The continuing quest for full marks gets book marks…
Once the kids were up to speed with the the techniques and tips I wanted them to use when answering the QWC, I hit a bit of a stumbling block – a bit of a vacuum when it came to questions to answer! Scouring round the past papers I physically had, plus hitting the AQA website yielded the expected results. I also mange to score a really useful selection of questions from Bob Ayres (@MrBAyres – worth a follow), but it was never long before the cries of “we’ve done this one before” started. It was time to bring all my disparate sources together. I also didn’t want to keep having to photocopy stuff which was handed back too tatty/graffitied to use again.
I wanted a resource that would also include the mark scheme, but not be too cumbersome, so I settled on a bookmark format. Most of the questions used, along with mark schemes, were adapted from the Nelson Thorne AQA Physics textbook, so the main job was just fiddling with fonts and layout – and copying out the questions (I use Keynote on iPad for the job).
It was a labour of love to get them all finished over the Easter holidays, but they seem to go down very well on twitter, with the task being taken up by others (@hthompson1982 and @DaK_74 in particular) to complete similar sets for biology and chemistry.
The next big job – cutting them out! I’m lucky enough to have a 1:1 000 000 technician at school however, who loves a bit of cutting and sticking, and they were soon laminated up, ready for action. They are still awaiting the little tassels to complete the picture, but that’s a job for next week!
Although the mark schemes aren’t totally comprehensive, the kids are now familiar with what is meant by “mostly faultless SPaG” etc. I’ll be breaking them out next week, and I do intend to make a final bookmark where the kids can record their mark for each question along with details on BUSKing for six marks. I’ll let you know how they get on!
If you fancy checking them out, download them here AQA_QWC_6_mark_bookmarks.pdf