literacy - Christmas 'Word Wreath’ Its Christmas! So here’s a festive literacy starter to add into your lesson PP slides if you feel like getting into the Christmas spirit… Choose (or Google) a 9 letter word and type the letters into the wreath (the middle letter must be a vowel to work). Students complete the differentiated snowflake challenge tasks on a mini whiteboard - focusing on whole school literacy, specifically keywords.