Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week - 14 December 2012

14 December 2012

Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week

Tracing the festive light fantastic

Recommended resources:

Key stage 1 - Let there be light…and toys

  • Miss_wilson’s year one plan is packed with festive activities. It covers light and science, festivals of light and toys – perfect for the Christmas season.

Key stage 2 - Christmas everywhere

  • Explore how Christmas is celebrated across the globe, try kirstynutton2003’s scheme of work.

Key stage 3 - Christian Christmas

  • Explain what the festive season means to Christians, try this lesson pack from TES partner TrueTube.

Key stage 4 - A Christmas Carol

  • Try S Oup’s GCSE resource pack to prepare pupils for an assessment on the seasonal tale.

Let’s get quizzical

Quizzes are a great way to end the term, try the TES quizzes collection and say farewell to the autumn term with a little competition.

Open University for schools

Measuring light with chocolate, how American English came to be and the seven wonders of the microbe world are just three of the topics covered in nearly 200 free teaching resources shared by the Open University.

Chocolate words

The producers behind the new West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have created KS3 English resources based on the show.

New term

Try the TES start of term collection for calendar activities, target setting and a wide range of behaviour tips, starters and plenary ideas – essential components for every teacher’s toolkit.

Top Trumps

The classic card game is a classroom favourite. Check out fantastic Top Trumps resources shared by teachers on TES and register for the 2013 Top Trumps.

Assembly of the week: Ghosts of Christmas past

Top 10 It’s Christmas

Add a dash of seasonal cheer to your classroom, with these Christmas resources.

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Spotlight on… Christmas maths

TES maths adviser Craig Barton shares some of his favourite seasonal maths resources.

A funny old game

What else?

  • Get nostalgic about childhood, with the TES toys from the past collection.
  • Don’t be afraid of the cold, get children playing outdoors this winter with naturedetectives’ activities pack.
  • Or, explore the cold season through art and poetry with theTES winter collection.

Bah, humbug!

What else?

  • Express likes and dislikes in Spanish with a resource from Clairecopp.
  • Try s.barfoot’s lesson on expressing opinions about music in German.
  • Or develop pupils’ French skills, with Rhian_Thomas’ step-by-step guide to expressing extended opinion.

Current affairs

What else?

  • Explore the life of a Christmas tree in a geography lesson from Healthy Planet’s.
  • Create an Advent tree while raising awareness of poverty in Africa, with Send a Cow’s creative resources.

Favourite haunts

What else?

  • Get pupils writing their own ghoulish tales, with TESEnglish’s horror and ghost stories creative writing pack
  • Give pupils a helping hand with their story writing, try Louisa28’s ghost story starters.

It's all pine and dandy

What else?