The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) are once again holding a healthy eating week from June 11th – June 15th. Registration is open to all schools/nurseries, universities/colleges and workplaces and is a great way to show your commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of your pupils, students and employees. They have a range of resources for both Primary and Secondary schools including Powerpoints to introduce the week and the five challenges. Alongside guides to recruiting pupil ambassadors and an Eatwell Guide poster.
LGfL have a range of resources that can be used to support you in schools if you are having a Healthy Eating week.
Both of these resources have units liked to healthy eating, food and movement. Switched on Science includes lesson plans, teacher guides and pupil assessments while virtual experiments enables teachers torepeat,slowdownorvarytheconditionsofexperiments
There are many tools within the j2e suite that can be used within Healthy eating week. You could design a poster, collect favourite healthy breakfasts or even make a short animation to encourage people to stay healthy in JIT. Using j2e5 or j2write the children could write up their favourite healthy recipes for a healthy eating cookbook that could be shared with parents, or to design a poster to encourage children to have their 5 a day.
Appmaker could also be used for pupils to make their own app to share with parents. Pre populatedwithhigh-qualitycontentfromLGfLresources,theAppMakerwillallowstudentsto usepertinentvideosandimagestoillustratetheirwebapps, including fruit, vegetables and sport – ideal for Healthy Eating week. Theywouldthenbeabletowriteand formattheirowntextandstylesfortheapp.Auser-friendlygraphicalinterfacewillensuretheyare moreengagedintheirlearningwithinaparticulartopicarea,atthesametimeascoveringaspects oftheComputingcurriculum.Whentheappiscomplete,theycouldpublishtheappwithintheir LGfLschoolarea,enablingotherLGfLusersorparentstoviewtheirapp,ordownloaditasaweb-apptoasmartphoneortablet.
The 21st FIFA World Cup kicks off on the 14th June 2018 and runs until the final on the 15th July 2018. This years competition takes place in Russia and England were the only team from the UK to qualify for the tournament this year! The World Cup provides a wide range of teaching activities to use across the curriculum, in this blog we have collated resources that can be used from LGfL as well as resources that are available free to use.
AuthorsAlexBellosandBenLyttletondiscuss theirgroundbreakingseriesthatteachesyouabouttheworldthroughtheprismoffootball. AtFootballSchooleverylessonisaboutfootball.CanyouplayfootballonMars?Whatisamagic sponge?Subjectscoveredincludehistory,geography,scienceandmathsallthroughfootball.Alex BellosandBenLyttleton,arejournalists,broadcastersandaward-winningscienceandsportswriters.Theirknowledge,enthusiasmandengagingwritingmakethemtheperfectteamtoteach youhowtoscorewithyourhead. You can watch interviews with the authors as well as catching up with the video conference – the perfect way to kick off your World Cup work.
National Literacy Trust have teamed up with Walker Books to launch some free teaching resources to inspire KS2 children to get writing ahead of the World Cup. Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, the authors behind the best-selling Football School series, have set pupils an exciting challenge to write a lesson for their favourite subject… but with a World Cup twist!
Pupils are tasked with uncovering the most entertaining facts and funniest stories about football in relation to their favourite subject. Can you play football on Mars? What were Henry VIII’s football boots like? When do footballers go to the toilet?
In true Football School style, pupils are also encouraged to include illustrations, jokes and diagrams in their lessons – which should culminate in a quiz designed to outsmart their classmates.
To help get pupils started, National Literacy Trust have created the following resources:
World Cup Football School teaching resource, packed with top writing tips and lesson ideas for every subject
Handouts for pupils, including a checklist for creating their lesson and a coach stats card template
A colourful poster to display in your classroom
Football School bookmarks
A certificate to celebrate when your pupils complete their writing challenges
You can also order some free World Cup football school bookmarks and posters by filling out this short form.
The author Tom Palmer is also writing a live thriller adventure set at the men’s football World Cup finals in Russia. A new ten-minute read chapter will be published each weekday morning and will be available free for schools and families to read. It is aimed at Year 4 – Year 8 and feature dramatic cliffhangers and there will be the chance to vote and change the storyline. As well as this live book, there are also a range of other resources linked to the World Cup that are available to download, you can find out more here.
If you attended our annual conference this year, you will have received a copy of Striker Boy.
StrikerBoyisafastpacedthrillerthatsees13-year-oldNatDixondesperatelytryingtosavehis belovedclubfromrelegation.It’spackedwithactionbothonandoffthepitch. This special not-for-profit edition is being published in memory of it’s author Jonny Zucker. In November 2016 Jonny took his own life, he was a loving husband and father and creator of the Serial Mash library for 2Simple. Jonny believed passionately in the power of creativity, imagination, and ideas. He dedicated his life to inspiring children to read, working for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming a successful children’s author. Jonny’s favourite of his own stories is a book called ‘Striker Boy’first published in 2010. The book is also raising money for Mind. Please note the book’s content is not related to mental health.I
They are also running a free to enter national writing competition,open to KS2/3 children of all ability levels. This is a great activity to use during World Cup month and there are some fantastic prizes, including a World Cup Shirt, a hamper full of official football merchandise and a £100 school book token for the winning entry, the closing date is 8th July. You can find our more and how to enter here. That’snotall,asthere’salsoafreeemotionalresilienceassemblyand Literacy activities, as well as being able to listen to the first chapter online
Maths in the Real WorldisatransitionresourceforKeyStage2-3.Theactivitiesareidealforuse eitherbeforeorafterthemovefromPrimarytoSecondary,anddetaileddifferentiationensures thereissomethingforallabilitylevels. Three of the sections are perfect to use during the World Cup.
