Cre8tive Resources Invaluable support with GCSE Citizenship - Caroline Tinsley
I’m a non-specialist. An enthusiastic, committed, and semi-knowledgeable non-specialist, but still – a non-specialist. I joined our Citizenship Department in 2012, to ‘cover’ two lessons that couldn’t be timetabled otherwise, and from then on, I was gradually migrated across from my specialism, to Citizenship. Finally, my A Level in Government and Politics from 1999 was coming in useful!
I love teaching Citizenship now. I love challenging the pupils’ thinking and opening up their world to information which may have otherwise remained alien and inaccessible to them. But, every now and again, I have a wobble. Is my subject knowledge enough? Have I got that right? Which activity can I employ to ensure they really understand and can demonstrate their understanding of this concept?That’s where Cre8tive Resources have been invaluable to me.
With the new 9-1 GCSE (Edexcel), I have found some gaps in my own knowledge, and misconceptions with the pupils. As a HOY, who also teaches English, Drama, and a Nurture class, I need a reliable source of information and stimulating activities, which teach the content well. I can rely on Cre8tive Resources.
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I have used a number of their free and paid-for resources on everything from Theme A to Theme D. I have used their Theme E (campaign) pack to structure my teaching of this unit. I have set pieces for homework, for revision, and even used some of the booklets to create mini-assessments to check their understanding. I have found their resources to be created in manageable sizes, to be in enough detail to challenge the pupils, but presented in a very accessible way. My pupils have really enjoyed using them.
Once I was (almost) full-time in the department, I joined all of the groups on Facebook that I could relating to Citizenship teaching in the UK, and I am always grateful for the generosity of others in those groups; this includes Cre8tive Resources, who often have mini-giveaways, providing bespoke resources specific to a topic you identify (if you are quick enough to reply to their competition). I have benefitted from their hard work and motivation and I am always on the lookout for when they have their offers and sales on, as in an ideal world, I would download EVERYTHING from them!
In short, then, I would recommend using their resources. They are professionally presented, well-written and editable – it’s a win-win. Their resources have helped to reduce my workload and increased my pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Thank you, Cre8tive Resources!
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Using the revision checklist has allowed students to take ownership of their learning. After we have covered each topic, students tick it off. They also add notes if they were absent so they know what they need to catch up on. It can take a while to get into the habit of remembering to ‘tick off’ a topic once completed, but my students have been great at reminding me if I forget! The end section that allows students to identify how secure they are in their understanding of a topic has been really useful as they have been able to focus their revision on the areas they need to, rather than aimlessly reading through a revision guide. The checklist is broken down into smaller topics which also helps to make revision more manageable. Rather than thinking that they struggle with a particular topic, students are able to identify strengths and weaknesses within a topic which can give them a real boost when it comes to identifying what they know, giving them a sense of confidence before their exam.
One of the workbooks I have used is on ‘International Justice (ICC & ICJ)’. I set this as independent study for some of my more able students. They completed this prior to the lesson and we used the workbook as a basis for discussion on this topic. Students enjoyed the opportunity to look at the topic before the lesson and some of them said that they had worked together to complete the tasks. I really like the idea of students meeting together to study, putting some of the ownership back on them. They enjoyed the range of tasks in the booklet and found the layout user-friendly. I think my weaker students or those who are less motivated may struggle to complete the booklet, but they would definitely be able to access some of the tasks, and the appealing layout of the booklet may encourage them to have a go.
Having good quality resources has saved me a great deal of time. I had wanted to create a revision checklist for some time but had never managed to get round to creating one that was in as much detail. Having used these resources, I would have no hesitation in looking at other resources created by Cre8tive Resources.
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