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.
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.
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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.
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March 2018, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why World Book Day will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.
The Wold Book Day website is packed with ideas for dressing up, resources, and the chance to sign up to watch live streamed shows on World Book Day.
Reading Zone Live from LGfL is the perfect resource to use within your class on World Book day, the site is packed with interviews with authors including: Michael Murpurgo, Oliver Jeffers, Jacqueline Wilson and Cressida Cowell to name a few. Alongside interviews with the authors explaining their inspiration and writing resources, there are also a range of resources for teachers to use in class. Our next Reading Zone Live event is with the author Mini Grey on the 21st March 2018, you can find out more information and how to watch here.
You can also use the j2etool suite to complete one of the following activities: Why not have a vote on World Book Day as to who the favourite author is in your class or school, ask the children to write a book review or a biography of their favourite author using j2e and finally they could use the tools in JIT to create an alternative book cover. The tool suite includes some templates that can be used on World book day.
Book creator app is a fantastic app to use on World Book day, you can use either the tablet or web based version to get children to create their own books, combining text, image, audio and video to create their own interactive stories that they can share.
The author Jo Cotterill has come up. with a fantastic range of World Book Day Alternative ideas, these include Potato and Egg characters, donate a book and build a book scene in a box you can see these ideas and more here.
Night Zoo Keeper also launch their World Creative Writing month on World Book day, this is a month long competition where classrooms around the world work together to write as money stories as possible. Last year schools from 30 countries wrote over 6 million words. The very best writing is showcased each week with prizes up for grabs – you can find out more about this and how to register here.
What do you have planned for World Book Day we would love to see pictures and work please share via our twitter or Facebook pages #WBD18
The Romans in London resource has been a favourite amongst History teachers across the key stages for the last couple of years with over 200,000 page views since it was launched. This comprehensive resource has now been updated with both AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) content.
Using incredible Augmented Reality, you can now see first hand examples of Roman life. There are 10 trigger images in total that can be used alongside the Romans in London resource, they include working out calculations using Roman numerals, labelling a Roman Soldier, listening as Julius Ceasar takes us through important events as well as firing a first century Roman Balista.
You can see the AR in action in the videos below:
You can download the AR app for iOS devices here and for Android here
The VR element of the resource places the children on Hadrian’s Wall on a cold snowy night, using the app for either android or iOS devices and a compatible head set, the children can be transported back in time and are placed on top of the wall guarding the camp, to enjoy the full experience it is recommended that headphones are used.
The Romans in London resources arestructuredintothefollowingsections:
The Museum of London also offer schools a range of workshops and sessions for schools that are studying the Romans over the next two terms, sessions include: Roman Amphitheatre, Hands on Romans and written in bone, you can find out more about the sessions here.
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.
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. The theme for this year is #BeingOurselves
Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others. They have a range of resources for both Primary and Secondary schools that can be used throughout the week.
Mind Moose is another excellent resource that can be used within schools, it is a fun, digital platform that teaches children how to keep their minds healthy. Children go on a journey of discovery with Mind Moose and his friends as they learn how to look after their minds, keep their brains healthy, deal with emotions, develop resilience and flourish. The fun, interactive animations and activities are underpinned by theory and tools from the field of positive psychology and beyond. London schools can benefit from a 14 day trial as well as a 25% discount by e mailing email@example.com.
LGfL have a range of resources that can support you during this week. Audio Network has 60,000 audio files to be used within the classroom these can be used as a calming down tool, to uplift or to inspire. Audio files can be searched either by topic of theme.
Look, Think, Do contains a range of editable social stories that can be used within the class, with groups or individual students.Theseresources facilitate socialdevelopmentbyusingreducedlanguage,visualsupportandimages,structure andsmallsteps,apositivefocus,and,whenappropriate,choice. Thephoto-based,visualresourceisdividedintofourkeysections:LearningtoPlay;LearningtoSay;LearningtoChange and LearningtoHelpMyself.Editablestoryboardsbringdifficultsituationsto lifeinanon-threateningmannerandenablepupilstodiscusssolutionsandstrategies,and alternativeandidealendings.
