OCR citizenship coursework
Posted 04 July 2007 - 01:22 PM
Coursework B shouldn't be a problem. Is there anything that says we cant give every student the same topic (and therefore the same two sources) for this option? I cant see why not.
Coursework A is more of a problem. What do other schools do for this option? I'm thinking again of providing a citizenship opportunity to all students and all of them have to do their coursework on the same topic.
I know that in an ideal world all students would be free to choose whatever they wanted to write their coursework on. But when given less than a terms notice to set up the new course, non-specialist staff, limited teaching time and the obvious workload asscociated with coursework marking and moderation; this seems the best option.
What are your thoughts?
I'd also be very happy to hear any general comments or advice on the short course. (Incidentally, I opted for OCR as it involves two short pieces of coursework rather than AQA or Edexcel's 1500 word piece.
Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:57 PM
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 11:56 AM
Posted 05 July 2007 - 01:17 PM
'Once again there are less centres relying solely on the use of work experience to fulfil the requirements of this piece of coursework. Work experience should only be used where it can be set within a citizenship context e.g. nursery, school, charity, care home. Candidates who do use work experience should ensure that their coursework is not purely a description of what they did during this week. This sort of approach will gain few marks'
When I spoke to the moderator I checked that it was OK for my girls to write up their childcare placements. I would check if I were you.
Posted 07 July 2007 - 08:53 PM
When I went on the OCR course they said not to use Work Experience. I tend to provide an opportunity for the whole year group. In 2006 we did Sport Relief. Year 10 did assemblies, taught lower school in Form Time, took assemblies in local primary schools, raised money in various ways (including "Soak the Teacher" ), did general PR and organised the mile event at school. We were "lucky" enough to have McFly come and film the video to the charity song at our school and a group of our kids worked with the BBC on the storyline and then with McFly.
This year we held a World Cultures Evening - it raised money for 7 global charities. It was like a cross between a charity gig and a Christams Bazaar. It was brilliant - so many positive comments from parents and grandparents.
In November will be having our own Children in Need night on 16th Nov. this will be similar to World Cultures Eve - but the entire focus will be on children.
I have found that these events are having a positive impact in many ways. For example on Red Nose Day this year so many pupils devised little fund raisers and organised big events like "leg waxing" that I didn't have to do anything.
One year I gave the pupils a choice of four topics - something to please everyone - and it worked really well. (Smoking law, cannabis debate, size 0 models and nuclear power). My Year 10s have just completed Coursework B - they did it in an hour and a half in exam conditions in the hall. It was on a proposed prison that the government want to build in our Borough. I told the pupils what it would be on beforehand and put up displays outside my classroom. The quality of their work was excellent because they were so focused in exam conditions.
I know OCR would like us to be more creative and use the News or Websites but time dictates otherwise.
Posted 07 July 2007 - 11:52 PM
Plus...how the hell did you get McFly into your school?
Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:05 AM
I'm really looking forward to Children in Need night. The best thing is that whilst last year I pretty much organised it on my own - this year other departments have already said they want to be involved. This will really help with the performance side of things, as I was out of my depth a bit when auditioning acts.
One mum said to me after World Cultures Evening, that in all the years she had been coming to the school with her older children, none of them had ever been involved in such a superb event. She went on to say that she only ever came to the school in the evening for Parent's Evening and why hadn't we done something like this before.
One dad told us how he had gone shopping with his son to buy the ingredients for a curry and then they cooked it together. Other parents proudly carried in huge pots of food from all over the world. Many parents helped their kids set up the raffles and games they had prepared. It really was an active citizenship event. We raised £800.
For all the historians on this forum - this type of evening could easily translate to a historical event and would really raise the profile of History in your school.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 01:56 PM
many many thanks
Posted 22 September 2008 - 06:34 PM
2-3 lessons preparation - discussion on bias, highlighting key points in articles and checking understanding then a few lessons to write it up.
There's a detailed markscheme and some examples of pupils' work in the 'Coursework guidance' section on the OCR website.
Hope this helps
Posted 22 September 2008 - 06:51 PM
Best comedy ever
Bernard Woolley: That's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential security briefings. You leak. He has been charged under section 2a of the Official Secrets Act.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 10:23 PM
Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:09 AM
May have got this wrong, but when we were looking at OCR, we were thinking of using the students work experience as part of the project or have I got the boards mixed up?
I had my first year as HoD for Citizenship and I have just read the comments about our coursework. I would advise not to do CWA on Work Experience as many of the students experiences are not Citizenship based ie, they work in retail etc. This is something we need to change this year as this was the official line from the moderator.
I too am finding it hard now as we deliver Cit in year 11 one hour a week. So advice on a good enough assignment for CWA would be fantastic!
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