British Museum website
A British Museum collections website designed for seven to 11-year-olds and introduced by Albert the museum's lion has been developed by curators, teachers and education officers. Children's Compass contains information on over 800 key objects in the collections and is linked to printable and on-line activities. For example, children can solve the hieroglyphic spell to open the mummy's tomb, try to piece together the Sutton Hoo helmet or design their own mythical creature. Other features include themed tours on animals, toys and Anglo-Saxons. Noticeboards display children's work and an "ask the expert" section. Special features for teachers and parents include tours designed specifically to cover aspects of the national curriculum, a facility enabling easy location of resources, and curriculum-based activities. Go to: www.thebritishmuseum.ac.ukchildrenscompass.
Citizenship pack on animals
A new teachers' resources pack specifically linked to citizenship at key stages 1 and 2 has been produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Research and Education Foundation. Subjects covered include Zoos: Prison Or Paradise?, Should Hunting by Banned? and Taking Care of our Companion Animals. Pupils are encouraged to discuss these topics from both sides of the argument. The packs, which are free, can be ordered from: PETA REF, PO Box 24195, London SW18 4FF; phone: 020 8877 3392.
Digital video awards
Pupils from UK schools who have created and edited videos can enter the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency's Digital Awards. Entries must be produced entirely by pupils and can be either two or five minutes in length. Entrants must be aged eight and above. Winning entries will be shown on 4Learning (the educational arm of Channel 4) and will win a digital video learning kit. For details go to: www.becta.org.ukcreativityawards.
More than 100,000 children experienced homelessness in England last year. Shelter, the housing organisation, has launched a free resource pack for primary schools exploring what it means to have a home and be homeless in the UK. It contains 24 photographs which can be used to stimulate discussion on topics such as "How does housing affect the way you live?"
and "What is the difference between a house and a home?" For more information or to order a pack phone 0870 241 6084 or go to: www.housemate.org.uk.
Imperial War Museum North
This new branch of the Imperial War Museum is the first to be located outside the South of England. Opening on July 5, its exhibitions will concentrate on how the social impact of wars and conflict has shaped people's lives in the 20th and 21st centuries. Based in the Trafford Park area of Manchester, the museum has designed its displays to appeal to the widest possible audience, with an emphasis on responsibilities for peacekeeping and conflict resolution around the world. The museum's Strategy for Learning underpins its programme of citizenship education for schools. For more information phone Gill Roth: 020 7612 1563.
Write Here, Write Now
These awards, now in their third year, are for children in Years 4 and 5 and support the National Literacy Strategy. Children are given opening lines by professional writers, including children's author Jacqueline Wilson, film director and former Monty Python member Terry Jones and poet John Hegley, as starting points. There are four categories: story, poem, non-fiction persuasive writing, and journalism. Winners will get computers for themselves and their schools and a special book will be published with their entries. The closing date is July 31. For a pack telling you how to enter and providing suggestions for activities, phone: 01634 729 825 or visit: www.writehere.org.uk.