Young Minds have recently launched their 360° which will support schools in taking a whole school approach and ensure your school achieves best practice in wellbeing and resilience. You can find out more here.
The Islington Mental Health and Resilience in schools (iMAHRS) also sets out the components of school practice and ethos that effectively develop resilience, promote positive mental health and support children at risk of, or experiencing, mental health problems. You can view the framework here.
Last week the Duchess of Cambridge launched the latest initiative from Heads Together to support children’s mental well-being. Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. The site is currently in its pilot phase which will run during 2018 with selected schools. However it will be publicly available from spring 2018. If you would like to receive a notification when the site is launched, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details.
If you are taking part in Children’s Mental Health week, we would love to hear from you on our twitter or Facebook pages #BeingOurselves.
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.
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.
2018 marks the 18th Year of National Storytelling week and is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. The week is held by The Society For Storytelling, their mission is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling which was the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.
Storytelling has been shown by studies to aid learning in children for history, increase interest in science and have a positive effect on memory. When the students do the storytelling, it can encourage higher-level thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis, as well as skills in oral composition.
Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning, the stories you will tell might begin with…Once upon a time or not in my time, not in your time but in someone’s time…
LGfL have a range of resources that can support you and your students during this week.
Why not re tell the Story of Sigurd and the Dragon, a classic Norse tale of how Sigurd killed the greedy dragon Fafnir, using both AR and VR the children can be transported back 1,000 years to listen to this tale and then make use of the green screen pack that is included can re tell this ancient tale.
Children can use Audio Network to search for music that will form the back drop to their own stories, the network features over 50,000 individual audio files, or as a backdrop to stories that they are re telling and then their stories and audio can be uploaded into Video Central. VideoCentralHDoffersaneasy-to-useweb-basedsolutionwhichallowsteachersinLondon tosharevideoandaudiofileswithstudents,colleaguesandpartnerschools.Videoandaudiofilesareuploadedusingasecurewebinterfacethenencodedautomatically forfast,efficientwebstreaming.
Children can also get advice on how to create their stories by well known authors in ReadingZone Live, children can get tips on writing from Anthony Horowitz, Oliver Jeffers and Cressida Cowell to name a few. They can also listen to stories via Listening books and also Talking stories. For inspiration in the Early years, why not use Fairy Tales and ask the children to re tell their favourite tale.
The Society for Storytelling also has a range of resources to support schools during this week and there are a range of lesson plans from Mensa for Kids on The Art of Storytelling.
500 Words from the BBC is another great resource to use to help children tell their story, the site has a range of resources and ideas as well as being able to listen to previous winning entries that children can use to inspire their own story writing.
The Wicked Young Writer Awards are also open until 18th March – Now in its 8th year, the Wicked Young Writer Awards is a chance for young people aged between 5 and 25, to write about absolutely anything! It’s their chance to get creative and write on any theme that interests them. You can find out more about the awards here
We would love to hear some of your stories – why not share them on our twitter feed or our Facebook page.
The Free School Meal Checking Service is an online process where parents can check eligibility for free school meals. Parents can conduct a simple online check to determine eligibility for free school meals which in turn may attract the extra funding for each of their children’s schools. Parents are not required to accept free meals but schools appreciate the help with conducting an online check.
What the service does for parents:
After entering a few details into the website, the online application process links to the Department for Education database and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response.
This system is designed to eliminate the need to apply in person for free school meals and improve the claims process for schools. It also means that if you are eligible for free meals, the school is able to process your application using the information you submit.
There is no need to re-apply each year, as schools can recheck eligibility as required using the data already provided – although if your child moves to a different school then you will need to update your account.
We have made a couple of enhancements to the website, for further information please see the FAQ ‘s, the enhancements are:
A school can check eligibility on behalf of a parent, the parent will need to contact your child’s school, as they can run a check on your behalf.
A parent of a child attending any LGfL or TRUSTnet school can now use this website to check their eligibility.
