I’m currently working on an inquiry in Year 9 Geography on Tourism. I’m using an existing investigation as my starting point and I thought it might be useful to others who are adapting materials using FOSIL to show how key skills needed in Geography for GCSE and beyond can be integrated through project work. I will be supporting developmental work for year 9 through the year as part of their year 9 FOSIL project and the Geography Tourism project will be the accumulation that will assess the FOSIL skills developed by year 9 pupils.
Collaboration with the library team and other teachers will be important as I help to create resources in a more familiar way to ensure pupils can transfer their learning and skills developed through year 9 project into Geography inquiry project.
One thing that has become increasingly apparent in our work with sixth form (Year 12 and 13) students is that they often don’t see diagrams, images and maps as sources that require citing and referencing. It’s an issue we are addressing in our EE and EPQ training for pupils and supervisors, but as we know from the FOSIL framework, skills are best built up and developed over time. If we want pupils to use this skill in the sixth form, we need to address it earlier in school. This Form 3 project in Geography presents us with an excellent opportunity to start working on the skills needed to cite and reference images. Something for us to bear in mind as we develop the resources, Hannah.
Hi Hannah. I wonder if some of the tools we have developed for the Form 3 Individual Project might be adapted to fit in this Geography inquiry? In particular, the Investigative Journal and the evaluation in the reflection stage? I’m sure you can think of some specific issues in F3 Geography that we might address, in addition to giving the pupils more practice with citing and referencing.
Hi Chris, Thank you for your time and advice the resources you have shared. I will look to adapt it for use in my Tourism inquiry. The reflection tool to help pupils review their work to improve it will be helpful. In particular, an aim is to help them practice how to properly reference their work and explain their ideas so this looks perfect for my inquiry aims. Your template for an investigative journal is something that I will also try out for our data collection section of the inquiry to help develop secondary data research. When drafted I will add examples of how I have used your tool kit