GCSE Roving Reading – a new way to approach a past paper

For the Roving Reading Recipe, you will need:

1) Copies of 2 Spanish GCSE Reading papers (one Foundation paper and one Higher)
2) Dictionaries
3) Lined paper (one sheet per pair in your group)
4) Mark scheme: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/spanish/gcse/spanish-4695/past-papers-and-mark-schemes
We use AQA. Mark schemes from 2010 are available at the link above. For ones prior to this you need to access e-AQA

1) Separate the exam papers out into individual sheets and place them on a total of different tables which is equal to the number of pairs of students you have in your class. Some tables may have more than one sheet on. Ideally, one sheet from a Foundation paper and one from a Higher paper on each.

2) Divide students into pairs and give each group a sheet of lined (but not grease-proof) paper between them.

3) Move students around the room (in a pre-determined order) so that each group stops at each table for 5 minutes. Use a (kitchen) timer to ensure the 5 minutes is precise (we don’t want them to overheat!) Students must mould as a team to answer all the questions from the sheets on that table. No dictionaries!
Students must number their answers carefully as they may be answering the questions out of sequence.

4) When the 5 minutes is up, the timer rings and they move round to the next table. This happens until all groups have visited all tables and written down their answers. The teacher then reads out the answers (add some reasoning to taste), students swap sheets and mark.

5) Testing / Tasting?:
Students pass the exam paper sheets amongst themselves, this time, studying where they went wrong (if at all) and what the key items of vocabulary were.
The aim is to come up with a list of (at least) 20 new key words from the papers that they have translated into English (probably after looking some up in the dictionaries)
They then (as a team) have 10 minutes to learn these words before they go head-to-head with another team, swap vocabulary lists and test each other to see who can remember the most key words of vocabulary.

All grades should rise nicely as a result!


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