By way of thanks for your application and support, and regardless of whether the answer returned is a yes or a no, The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) and its connected schools would like to provide parents of children attending LGfL-connected schools with Sophos AntiVirus software, free of charge, to protect the computers used by pupils at home. To gain access to this software, a short registration process is required, at which point other services related to your children’s school will be explained. Don’t worry, its straightforward, there is absolutely no advertising, and you won’t be asked to buy anything! There is no catch, LGfL (a UK education charity) is providing this service to support schools.
What the service does for schools:
As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know how many pupils would otherwise be eligible for free meals as this may allow schools to apply for extra funding. These funds enable schools to take on more staff, invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to benefit all their children.
Schools wishing to encourage applications can promote the online eligibility checker to parents by publicising the following web address: pps.lgfl.org.uk
After parents have submitted their details online, a suitably authorised school administrator will be able to facilitate the submission of claims by clicking on the ‘Administrators’ button and visiting the school administration section. The head teacher is an authorised school administrator by default but would normally nominate one or more staff members as additional administrators via this section of the site. Data will only be made available securely via this site. In order to use this FREE service, schools already subscribing to LGfL 2.0 or TRUSTnet services by ensuring that MIS data is exported regularly and the school has configured an information status in the free OpenCheck service found at opencheck.lgfl.net.
This service is provided by the London Grid for Learning and is available to parents of children attending schools which are part of the LGfL or TRUSTnet service network.
All submitted data is stored securely in compliance with the Data Protection Act. For additional information regarding data please see our privacy statement.
BalletBoyz leads the field in using digital technology in its output and to disseminate it to wider audiences, this expertise, in partnership with LGfL has resulted in a range of content to aid the delivery of dance in schools in London.
The purpose of the content is to enable London teachers to access high-quality digital dance resources to assist and enhance their teaching. This unique online resource provides tailor made resources to support both the specialist and non-specialist teachers deliver dance at Key Stages 2-4. All the lessons are mapped to the National curriculum and a curriculum mapping document can be downloaded from the site to enable teachers to plan effectively.
Resources for the curriculum lessons consist of short expert videos with voiceovers featuring company dancers as they break down moves, brilliant for introducing the moves to students and acting as an inspiration. The moves are then broken down into a series of short tasks, again all explained via video and voice over and finally students are shown how to join them together in sequences. Detailed lesson plans are also provided for teachers explaining how to use the videos.
There are five lesson plans for KS2, K23 and KS4, which can either be used as stand-alone lessons linking to topics e.g. caves and jungles in KS2 linking to the rainforest, or can be used to make up a half terms dance programme for the students.
Introduction videos to the all the units are available for teachers to gain an overview as well as case studies from schools to show the impact that BalletBoyz has had within their schools and how they have used it, an example from KS2 can be seen below:
Inspiration clips are also included from the BalletBoyz company repertoire to further encourage and inspire teachers and students alike.
BalletBoyz are currently crowdfunding to support the partnership with Strathmore school, their local secondary school for students with complex learning difficulties. They have seen the impact that their involvement has had on the students including increased independence, confidence and well-being as well as the students’ increased confidence in communicating and forming relationships with new people. You can find out more about the Dance Together crowd funder project here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dancetogether
If you have used BalletBoyz in your classroom we would love to hear from you, let us know using the hashtag #spotlight #BalletBoyz on LGfL’s twitter or Facebook
A new spy documentary – David Jason’s Secret Service airs next Tuesday 5th December at 9 pm on More 4 (Freeview 14). This series links with our resources to support both the KS2 and KS3 History curriculum – The M Room, History of Computing and Women in computing.
Passionate espionage enthusiast Sir David Jason reveals the secret places, the people and the compelling stories behind Britain’s incredible spy history from the 20th century to the modern day. Episode one begins with the formation of the British Secret Service in 1909 by maverick spy master Sir Mansfield Cumming – code name C – who turned a group of amateurs into the country’s first secret agents. Five years later when World War One broke out, their spying was pivotal to the Allied victory. Belgian refugees were recruited as they arrived in Britain and Folkestone became a key battleground for British spy organisations.
