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Last month's top 10 downloads for 5- to 11-year-olds

1. Maths murder mystery

A murder has been committed: there are 32 suspects and one of them is guilty. Students crack the coded clues to reveal the identity of the killer.

2. Five-minute lesson plan

Are you keen to reduce your planning time and focus on the key learning phases of a lesson? Try the five-minute lesson plan.

3. Roald Dahl

What better way to develop children's vocabulary and punctuation - as well as their creative writing skills - than with a scheme of work based on the books of Roald Dahl?

4. What am I?

This 3D shape has no flat faces and no straight edges. It has just one curved face. What is it? Teach children about the properties of 3D shapes by matching shapes to descriptions.

5. Frooby the Dragon

Follow the story of Frooby the Dragon and the witch as they double the number of suns, in a lesson on doubling and halving.

6. Snake escape

Turn your classroom into a newsroom for the day. Students write a newspaper report on an escaped snake, using photographs, notes and eyewitness reports.

7. Pirates galore

Shiver me timbers! Find out about famous buccaneers, pirate flags and ships, and what pirates ate and drank. Give children the chance to learn some vocabulary and design their own pirate flag.

8. Nocturnal animals

What animal spends most of the day asleep and is perfectly camouflaged for the night? Find out in this sorting-and-matching card game.

9. Who can fly?

This lesson on flight incorporates kites, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a PowerPoint slide of objects that fly.

10. La Bella Durmiente

Bring language to life by retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty in Spanish. Ask your students to provide illustrations.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyPrimaryLessons7June


Last month's top 10 downloads for 11- to 18-year-olds

1. Algebra trail

Turn a lesson on algebra into a school-wide treasure hunt. Send your students on a quest to discover and answer a series of questions.

2. Global bingo

If a rainforest was destroyed, what would happen to the air quality? How many different species are lost every year because of deforestation? Students tackle these questions and more in this game of global bingo.

3. Personification in poetry

"The fog comeson little cat feet.It sits lookingover harbor and cityon silent haunchesand then moves on." Explore personification in Carl Sandburg's Fog and other well-known poems.

4. Top 40 warm-ups

Use this selection of physical education warm-ups to get students moving like animals, tying themselves in knots and playing a game of hot potato.

5. Who was Robin Hood?

Was he an outlaw or a nobleman? Did he live in Sherwood Forest? Discover the man behind the myths in this series of activities.

6. Salsa rhythm cards

Teach your class the five important rhythms of salsa, and get everyone on their feet, in this flash-card activity.

7. Is religion dangerous?

Try this thought-provoking lesson on the pros and cons of religion, exploring terrorism, holy wars and pacifism.

8. Human rights

What is the real impact of the Human Rights Act on people's lives? Does the act make a difference? Explore these questions in a sorting-and-matching card game.

9. A crime in the library

A crime has been committed and witness statements have been taken - in French. This intriguing detective game will help your students to improve their reading comprehension skills.

10. 101 novel ideas

This list provides inspiration for the overworked teacher on alternative ways to teach novels, from writing a different ending to creating a board game or designing a film poster.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lySecondaryLessons7June


1. Living with deafness

Raise awareness among students of the challenges that can be faced by people who have hearing impairments, in a lesson from TES Connect partner The National Deaf Children's Society.


2. Moving on

For young children, moving up to "big" school can be daunting, and it can be a particularly tricky time for those with special needs. A guide from Mentalhealthfoundation offers advice on providing support.


3. Emotional literacy

What is emotional literacy? How can young people discuss the feelings and emotions they experience during puberty? Help students to understand emotional health with a PowerPoint from randomgirly.



No more litter - What are the effects of dropping litter? How can we stop it? Reinforce the negative impact of littering.

Food Safety Week - During this UK-wide awareness week (10-16 June), discuss food safety and cooking guidelines in an adaptable assembly.

The Queen's birthday - Mark British monarch Elizabeth II's official birthday on 15 June. An opportunity to reuse the bunting left over from last year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Father's Day - On this day (16 June), which honours fathers in many countries, prompt students to think about their father or father figure.

Geography Awareness Week - Try an assembly to kick-start this UK-wide celebration of geography (24-28 June).

Find these assemblies at bit.lyJuneAssemblies2013.

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