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The River Dee February 3, 2016

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This website, created by Huntington County Primary School in Chester, UK is based around the River Dee but also has plenty of useful information for schools studying their own local river. An interactive map links to information, photographs & videos.

Amazing Crazes February 2, 2016

Posted by Gareth in : Design & Technology, History, Various Subjects , add a comment

Marbles, dinky toys, hula hoops, scoubidous, bang snaps, slime, spokey dokes and Tamagotchi… This Oxford Open Learning site looks back at over 50 years of toys that took classrooms and playgrounds by storm. The timeline runs up to the late 90s but students these days will no doubt find it fascinating to see not only what their parents were caught sneaking into school but also what toys have recently become popular once more.

Principia Space Activities November 5, 2015

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The UK Space Agency’s Principia website acts as a hub to a large collection of different activities and projects linked to Tim Peake’s mission on the International Space Station. The National STEM Centre website also has a full list of the resources.

Henri Le Worm Resources November 4, 2015

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The Henri Le Worm website is a free interactive website with some links to a (paid) Android/Apple app. Even without the app, teachers may find the supporting lessons plans useful for delivering aspects of Science & DT. The lessons are designed to be delivered over an entire school year and cover topics such as food miles, seasonality, plant growth, food preparation and healthy eating.

Arran Coast Resources November 3, 2015

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This education pack has been produced by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) for students aged 6-11 years old studying the Scottish Curriculum, although it could be easily adapted for use elsewhere. There are animal sorting cards (for classification activities), Powerpoint presentations on topics such as food webs and resources to help with a shoreline study.

The Write Book September 9, 2015

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The Book Trust‘s The Write Book project features a collection of great resources for KS2 teachers based on using children’s books to inspire writing. There are case studies, that show how the programme has been implemented in other schools, as well as videos, audit tools & advice. You can even use the Book Trust Bookfinder to help you locate a suitable text to use as a focus.

EFDSS Folk Music & Dance Resources September 8, 2015

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The English Folk Dance & Song Society‘s resource bank contains lots of material that will be useful for primary teachers in dance, music and other lessons. The beginners’ guides provide introductory background information on folk music, dance, song, costume and drama. There are also teaching resources and a collection of song lyrics and audio files to use with your students.

Zeit für Deutsch (German Lessons) September 7, 2015

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Those of you who are teaching German might find Sean Sullivan’s Zeit für Deutsch website very useful. It features lessons plans together with resources & activities for teaching an initial year of the language to year 3 primary students.

The lessons follow the topics featured in the excellent German language teaching resources produced by Goethe Institut which can be downloaded from this link and is another site that is well worth visiting.

The Human Eye September 4, 2015

Posted by Gareth in : Science, Welsh , add a comment

This great interactive resource from UK opticians Vision Direct focusses (no pun intended) on the human eye. There are two main sections. In the first you can click on the various parts of the eye to learn what they are called and what they do. In the second you can explore how the eye allows people to see. You can see how the iris alters the size of the pupil depending on the brightness and also watch how the lens changes shape to adjust the focus length.

It’s great to see that the resource is also available in Welsh…

Learn with Dogs Trust May 12, 2015

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The Dogs Trust website has a learning resources area with material aimed at junior-age students. Two dog puppets, Jimmy and Chew star in videos that explore the issues involved with looking after a pet. Each video has a supporting teaching pack linked to various curriculum areas and there are also standalone resources featuring Science and Design & Technology activities.