Monthly Archives: January 2015

Revision Game


Revision Game (with Magenta Principles!):

You play in teams (3-4 probably works best) and each student writes down 3 different things on separate pieces of paper – this could be keywords, characters, themes, topics. These pieces of paper all get put into one central bowl (so if you have a class of 20 students you’d have 60 pieces of paper in your bowl, you need a few in there but depending on ability of class you could adjust this by saying write down 2-4 instead).

For round one the bowl gets passed to the first team who have one minute to pick out and describe as many of the pieces of paper as possible – only thing they can’t say is the name or spell it out. They can only pass one, at end of minute count up score and that team keeps hold of the ones they have successfully described, bowl gets passed to next team for another minute and so on until bowl is empty. Scores are tallied for each team and then all papers are put back in bowl and whichever team finished round 1, the next team along starts round 2, where they now have a minute to describe the thing on paper but only using one word – so they will have to choose carefully but if they have a good memory should remember some of what’s in bowl. Round 3 all papers back in bowl again and this time teams have a minute to act out the words in a minute. Thought this would transfer well to classroom as everyone has to listen and try to remember what’s in the bowl.



T&L Hubs 2014-2015 – Revision Skills


Monday’s T&L Hub meeting was dedicated to revision skills. We all understand the importance of revision. Most pupils work hard at it, but they don’t always work well at it so the session looked at how we could adopt a 4 step approach to scaffold pupils’ learning and give them time to practise. We discussed the need to demonstrate, model and explicitly teach revision skills to our students and shared several quick ideas which force pupils to do something with the information they have (knowing vs understanding) and engage with and reflect on their notes. See ppt for ideas. T&L Hub Meeting Revision_Skills THW KS4 REVISION SKILLS

Ideas shared at the meeting:

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  • Carousel – different questions
  • Rotate & improve exam questions
  • Checklists (Red, Amber, Green)
  • Revision cards
  • Breaking down tasks/topics
  • Flip learning
  • Create your own questions
  • Relay questions
  • Jigsaw/tarsia/wordloops
  • Analysing markschemes & answers
  • Identify types of skills in exam papers
  • Vocab fan
  • Hot seat
  • Taboo
  • Teach one another
  • Put it to music / mime etc
  • Speed dating (1 minute to tell as much as possible)
  • Word “table tennis” starter
  • Group take a different topic and they create an A4 fact/info sheet on that topic
  • Split paragraphs between a group and they reduce and feed back
  • Past exam questions: practise, practise, practise!
  • Bare bones: key words around a topic: displayed in a very reduced format (colour, diagrams, sketches can be used)
  • Asking questions (person who answers to ask another question to another pupil. Pupils must know the answer to the question they ask)
  • Phone Apps, revision websites
  • 12 days of revision – plenaries, starters, whole morning session
  • Get students to amend their own revision timetable/plans as they go…
  • Help them get the basics right and be realistic – plan in breaks etc
  • Involve students who are good at revising – get them to model/explain to others.
  • Subject specific practical activities in tutor time – meaningful rather than theoretical
  • Encouraging familiarity with exam paper (layout, wording etc)
  • Seven monkeys (see T&L blog for examples)
  • Plan revision activities/practice into SOW lower down the school
  • Start revision techniques early in year 10? All the way through school right from year 7? Revise as we go along?


G&T & Magenta Principles – CPD


for those seeking a challenge Thanks to Deb for a great CPD session. If you try anything out and it works/doesn’t work, we’d love to hear about it!