Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week - 29 March 2013

Links to resources, events and reviews featured in TES this week - 29 March 2013

29 March 2013

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

Give music the kiss of life

Recommended resources

Key stage 1 - Three Songs

  • This Teachers TV video offers simple vocal warm-ups and three easy-to-learn songs from around the world.

Key stage 2 - Call and Response

  • Listen to this selection of call and response and echo sings, some traditional and others by contemporary composers.

Key stage 3 - Gospel signing

  • A presentation with music lizep7 takes students through a potted history of gospel music.

Key stage 4 - History of Reggae

  • This introduction to reggae with information sheet and questionswould make an ideal homework activity.

Key stage 5 - World Music

  • Get lost in music and discover the world through song with this activity from TES partner Christian Aid.


Mastering the art of revision

With exam season on the horizon, help your students master the art of revision with TES’ handpicked selection of revision techniques.

Assembly of the week: Ending slavery: an unfinished business

  • Encourage students to think about slavery in the past and as an ongoing human rights issue with a booklet from TES partner Citizenship Foundation.
  • For an assembly for every day of term, visit the TES Assembly a Day teaching resources.

Top 10: St George's Day

Celebrate St George's Day and explore English heritage and patriotism with our resources.

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Spotlight on: Earth Day

Raise awareness of environmental issues and to mark Earth Day on 22 April.

It takes two

What else?

  • Try barbaramolony’s introduction to algebra and get pupils thinking differently about numbers.
  • Turn word problems into basic formulas with helenstamp’s popular algebra activity.

You've got a deal

What else?

This sounds promising

What else?

  • Check out The Orchestra Family with DonnaJMinto’s audio files and worksheets of songs about the instruments of the orchestra.
  • Tune in to TES partner the Royal Albert Hall and watch Classical Spectacular, a unique classical musical concert for schools. Includes a teacher education pack.

Document the ch-ch-changes

What else?

  • Find about the Spanish Civil War, why it happened and how it developed with an activity from avelchiz.
  • Examine the relationships between the competing factions that existed in Franco's Spain with a lesson from Robinofthedyers.

Play it again, Sir

What else?

  • Have a go at s_mcsweeney’s cut and paste music history puzzle. Can be tailored to your class.
  • Take in the music of Ancient Egypt pwilloughby3’s PowerPoint with embedded sound files to help pupils make connections between music then and now.

Know the score

What else?

  • Take a look at JCTurner15’s games and puzzles on the instruments of the orchestra, including several starter and plenary activities.
  • Inspire pupils to learn about the workings of the orchestra with the help of mangopiano’s comprehensive worksheet resource.

Make overtures

What else?

  • Try TES Connect, which features a short video from BBC Class Clips as an introduction. The video features Escamillo, from Bizet’s popular opera Carmen, singing the toreador song.
  • Sarah Harvey’s opera worksheet of keywords is another good place to start. Students can learn about acts, overtures, duets and the role of the conductor – and put together their own synopsis.