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The Big Picture

September 23, 2011

It goes without saying that it’s really important students have an overview of what they’re studying and why – that’s what I call the ‘big picture’. We’ve been introducing the big picture of Citizenship GCSE to our students through an old party game.

We print out the above picture in colour and blow it up to A3. Students work in teams and their challenge is to draw the big picture as accurately as possible, BUT each member of the team only gets 60 seconds to look at the picture.

Each team must send one volunteer up to the front, or outside the classroom, to get their 60 seconds to look at the picture. They then return to their team, tell them what they’ve seen, and then they try to re-draw the picture from memory. Keep doing this until every member of the team has had a look. It usually works best with 4 rounds of viewing.

The great thing about it is that it’s high energy, competitive and fun. More importantly students actually have to engage with the big picture and absorb what Citizenship is all about. You can download our version below if you’d like to try it out.

Citizenship Big Picture_Simple

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Andy McGowan permalink
    November 9, 2011 9:09 pm

    That’s a really great idea! I’m applying for PGCE in Citizenship at the moment and this blog has lots of really useful suggestions.

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