The historical consultant for the series is the eminent historian Dr Helen Fry, who was our consultant and lead presenter for The M Room, this resource gives LGfL and Trustnet schools exclusive access to World War II listening sites, as well as featuring an interview with one of the original secret listeners and extensive primary-source material from the Ministry of Defence and the National Archives.
The M Room was so secret that only the secret listeners who operated it and some intelligence officers knew of its existence. The letter M stood for ‘miked’ and reflected the fact that the room was set up with the latest listening technology. Access was gained through two locked doors and the keys given only to designated staff. From here the operators could listen into the conversations of the prisoners in their cells or in one of the interrogation rooms. Sometimes the interrogations were recorded if prisoners started to give away important military information.The monitoring of prisoners’ conversations continued every day of the year, including Christmas Day, so that nothing was missed.
The resource targeted at the KS3 History curriculum features 50 high quality video clips filmed on a range of locations including declassified military sites as well as images of personnel, maps, locations and previously classified documents. The resource also includes a curriculum mapping section including lesson plans for Key Stage 3 and 4. A trailer of the resource can be viewed here:
The history of computing also includes a section focussing on code breaking during WW2, looking at the impact of Alan Turing and his work at Bletchley Park, a place of exceptional historical importance as it is the home of British code breaking and the birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major, yet highly secret role in World War II, producing intelligence which had a direct and fundamental influence on the outcome of the conflict. The role of women during this time can also be looked at in our Women in computing resource.
Child Bereavement UK are experts in supporting schools within the context of bereavement within a school community. Through their work they have identified some of the key barriers for schools in responding appropriately and quickly to the needs of those affected by a bereavement. By working in partnership with LGfL, Managing a sudden death in the school community has been produced. This open access resource has been designed to bring the key information in both a video and text format with a quick and accessible interface.
Grief is a normal and natural response to loss, yet how pupils are supported can have significant impacts on long term outcomes. Young people tell us that how their school responds is something they never forget. This resource aims to provide an accessible support gateway to the effective response to death within school community. Simple, short guidance through quotes, external inks and video interviews with experts helps provide the information you need at the right time to ensure the whole school community can work together to support each other.
There are two ways in which this resource has been designed to be used.
General Staff CPD – Preparing in advance
Raising awareness through staff CPD in advance of a predicted (or unpredicted) death within the school community ensures that when an event occurs staff know where to go immediately to receive appropriate guidance.
Use in a time of need
The portal is designed to provide immediate support for schools that find themselves unexpectedly managing a sudden unpredicted death within their community. The resource is structured to make the guidance clear and accessible for fast assimilation of immediate actions for staff members.
The Support Gateway includes
The first 30 minutes
Breaking bad news
Supporting a bereaved family
Supporting the school staff
Social media and media relations
Looking to the future
Video clips, information packs and external links are provided for staff to deliver comprehensive support.
‘This resource development has been an important piece of work to undertake in partnership with Child Bereavement UK. In times of need and extreme pressure following a sudden death within the community, we have utilised the power of online technology to provide invaluable and time critical guidance for different members of school communities. Sadly, recent events in London and Manchester, featured in the media highlight the impact of loss of life and the impact on local and school communities. In reality, many school communities are managing complex situations at short or no notice every day. We hope the format of the guidance through the use of short format video answers to key questions and relevant links and simple guidance can help manage the pressures for school leaders.’
Bob Usher – LGfL Content Manager
‘From our experience of running a national helpline for over 15 years, Child Bereavement UK is acutely aware of the very real challenges schools experience when they are faced with the sudden, unexpected death of a pupil, a parent or a member of staff. Many head teachers have shared with us that they feel ill-equipped to respond in the immediate aftermath of these sudden and often traumatic incidents; they are concerned to do their best, but are unsure as to how they should inform staff and pupils and what support to offer.
Child Bereavement UK has therefore greatly valued the opportunity to work with London Grid for Learning, drawing on their experience in online technology, to create a resource that can enable schools to access information and guidance simply and quickly around the key considerations when responding to a death in the school community. How schools manage these events is so important; bereaved children and young people tell us that the way their school responds at such a difficult time is something they never forget.’
