Humanities Update



That's the first week down, and only another 6 weeks including this one until Christmas. Unfortunately the 6 weeks are rather busy! I've listed all the events that I am aware of for the rest of the term including a change of date for the faculty meeting.

Please check all of the dates carefully along with information about the Year 10 Monitoring Review. There is also a resource about that you might find useful about learning mats and don't forget that the PGCE students start their 2 week induction to Ridgeway and Placement 1 this week, with their main block starting in January.

Thank you to the Geography department for their hard work with the Year 11 Controlled Assessment and to the History department for their trips to Plympton Castle and preparation for their Controlled Assessment.


Monday 11th November - Post 16 Transfer Evening

Friday 15th November - Deadline for Year 11 Reports

Monday 18th November - Year Team meetings (check with HoAP for exact details)

Thursday 21st November - BPCPD2

Monday 25th November - Year 7 Parents Evening

Tuesday 26th November - GCSE Presentation Evening

Wednesday 4th December - BPCPD 3

Thursday 5th December - Faculty Meeting - this is a change from the Tuesday.

Friday 6th December - all students should have at least one set of data entered into Go4Schools by this date.

Monday 9th December - Year 10 Parents Evening

Thursday 12th December - Year 11 Mock Exams begin.

Tuesday 17th December - BPCPD 4

Friday 20th December - End Of Term!


The Year 10 Humanities review will now be taking place between Monday 18th November and Friday 13th December. I'll be starting with a data scrutiny with the HoS for the first week, with ideally all observations taking place between Monday 25th November and Friday 6th December. The work scrutiny will take place by HoF/HoS between these two weeks as well.

During these two weeks, the following people are due to be observed: IH; CMV, LB, JW, CB and JS. The observations will be carried out by myself alongside HoS and JED. Please can you let me know by FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER which lesson you would like to be observed in between Monday 25th November and Friday 6th December. If these dates are unsuitable, then you can use Monday 9th - Friday 13th December as reserve.

The review will take place in exactly the same way as the Year 11 one, which will be fed back during the next Faculty meeting. If you have any questions about this, then please let me know.


Whilst we have been using literacy mats to some success in the faculty, I think that we could take them one step further to become learning mats. The video below explains how they are used in another school.

TeachTweet Thurs 20th June Learning Mats

UKEdchat and TeachTweet Videos

The video above came from the UkEdChat website and was one of their TeachTweet videos. All of the other videos can be found here along with lots of other useful ideas and resources.

And Finally. . .

Have a good week, if you need any help with anything then please let me know and Claire will be chasing those who are coming to the Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner for the next payment soon.