This is the last lesson in the unit. I wanted to reinforce what they had learn (remembering Ebbinghaus’ forgetting curve), make them think so as to strengthen the synapses and practice some revision skills.
The room is spilt in 8 ‘pods’ each with different information. Most is stuff that they already but in a different context and some is about the same topic but new.
They had 5 minutes on each table and add what they learnt from it to a mind map.
In Abi’s INSET on memory she spoke about focussing on a particular memory skill in each year group. The focus for year 7 is flashcards. We have a lot of keywords for them to learn on the rivers topic and so I used this opportunity to introduce the use of flashcards. Homework week 1 was to create the cards. Week 2 they had to memorise them for a test. Week 3 they had to learn from their mistakes, revise the keywords again for a second test. These words were simultaneously being used in a number of different tasks during the lessons to reinforce their use in line with the ‘forgetting’ curve that Abi showed us.