Dr Ann Rowland – Director of Bereavement Support and Education
16th-22nd November is Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK, this is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future. More resources to support schools can be found on our blog.
Finding the time to get your subject a staff meeting can be near impossible when many staff meetings are set aside for School Priorities and Moderation. So how do you do it? How can you highlight and show your staff the key updates and content for your subject?
My idea is to use flexible CPD, don’t think about training as solid one hour blocks where all staff take part at the same time, think about your day and were you can pop in small bite sized training sessions that staff can access in easier less time-consuming sessions.
Over my years of teaching I have been a subject leader for various subjects and as a leader, my aim was always the same, to help promote my subject and give teachers the key knowledge and skills to help push children forward. It can be hard to do at the best of times, but with many schools having less time and funds to let staff go off site and pay for CCPD, in-house staff training can be vital.
The idea of offering staff a different model of CPD was introduced to me by an amazing Apple Distinguished Educator named Aaron Webb, who at the time introduced the concept of ‘Techie Brekkie’ to my school.
Techie Brekkie has been around for many years and is a short (15mins) session which can be organised on a given morning every week to highlight a resource that can be used to enhance learning within the classroom, you didn’t need to go every week or even stay for the whole session, staff can dip in and out as they wish.
I adapted this idea and used it to highlight different resources within my school setting at the time, creating lots of easy to digest CPD sessions, such as “Google Docs and Danish” and “Clips and Cold Brew”, Giving staff a great start to the day by giving them much needed training and a snack!
Why not try this idea with LGfL content you know staff are interested in but lack training in? Perhaps “j2e and Juice” or “Widgit and waffles”.
Introduce the content by first going to the information page where you can get a short overview of the content and then model to your staff how to use the resource, remember to allow time for your staff to use the resource themselves and for them to enjoy their Brekkie!
I adapted this idea of flexible CPD to also help promote LGfL content within my school, as many staff within my own school lacked time to dive deep into the amazing content LGfL provides, I am very proud to announce that we are bringing this idea back in an ongoing way. introducing LGfL spotlight
LGfL Spotlight, will focus (or spotlight!) on one key curriculum resource per week, allowing you and your staff to see some amazing resources that you may not have seen before, where possible we will attempt to tie the content with relevant events happening in the Education calendar.
Every week we will adding posts to our social media channels (Follow us on twitter here and Facebook) highlighting one resource per week, the idea is to take this post and find a 5-minute moment during your school week where all staff are together, this could be a morning briefing or at the very beginning of a staff meeting, in this time you can introduce the content via LGfL’s very handy information pages, which offer key information about the resource as well as screen shots and videos to help. During the week, we will also offer more gems of information about our spotlighted resource.
LGfL Spotlight will be supported by the hashtag #LGfLspotlight, if you have organised a whole school session take a photo of it or if you have used the Spotlight resources in school that week we would love to see the results! Post them on twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #LGfLspotlight
Armistice day or Remembrance Day is on the 11th November, it marks the day that World War 1 ended at 11 am on the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. Ceremonies are held at the Cenotaph in London as well as at War memorials and churches across the U.K. and overseas. A 2 minute silence is held to remember the people who have died in all wars – WW1, WW2, Falklands, Gulf war as well as the conflicts in Argentina and the Iraq.
King George V held the first 2 minute silence on 11 November 1919 and made the request for the silence to be observed so:
“thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.
There are many ways of remembering with pupils, for younger pupils Busy Things have a template poppy to paint, for older students they could make their own poppies – from hand prints and then use these to write poetry on. In Flanders Fields and Ode to Remembrance are two poems that could be shared with older students, they could use copies of these to create their own ‘black out poetry’ this is when a page of text, is coloured over so that only a few words are visible, these words then create a new poem, great to get the children thinking about the choice of their words. Pupils could use J2E to research and write about the impact of the wars on their local community after perhaps visiting their local war memorial.
The British Legion – has an excellent schools page with links for activities in class as well as assembly resources for KS1-5 pupils.
Widgit – have a range of Activities and books on Remembrance Day as well as WW1 and WW2 to support learners in class.
