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1st October 2010 at 01:00

Anti-smoking campaign

Anti-smoking charity the Deborah Hutton Campaign has launched a competition for pupils to produce a short film that can be uploaded to social networking sites on why smoking is not cool.

Nasen awards

Nasen, the association for special needs teachers, is inviting entries for its annual awards to recognise the best resources for pupils with special needs. The closing date for entries is December 31.

Play on, pupils

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Arts Award have unveiled the Shakespeare Challenge, a scheme to develop and recognise children's interest in Shakespeare's plays.


What the lesson is about

This looks at two inhabitants of the rainforest and is appropriate for pupils with cognitive impairment and moderate learning difficulties. It is aimed at key stage 3 pupils.

Getting started

Show pupils a picture of an orang-utan (available on the link below). Ask them to find out what they can about orang-utans. What do they eat? Where do they live?

Ask your class to mark those places on a map. Get pupils to describe what an orang-utan looks like. Get them to find out how many orang-utans exist in the wild? How many are in captivity?

Show pupils a picture of an anaconda (available on the link below). Where in the rainforest are you likely to find an anaconda? How big can they get? What type of animals are snakes? What makes them different from mammals? How do they eat their prey?

Taking it further

Tell the children to research deforestation. Why do some people chop down trees? What does deforestation mean? Why might some countries keep on chopping down trees? What effect does deforestation have on soil and rivers? What effect does it have on global warming?

Encourage pupils to think about the rainforest environment. What do you get at the top of the rainforest but not at the bottom? Ask pupils to mark areas on a map where you are more likely to find rainforests. What are the two types of rainforest? Tell pupils to research photosynthesis. Why is it such an important process?

Where to find it

The lesson, including worksheets and PowerPoints, was originally uploaded by streetno9 and can be found at


What the lesson is about

This is part of a collection of resources on An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. It is aimed at key stage 4 pupils.

Aims: pupils will

- respond to the text critically and imaginatively;

- explain how language, structure and form contribute to the writer's presentation of ideas and settings;

- relate the text to its social, cultural and historical context.

Getting started

Ask the class to read the cast list and detailed stage directions at the start of the play. Tell pupils to make predictions about way in which tension increases. Read the extract where the inspector questions Mr Birling. Ask pupils to discuss their predictions in light of the stage directions and lines.

Split the class into groups. Each will become specialists in aspects of Birling's character as revealed in this extract.

Taking it further

Instruct each group to design a poster on their specialist area. They will need to think about: what Birling says to or about others; what others say to or about Birling; what he does, and what other characters do to him. Posters should make use of the stage directions and dialogue. Each group should teach the others about their specialist area.

Where to find it

The collection of resources, covering 40 different activities and including sound files, was uploaded by TESEnglish and can be found at


What the lesson is about

This is an introduction to diversity as part of unit 2 of the BTEC National Award in health and social care and is aimed at key stage 4 pupils.

Aims: pupils will be able to

- define diversity and equality;

- identify aspects of diversity;

- describe aspects of diversity;

- explore the benefits of diversity to society.

Getting started

Discuss with your class what diversity means. Make a list of the differences evident in society, such as ethnicity, age, culture, religion. Tell pupils to draw themselves, showing all that makes them different from others based on the list.

Ask pupils if diversity is beneficial for society. Get them to come up with as many benefits to society as they can, under the headings of social and cultural benefits, and economic benefits. Discuss these benefits as a class.

Taking it further

Ask the pupils to discuss why diversity is important for health and social care. Explain that healthcare professionals deal with a diverse client base and so must be understanding. Explain that healthcare professionals often suffer racist abuse. Tell pupils to write a plan of how to support a team member experiencing racist abuse.

Where to find it

This lesson was originally uploaded by Olivia Rowling and can be found at

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