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Buildings and architecture

Diverse perspectives on the built environment

The built environment is an important aspect of landscape study. This collection is useful when teaching children about the design elements of public spaces and private dwellings.

These resources can link art to design and technology, history andor geography in cross-curricular topics.

EnglishHeritage and its partner EngagingPlaces have contributed fantastic resources to this collection, including an interactive timeline of English buildings. The activity gives pupils an introduction to how English buildings have changed over the past 1,000 years in terms of style and building material.

Engagingplaces01 has created a lesson plan and provided materials to support the teaching of beauty in relation to the built environment. The activity is suitable for key stage 1 pupils, and will create discussion on the aspects of buildings we find beautiful. They have also shared an activity for key stage 2 pupils, using St Pancras station in London (pictured) as a case study. This resource can be used across a range of subjects, including English, maths and science.

Openhouse has shared a link to an online resource that will encourage children to explore architecture. The activities on "Archikids" will push pupils to think about the built environment in their city in a fun and relevant way.

TateKids has also supplied an interesting art activity inspired by the artist Michael Landy, and his piece Semi Detached - an exact replica of his father's house.


Animal day

With World Animal Day on 4 October, its website has ideas from around the world on how to celebrate it. Last year, schools wrote poems from an animal's perspective, organised visits from a vet and pupils came to school dressed as animals.

Play with Earth

Mission Earth is a new board game designed to help children learn about green issues. Designed by a group of Oxfordshire pupils, it begins in the year 2259, where players see what Earth might look like unless we act now. It incorporates a team-play element to encourage pupils to use their correct answers to help others.

Learn PC parts

Go to the primary resources section of the TES website to download a worksheet that teaches pupils the names of different parts of the computer. For more able pupils, there is a chance to look at the question of input and output devices.


Games and assessment

Jumping beans, agility and Africa feature in lesson ideas

This collection of resources offers teachers activities to start the new school year fit and healthy.

For warm-up activities, mattiek and hall.i have shared a number of games suitable for all age groups. Ideas include the "bean game", in which pupils have to carry out the appropriate action according to the type of bean that has been called out. For example, "jumping bean" means children have to jump around the room, and if you hear "jelly bean" you have to wobble around like a jelly.

Michael McGreal has created and shared six weeks' worth of lesson plans which aim to develop agility, balance and co-ordination. The plans are well structured, and include useful diagrams depicting the activities described. Porcgi has also provided a great lesson plan to aid the teaching of gymnastics to key stage 2 pupils.

To keep on top of assessments, beachman0274 has shared an assessment record sheet, which will enable you to easily track what your pupils are developing, or have already achieved.

If you would like to try something a little different in your lessons, Send a Cow has shared activities that children in Africa enjoy playing. The games include mokou - a stone game, drop scotch and bounceball.

Catherine Mitri has shared a worksheet for those who are not participating with the physical education lesson. The sheet asks the pupil to explain why they were unable to join in with the lesson, and ensures they understand what activities they missed during that lesson.

Other resources in the collection feature ideas on how to include physical education in other parts of the curriculum (TES Web Staff) and a PowerPoint presentation showing basic shapes in gymnastics (gapolden).


Grasp handwriting

Jingles and magic pens make it fun

Developing pupils' handwriting is an integral part of their education that many find tricky to grasp. This collection of resources includes materials and activities which you can use to help pupils master the skill of doing it neatly.

For early-years and key stage 1 pupils, Caramel has created an easy-to-follow Word document containing handwriting jingles. They help pupils to grasp letter formations in a fun and memorable way.

Bevevans22 has shared a resource to help with letter formations. Her interactive PowerPoint presentation presents the letters of the alphabet with a "magic pen", which shows pupils how to write the letters shown.

Each letter can be repeated as many times as you wish, and are accompanied by a picture of something that begins with that letter.

Posters and displays containing letter formations can act as a great reminder for your pupils throughout the day. Cathyd has shared a resource reminding pupils the difference between the letters b and d, and fizzy1 has created a display for classrooms where cursive handwriting is being taught.

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