The first is called Arenas and Events, this resource engages students by applying maths to planning and organising arena events. Pupils will cover a wide range of topics over a series of 6 lessons. By adopting a variety of roles they will cover Area, Perimeter, Volume, Rounding, Translation and Rotation along with a few other strands interwoven to the lesson design. This resource contains 6 complete lessons worth of plans and resources, ready for you to deliver. There is a huge scope for easy to implement differentiation for your learners and plenty of cross curricular links, too. The sessions can be delivered in one go, or in chunks to suit your curriculum needs. You can also use this site to look at all the stadiums being used at the World Cup.
Next is sporting decisions, this engages learners through applying Maths to analyse sport. Pupils will cover a wide range of data-handling techniques over the course of 3 lessons to help them pick a winning team. By adopting the role of club manager, they will also apply fractions and percentages to help their decision making process.
Finally Nutrition, which looks at children planning and analysing meal plans. Students will have to apply their problem-solving and use inequalities, charts and graphs to justify their choices. It will also help students to discover what makes a healthy choice and learn the recommended daily allowance for different food criteria. The resource includes all of the necessary nutrition information, along with 3 sample menus for pupils to appraise. The resource is easily accessible for all learners, and can be extended for higher ability. The children can for example plan a menu for a World Cup player.
England have decided not to have an official World Cup song this year – so this provides a great opportunity for children to create one for them! You can watch songs from previous tournaments – including my own favourite below, then using Audio Network for the backing track and j2e tools to write the lyrics you can create your own song to make the three lions roar!
J2e Tools can be used in a variety of ways including: Designing a kit for your favourite time, you can use this infographic from the Guardian for inspiration, which charts all the different kits for all the teams at the tournaments; or why not use the data bases tool to do some real time maths statistics – looking at points scored, goals scored, number of red cards etc. The BBC website is a great source for this and there is a free lesson plan from Teachwire looking at using statistics to make predictions.
There are also two fantastic databases that have been created one looking at every team in the World Cup, and another that looks at every player in the World Cup – fantastic to use for data handling activities related to the World Cup and thanks to Paul Wright for sharing these!w
Or how about writing a guide to Russia and the cities that are hosting the matches, you can find a lot of information here, on the official welcome page for fans but what information isn’t included that the children would find useful – they could write an alternative guide! The children could use j2vote at the start of the competition to vote for who they think will be picking up the Jules Rimet trophy on the 15th July!
Teachwire also have a PDF resource features a country factfile of all 32 national football teams competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this June and July. Each country file includes the nation’s flag, its name in its native language(s), geography facts such as continent, area, population, capital city, most populous cities, major language(s), most common surnames and currency. And they also include three key players to look out for at the World Cup, and each country’s best performance in the tournament’s history. You can sign up to download the resource here.
BusyThings also have a range of resources that can be used including: writing a match report, writing about a player from their favourite team and designing a football kit.
Lightbulb languages have created a superb range of free resources for the Word cup, including mini book guides for each group, flags, logic activities and a range of language activities they can all be downloaded here.
Originally produced for the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, Oxfam have a range of resources entitled: The World Cup – a fair game? These resources would be great within a PHSE lesson and although focussed on Brazil as the host country they can easily be adapted for use this month.
Please let us know via our Twitter or Facebook pages or in the comments section of this blog if you make use of any of the resources or ideas from this blog.
Every year, BookTrust organises National Bookstart Week to celebrate the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes with your little ones from as early an age as possible – it’s never too early to start!
The theme for this year is Bookstart Bird Boogie and the chosen book is the brilliant A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins. It’s a wonderfully colourful rhyming book about being a bird for a day, full of actions to do and sounds to make – and it’s fantastic to read together.
National Bookstart Week will take place from 4-10 June and there will be hundreds of Bookstart Bird Boogie events up and down the country, including bird-themed Rhymetimes and Storytimes, craft and music sessions, face-painting and even birds of prey displays. Just contact your local library or children’s centre to find out what’s happening near you.
At each event you can get a free copy of A Busy Day for Birds, thanks to support from Walker Books. BookTrust is giving away over 450,000 copies, so be sure to head along to an event to pick up yours.
You can also watch a reading of A busy day for Birds read by Ore Oduba below, there are also craft and colouring activities and bird-themed rhymes for you to use they can all be downloaded here.
When it comes to sharing books, stories and rhymes, LGfL have a range of resources to support you not only during this week, but across the school year.
UseyourLGfLUSOaccounttoaccessover100curriculum-basedaudiobooks.TheseareagreattoolforusewithyourstudentswhohaveSENDoran illnesswhichmakesitdifficultforthemread. Listening Books opens up the wonderful world of books to people who find it difficult to read in the usual way. They support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level and have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to listen to the same books their friends and peers are reading, improve comprehension and word recognition as well as helping to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature.