First World War – TheActiveWorksheet was producedinresponsetothecentenaryoftheoutbreakofWorldWar1.Theresourcepackusesaugmentedrealityto produceagenuine‘wow’momentintheclassroomandbringvirtualartefactsto thedesktop.Thisisbackedupbymappedcurriculumactivitiesfocussingon history,literacy,musicandart.Thepackhasbeendesignedtomakethe commemorationaccessibletokeystage 1and2
World War 1 – This collection from BBC schools has a range of videos, activities and assemblies for both primary and secondary schools.
Poppies – is a beautiful animation from Cbeebies following a young rabbit through the poppy fields, great to use with younger children.
Trench experience – thisinnovativevirtual-realityapp from LGfL bringslifeinthetrenchesto life,andisidealforHistoryandEnglishteacherscoveringWorld War1andtrenchlifeandwarfareingeneral.
The M room –TheMRoomresource from LGfL givesexclusiveaccesstosecretWorldWarIIlistening siteswheretheBritishSecretServicebuggedhigh-rankingGermanMilitary prisoners.Theresourcefeaturesaninterviewwithoneoftheoriginalsecret listenersandextensiveprimary-sourcematerialfromtheMinistryofDefence, relativesofthoseinvolved,andTheNationalArchives.
Women in computing –WomeninComputing from LGfL aimstorecogniseandpromotethe achievementsofwomeninBritishcomputingwithinthesocial contextofthetime. The work of women as code breakers during WW2 is one of the areas that is covered within this resource.
Activehistory – There are a collection of Remembrance Day materials here for Years 7- 13, including an assembly, put together by Russell Tarr.
Remember you can share any work with us on either our Twitter or Facebook pages.
There is still time to join with EU Code Week before it closes on Friday, you can use a range of LGfL resources to help support your coding activities, today we are going to focus on resources within Python Tutor and Web Tech tutor.
Combined both resources offer 50 coding projects presented in single simple stand-alone lessons. Students understanding is initially developed at a conceptual level by allowing them to drag and drop parts of the code, but later they can refine their skills with specific code creation in activities.
Students watch a short introductory video. Which presents a key coding concept or problem. They then can carry out a series of related short tasks using the software, after each task is complete, the software will then present the next task in the unit.
When using these resources, it is important to understand that simply using this resource in isolation will not give your students the depth and breadth of computational skills needed to become independent Computational thinkers.
Using and moving code within these resources does create a solid scaffold for students to explore unfamiliar concepts and gives them quick on-screen results but it’s important for students to have freedom to create code outside of this scaffold, the idea of the resource is not to “copy code” but to gain practical knowledge of key concepts.
Computing Inspector and advisor for Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service Phil Bagge talks about using coding schemes of work:
“I often start with examining the module and asking what computational thinking and problem-solving attitudes it is building I then explore ways that they might adapt that planning, chopping the instructions up, asking the students to predict what parts will do before they use them”
All videos within the tutorials are downloadable and can be used outside of the resource, one way of using this would be to allow all students to complete the standalone lesson, but then let the students have freedom to impairment the key concepts but for a different purpose, creating their own projects.
Coding was introduced to help drive creativity within students, using these resources can help build up student’s confidence so that they can translate it into innovative and creative outcomes. We look forward to seeing your students doing this for EU Code Week and please remember you can share your work either on our Twitter or Facebook pages
It’s EU Code Week, Code is asking to push coding and computational thinking in your school setting, you can use a range of LGfL resources to help support your coding activities, today we are going to focus on resources within J2Launch.
I spoke to Danny Young the Managing Director of Just2easy.
“Being digitally literate is becoming increasingly important for the future of our children and Just2easy have 2 offerings to help in that regard, j2code is a set of differentiated coding engines designed for ages 3 to 13, we made sure that there is was no need to have software to install and everything is accessed via your USO login. We also designed j2data which offers a different take on digital literacy, focusing on the data aspects, in particular, sorting, filtering and searching data”
J2code offers a range of coding languages to enable to explore coding:
JIT is a turtle based coding language in which you can code freely or use spite and background templates to create simple animations for KS1.
