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Grasshoppers...and Other Green Things! Key stages 1 and 2 information file of ideas for investigations and activities. The material links with Agenda 21, a framework for sustainable development, set out at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The information sheets are suitable for non-specialists. Pounds 9.99. Kent Trust for Nature and Conservation, Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3BD. Tel: 01622 662012.


The Thread of the Nile, Development Issues in Egypt for history and geography at key stage 2. This photopack looks at life in rural Egypt in the mid 1990s. The village locality study includes 24 colour photographs and a teacher's handbook with photocopiable material and activities. Pounds 15. Development Education Centre, 998 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LE. Tel: 0121 472 3255.


Measuring Animals is a plastic area board which can be used to teach length and area at key stages 1 and 2. Same-size tablets with different brightly-coloured animals painted on them can be fixed to the board, enabling teachers to set a variety of calculations. Ten workcards come with it. Pounds 17. Invicta Education, Harborough Road, Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 4CB.

Tel: 0116 2720555.


Shared Reading. A video-based pack containing support material for starting a shared reading scheme and showing shared reading projects in Kirklees schools. Pounds 25. Kirklees Education Advisory Service, The Deighton Centre, Deighton Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD2 1JP. Tel: 01484 444578.

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