Talking stories from 2 Simple are available for KS1, Years 3 and 5 and also as a multi-modal resource that fits in with the Literacy curriculum. Titles include: The Great Fire of London, A trip down the Thames, Orpheus – A Greek Myth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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AntonyHorowitz, Oliver Jeffers, Cressida Cowell, Tony Ross and Lauren Child areamongtheauthorswhohavealreadyjoinedusforthe ReadingZoneLiveprogramme,whichishelpinginspireyoungpeopletoexplorenewauthorsandgenresandtodeveloptheirowncreativewriting.
You can also watch the next Reading Zone Live event on the 13th June, which features the author Philip Reeve on 13thJune from 2:20 pm. Philip Reeve is a celebrated author, best known for his multi award-winning Mortal Engines quartet, which is being adapted for screen by Peter Jackson and will be released in December 2018. He won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize – Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.
His most recent series Railhead is a space opera with intergalactic trains, dazzling worlds, and extraordinary characters. The first book in the series was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie award and the latestbook in the series Station Zero publishes in May 2018.
If you do use any LGfL content in your school to inspire your students do let us know by posting them on LGfL’s twitter or Facebook pages.
The national walk to school campaign is organised by Living Streets, a national charity that promotes walking. Each year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school. In 2017 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring. Their vision is that every child that can, walks to school.
A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s just over half. Why have we engineered walking out of our lives? Some of the reasons include:
Towns and cities built to accommodate cars.
Congestion and overcrowding at school gates.
They have produced a short video which you can watch below detailing reasons why children like to walk to school, this could be used alongside the assembly they have also produced to help you introduce the week.
They are also promoting a Happy Shoesday on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 where children will be allowed to wear any shoes for the whole day. They can decorate them, wear odd shoes or even come to school in their slippers! Living Streets would like schools to raise money for their charity, but you can take part just by organising an activity for your school.
There are also a number of resources from LGfL that can be used during this week:
Thinking skills for Life from LGfL in partnership with Axis education, includes a section on travel and transport,thereare3categoriesofworksheetsforeachactivitywhichrequiredifferentlevelsofliteracy,thinkingandcomprehensionskills.ThisincludesworksheetswhichuseWidgitsymbolstosupport understandingformanyyoungpeoplewithSEND,EALandlowerliteracylevels.
Children could also use JIT or J25 to create either an animation or a poster to encourage pupils to walk to school, they can see if they can improve on the one produced by Living Streets. They could also write to their local council and ask what is being done in their areas to encourage children to walk to school, or to encourage parents to park and stride.
Using J2data children could create data on traffic in their local area around schools and use this to encourage more people to walk to school.
Think from the Department of Transport have websites for Primary and Secondary both feature sections for teachers, pupils and parents. Topics include Road rangers, Stepping stones, Map your journey and small changes which link perfectly to the Walk to school week theme.
STARS is TfL’s accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. STARS supports pupils’ wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.
STARS is open to all London schools and nurseries. To take part in the scheme, you first need to create a STARS Online account. This will put you in touch with your local borough officer who will support you throughout the accreditation process, help you create a School Travel Plan (STP) and select the most suitable activities for your school to address your travel issues and reach your active travel targets. A great resource to use Walk to School Week.
Please let us know what you are doing for the week, you can share via our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Wednesday May 16th is National Numeracy Day – this is the UK’s first ever National Numeracy Day, the day will be an annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life and will bring together individuals, employers, educators and influencers to improve numeracy.
The day aims to celebrate numbers and the role they play in everyday life. National Numeracy Day is all about recognising the importance of numbers and helping people sharpen their skills and build their confidence. They have a range of activities here, that can be used in class or sent home to encourage the conversation around numbers and the importance of them.
LGfL have a range of resources that can complement National Numeracy Day
Why not use the day to blast off with our brand new Space Adventures – Mission to the Moon resource – thisuniqueandengagingcrosscurricularresourceisbasedaroundanoriginalstory commissionedbyLGfLbytheaward-winningauthorCathHowe. Itfeaturesdramaticvideocontentandavirtualrealityexperiencelinkedtothenarrative. Maths topics include: rounding to 100, co-ordinates, angles and sequences all within a cross curricular resource.
j2e Tool suitehas a range of maths tools that can be used in class. Why not get your students to use Tt Blast to see who can complete the most games and earn the most points on that day? Or use j2Vote to find out what their favourite number is? j2data and j2measure can also be used during the day to look at measuring distances from school e.g. how many places are with 5cm or 10 cm on a map from school?
Busy Things– have a range of maths games and quizzes that can be used across the school from EYFS to KS2
Maths at home Support for busy parents – is great to share with parents on this day to show them different ways that they can support their children at home. The site includes short videos as well as activity sheets that can be used at home.
Mult e Maths – have both starters and main activities for Years 3 to 6 that can be used on the interactive whiteboard, as well as lesson plans and activities that can be used in the classroom.
Maths Raps – why not use the day to do a spot of rapping in class, these raps from BEAM have a range of raps related to Number that can be used, or why not get the children to create their own maths raps, use Audio Network as a backing track and upload your raps into Video Central HD to share with the wider community.
