Links to resources in TES 7 September 2012

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

7 September 2012

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


Recommended resources

Key stage 1 - Morning rising

  • Colouring templates and challenges – great fillers and starters for a pirate unit, by erylands.

Key stage 2 - Treasure trove

  • From the Jolly Roger to tankards of ale duckface shares pirate resources galore.

Key stage 3 - Fact not fiction

  • Delve into the world of Elizabethan piracy with a history lesson from danrock.

Key stage 4 - Ode to the sea

  • Try some pirate-themed poetry to celebrate 'talk like a pirate' day with a recording of the ballad of John Silver shared by Spoken Verse.

Key stage 5 - White slavery

  • Share Project Gutenberg's ebook 'white slaves or the oppression of the worthy poor' and discuss the lesser known slave industry with students.


The Fantastic Mr Dahl is published by Puffin. Talk to author Michael Rosen about his book about Roald Dahl and more on the TES website, next Thursday 13 September.

From classroom to small screen

MediaCore, a new online video publishing platform, lets you create video content and share with students via PC, tablet, laptop or mobile phone

Keeping assessment fresh

Make your Assessment for Learning (AfL) tasks different in every lesson with a PowerPoint from MikeGershon. The toolkit includes over 60 AfL ideas.

Quick fire VCOP

For VCOP (Vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) starters, plenaries or quick tests try cariad2's VCOP quick fire activities.

King Lear for kids

A modern version of King Lear will be brought to the stage for schools and young audiences. In the RSC's 75 minute play a royal family gathers for Christmas and the father broadcasts his seasonal message. The play will tour schools and theatres from 11 September to 1 December. More information about the RSC's Young People's Shakespeare and educational programme. Check out RSC's profile on TES

Capital explorers

Take pupils on a walking tour of London from famous sites to sweet shops with succulent treats and help them discover the city's history and culture. The map is available from Amazon.

Assembly of the week

Discussion: In groups ask pupils to discuss how they think survivors were saved from the World Trade Centre. What other situations might people need help with? How could they help people?

TES resources: Pirates

'If you have a novel idea for the classroom – or the solution to a knotty teaching problem - we'd love to hear about it.' Please email ideas to our Resources editor

Tutor time - Study skills

  • Leighbee23 asks students to think about how much time they waste, analyse their time usage and start making targets in a time management lesson with a quiz to finish
  • Help students identify how they learn best with NicolaOrton's quick and easy learning styles questionnaire
  • EffectiveTeacher's visual cards are useful prompts to help students set targets for the year

Spotlight on… Digital piracy

  • Introduce students to copyright and help them get to grips with the law with a presentation from mcmrbt
  • rubberchicken2's PowerPoint on music downloading gives students lots of sources showing how torrents affect the entertainment industry and downloaders
  • Finish your piracy lesson with a debate. To make sure it goes smoothly use mrwatt1's detailed debating guide

Marooned on Number Island

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Pirates an adventure in Science

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  • For a practical lesson putting magnetism theory to practice try a demonstration from iop
  • Get students making their own compasses with Jubejube's lesson, if they're successful maybe they will find some hidden treasure.


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Sir Francis Drake: naval hero or pirate thief?

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Sea Shanties

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