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Politics Inquiry PEEL

Designed to be used as a follow-up to the linked resource: "Politics Exam Questions Inquiry". Print on A3. Having investigated a topic and proposed suitable exam questions, students each complete different parts of the same PEEL for a chosen essay question.

Politics Exam Questions Inquiry

A resource to support and engage students in making notes independently on new topics. Print on A3 double-sided, flip-on-short-edge. The linked resource "Politics Inquiry PEEL" may be used as a follow-up exercise where different students complete different parts of the PEEL for a chosen essay question.

Political Ideas Essay Wrap

An "Essay Wrap" originally designed to support students in planning Edexcel Political Ideas essays. Print on A3 double-sided, flip-on-short-edge. Students complete the sheet as part of the essay writing process and hand it in with the essay. See the "Essay Planners (A-Level Politics)" topic in the "Inquiry and Resource Design" forum for more details.

UK and Global Politics Essay Wrap

An "Essay Wrap" originally designed to support students in planning Edexcel UK and Global Politics essays. Print on A3 double-sided, flip-on-short-edge. Students complete the sheet as part of the essay writing process and hand it in with the essay. See the "Essay Planners (A-Level Politics)" topic in the "Inquiry and Resource Design" forum for more details.

Pressure Groups Inquiry Journal

Designed to be issued as a series of separate worksheets not a full journal (some printed on A3 as indicated), this bundle supports the A-Level Politics Pressure Groups inquiry. For more detail see the "Pressure groups inquiry (A-Level Politics)" topic in the "Inquiry and Resource Design" forum. Those sheets produced in Word not Publisher will also be posted separately in an editable format.

Why couldn’t they cure the Black Death? Inquiry Journal

A Year 7 History inquiry into why the Black Death could not be cured in the middle ages, considering social, religious and political factors as well as medical. For a full discussion see the topic "Year 7 History Inquiry – Medieval Medicine and The Black Death" in the "Inquiry and Resource Design" forum.

Supporting EPQs at Oakham

Used to guide EPQ students through the inquiry process.

Research Organiser (Group 4)

Intended for IB Extended Essay students in the Experimental Sciences, this resource was designed to help them to organise their thoughts after they had conducted the majority of their 'research' and before they started to write it up.

Research Organiser (Not Group 4)

Intended for IB Extended Essay students in all subjects except the Experimental Sciences, this resource was designed to help them to organise their thoughts after they had conducted the majority of their 'research' and before they started to write it up.

Research Proposal (IB DP)

Supports students in the early stages of they IB Extended Essay process as they begin to consider lines of inquiry in their chosen subject area. They would not expect to finalise their research question until later in the Investigate stage.

Supervisor Application Form (IB DP)

Supports students in the first stage of the IB Extended Essay process students, where they are selecting a topic area and applying for supervisor.

30 Mark Source Question (Politics, Edexcel)

A tool to help students approach 'source' questions for exams. The source should be pasted into the centre and the sheet printed on A3. See "Essay Planners (A-Level Politics)" forum topic.

What Do I Already Know?

A visual prompt for simple inquiries to encourage students to connect with what they already know. For older students or more complex inquiries a mind-map might be more useful.

Source Reference Labels

For printing on standard Avery labels to help students remember which bibliographic fields they need to record for an appropriate reference. Suitable for print and online resources.

Peer Marking Presentations

For students to use to peer-mark each other's presentations. It is designed to be relatively easy to use and encourage good presentation practices. Students should be able to refer to this in advance as they create their presentations.

Main Points From My Research

Helps younger students to organise their ideas and summarise the most important ideas from their investigation before they start to create their product (Express).

Investigative Journal (Years 12-13) Online

An Upper School investigative journal for use with online referencing tools such as those in Microsoft Word. Encourages students to think about how the source addresses their question and the quality of the source.

Investigative Journal (Years 9-11) Print

An investigative journal for older students to use when not using online referencing tools, to help them record appropriate bibliographic information and to engage with how the source addresses their question. Use one page per source.

Investigative Journal (Years 9-11) Online

An investigative Journal designed to be used with online citation and referencing tools such as those in Microsoft Word. Use one page per source. Encourages students to explain how a source addresses their question.

Investigative Journal (Years 6-8) Print

This first investigative journal encourages students to think about how the information they have gathered helps to answer their question. They should use one page per source and record all the bibliographic details at the top. Designed to be used when not using online referencing tools.

