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Material properties - Investigating how objects behave

These resources kick off a unit on materials - their uses, qualities and behaviour. They include presentations to introduce concepts and vocabulary, ideas for investigations and recording sheets to note results and conclusions.

A PowerPoint looks at the difference between natural and man-made materials (must be crazy!). There are also posters and cards with pictures and words so pupils can discuss properties, such as "rough" or "strong" (bevevans22).

Josey111's Three Little Pigs resource can help young children evaluate materials the pigs use to build their houses. In a Connect4 game, pupils can link images to their qualities (collaborative).

Working out which materials can be recycled is a chance to discuss their qualities. The "sorting and separating materials" resource (lexusperplexus) provides a table they can fill in on whether objects float or sink, are magnetic, etc. They can then work out how to dispose of them. For teachers, there is an interactive whiteboard resource, uploaded by mrlyons78.


- Sign up Kwik

This year's Asda Kwik Cricket season will involve more than 130,000 Year 6 pupils from 12,000 schools. Kwik Cricket is a modified version of the game in which everyone gets to have a go. To win prizes, set up your online team at

- Help with asthma

A new range of smaller, easy-to-use inhalers will help asthmatic children cope with a record hayfever season this year after a harsh winter delayed the release of pollen. The Easyhaler, which can be used by children as young as six, is available on prescription from GPs. See for more details

- Woodland fun

Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands, an educational social enterprise in the Dyfi Valley, in Wales, is hosting biodiversity days where local people can identify and record species in a woodland ecosystem. For more details, email


- Team games

Introducing all the essential individual skills

Team games require more than knowledge of the rules and a willingness to join in. These resources introduce the individual skills needed, such as catching, throwing, aiming and playing as a team. There are also plans for team games. These will be of particular value for the non-PE specialists.

For a basic introduction to sporting moves including leaping, hopping, overarm throws and skipping, issacreedy45 has uploaded a series of step-by-step guides. Delios has also contributed a number of lesson plans for simple games to play with key stage 1 pupils, such as bean-bag golf.

NGfL Cymru has supplied two resources focusing on ball skills - a lesson plan looking at the basics of catching a ball, and another on kicking, including group games to help improve pupils' aim and control.

There are a number of resources on cricket, including a scheme of work that will be useful for Year 6 teachers (mattiek). Tedspackman has uploaded a resource which outlines a number of drills primary teachers can use to practise cricket skills such as fielding, catching and bowling.

If you're looking to introduce volleyball, nwhitby22 has uploaded two useful resources - one focusing on the serve, and the other on the "dig".

A great overall resource is the A to Z of games to play with primary children (RHC). This offers a huge range of activities, from accumulation tag (teams take turns to run to a line, gathering members as they go), through to wheelbarrow races.

Finally, guzzle has uploaded ideas for team-building games such as obstacle courses, orienteering and "rope run".


- Primary languages

Phonemes, flags and favourite tales

The TES primary languages collection has resources to help teachers introduce children to French, German and Spanish in primary settings.

There are plenty of resources to introduce phonics in other languages, including a "francophoniques" plan that covers all the French phonemes (rhawkes) and a poem about going to the zoo where pupils have to work out which animal nouns rhyme (rosaespanola). Rhawkes has also uploaded her phonics resources on German and Spanish.

Sandra1972's resource includes flags of all the French-speaking countries.

There are stories available in French, German and Spanish. Rubiales has supplied a PowerPoint version of La petite poule rouge (The Little Red Hen), which introduces the names of animals in French. The Northumberland Grid for Learning has put together two versions of the Three Little Pigs in French and German, where pupils can choose how the story ends. There is also a version of Sleeping Beauty in Spanish (Malena113).

Songs are an easy way for primary pupils to learn a language. FrauSue has come up with a song to the tune of the Addams Family theme about what pupils like to eat and drink. There's a French version of Old MacDonald Had A Farm, including a songsheet and an MP3 file. To teach the colours in Spanish, pupils will enjoy a song to the tune of Is this the way to Amarillo? from juanita72.

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