Maths Search and Rescue – can be used on the day to give a real live context to maths. Search&Rescueis extensivelymappedtotheNationalCurriculumandincludesdetailedlessonplansand resourcestoenablepupilstoapplytheirskillsincontext,solvingproblemsforthemselves. Featuringcomprehensiveanddifferentiatedsupportmaterials,topicscoveredincludeBearings,PythagorasandTrigonometry,Algebra,VectorsandSpeed,DistanceandTime.
Maths in the real world – This isatransitionresourceforKeyStage2-3.Theactivitiesareidealforuse eitherbeforeorafterthemovefromPrimarytoSecondary,anddetaileddifferentiationensures thereissomethingforallabilitylevels. Some of thereal-worldtopicscoveredintheresource include: Nutrition, Arena and Events and Round the world – perfect to use on National Numeracy day for the children to apply their mathematical knowledge to real life problems. Each topic contains detailed lesson plans and resources, there is also a curriculum mapping tool so that teachers are able to see where the resource relates to both the KS2 and KS3 curriculum.
There is also the Mathematics Shed curated and organised by Graham Andre one of our Keynote speakers at this years annual conference. The Shed is a collection of videos and resources to help you teach maths in an engaging way, there are a huge number of ‘sheds’ including the warm up shed, addition shed and a maths topic shed to name a few.
If you do use any LGfL content in your school to inspire your students do let us know by posting them on LGfL’s twitter or Facebook pages.
Currently in it’s fifth year, XL Catlin Arctic Live is the northernmost live education stream that connects classrooms globally to members of the UK science expedition team based at the UK Arctic Research Station in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.
This live education event is designed to ignite students’ curiosity for extreme environments; develop their scientific literacy and skills; point them toward STEM careers and inspire their environmental stewardship.
Between 1 and 10 May 2018, the expedition team will be in the frozen north studying ocean acidification and microplastics. Arctic Live will have sessions appropriate for students from age 5-18. You can take part with your class, as an assembly, or as a STEM club activity.
Through a series of YouTube Live broadcasts, there are a range of activities that you will be able to take part in:
Live investigations direct from the Arctic – these are practical activities guided by the expedition team. They can be replicated in the classroom simultaneously. Topics include: Arctic food webs, insulation materials, ocean acidification, microplastics ice core sampling and sea level rise. You can view the lesson materials here.
Interviews with the polar science team – students can ask researchers and explorers about their work and lives. To increase a chance to get questions answered it is recommended that these are submitted by the end of April. You can find out more about the speakers here.
Open Q&A sessions – classes can speak to polar educationalist, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, about life and science in the Arctic.
More Teacher guidance and advice on signing up to sessions can be found here. They have also produced a pack for teachers working with KS1 children which can be found here.
You can also follow the event on Twitter by following Digital Explorers and you can use the #ArcticLive to see updates.
Polar Exploration from LGfL would be a fantastic resource to use alongside this event. LGfLworkedwiththeScottPolarResearchInstituteatCambridgeUniversityincreatingthis comprehensiveresource,whichprovidesauniqueinsightintothe‘HeroicAgeofScientific Discovery’.
The exact birthday of William Shakespeare is unknown, however church records show that he was baptised on 26th April 1564 so it is believed that his date of birth is the 23rd April, the same date on which he died in 1616.
Shakespeare is studied heavily throughout both Primary and Secondary schools and this date is a good time to explore his life and find out more about the man behind the plays.
LGfL have a range of resources for you to access Shakespeare within the classroom.
Early Shakespeare isaninnovativenewintroductiontotheBardforlearnerswith SENDandEAL,andislikelytoprovepopularwithallpupils. SENDspecialistsatSENAssisthavetakentwofavouriteShakespeareplays(Romeo&JulietandA MidsummerNight’sDream)andtransformedthemintoliteracyexercisesthatarelikelytoprove popularwithpupilsacrosstheabilityspectrum.
InthesameformatasSENAssist’sFairytales,thetwoplaysarebrokendownintoonebite-sized sentenceperscene,usingthefirst100high-frequencywords.Thisallowslearnersto easilyfollow,understandandrememberthestories,andhelpsensureaccesstothecurriculumfor all. Pupilscanwatchattheirownpace,andopttoturnonorofftheaccompanyingtextandsymbols. Animatedcharactersbringeachscenetolife,withdifferentiatedactivitiestohelpincludeall learners as well as being able to listen to the text from the plays.
BBC Shakespeare Archive
ThesitecontainshundredsofTVandradioprogrammesfromtheBBC’sShakespearecollection,aswellasmorethanathousandphotosfromclassicShakespeareproductions and can only be accessed within school, however it is possible to search the database at home just not view the resources.
Fullydifferentiatedforusewithstudentsagedfrom11to19,eachplayincludesover100pagesof editable,printablesupportmaterialincludinglessonideas,worksheetsandproductionreviews. These include teacher notes (above) so that teachers can structure the use of the resource within the classroom.
