20th October 2000 at 01:00
Great Ormond Street Hospital Spellathon and Mathathon The London children's hospital is challenging children to learn 50 spellings andor six-times tables to raise money for its pioneering work with children suffering from rare, life-threatening diseases.

Schools wishing to take part should contact Jan Kemsley on: 0207 916 5678 or write to: 40-41 Queen Street Square, London WC1N 3AJ for details and sponsorship forms.

Register of Research in Primary Geography The register, which was started in 1995, aims to promote active classroom research and the exchange of ideas in geography and environmental studies. Its editor wants to attract, among others, those who have done classroom research on a large scale, final year and postgraduate students, plus experienced and newly qualified teachers.

The next directory is now being compiled. There is a registration fee of pound;5 and plans to hold seminars "for teachers involved in best-practice research".

For further information, contact co-ordinatoreditor Rachel Bowles, 9 Humber Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7LS, phonefax: 020 8858 5685 or e-mail:

A History of Britain This series, which is written and presented by Simon Schama, is well into its first showing on BBC2 on Wednesday nights, and there will be a further nine episodes during the spring.

Although the series is fo adults, primary teachers may not know of the linked interactive website (, that has a range of activities, including an aerial view of a Viking settlement that users can fly over.

A week of linked local history events and activities have also been planned for the October half-term break. From October 21 to 29 Hampton Court Palace will host The Cavalier King, which will include presentations about the time of Charles I, as well as children's discovery tours and the cooking of Stuart food in the Great Kitchen.

All events are listed on the BBC History Events information line: 08700 10 60 60 and on

Free computers for schools

A voucher-collection scheme from Tiny Computers aims to put pound;12 million worth of hardware into schools. To get a free computer, schools must collect 20 vouchers, which are given to people buying home PCs from the company. In return for the vouchers a school will receive a pound;600 machine with a year's on-site warranty. The campaign will run until August 9, 2001. Schools can register by calling: 0800 072 8998. For more details, visit: www.tiny.comukschools.

They can join the scheme any time before the closing date and are not limited to the amount of vouchers they can collect.

The company hopes the scheme will take 20,000 of its computers into the classroom.

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