December at Beaumont started with a flurry of gifts from Santa. Each teacher picked a present from Santa’s helpers and was given the challenge to use their present during a lesson in December. Below includes some of the wonderful ways these presents were used and includes a range of ideas which can be applied to other lessons and other subjects.
Present: coloured stars
In music the bright coloured stars were used in essay planning. The big stars represented the basic points, the small stars were used for examples and the medium stars were used for other aspects that would make the essay successful e.g. structure. With the spare starts the students played guess the composer!
Present: clothes pegs
In a Biology Year 12 class students had 3 pieces of coloured paper and wrote down a question on each worth 1,2 or 3 marks. Students used the clothes peg to peg the questions on the line. Students then picked a set of questions form the line and answered the questions on the back of the pieces of paper. The questions were returned to the original student and marked.
In Maths the teacher explained to the class that the mask was a symbol of showing that the person is scared from Maths. So, instead of hiding behind the mask the students were encouraged to join in and be at his or her best.
Present: slingshot and £10 note napkins
In German students had to hit a number on the grid then go to the numbers on the floor and write the most extended sentence they could in German on that topic. Four £10 notes were given to the longest answers that used everything we’d done this half term.
Present: a set of coloured pens
In Literacy Support the coloured pens were used by the students to improve and comment on a piece of written work. The green pens were used for ‘polishing’ and to add punctuation, the red was used to highlight a brilliant opening or use of key words and blue to identify connectives. The pink pen was used to identify something the students needed to work on.
In Science the bubbles were used to explain the process of convection.
Present: mini cups and medals
In Music the mini cups and medals were awarded to students who had completed the best improvisation.
Present: a X-ray poster showing parts of the body
In Spanish the poster was used for revision of body parts. Students wrote down the key body parts on Post-it notes and then came up to the poster and stuck them on in the correct place.
Present: a ball of wool
In English the ball of wool was used to represent the connections between different events in the text (Bog Child). The web allowed students to identify some insightful interpretations and enabled them to understand the complexities of the text.
Present: a tub of Playdoh
In Science the Playdoh was used by Year 11 to model enzymes.
Present: Pom Poms
In Year 8 Spanish the students had written poems about their teachers and subjects. When they were read out the students shook the pom poms every time they said something which touched on the grammar they had been learning in the last two lessons.
Present: £20 note napkins
The notes were used in Maths to help with a lesson calculating percentages. The students had to complete a variety of exercises working out the different percentages of £20 and the napkins were given as prizes.