10 QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY
Designed to support a school trip to Isle of Wight Steam Railway
ENGLISH Key Stage 3
Variants: Low Ability students | Mid Ability students
Questioning, listening, recording and summarising
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This is a Spoken Language task that enables students to practise their questioning and listening skills, as well as summarising techniques.
This is a Spoken Language task that enables students to practise their questioning and listening skills, as well as summarising techniques. The task links to specific information about the Isle of Wight Steam Railway that should be interesting and relevant to students in key stage 3.
Questions have been chosen because they link with core English Spoken Language skills and also specific cross-curricular skills for example in the subjects of History (how the past is represented) and Science (forces, materials and their properties, etc.).
This task can be introduced before the visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, in class, as a taster activity. Students could share their ‘guesses’ as to what the answers may be, as a class or in groups, and then will find out when attending the railway visit if they were accurate. Working in groups may better support lower ability students in terms of learning and understanding. Alternatively, the task can be introduced on arrival as an investigative activity to focus students’ attention on key areas during their visit.
When on site, students will be able to use the questions as prompts to engage with the volunteers and information at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in order to find the answers to their questions, gaining a more enhanced and enriched visit experience.
Key Skills Practised
The questions could be discussed in class prior to the trip so students are aware of the information they need to discover.
During the Visit
Completion of the Spoken Language resource/s linked to this document
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Step back in time to the golden age of steam at Isle of Wight Steam Railway! A potted history of the Island's railways from Victorian times to the present day.
Follow-up tasks could include whole class discussion about the responses to the questions, groups presenting back their collated ideas to the class, or a written reflective evaluation or summary
Students will be able to demonstrate their questioning skills, by asking appropriate questions of the right people, or finding the required information. Students will also be able to demonstrate that they have listened, by recording and summarising the information gleaned from the visit.
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