Visual is a block based coding language in which you can freely code to create more complex coding outcomes for Upper KS1 and KS2, you can see examples here.
Logo is a script based platform that you use to complex procedures perfect for upper KS2 and can be used in KS3.
J2e also offers a block based or script based platform for the micro:bit, what is great about this platform is that it offers 3 levels of differentiation, adding operators, variables and procedures, when needed.
Each coding language offers three detailed lesson plans, each designed as a starting point for a series of lessons. Children new to coding, whether at year 1 or year 2, will need to work through the basics, starting with lesson 1. Year 2 children should be able to move through the first two lessons much more quickly.
At the end of each lesson plan there are suggestions for further activities. It will help the children’s learning experience if they are given plenty of time for consolidation and adaption of skills learnt before moving on to the next lesson plan. J2Code is designed to be open ended rather than prescriptive in order to encourage children’s creativity and problem-solving skills.
To help both teachers and students J2E have included a glossary for the various computational terminology used, there is also a link to this in each lesson plan.
One last excellent resource in J2Code is that you have the option to import files from Scratch, so you can use, share and remix over 25,221,811 projects from the Scratch creative community.
All the coding work created within any of the coding platforms can be sent to the Blogging platform built into the Creative ToolKit System. This unique element significantly enhance the scope for broadening the audience for the students Coding and facilitates peer review.
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“Everybody in the world should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”— Steve Jobs
Coding is for all, not just for programmers. It’s a matter of creativity, of computational thinking skills, of self-empowerment, Nothing boosts your problem-solving skills like learning how to program a computer, learning to code boosts your attention to detail, having a high level of focus can improve any part of your life, Decomposition is another key skill learned when coding. In decomposition, you break a big problem down (like a complex program) into several smaller problems or actions, Decomposition is another incredible life skill.
Our National Curriculum computing programmes of study tells us“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world” Coding isn’t just the entering code into a device, it’s about teaching students how to identify and understand problems or needs in the real world and using creativity alongside logic reasoning to improve the world around them. It’s about teaching them what is behind their screens and boxes and how the modern world works. With this knowledge, they can begin to see the possibilities so that they can create innovations that could one day change the world.
EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeEU event and add it to the codeweek.eu map.
Europe Code Week is now launching the “CodeWeek4all challenge” to contribute to increase the penetration of coding in schools. Schools are invited to register online for free to get a unique code to be added to the description of all Code Week events organised in the school preferably between October 7th and October 22nd 2017, you can see here a list of all UK events.
The challenge consists in getting involved as many students/pupils as possible during Europe Code Week 2017. The unique code associated with the school will allow Code Week organisers to sum up all the participants to the events organised in the same school and to compare the sum with the total number of students declared in the application form. Schools achieving a participation rate greater or equal than 50% will be awarded a personalised “Certificate of Excellence in Coding Literacy” and will be announced in the Europe Code Week website.
Apply now, share the unique code with all the teachers in your school, and ask them to provide a coding experience in their classrooms during code week. remember to fill in the application form here
We will be being looking at how LGfL content can help support EU Code week each day on the blog so please do Come back.
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Einstein wisely stated, ‘The only source of knowledge is experience’.
As a teacher, we are always thinking on how can we deliver new experiences to students within the limitations of our school space and time, with many teachers finding it harder to go on school trips because of expense and time wasted travelling, we need to look at how technology can provide a range of immersive and engaging experiences that couldn’t normally happen within a normal school day.
The ClassVR by Avantis Whitepaper tells us that:
“Virtual Reality, by its pure definition, can deliver experiences and interactions for students that are either not practical or not possible in the ‘real world’, provides an unparalleled way to immerse and captivate students of all ages. Virtual Reality helps students feel immersed in an experience, gripping their imagination and stimulating thought in ways not possible with traditional books, pictures or videos, and facilitates a far higher level of knowledge retention. “
With this in mind LGfL and the amazing team at Computeam have looked at updating our Cold war resource, so that it offers an experience that cannot be found anywhere else, that of a Virtual Reality Nuclear blast!