BusyThings also have a range of resources linked to Shakespeare for you to use in the classroom these include labelling the Globe and completing a timeline alongside fact files and exercises based on Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. You can find all the resources linked to Shakespeare by using the search tool within BusyThings.
Or why not use one of the many tools within j2eTool Suite, children could use spotlight to create their own short animation of a William Shakespeare, they could use j2e5 or j2office to create their own Shakespeare insults or to create a presentation on the life of William Shakespeare.
The Tudors in London resource can also be used where you can find out more about the Globe Theatre.
There are also a range of resources online that teachers can use within the classroom.
The Globe theatre is running a range of events to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday these include: a unique performance of Shakespeare’s poetry in Westminster Abbey. Families can enjoy a wonderful storytelling session in the Playhouse and discover more about Shakespeare in our Exhibition & Tour.Teachers can also use brilliant Teach Shakespeare website which has hundreds of free learning resources including audio files, video, lesson plans and exam revision lesson plans.
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company has a huge range of resources for schools, including this year a free broadcast of Macbeth. The play will be broadcast to schools around the country on 26 April, along with student activities and a live Q&A with the actors. Schools can find out more and register here. There are also a range of teacher resources that will help bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom.
The BBC site has a huge range of resources for pupils, for primary pupils there are a range of radio plays available on school radio, you can watch Shakespeare shorts, or find out more via quizzes on the Cbeebies site – you can see the primary Shakespeare resources here. There are also a range of resources for Secondary school pupils including those from BBC Bitesize and a Secondary Shakespeare playlist you can see a collection of resources for Secondary schools here.
If you do use any LGfL content in your school to inspire your students do let us know by posting them on LGfL’s twitter or Facebook pages.
Sport Relief is when the British public comes together to get active, raise money and change lives. This time, it’s bigger than ever and there is a whole week of epic activity lined up from 17th to 23rd March 2018.
There are support packs for Primary, Secondary and Nurseries to download, these include challenges including the daily mile, fundraising ideas, posters for schools. a guide for school councils and a new song and dance that pupils can learn ‘Step it Up for Sport Relief!’
Team Marathon for KS1 and KS2 from LGfL can also be used, the resource follows agroupofchildrenthroughaprogrammeofsixtrainingsessionsleadingtotheTeamMarathonevent,which involveschildrenrunningtogethertocompletethemarathondistance.Thefinaltwoupdatescover theeventitselfandreportingonit.Thematerialsalsooffersupportforanumberofcross-curricular activitiesrelatedtoorganisingandreportingontheeventandissuesfromtheSEALagendalike targetsettingandteamwork.
Or why not use the week to focus on dance using the brilliant BalletBoyz resource for KS2-4. BalletBoyzleadsthefieldinusingdigitaltechnologyinitsoutputandtodisseminatetowider audiences,andthisexpertise,inpartnershipwithLGfL,hasresultedinnew,digitalcontenttoaid thedeliveryofdanceinschoolsinLondon.
Premier League Primary Stars offer a range of resources for P.E., P.H.S.E, Maths and English, teachers can access these resources by signing up via their website. Registration is needed before the resources can be downloaded, alongside lesson plans there are also assembly ideas. Teachers registered on the site can also apply for free kit for their schools as well.
Also from the Premier League and BBC, is Super Movers the aim of this new resource launched last month is to encourage teachers to adopt an active approach to learning and include physical activity throughout the day.
Super Movers gives teachers video content-led ideas and simple solutions to help children learn while they move – all free, fun, and easy to use in the classroom. No extra equipment is required.
Some of the exciting things Super Movers offer include:
Top tips and bright ideas about how to best use Super Movers from active schools and football clubs across the UK
Stars from the worlds of football and television will come together to capture children’s imagination in a series of videos that will enhance children’s learning
Premier League-inspired rewards including prizes, certificates and stickers to help incentivise children
Live Lessons broadcast on BBC platforms
Super Movers can also be used at home too with a range of fun videos and games designed to get children and grown-ups moving together in their living rooms, so parents as well as teachers can join in. Teachers can sign up to the Super Movers newsletter now to be the first to know about latest video releases, get exciting news and information about upcoming Super Movers events and hear from other teachers.
What ever you do for Sport Relief 2018, please share via our twitter or Facebook pages.
British Science Week, run by the British Science Association runs from the 9th – 18th March 2018 and is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. The theme this year is ‘exploration and discovery encouraging young people to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us; from their home and schools, to their local area and wider environment. It is also a chance for young people to consider how exploration and discovery can have a positive impact on the future.
The British Science Week website has activity packs for Early Years, Primary and Secondary students, the packs are designed to be your one stop shop for supporting teachers during the week. The activities include both lesson plans and assemblies. There is also a poster competition, students can make their poster about anything involving exploration and discovery. The five best posters from your school can be entered into a UK-wide competition with the chance for students to win an array of prizes.
There are several resources that LGfL schools can use during this time.
The first one is Polar Exploration which fits in perfectly with this years theme. LGfLworkedwiththeScottPolarResearchInstituteatCambridgeUniversityincreatingthis comprehensiveresource,whichprovidesauniqueinsightintothe‘HeroicAgeofScientific Discovery’.
