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24th September 2010 at 01:00

A schools' trail at Tower Bridge has become a permanent fixture. The Guy Fox Passport encourages children to follow a route through Tower Bridge by collecting stickers that form a panoramic view of the bridge when put together..

Band together

A range of wristbands has been launched to help safeguard children on school trips. They include information on the child's school, the person running the trip and contact details. For more details, see

Holiday that will score 1010

Teachers are being asked for their fantasy holidays in a competition to win a ten-day expedition for their pupils. Teachers can enter the prize draw by listing their top ten dream destinations and the winning school will get the chance to take ten pupils on a ten-day trip to Morocco. The competition is being run to mark the tenth birthday of youth travel company Outlook Expeditions. For more details and to enter, go to

Educational visits

What the lesson is about

Based on a trip to a farm, this lesson is about animal welfare and is aimed at early-yearsfoundation and KS1 pupils. It introduces them to the idea that much of what we eat and use every day comes from animals, and that animals deserve to have a happy and healthy life.

Aims: pupils will -

- understand that humans and animals have the same basic needs, such as food and water;

- distinguish between pets and farm animals;

- be able to identify animal sources of everyday foodstuffs.

Getting started

Ask pupils to think about who they would expect to find living on a farm, and record their responses. Then, in pairs, ask them to come up with three things those animals need in order to be happy and healthy, such as food, water, shelter, room to exercise and company, and then compare answers. Show them the cow factsheet (available on the link below) and go through different products that come from cows. You can also use real products, such as milk and leather belts. Repeat as required for other animals.

Taking it further

Ask pupils to select a mobile worksheet (available on the link below), mount it onto card and cut out the animal. Ask pupils to write a thank-you message. Get them to identify products derived from that animal and attach these along with the message. Finally, discuss with the class why a thank-you message has been included. Printed copies of the cut-out pictures can also be used to make a lotto-style game.

Where to find it

This lesson, plus photocopiable worksheets, was originally uploaded by ZoeSalmon, and can be found at

What the lesson is about

This is part of a series of 11 lessons about how heritage sites inform us about prehistoric times and is based on a visit to a local area of historic interest. It is aimed at Year 34 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- understand how their area has changed;

- use a wide range of sources to inquire about their area in prehistoric times;

- discuss why historical interpretations vary.

Getting started

Ask pupils to model a bubble map on what they know and what they would like to know about the site they will visit. How long has it been there? With each sheet representing a decade, use two toilet rolls in the playground or school hall to demonstrate the length of time between when it was built and today, so 10 sheets represents a century. Ask children to use a range of sources to research a chosen question about the site.

Where to find it

The unit of 11 lessons was originally uploaded by EnglishHeritage and can be found at

What the lesson is about

Based on a visit to a farm, this is a lesson about farm animals and can be used with KS1 and 2 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- recognise that animals fall into different groups;

- recognise the names for male, female and young of different farm animals.

Getting started

Explain that most farm animals fall into two groups, mammals and birds, and that mammals are animals whose babies grow inside their mother's bodies and feed on milk from their mothers. Tell them that birds are animals whose babies hatch out of eggs and feed on food that is brought to them. Say that while mammals are usually covered in fur or hair, birds are covered with feathers and most can fly. On the farm visit, ask pupils to put animals into the correct classification groups.

Taking it further

Inform your class that there are different names for the male and female of the species and for their young. Give children cards showing pictures of the young of different farm animals and ask them to match the young to the right animal. Show a list of names of male, female and young and ask them to join the family groups.

Where to find it

The lesson by Willows Farm Village can be found at

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