1st July 2011 at 01:00


Women's war art

The Imperial War Museum in London is offering free tours around its new exhibition of women war artists, on 9 and 23 July. Visitors will learn about the role of women artists from the First World War to the present day. Visit for more information.

Tots' TV stars

Early-years children will have the chance to meet characters from Cbeebies series Waybuloo as they embark on a tour of National Trust properties around England. Children will see a specially-created "Pipling" home and take part in art and music activities. For details, visit http:bit.lywaybuloo


Travel companies Thomson and First Choice have launched a series of resources for primary pupils on sustainable tourism. The eco-traveller programme, aimed at key stage 2 children, features activity sheets to encourage pupils to think about the importance of protecting the natural environment and culture, within the UK and abroad.



Everything pupils need to know about volume

These activities will help pupils acquire the know-how and language to describe volume and measure it. To start with, pupils may use non-standard units so they can explore capacity - for example by using small yogurt pots to fill a jug - before moving on to measure in litres and millilitres and learning to read scales.

For describing non-standard volume, there are a number of activities that will get pupils used to making comparisons. Indigo987 has uploaded a worksheet where pupils must arrange different vessels in order according to their capacity, and also describe whether they are full, nearly empty, empty and the like. JGoodall has uploaded a similar exercise, this time in PowerPoint, where pupils have the added task of drawing a line where they think the level should be. Louise Bruzon's worksheet is a cut and stick exercise where pupils must put vessels in order from the one that holds the most to the least.

When it comes to reading scales, there are several resources where children can either record the measurement they see on the side of a jug or write on a given volume. For a fun twist on measurements, mrdhenshaw has supplied a "magic potion recipe", where pupils need to put together different volumes of mystical concoctions to come up with a special potion. Teachers can fill up some jugs with diluted orange, blackcurrant, lime and water, as substitutes for the disgusting ingredients.

Finally, there are a number of TESiboard activities that relate to capacity - in one, pupils have to choose how they would fill, for example, a watering can, by choosing the most appropriate vessel.



From filling in forms to dialling take-aways

Among the role play activities featured in this collection, children can practise filling out forms at the doctor, dialing for a take-away, pricing goods in a shop or booking an appointment.

There are a number of transport role-play ideas. Cal22 has uploaded flight, bus and train tickets that teachers could laminate to use over and over again. MissSM has created a set of flashcards a class could use for an airport role play, including a list of questions that a flight attendant might ask at the check-in desk.

There are lots of role plays about visiting shops and high street services. Pupils can act out the role of the baker (jeweleemurphy), corner shop worker, newsagent or launderette worker. There are signs, posters and adverts to print out, as well as appointment or order books to fill in.

Pupils will love the chance to role-play members of the emergency services. Lovemelovemyshoes has uploaded a prompting document for pupils who are making a 999 call, with incident forms for those who are taking the call.



Fun ways to practise phrases and vocabulary

Many of the games in this collection have been supplied in adaptable formats, which will work with any language, helping pupils to practise basic phrases and themed vocabulary.

A great game to revise common words is Who Wants to be a Millionaire? This version, supplied by Kamol, has been set up to test the past tense with "avoir" and -er verbs, but it can be adapted for any purpose.

Another well-known game, Deal or No Deal (A prendre ou a laisser), is the theme for a resource uploaded by jessbgirl. Teachers can place their own questions in the PowerPoint template.

"Guess Who?" is a great way to learn descriptive French vocabulary (pinkflutterby86), and can be adapted with authentic Spanish or German names for another language class. "Fly me to the moon", uploaded by Hartlepoolmonkey, is an interactive quiz in which two teams compete to see who can build their rocket first by answering questions correctly.

Fans of the popular Blockbusters game will enjoy this version based on rooms in a house (tgroskop), and there are a number of noughts and crosses-style games that focus on colours, pets, subjects and members of the family.

There are also two Teachers TV videos that may prove useful, one of which includes a series of short dramatised clips to use as discussion starters, aimed at key stage 2.


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