Awiderangeof learningmaterialstosupport KS2, KS3 and KS4
The entirePrimary‘SwitchedonScience’ scheme,offeringfullcoverageacrossKeyStage1and2 isavailabletoallLGfL-connectedschools. SwitchedonScienceisaflexibleandcreativeinvestigation-basedprogrammewithaclearfocuson workingscientifically–acoreassessableelementofthenewsciencecurriculum.Itispackedwith best-practiceCPDvideosandsupportivelessonstoensureeveryteachercandeliverthe science curriculum withconfidence.The package comes with all the additional resources teachers need to teach the entire Science curriculum, ranging from a video for each unit, teacher guide, interactive exercises, pupil workbooks, ideas for differentiation, and much more.
Virtual Experiments for Years 1 – 6, theseeverpopularonlineresourcesareidealfordemonstratingdifficultscientificconcepts–with theaddedbenefitof:
Busy Things has a wide range of resources and games for use in Early years, KS1 and KS2 there are over 100 activities that are linked to the science curriculum that could be used during your science week.
The ever popular j2etool suite can also be used during Science Week, pupils can use the data tools to collect their data and use j2e5, JIT and the j2office tools to write up their experiments or complete a fact file on a famous explorer.
What ever you are doing for British Science Week we would love you to share your work on our twitter or Facebook pages #BSW18
Fairtrade Fortnight aims to put a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the farmers and workers who grow our food. When trade is fair, it can make the world a better place. Together we have that power, so why not get involved and be part of the difference.
Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They are working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.
For 2018, the theme is to ‘come on in’ to Fairtrade to stand with farmers and close the door on exploitation.
Whether it be a pop-up café, a school assembly or an exhibition, share your love of Fairtrade with parents, the community or other schools by inviting them to come on in. Schools can also enter the Fairtrade Fortnight Award with a chance to win £350 to spend on your future Fairtrade activities – there’s more information here.
The Fair-trade website also contains a range of new resources, these resources are all completely free and cover their usual subjects areas like PSHE and Geography but also new ones including Music, Black History, Business studies and English. There are the following resources on the site:
Songs and Poems of Banana workers – Songs like Harry Belafonte’s Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) are great for assemblies, now learn what they mean and gain an understanding of the struggle of Banana workers to gain respect and fair working conditions.
Traidcraft also has a range of resources for Key stages 1-5 to support the teaching during FairTrade fortnight as well as ideas of how to involve the students including a Fair Trade Bake Off! Other ideas include selling Fair Trade produce during school snack times and visiting local shops to see how many Fair Trade products that they stock.
If you are looking for recipes why not use Cookit the main purpose of this resource istoimprovepupils’skills,understandingandenjoymentoffood andhealthyeating.Thesiteprovidessupportfortheteachingandlearningofawiderangeofbasicskillsand processes.Itencouragesandinspireslearnerstoexplorecookingandtocreateandsharetheir ownrecipes,usingboththesiteandmobiledevices.
Growing up around the world from LGfL can also be used during this fortnight to support your teaching. Overmorethantwodecades, the charitytvefollowedthelivesof11childrenin10differentcountries tomakeaseriesofgroundbreakingfilms. AprecursortotheBBC’s“ChildofourTime”series,thisresourceprovidesauniqueinsightinto whatitmeanstogrowupindifferentpartsoftheworld;thechallenges,hopesanddreamsofthe 11childrenandtheimpactoftheworldaroundthem.
The 2018 Winter Olympics begin this Friday in Pyeongchang South Korea, although the first week of the Olympics takes place in half term, it continues until the 25th February, we have highlighted some resources to use in school to introduce children to these sports and activities based around the games. Newsround have a great short video to introduce the Winter Olympics to children.
Another great video from the BBC highlights past moments of the Winter Olympics using Lego figures you can watch it here. This is a great way of introducing sports to the children as well as getting them to create their own animation perhaps using the animation tool in JIT or you can use this outline lego figure to get the children to create their own outfit for the GB team, or use the paint package also contained in JIT. Another art and design idea could be to use images from the amazing Skeleton Bob helmets worn at the 2014 games to get the children to design their own ones.
By the time the children return after half term there will be a range of data that the children could look at, they can use the data tools contained in J2e Tool suite, they could do a medal count tally, vote for their favourite sport or graph timings in a particular sport. They could also do a presentation comparing Ancient and Modern Olympics or research the athletes competing. The Team GB website has a fact filled website with profiles of sports and competitors. You can also get them to write a report on a particular sport, using the tools in j2office, or j2write, or why not get them to record a ‘live’ commentary and then upload their videos into Video Central HD or film a short segment on what they have enjoyed watching or a recap of the games so far using music from Audio Network to add to their film.
Virtual Reality is not just for the classroom it is also being used by US athletes competing at the Winter Olympics this year in skiing, you can read more about this in a report by the BBC and watch a video of the Virtual Reality run here. Great to use as a discussion with children as to why the athletes benefit from Virtual Reality and why it is being used and what other sports may benefit from using this technology.
The Mascot for the Winter Olympics this year is Soohorang, which took its motif from the white tiger. The white tiger has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. You can find out more about the mascot here, why not ask the children what they would have chosen as the mascot and why.
