Resources - Primary

25th February 2011 at 00:00


Geography lessons mapped out

The Geographical Association has produced a new series of books for primary teachers. Each book contains eight geography lessons, plus downloadable resources such as activity sheets. The release of the books coincides with a recent Ofsted report, which found that half of schools lacked expertise in teaching the subject.

Game on for rugby tours

Rugby and cricket tour specialist Gullivers Sports Travel will be hosting three-night rugby tours in April, for players aged seven to 12. See

Veggie competition

To coincide with National Vegetarian Week (23-29 May), the Vegetarian Society is running a competition to design a mouth-watering vegetarian school meal. Pupils are asked to supply a menu, including a drink and a dessert. Judges are looking for a meal that is original, practical, nutritious and tasty. Entries close in mid-April and should be sent to


What is it

This is a collection of resources focusing on the weather, for primary pupils at all stages.

How to use it

For younger children, you could start by looking at how the weather affects how we dress. Lbuzzybea has uploaded visual resources that teachers can laminate, looking at clothes pupils might wear in warm weather, cold weather and the rain.

There is also a large selection of resources around cold weather, supplied by toty. This includes activities, poems and a worksheet to draw what the trees look like in different seasons.

For key stage 2 pupils, Rbinnie1 has uploaded a set of lesson plans and template resources for the weather topic. This is a complete set of introductions, medium-term plans, lesson plans and photocopiable resource sheets for the Weather around the World unit in key stage 2 geography.

Sophie Duncan, project manager for science at the BBC, has also shared some lesson plans with The TES, which could be suitable for KS2 science or geography lessons. These include a practical lesson in which pupils can create a mini tornado using plastic bottles.

A different take on the popular lesson starter of looking at what the weather is doing today, supplied by Bevevans22, is to introduce the elements through sign language. This incorporates days of the week in easy-to-read signing instructions.

Another resource (supplied by NgfL Cymru) looks at descriptive words for weather, so pupils can build on their use of adjectives. They can compile descriptions of the weather, make forecasts and poll the class on the kind of weather they like best.

Where to find it

This collection of resources on weather can be found at


What is it

With World Maths Day coming up on 1 March, this is a collection of useful and time-saving resources, including mental arithmetic, worksheet generators and games.

How to use it

If you need a visual representation of numbers, there are a number of interactive whiteboard activities available, uploaded by TES i-board. In "visual numbers", choose a number by clicking in the box at the bottom. Then, by clicking on the arrow, the digit will be represented by beads, split into units and tens.

This helps younger pupils put numbers into order and compare their values. For simple counting, there is another interactive whiteboard activity in which pupils can track parrots flying from one tree to another.

For key stage 1 multiplication lessons, a huge array of interactive whiteboard activities are available. Repeated Sets shows bags of apples and bananas, and asks pupils to calculate what the total will be for a certain number of bags.

A friendly gorilla will show them the correct number of baskets with the portions of fruit requested.

If gorillas aren't your thing, Multiple Fish, another TES i-board resource, asks pupils to cast their fishing rods to catch multiples of fish, calculate how many they have caught and how many are left in the water.

Chriscrispus has uploaded two booklets, for Years 3 to 4, and 5 to 6, which show ways to add, multiply, subtract and divide.

Finally, the resource I'm Thinking of a Number (TES i-board) is a great consolidation activity that enables the class to practise a range of mental calculation skills. Play as a class game, or ask pairs of pupils to challenge each other.

Where to find it

Go to strategies for all of these resources and more.


What is it

This is a collection of resources for primary PE lessons - from warm-up games, outlines of policy and targets, to a selection of ball games and gymnastics ideas.

How to use it

If you need an idea of what pupils should be able to do at different stages, I see tea has uploaded a concise outline of attainment levels in athletics, dance, gymnastics and other playground games, listed as "I can ..." targets. There are also a number of resources exploring warm-up games, including one uploaded by mattiek, which includes a lively bean game, where pupils have to run when they are asked to be a runner bean, for example.

If you want to try something different for your games lesson, the charity Send A Cow has a list of ball games African children play, such as dodgeball, bounceball and mokou (which uses stones). There are full instructions and an image of children playing each game.

Finally, for those in need of ideas at short notice, TES web staff have uploaded a link to a long, alphabetical list of games for all stages that are quick and easy to set up.

Where to find it

All of these links and resources can be found at

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