Identifying Questions (Years 9-11)

For use near the start of an inquiry to help students to decide what they actually need to find out. We use this version with Years 9-11.

How did I do?

A basic, generic resource to help Year 6-8 review their experience of the inquiry and set goals for next time.

How am I doing?

A basic pre-marking reflection for Years 6-8 to help them to improve their product before they hand it in, and to see whether the teacher agrees with their assessment of their own work.

Bibliography (Years 6-8)

For use in early inquiries to encourage students to record all the information they would need to use referencing tools, for example in Microsoft Word. For referencing in books, can use Source Reference Labels.

Identifying Questions (Years 6-8)

For use near the start of an inquiry to help students to decide what they actually need to find out. We use this version with Years 6-9.

Drawing Conclusions from Multiple Perspectives

Developed to be used in conjunction with "Facts vs Opinions" (originally for a Year 9 Climate Change Chemistry inquiry, but not a subject-specific resource), this helps students to understand where sources agree and disagree. See "Year 9 Chemistry" forum topic.

Climate Change Sources

Sources for Year 9 Climate Change Inquiry. Students need electronic access to this hyperlinked document. To be used in conjunction with "Facts vs Opinions", "Drawing Conclusions by looking at Multiple Perspectives" and "CRAAP Testing Rubric". See "Year 9 Chemistry" forum topic.

CRAAP Testing Presentation

This presentation for a Year 9 Climate Change inquiry goes through the CRAAP Testing process, encouraging students to look at the 'big picture' context of a website first. Works well as an interactive exercise, giving students a printout of the original Breitbart article to annotate and mini-whiteboards to give CRAAP Test scores. "CRAAP Test Sample" can be used as a follow-up handout. See "Year 9 Chemistry" forum topic.

CRAAP Test Sample

Produced for a Year 9 Climate Change inquiry, this resource was designed to make the process of CRAAP testing explicit. Works best in conjunction with "CRAAP Testing Presentation". See "Year 9 Chemistry" forum topic.

Science Fictional Writing Inquiry Journal

This Journal was used as part of a Year 7 English Unit inspired by the novel Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. This ambitious and successful team planned and taught 8 lesson Library-English Department collaboration is discussed in the forum topic "Year 7 English".

Why Learn French? Paste

A backing sheet to help groups organise their reasons for learning French. Print on A3. To be used in conjunction with "Why Learn French? Cut Outs" and "Why Learn French? Inquiry Journal". See "Year 6 French" forum topic.

Why Learn French? cut outs

Cut outs to help groups of students rank their reasons for learning French. Print on A4. To be used in conjunction with "Why learn French? Paste" sheet and "Why Learn French? Inquiry Journal". See "Year 6 French" forum topic.

Why Learn French? Inquiry Journal

A Year 6 French Inquiry Journal in dual language. See "Year 6 French" forum topic.

20th Century History Inquiry Journal

Which decade of the 20th Century would have been the best decade to live through and why? The third of three History controlled inquiries in Year 6. See "Year 6 History" forum topic.

Alfred the Great Inquiry Journal

What was so great about Alfred the Great? Year 6's first encounter with a full inquiry. See "Year 6 History" forum topic.

Cold War Glossary

Glossary for Year 6 Inquiry (see "Year 6 History" forum topic). Glossaries are useful tools in the Investigate stage to help students to recognise, keep track of and begin to use subject specific language.

Cold War Inquiry Journal

What were the global effects of the Cold War? The second of three inquiry journals used in Yr 6 History, this features a more detailed Construct page and pre-marking and peer-review Reflect sheets. See "Year 6 History" forum topic.

CRAAP Testing Rubric

This website evaluation rubric encourages students to take a critical look at their sources. Has been used from Year 9 through to Year 12.

Facts vs Opinions

Developed for Year 9 pupils looking at the presentation of climate change in the media as part of GCSE Chemistry, to help them differentiate between statements of fact and opinions or predictions.

FOSIL Skills Framework

The framework of skills that underpins the Cycle. In dynamic relationship with curriculum development and inquiry design, an appropriate skills framework is vital for a coherent, whole-school approach to inquiry.

CREST Heat Transfer Inquiry Journal

CREST project workbook on Heat Transfer for Year 7 students.

FOSIL Cycle

The FOSIL cycle is at the heart of the FOSIL framework and underpins all we do.

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