Humanities - Run with Katie Morag

28th October 2011 at 01:00

What is it?

Mairi Hedderwick's Katie Morag series of books, set on the fictional Isle of Struay, can produce inspiring cross-curricular lessons. This collection comprises resources developed from these much-loved stories.

What's in it?

As well as materials for island topics in geography, this collection sneaks in some word work, reading comprehension, maths, and even a little bit of science. Among the geography highlights are lifeoutreach's scheme of work for island life, using maps and plans. Or try ejbrigg's worksheet on Struay to get pupils engaged with using a compass and identifying landmarks.

What else?

For some cross-curricular fun, ask pupils to write their own island adventure using the vocabulary they have learnt from the stories. Or help them develop a role-play for an island exploration. What would they find? Where would they go? What animals might they see? To try these resources and get some inspiration for your own classroom activities go to

Rulers across the ages

TESiboard has chosen 24 rulers from across the ages whose influence has been felt globally. The cast of historic characters includes Henry VIII, Tutankhamun, Alexander the Great and Ivan the Terrible.

How it can be used

Aimed at KS2 (P4-7), information is presented in various formats such as mock websites, encyclopaedias and glossaries, providing useful secondary sources for research and models for pupils' writing. An interactive graph- maker and stamp collection encourage pupils to analyse the information and meet data-handling objectives in maths and ICT.

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