Links to articles and resources featured in TES this week - 5 July 2013

Links to articles and resources featured in TES this week - 5 July 2013

5 July 2013

Links to articles and resources featured in TES this week

Now you see it…
Trick of the light
Sound beginnings
A lesson from Africa

Visual starters

  • Can you believe your eyes? test your students’ perception skills in these optical illusion lesson starters from IBurchett.

Bully proof shield

  • Encourage students to be kind and supportive in this lesson from Beatbullying.

Invisible message

  • Experiment with instructionwriting skills in an invisible ink activity from rubyru22.

Further resources

Greeks of Olympia

  • Explore ancient mythology with JU3fromLeics’ introduction to greek gods.


  • Take Harry Potter-themed mathematics further in this magical lesson on ratios.


  • Banish confidence issues and build self-esteem in a superhero activity shared by greenteaaddict.

Magic science

  • Watch and learn some wacky science tricks in this video from Teachers TV.

Taking liberties in the name of freedom
Big Brother is watching you
State of terror
Better safe than sorry

Terror Vrights

  • Has terrorism affected our rights? Discuss using rclifford12’s resources.

1984 SOW

  • Tackle the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four with this detailed scheme of work for students aged 16 and over, shared by jcsmeetonk.

Lives of others

  • Explore the stasi and the film The Lives of Others in charlie_overend’s lesson.

Whistle blower

  • Are whistleblowers heroes or traitors? Debate with a case study from PeaceEducation.

Further resources

Cyberbully LP

  • Define and understand cyberbullying and its effects in Beatbullying’s lesson.


  • Watch a thought-provoking video about cctV surveillance in the UK, shared by BBC Class Clips – RE & Citizenship.

News report writing

  • Introduce your class to the basics of news writing in TESEnglish’s activity.

News values

  • EmmyCD’s lesson considers how news stories are reported and why some are given more prominence than others.

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5 lesson plans

Secondary lessons

Special needs resources:

Behaviour reflections

  • Encourage students to think about their actions and behaviour, how they feel and how what they do affects others in choralsongster’s reflective activity.

SEN task list

  • Children with special needs may need extra support to stay on task. A checklist shared by senteacher 86 shows children how to break tasks down into manageable chunks.

Dear Zoo

  • Every class has at least one reluctant writer. Encourage students to put pen to paper using Ibuzzybea’s set of activities, in which they write to their favourite animals.

Top 5 assemblies

Don’t be quick to judge

  • Challenge stereotyping in bleasej’s assembly, which focuses on Susan Boyle’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent.


  • Teach your students about the Islamic festival of Ramadan using clarebear1981’s presentation, which is ideal for younger children.

Sweet thing

  • Prepare students for the transition to new schools or classes in ksb’s assembly, which offers advice using metaphors about sweets.

Brain gym

  • Train children to exercise their brains in this assembly from 75donz on lateral thinking and intelligence.

Celebrating success

  • Applaud the triumphs of the year and explore what it means to be successful in this assembly from oops_vip.