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12th November 2010 at 00:00

Space travel project lifts off

Pupils will get a chance to learn about the wonders of space travel via a new project run by ESERO-UK, which provides materials for science, engineering and maths lessons. For more information, see


Free interactive health and safety modules for schools have been produced by online education firm Lessons include videos, QA sessions and assessment activities. For details, see


The ifs School of Finance has launched a nationwide search to find the best young business writer. The competition is open to 14 to 19-year-olds, who must write a 1,000-word article with the title "Does the UK economy need rebalancing away from financial services?" The closing date is January 24. For more information, go to


What the lesson is about

These are the first three lessons in a six-part project on biodiversity. It involves a fieldwork trip and is aimed at KS3 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- explore biodiversity in a local habitat;

- explore biodiversity in a new habitat.

Getting started

Ask pupils to list as many living things as possible. Ask them to define biodiversity. Look at leaf litter or pond water. Ask pupils to record any organisms they find. Take pupils on a field trip to a new habitat. Use quadrats to count animals or plants within the square. Get them to identify species and collect a range of plant leaves for identification back in the classroom.

Where to find it

The six-week project was originally uploaded by MarionMcNamee and can be found at


What the lesson is about

This is part of a term-long scheme of work aimed at Year 10 pupils.

Aims: pupils will be able to -

- state the four key concepts in PE;

- define the four concepts and give practical examples of each.

Getting started

Introduce pupils to the four key concepts: competence, performance, creativity, and healthy, active lifestyles. Explain that competence means body and mind are prepared to cope with physical activity and appropriate skills and tactics are selected. Ask pupils to give an example, such as warming up prior to an activity or choosing the right shot in football depending on the goalkeeper's position. Explain that performance requires a knowledge and understanding of physical activity, and a good performance comes as a result of these.

Where to find it

The scheme was uploaded by cmckenzie1 and can be found at


What the lesson is about

This is the first activity in a unit exploring the hospitality industry. It is aimed at KS4 hospitality and catering pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- know the hospitality industry and its settings;

- know the products and services offered in different hospitality settings.

Getting started

Introduce the scenario that the school wants children to help with an open day for prospective pupils by producing information about the hospitality industry. Tell them that this information will be available at the open day and pupils will need to be on hand to answer questions. Ask pupils to describe two sectors of the industry and to design a list to compare them. Get pupils to explain types of products and services found in each.

Where to find it

The unit was uploaded by jonathanchinn and is at

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