I spoke to Phil Birchinall Education Director at Computeam Ltd about this exciting update:
“Our challenge was to create a scenario that presented pupils with a realistic experience of the genuine level of fear that existed in the country during the late 70’s and in to the 80’s. Most people then considered it to be a matter of when not if, nuclear Armageddon and ‘mutually assured destruction’ would take place. We wanted to portray how life could change dramatically and instantly in the case of a nuclear strike. At the same time we don’t want to leave students traumatised! Our goal is to provide just enough jeopardy and threat to leave them feeling they have just experienced something significant.
Also, this is a teaching resource so it has to be loaded with prompts and questions for further study and exploration. We made sure that the context is accurate. The sounds are all genuine sounds from the period, even the date it’s set, 18th July 1981. The bunker is an accurate recreation of a DIY bunker layout produced in the 1960”
Finally, implementing VR into your curriculum fully can be hard and making sure it has an impact on learning as well as having the wow factor is vital. LGfL with help from ClassVR by Avantis have produced a prompt sheet which can help you on your class journey.
You can find the new Cold War Nuclear Strike app iOS here or for Android here
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10th October is World Mental Health day, the charity YoungMinds is calling on schools across the country to take part in #HelloYellow to show young people they’re not along with their mental health. Schools that register for #HelloYellow will receive a free pack, including a mental health assembly plan as well as a range of activities.
Mind Moose have produced an assembly that schools can use. It introduces mental health in the context of being as important to look after as physical health before discussing ways that we can all look after our mental health. It also discusses how children and adults in a school community can help each other to look after mental health.
Adolescent resilience – LGfL have teamed up with Public Health England toprovidelinkstosomeschool-readyresourcesfromarangeofdifferentorganisations.Theseincludeinformationonacademicresearch,materialsforwhole-schoolapproachesaswellaslessonseriesandone-offresources,plustargetedsupportfor specificproblems,andsignposting.Linksdonotimplyendorsementofoneapproachoveranother.Pleasenotethatnotallresourceshavebeenformallyevaluated,althoughmanyhavebeendevelopedwithschoolsandexpertsinthefield. This resources are suitable for KS3, KS4 and KS5.
Public Health England have a range of resources to support children in schools, they have a lesson plan and activities based around online stress and FOMO(Fear of missing out).
You can also download a range of calming music for use with either meditation, assemblies or in class from Audio network.
When I worry about things is another excellent resource from BBC Teach it is a collection of animated films that use personal testimony to explore mental health issues from the perspective of children. Alongside each, there is more information about the content of the film, and suggestions of how it could be used in the classroom. These resources are suitable for use with pupils aged 8-13.
Tell us what you are doing for mental health day on either our Twitter or Facebook pages.
Next Tuesday the 26th of September is European Day of Languages. It aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. It was set up by the Council of Europe and was first celebrated in 2001.
The European Day of Languages website has a range of resources for teachers including lessons plans and short activities to help you on the day.
LGfL have a range of resources to help with your language teaching within school these include the following: Rigolo (primary French) and Vamos Unit 1 and 2 (primary Spanish).
Newbury Park primary school in Redbridge have an excellent resource entitled Language of the month – which includes resource packs to be used in the classroom, activity packs and interactive video clips showing children teaching their home languages.
What are you doing to celebrate? We would love to hear from you and share your celebrations via our Twitter or Facebook pages.
National Poetry day is on the 28th September 2017, the theme this year is Freedom.
To get you ready for this, LGfL are hosting a special Poetry themed Reading zone Live with Roger Stevens on the 27th September at 2:30 pm. Roger Stevens is best known for founding and running the award-winning Poetry Zone website. His most recent poetry collections include It’s Not My Fault (with Steven Withrow) and an anthology called Is This a Poem. Reading zone live is an excellent way for you and your class to engage with an author and hear how he creates poems and ideas as well as asking questions either before the day or during the event.
We would love you to join in with this event and there are a number of ways you can do this:
If you have access to Video conferencing (VC) facilities you can link with the live event by e mailing email@example.com