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Local Study Website

Discussion in 'Primary' started by emmash88, May 22, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    Im in need of a bit of advise,

    im in my 2nd year of a childhood studies degree and specialise in the curriculum.

    Ive just completed an assessment where I had to make a resourse aimed at children to learn about a local area. Ive made a website and now have to link it to the QCA schemes of work and explain the cross curricular links that can be made.

    Im wondering if anyone would look at my website and let me know what they think and what
    links can be made.

    The website is www.ede267localstudy.weebly.com

  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

  3. Hi
    Thanks, I was told this by a teacher I work with too but our lecturer has told us we have to stick
    with the content in the module guide which refers to the QCA schemes of work.
  4. littlerussell

    littlerussell New commenter

    Don't worry too much about QCA schemes of work being out of date - the principles of a local study will remain the same, and this particular unit is by no means the worst or one of the discredited ones. For someone who isn't a teacher, they would still provide a useful starting point.
    A little feedback -
    The positives
    The web design skills are very good, and it is all very clear.
    The use of old pictures placed beside new ones is really interesting,
    There is a good range of aspects of life in Jarrow.

    You could improve ...
    Get someone to proof read it for you - there are a number of grammatical errors - particularly misplaced capital letters. Teachers tend to be fussy about such things!
    You also don't say what age your brief is for. The site would be really interesting for 6-7 year olds, but might not have enough detail for older kids (which could be solved by linking each page to external sites).
    You might also want to encourage children to compare sources ... are there any written sources which you can scan and upload?
    Finally, depending on your uni's policy, you might need to credit where the photos come from.
    Don't forget that, for young children, a local study might involve aspects of life in those times, which are generic and not specific to Jarrow, which might enable you to include some links to other resources from the past.
  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I've had a quick look and two comments spring to mind straight away - besides the one that you really ought to have looked at the objectives first!
    1. The choice of font for the titles is not easy for children to read. Presentation is always better if you stick to one font rather than a mix.
    2. This is more like a completed study that the children might produce rather than a research tool and so it is very difficult to link it to learning objectives. Too much information is given. Ask more questions. For example the two photographs showing of West Park showing the bandstand - rather than stating The lake is no longer there, but the band stand is - ask What differences to you notice between the two pictures? What does the bandstand tell you about how the park has been used?
    You know the content of the website best and would be the quickest to match to the QCA objectives which are archived here:
    Choose a year group that has local study as one of its units.

  6. Thankyou both for the feedback, I will take this into account and make some amendments to the website.
    This is my first attempt at making my own resource and grateful for your helpful comments [​IMG]

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