Links to articles and resources featured in TES this week 23 August 2013

Links to articles and resources featured in TES this week 23 August 2013

23 August 2013

Links to articles and resources featured in TES this week

European Day of languages, 26 September

Meet and greet

  • From “Guten Tag” in German to “Jambo” in Kenyan, greetings from around the world are matched with the flag of the appropriate country in this lively starter activity.

Spanish Millionaire quiz

  • What is the world’s most commonly spoken language? How many people speak English globally? Test your students with these questions and more in a special Who Wants to be a Millionaire?-style quiz, which can be easily adapted to a range of languages.

Urdu for children

  • Welcome children with Pakistani heritage to your class or support topic work on Pakistan with these colourful posters and Tarsia jigsaws introducing a selection of basic Urdu words and phrases.

European quiz

  • How much do your students really know about Europe? Find out with these searching questions on famous Europeans, flags and capital cities.

Jukebox singalongs

  • Set your teaching to music with these French, Spanish and Italian playlists. listen to the songs and then ask your students to join in with the help of singalong sheets in the original language.

Celebrity linguists

  • Inspire your students in their studies with this PowerPoint that features celebrities from David Beckham to Charlize Theron extolling the virtues of learning a new language.

In living colour

  • Even young children can be part of the European Day of languages with these colouring activities that also teach basic vocabulary.


  • Sing along to the French song Alouette (as a whole class or, if you’re feeling brave, by yourself) with this accompanying PowerPoint and audio track./li>

Round Europe game

  • Travel across the Continent with a roll of the dice in this entertaining board game. Every time your students land on a new country, they must write the word for “hello” in the correct language.

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot, 18-25 September

Introduction to Judaism

  • Where did Judaism begin? How old is it? Who founded the religion? answer these questions and more with this informative PowerPoint.

The story of Sukkot

  • Take your students on a journey through the story of the Exodus, when moses led the Jews from Egypt and into the wilderness, and learn why it is traditional to build a hut, or sukkah, during the festival.

‘The Water Song’

  • Sukkot marks the time when God protected and fed his people in the desert. Encourage your students to join in the Jewish harvest festival celebrations by learning the traditional Water Song.

Celebrating Sukkot

  • Why not open your Roald Dahl Day lesson with this dictionary and wordsearch starter activity based on The BFG?

Harvest festivals

  • Sukkot is not the only harvest festival – Christians celebrate something similar, too. This series of lessons looks at how these different occasions are marked in schools, and explores the meaning of thankfulness.

What’s the difference?

  • Compare and contrast the Christian harvest festival and the Jewish Sukkot. How do they differ and why? and what would your students dedicate as thanks to God if they could?

Multisensory Sukkot

  • Stimulate your students’ senses with this film about adam’s experience of Sukkot. He comments on what he sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches and thinks about at the festival.

Special needs resources:

Sensory play

  • Mud, dough, marshmallows and foam in the classroom: this may sound like a lesson gone wrong but Ibuzzybea’s resources are, in fact, all about learning through sensory play. and “goop”, of course.

What’s the time, Mr Wolf?

  • Use TES iBoard’s interactive class clock and related activities to help children learn what the big and little hands mean, how to divide up the hours and how to translate an analogue clock face to a digital display.

Outside the box

  • Why do mirrors reflect? What colour is the sea? What are dreams? Open your students’ minds – and stretch gifted and talented children – with AcoYear8’s set of 21 philosophical questions.


X marks the spot

  • UK chain Picturehouse Cinemas is offering discounted membership to teachers and support staff.

Legal entry

  • Applications open next month for The Sutton Trust’s Pathways to law programme, which provides opportunities and support for state school students in England who are interested in a career in law and whose parents did not attend university.

Peace in our time

  • Want to make this year’s Peace Day something special? Non-profit organisation Peace One Day has star-studded films, Skype talks and plenty of other resources to help you mark 21 September.