Essential information about the 23rd Olympic Winter Games;
An introduction to Korean culture as it affects the Games;
Classroom activities for pupils aged 6 to 11 and 12 to 15.
The purpose of this kit is to show how the Olympic values and the culture of the host country have been incorporated into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The themes are designed to link with educational curricula in a variety of ways. The Get Set network has produced a range of resources including a quick fire quiz and an assembly and activities on team work, you will need to sign up to Get Set to access these resources. Teaching Ideas also have some more great ideas to use across the curriculum.
If you use any of the ideas we would love to see the work, please let us know via our twitter or Facebook pages.
From Wednesday to Saturday next week the Excel centre in London will home to Bett. This is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start ups and over 34,700 attendees from the global education community. They come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.
LGfL will once again be at the show you can find us on stand D260 and we have lots of exciting events planned.
You will be able to see our latest resources including demonstrations of the latest AR/VR technology from Inspyro, including the chance to get behind a first century Roman Ballista and see if you can hit the target using Virtual Reality, and after firing the Ballista you will then be able to head over to our own Barista for a FREE coffee and chance to chat and find out more about our resources and services from the LGfL consultants and how we can support you in school as well as finding out about free training opportunites that are available to you either in school or at our training centre at Camden CLC.
The consultants will also be offering drop in surgeries covering everything from EYFS, Google, Microsoft, j2e,Send, Safeguarding with the opportunity to have your questions answered or just find out more about the range of resources and how these can help support your learners in class. It could be how you can use LGfL to promote inclusion, see how we can help keep your students stay safe online, transforming your education practice with the next generation of class based technologies and news on our upcoming conferences that are all free to staff at LGfL and Trustnet schools.
On Thursday is your chance to hear from schools and see how they have used LGfL to enhance the learning for their children. At 10:30 Oli Trussell will be hosting session all about LGfL and G Suite. Schools already involved in our Google Cloud Champion project will giving micro presentations about their journey so far focussing on key themes you can sign up to attend here: https://goo.gl/forms/zyeT8tPwoSy3Jkpm2
On the LGfL stand at 11 am on Thursday, we will have pupils from St. Peter’s school in Romford showcasing their work using the j2e tool suite to create websites linked to their WW1 topic, so why not come along and talk to the students themselves as to what you can gain from using LGfL tools.
10:45 Expert Surgery EYFS
11: 45 Expert Surgery SEND
12:45 Expert Surgery Online Safety
13:45 Expert Surgery Making the most of LGfL
14:00 Microsoft and LGfL
15:00 j2e updates
15:45 G Suite and LGfL
Inspyro will be on the stand all afternoon – come and chat to them and see how you can use AR and VR in your classroom.
10:30 Open to all London schools find out how to get started using LGfL and speak to our Cloud Champions this will be off stand and you can sign up here
11: 00 School Showcase with St. Peter’s school, Romford showing their work using j2e tools
11:45 Expert Surgery Making the most of LGfL
12:45 Expert Surgery SEND
13:45 Expert Surgery Computing
14:00 Microsoft and LGfL
15:00 j2e updates
15:45 Expert Surgery Online Safety
Inspyro will be on the stand all afternoon – come and chat to them and see how you can use AR and VR in your classroom.
10:45 Expert Surgery SEND
11: 45 Expert Surgery Online Safety
12:45 Expert Surgery EYFS
13:45 Expert Surgery Making the most of LGfL
14:00 Microsoft and LGfL
15:00 j2e updates
Inspyro will be on the stand all morning – come and chat to them and see how you can use AR and VR in your classroom.
10:55 G Suite and LGFL
12:45 Keep your kids safe online: sharenting, parenting and co existing with digital natives
13:45 Using LGfL at home
14:30 j2e updates
We look forward to welcoming you to the stand and please share your visit on our twitter of Facebook pages.
What better way to start the new term by letting you know about a new and updated resource. LGfL schools have access to the Just2Easy tool suite and J2Blast has now been updated to include Spelling!
The new Spell Blast encourages pupils to learn spellings while they do what comes naturally; play and compete against each other. As they progress through the levels, the words automatically adjust to the pupils’ ability so that they never find them too easy or too difficult. There is always a challenge, if no other live players are waiting for a game, robots take over, so it always appears that there are multiple players. The scoreboard shows your place in the class, school and world.
Feedback is built into this tool and teachers can see detailed information about the achievements of their pupils as well as which aspects they have found difficult. A word cloud shows commenly mis-spelt words.
As the users progress, they earn points which unlock new premium Pirate based characters. This makes learning fun and increases motivation.
You can find out more about spell blast and the features including being able to add your own word lists in the video below:
J2Blast has been renamed as Tt Blast,Tt blast encourages pupils to learn maths while they do what comes naturally; play and compete against each other. As they progress through the levels, the questions automatically adjust to the pupils’ ability so that they never find them too easy or too difficult.
Again feedback is built in,teachers can see detailed information about the achievements of their pupils as well as which aspects they have found difficult.
The final tool in the blast series is SATs blast, this builds on the success of TT blast, SATs blast encourages pupils to learn the maths elements of SATA test for KS1 and KS2 in a games based context. With the same feedback involved in both Tt Blast and Spell blast.
