An introductory lesson for GCSE EPQ pupils. The first part of the lesson is focussed on giving information to pupils about the course. The second part is an activity focussed on the August riots in England.
OUR OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES DD/MM/YY Subject Objective I will learn a little about the EPQ course by thinking about what it means to be an independent learner Subject Objective I will learn to be objective by presenting evidence for a variety of opinions that I do not necessarily agree with
EPQ – Extended Project Qualification In today’s lesson we will: • Icebreaker: play Human Bingo• Learn about what EPQ is and what it involves doing (listening to me ) • Brainstorm what it means to be an independent learner• Carry out some research to argue an opinion or point-of-view • Present my findings to the group
PART ONE: Icebreaker Activity YOUR TASK Human Bingo Each person has a sheet with a grid and in each of the boxes on the grid is a statement (e.g., went on holiday abroad during the Summer). Speak to your classmates and find out which of the squares you could add their name to, and write their name in one of the boxesYou need one person for each square, and you can only use each person once.The object of the game is to fill in each square on your grid with a person’s name. TIME FOR THIS ACTIVITY: 15 minutes
EPQ – Overview What is EPQ? • EPQ stands for Extended Project Qualification • It is 100% internally assessed… no exam!• Level 2 Higher is equivalent to ½ GCSE (grades A* - C)
EPQ – Overview Why me? • Achievers • Motivated learners Why EPQ? What’s in it for me?• More GCSEs (Target: All pupils A-grade) • Essential skills for A-level subjects• Baccalaureate qualification in Sixth Form
EPQ – Assessment Learning Outcomes: What will I be assessed on? • AO1 Manage: Select, plan and carry out a project applying skills and methods to achieve objectives.• AO2 Use resources: Obtain, select and use information, and select and use resources. Interpret data and apply findings. • AO3 Develop and realise: Use a range of skills to achieve planned objectives.• AO4 Review: Identify and consider project outcomes and own learning performance. Use communication skills to present evidence and outcomes. What does this mean?...
EPQ – Tasks What do I have to do? • Choose a topic or issue that you are interested in • Identify a question which has an intended outcome • Produce a plan to achieve intended outcome • Keep a reflective log/journal• Find out more about your topic by doing some research• Think critically about what you find out and learn about• Write up your findings in the form of an essay or report • Share your findings with the class by doing a presentation
EPQ – Stages and Deadlines What do I have to do? Project Proposal Form Mid-October Find out more about your December topic by doing researchWrite up your findings in the February half-term form of an essay or reportPresent your findings to the End-March classKeep a reflective log/journal Ongoing Submit project Mid-April
EPQ – Skills Independent learningThe EPQ qualification requires a high level of independent learning • What is an independent learner? • What does an independent learner look like? TASK In groups of four draw/label /annotate the picture of an independent learner. Include: • Personal attributes • Skills and/or competences • Any other relevant information TIME FOR THIS ACTIVITY: 5 minutes
EPQ – Skills FEEDBACK: What does an Independent learner look like? Someone who has the skills to find out for themselves Knows where to find information and how to find to itSelf-disciplined Independent Good reading skills Efficient Good communicator Asks the right questions Reflective Evaluates Critical thinkerPlans effectively Team-player Flexible Sets goals Collaborates Organises Creates TIME FOR THIS ACTIVITY: 5 minutes
EPQ – Skills What skills will I learn?Develop Develop Learn how to be independent investigative a critical learning skills skills thinker Learn how to be Improve your oral and a critical written communication reader skills Develop information Become confident in competence project management
OBJECTIVES: Traffic Light Check Subject ObjectiveI will learn about what the EPQ is and what it involves I will consider what it means to be an independent learner
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVE TASKIn groups, discuss a statement which gives a point- of-view on the riots during August Groups will feedback and we will discuss your opinions as a class You will then go away and look for evidence to both support and argue against the original statement Present your findings to the class
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVE “This wasnt a general uprising, says Christian Guy, policy director at think tankthe Centre for Social Justice. It was a well co- ordinated operation, which is likely to have been led by young people in street gangs, he believes.” Discuss in groups of fourDo you agree/disagree? Why? Who else might be to blame? TIME FOR THIS ACTIVITY: 10 minutes
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVE Do you agree/disagree? Why? Who else might be to blame? TIME FOR THIS ACTIVITY: 5 minutes
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVE GROUP TASK • Use the internet to research people’s opinions on what they think caused the riots • Start with this BBC site http://bbc.in/n5ZnfH which has links to a number of websites on the various causes of the riots• Read the various articles and find out what each identifies as a cause of the riots • Make a powerpoint to present to the class the evidence that you find
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVE GROUP TASK You powerpoint should include at least eight (8) causes• For each cause, find two supporting quotations. • For each quotation, include the URL for the website the quote • After each reason and quotes, present a slide which gives your opinion on the particular argument (i.e. do you agree with it? Why?)• Final slide summing up your view and giving the cause you believe to be the main cause
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVE PRESENTATION Supporting Supporting Your Cause quote #1 quote #2 response Your Supporting Supporting Cause #8 response quote #2 quote #1 Summary conclusion
EPQ – AUGUST RIOTS – BEING OBJECTIVEWho/what caused the riots?Has your opinion changed?
OUR OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES PLENARY Subject Objective I will learn a little about the EPQ course by thinking about what it means to be an independent learner Subject Objective I will learn to be objective by presenting evidence for a variety of opinions that I do not necessarily agree with Tell the person next to you: • Three things you are excited about regarding EPQ • What being objective has helped you find out about