Lesson Plans


World Population Day, 11 July

1. Population dominoes

How do we measure quality of life? What do we mean by population density? Get students thinking about global communities with a game of population dominoes.

2. Population control

Divide students into two teams and encourage them to argue for and against population control, using China's one-child policy as a case study.

3. Human impact

What is the effect of a rising human population on other species? What impact does it have on the land and on natural resources?

4. Family demography

How much does it cost to bring up children and how do populations change over time? Find out with this selection of resources that investigate birth and death rates and ageing populations.

5. Limiting factors

Help your students to analyse graphs with this PowerPoint, which considers factors that limit populations and includes information about plant and animal species.

6. Rising population

Explore population growth in the UK since the Second World War, focusing on the impact of immigration and improved health services. Get students to discuss the birth of the National Health Service.

7. It's a small world

If the Earth's population was represented in a community of 100 people, what would it look like? Find out in a lesson on population and compound growth.

8. Population explosion

Roll the dice to increase the population of a country. The higher the number, the fuller the country becomes until the population begins to encroach on unused land. Ask students to write about the impact this would have.

9. India and the UK

How much bigger is India's population than that of the UK? What are the differences and similarities between the two countries? Students find out in this selection of activities.

10. Circles of life

Turn students into analysts in a lesson on Venn diagrams and ask them to weigh up the social, economic and environmental impact of population growth. Which is the most significant?

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyWorldPopulationDay2013


Bastille Day, 14 July

1. Bastille Day for children

What is Bastille Day? Why is it celebrated? Find out about one of the most important events in French history with a selection of worksheets and activities.

2. La Fete Nationale

Introduce students to Bastille Day, and to key words such as liberty, brotherhood and equality, with a wordsearch starter activity.

3. Le quatorze juillet

Use this PowerPoint to start a class discussion on why people celebrate Bastille Day and what a revolt would look like today.

4. Bastille crossword

What is the definition of a republic? Which part of the French national motto means equality? Students find out - and practise their French - with this crossword.

5. La Revolution francaise

Test your students' French vocabulary and inference skills in a lesson that compares and contrasts the Fete de la Bastille with Bonfire Night in the UK. Why are they still celebrated?

6. Musical history

Take your students back in time to the French Revolution and the Norman conquest of England - and show them teachers at their best - in these musical history lessons performed by teachers.

7. Non-French speakers

Do you confuse bonjour with au revoir? Fear not. Celebrate Bastille Day - and brush up on your French - with PowerPoint lessons for teachers who last spoke the language at school.

8. Famous French melody

Try a spot of classroom karaoke with different versions of the famous French melody Au Clair de la Lune. Ideal for introducing French culture and traditions.

9. Bastille Day quiz

What was the Bastille and when and why was it captured? How did King Louis XVI respond? Test your students' knowledge with this quiz from Encyclopaedia Britannica.

10. Symbolic day

Tell the story of the national holiday - and show how its cultural impact continues today - in a lesson that uses Widgit Symbols.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyBastilleDay2013

5 assemblies

Longing for a lie-in With the summer holidays and the chance of a lie-in nearly upon us, this assembly takes a light-hearted look at the importance of sleep.


Nutrition What is healthy eating? Get students thinking about health and diet in this image-based PowerPoint assembly.


You've got a friend Ask students what they value most in a friend and introduce them to some inspiring quotes about friendship. bit.lyFriendshipAssembly

Would you intervene? Put the story of the Good Samaritan into a modern context and pose a series of moral questions.


Time for peace Perfect for the end of term, this assembly is a multi-faith and multicultural reflection on peace with calming visuals. bit.lyTime4Peace


1. Make counting count

Take a look at gepocock's range of counting activities for children working at a low mathematics age, including recognising numbers, multi-sensory counting and games. bit.lyEarlyCounting

2. Super support

What is the best way to support special needs students in mathematics and English? Check out Matt Grant's guide to intervention strategies. bit.lyLitNumIntervention

3. Multi-sensory magic

Five fun-filled ideas from TES Autism in Schools that use texture and sensory aids to help children develop their fine motor and manipulation skills. Links to recipes are included.


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