I am a huge fan of engagement tasks that are ready for the students as they enter the classroom. I often use these as a competition for a prize and the students get really into it.
This can help focus their minds and also stop them from getting frustrated from waiting if you have problems with projectors etc.
All you need to do is cut out the bottom part into it’s sections and muddle them up. The students need to put the slices on the top part in order. This can be used whether or not their have been told how to make a pizza and can be used in any lesson, with any information substituted on the bottom part.
This Bloom’s based placemat can be used during DT lessons where students need to complete written work and can help them to justify their choices during design work and improve their literacy skills.
This can also be displayed as a poster on the wall of your classroom and can be applicable in all disciplines.
You’d be amazed at the difference this makes to the students written work and how well this can help students who struggle with literacy.
In KS3, students rarely have anything to show for the skills that they are picking up in the workshop and sometimes, this can be disheartening.
A student in my Resistant Materials class inspired this passport because they wanted something they could use to record their abilities at using certain tools in the workshop.
This health and safety passport details the PPE needed for each tool and a little about the tool itself and what it is used for. This can act as a confidence booster but also as a revision tool later down the line.
This is particular document has an advert for our Tech club at the back so this would need to be removed or altered if reused. This document is in know way a legal accreditation for your pupils and it cannot guarantee your pupils will be safe but this is a resource that can be used to boost the confidence of your kids and give them relevance for what they are learning.
This evaluation sheet is great for all abilities and age groups and can be used after a practical or as a whole lesson; it’s up to you! I’ve used this in Product Design lessons as well, with a few edits to the language and even in Textiles lessons too!
This also covers elements of Literacy and Numeracy with little effort so can be a great go to if you want to make sure your lesson is interesting and ticks all the boxes!
This walkthrough is designed to accompany a practical lesson for the students to understand the basics of 2D Design and practise using it through two simple tasks. These tasks are up to you as the teacher but I usually get them to make a fish with the line and circle tools and using the delete part tool. Then, I get them to use the contour bitmap to create a leaf and put their name inside with the text tool. This handout works for all ages and abilities and can be used in every subject. It’s simple and easier to understand and can provide support for those who need extra help.
Teaching reverse applique to a class that struggles with verbal instruction can be hard. I often use this type of quick and easy step-by-step guide so that students who are unsure of what you’ve instructed them to do have something to follow from.
During my lessons in Resistant Materials, I noticed that a lot of my pupils were struggling with reading and writing tasks. I was struggling to think of a way to engage these students in written tasks without making them uncomfortable about their lack of skills.
Suddenly, it came to me; a puzzle game! A lot of the literacy interventions we run at my school include using games to promote learning and confidence. I decided to create this simple order game to get the pupils thinking about the correct order of marking out in Resistant Materials but also getting them to look at full sentences and correctly spelled words. A win win!
Using these cards, the accompanying PowerPoint, I asked students to arrange the marking out process in the correct order and then we went through the answers as a class. Now the pupils have an idea of how this process works but also an idea of how these words are arranged and spelled.
For those of you unfamiliar with Adobe Illustrator, you might be daunted by teaching this to your class but this digital package is invaluable in the world of design. Designs created in this program can be exported into a number of other programs and this is a frequently used tool in the industry.
Due to the success of my GCSE Flour Theory Differentiated Worksheets, both in and out of the classroom, I have made another set to cover alternative proteins.
As with the other one, this worksheet can accompany a PowerPoint based on alternative proteins but also can be used alongside the WJEC Food Technology textbook.
This would fit with all curriculums and can have additional information added to the format.
It’s easy to use and differentiates for the lower, middle and higher ability students in your classes, even if these are set classes.
Although this worksheet is specifically for Stella McCartney, it can be tailoured to suit any designer or lesson. This was created using the WJEC Fashion and Textiles Spec for GCSE students so this will help to focus the students. Not only that, but the work is differentiated for 3 ability levels which are labelled using coloured strips on the top left hand corner. The lower being Bronze, middle being Silver and highest being Gold. These correlate to the learning objectives in the PowerPoint as well so you are able to help the students with what they are able to achieve and possibly push them to the next level.
It’s up to you how you push your Gold level students.
The lesson plan lays out exactly what needs to be done and the exit tickets are there to test the understanding of the students at the end of the lesson.
This lesson was designed for a lower-ability school but has a lot of scope to be scaled to a higher level school without many changes.
These worksheets are designed to make differenciation easier when asking students to evaluate their work. Although this is targetted at students who are making food at GCSE, this format can be used in a number of ways and is an invaluable resource to minimise workload.
Although this resource is meant for GCSE Flour Theory, these worksheets can be edited to fit any age, ability or topic. These worksheets are invaluable to reduce teacher workload and now that I have them, I can refer back to them whenever I have a theory lesson with a mixed ability group.
This feedback sheet uses written feedback with grades visualised so students can better understand their achievements and goals.
This can be used and changed in all subject areas and works for all kinds of feedback.
Forget about long hours of marking! reduce your workload with this simple marking alternative!
This is a simple yet helpful evaluation bundle which is comprised of 3 versions of evaluation sheets that can be edited for all subjects but is particularly good for practical subjects but also those students who do better with visuals.
This neat Sewing Machine Driving Test acts to not only teach your students how to use a sewing machine but is a wonderful way to teach them the health and safety involved with operate this machinery. Not only is this a task to be done in pairs, which leaves you to circulate the students, but it is also a way to keep track of those who might need a refresher and those who are more competent than others.
When you have determined that the students are proficient enough to use the machine unattended, you can stick the license in their books and sign it, so you can check back and see when they are due for a refresher (which should be done every 6 months).
This is also a fun way to teach students the sometimes-boring health and safety procedure.