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Year 8 students become weather presenters

Year 8 students become weather presenters
Student Zara Green delivers her report to the class.
Thursday 14th April 2011 by C. Freeman

Year 8 students have tried weather presenting as part of their humanities assessment. They gave presentations of up to three minutes to their classmates and were marked on their delivery, accuracy and style.

Mr Sean Houghton’s students took turns to stand in front of their classmates and deliver a forecast, changing the Powerpoint slides remotely and describing the daily weather and overall outlook. Mr Houghton had previously taught how weather presenters convey a large amount of information in a way that can be understood quickly and easily and, in preparation, the students had to watch as many television weather broadcasts as possible for inspiration.

Mr Houghton said: ‘Usually students work in pairs so they were a bit nervous as this was an individual task. There were three categories that they were assessed on; the information on the slides, how they explained it and then the presentation itself. Every Year 8 student will be doing this as part of their National Curriculum assessments.’

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