So why not use these new and updated tools to blast your students into the New Year.
Remember as ever, if you use these tools i in your classroom we would love to hear from you, let us know using the hashtag #Blast #J2e on LGfL’s twitter or Facebook
We are delighted to be launching our new LGfL Digital Excellence awards. These awards will celebrate best practice and innovative approaches in using the wide range of learning resources and services provided by LGfL.
All LGfL schools are invited to apply for one or more awards from the following categories:
Whole school use of LGfL: Judges will be looking for the use of LGfL resources by the whole school community, with evidence that the use has had a positive impact on educational outcomes of students throughout the school supporting teaching and learning.
Inclusive practice using LGfL resources and services: Judges will be looking for evidence that LGfL resources and services have been used to enable inclusive practice within the school, enabling a wide range of learners to achieve.
Parental engagement using LGfL: Judges will be looking for ways that entrants have engaged with LGfL resources and services in order to promote parental engagement with the school and home learning.
Online safety: Judges will be looking for ways that schools have used LGfL resources to promote online safety throughout the school, ensuring that all stakeholders are aware of the benefits and risks of being a digital citizen
Digital excellence by students: Judges will be looking at how students, these could be digital leaders have used LGfL to support learning in the school, showing leadership and excellence in outcomes.
Use of j2e tools: Judges will be looking for outstanding use of j2e resources both inside school and at home to support teaching and learning within the school.
Schools that enter will build up a community of digital excellence across London, sharing best practice and highlighting the many ways that LGfL can be used to support teaching and learning within our schools.
To enter, head to our awards page, decide which category or categories you would like to apply for and complete the entry form. The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd February at 5 pm. Shortlisted schools will be contacted by Friday 9th March. Shortlisted schools will then arrange to host a short visit from LGfL staff to see their submission ‘in action’, this will take place between the 14th and 28th March.
Winners will be announced at the LGfL annual conference on 30th April 2018.
Bob Usher, LGfL Content Manager said: ‘‘The LGfL Education Awards are a key part of our strategy to share the innovative and effective use of technology across LGfL schools and beyond. We look forward to showcasing some of the best practice across London and inspiring other practitioners to make the most of the LGfL service for to meet the needs of their learners’.
What’s in a picture? Quite a lot in fact! And thanks to this collection of prints and paintings from Royal Collection Trust, you will find even more.
Royal Collection Trust looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world. Their aim, to ensure that the Royal Collection and Palaces are valued and enjoyed by everyone.
During the months of January and February the BBC will be celebrating the Royal Collection with The Royal Collection Season, a major partnership between Royal Collection Trust and the BBC, bringing both masterpieces and lesser-known works of art from the Royal Collection to audiences across the UK. The Season includes programming across BBC One, Two and Four, as well as BBC Radio 3 and 4 and local radio, over the course of January and February 2018.
To celebrate this and the opening of a new exhibition LGfL are delighted to announce a series of new opportunities for schools in collaboration with the Learning team at Royal Collection Trust.
Firstly, a curated selection of high-resolution images has been added to the LGfL TRUSTnet Image Bank. The ten images have been specially selected for their relevance and interest for schools, and feature in the latest exhibition ‘Charles II: Art and Power” at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (open to the public and school groups until 13th May 2018).
All images are available to download for educational use in super high resolution and are ideal for studying in preparation for or subsequent to a school visit to the exhibition.
We are proud to announce that we are running another of our highly popular training sessions with Royal Collection Trust. “Painting at the palace: using art for cross-curricular inspiration” This twilight event will highlight the skills needed to question any painting and show how you can pass these skills onto pupils, whether you a dilettante or a master. This is a unique opportunity to learn more skills in a unique location. Go to our training hub for more information and to book your place.
Developed to coincide with the Charles II exhibition, RCT is hosting 3 unique sessions at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace with a mix of stimulating and interactive sessions focusing on English, Art and Design, History and Drama. These sessions are free of charge*, run by experts, open to all schools, and are the ideal complement when used with our very own Image Bank or a planned visit.
Dance and Music week: (19-23 February, KS1-KS2) Discover the music, dance and fashion from the period of Charles II’s Royal Court. Pupils will have the opportunity to watch and listen to specialist historical musicians play instruments from the time and explore the amazing art featured in Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
Pictures with power: A creative writing workshop (available until 11th May, KS2-KS5) Explore Charles II: Art & Power with a published author to inspire your pupils’ writing. Explore the idea that impressions of power can be portrayed through imagery and the collecting of art.
Art or power: What do portraits tell us? (available until 11 May KS2-KS4) Explore Charles II: Art & Power with a professional artist, discover how power was portrayed through the amazing works of art and be inspired to create your own portraits.
You can see all of the RCT education programmes available here.
If you would like to see other images from the Royal Collection Trust, you can view and down load other collections in the LGfL Image Bank.
The LGfL image Bank is an ever-expanding collection of high-resolution images from trusted LGfL partners.
The image collections have been checked for appropriateness for use in an educational context and where relevant, mapped to the National Curriculum. To access these images, just search for resources by programme of study to see if there are any for your subject.
Are you using the LGfL Image Bank with your school? Let us know how by posting your work on our twitter of Facebook pages.