Resources - Secondary

28th January 2011 at 00:00


Olympic preview tickets up for grabs

School-trip operator Adaptable Travel is offering pupils a chance to win free tickets to the 2012 Sporting Legacy event at Emirates Stadium in London from February 7 to 8. To enter, go to Adaptable Travel's Facebook page.

Music to composers' ears

The BBC Proms has launched its annual search for the country's best young composers, offering them the chance to work alongside professional musicians. The Inspire Young Composers' competition is open to 12 to 18-year-olds. For details on how to enter, go to

Fill up on food production

The Food for Life Partnership has launched a new resource about sustainable food, called Stuffed, for secondary pupils. It looks at the impact food has on the environment, society and animal welfare.


What is it

This is a collection of resources for teaching post-16 biology. It has been chosen by Dr Richard Spencer, TES science adviser and subject leader for biology and learning and development manager at a sixth-form centre in north-east England (username docras).

How to use it

Material on genes and evolution includes a series of short videos that can be used to teach different aspects of evolution (uploaded by bogstandardcomp), a link to a webpage featuring the latest developments in human genomics (Adam74c) and a table of key terms in genetic engineering to enable students to create their own glossary (KatyJo).

A review activity challenges students to sequence and label the stages of mitosis (GemmaButton), while a sort activity looks at the difference between mitosis and meiosis (BioGas66). A worksheet gives students the chance to create their own cartoon strip to summarise the production and roles of B cells in the immune response (jacthecat). There is also a poster on the use of stem cells in medical research (medhelp) and PowerPoints on the structure and function of the lungs (misscare) and the heart (hmckeating).

An activity where students create questions where the answers have already been supplied can be used as a topic summary on carbohydrates (edp10ch), a card loop game revises key ecology terminology (Duncan Rhodes) and a Venn diagram puzzle summarises the key features of different types of cell transport (BioGas66).

Where to find it

The collection can be found at


What is it

This is a selection of some of the top-rated art and design resources on The TES site, including material for project-based work, lesson planning and group activities.

How to use it

Starter materials include a presentation introducing pupils to contemporary art and design, featuring examples from Tracey Emin and David Shrigley (below, uploaded by artcrisis), an introduction to Egyptian art featuring a wordsearch (clairejagger) and resources on jewellery, including information sheets on Rene Lalique, Raymond Templier, art nouveau and art deco (mynameiscait). Project work ranges from a scheme of work on Gaudi, aimed at key stage 3 pupils, leading up to the creation of 3D clay forms based on Gaudi's work (cmcapp), to a workbook on portraits, also for KS3, that can be used as a homework booklet (MrAJD) and activities centred on a project on disguises for GCSE pupils (KatherineBriggs).

The collection features assessment tools, including one on personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) that can also be used for medium and long-term planning and sheets for PLTS-based assessment focusing on a project on cubism (both pinnylady). A PowerPoint breaks down KS3 national curriculum art levels into an easily understandable format that can be used for display (picklesprincess), while a set of information sheets looks at how KS4 pupils can get to the next level (clairejagger) and another PowerPoint includes tips to help pupils prepare for GCSE exams (kingsofeurope).

Where to find it

The collection can be found at


What is it

This is a collection of 10 of the best health and social care materials on TES Resources, as rated by site users. It encompasses lesson starters, worksheets and PowerPoints for subject areas including childcare, well-being and nutrition.

How to use it

Childcare resources include a lesson plan and PowerPoint, with accompanying activities and worksheets, that look at the topics of layettes and nappies (uploaded by litlun19). The lesson plan explains the definition of layette and provides illustrated examples and activities for pupils. A lesson on breastfeeding includes a PowerPoint containing tasks for students and suggested homework (also litlun19). Worksheets look at a healthy lifestyle for a pregnant mother and an investigation into safety equipment for children (funkyteach).

Further worksheets on nutrition for children challenge pupils to test each other as part of a revision activity (naynay). Revision activities for the human theories and development unit include scenarios in which students are asked to identify assimilation, accommodation and schema in different situations, a dominoes game where researchers have to be matched with their findings, and links to useful webpages (RUTHF).

Other useful resources include a worksheet and PowerPoint that use a case study to look at Maslow's hierarchy of needs (madcow132) and a 49-slide PowerPoint providing a revision guide on understanding personal development and relationships, featuring a glossary of key words (sazza1973).

Where to find it

The collection can be found at

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