Resources of the week

23rd January 2015 at 00:00
Three subject teachers recommend a high-quality resource, available on the TES website, that they have tried and tested in their own classrooms


Pret: better than averages

What is it? Pret stands for practise, recall, extend and think. This homework resource by Jo Morgan asks students to use Pret to understand the basics of mean, median, mode and range, before tasking them with creating their own memory aide. It isn't easy, but it ensures that all the fundamental skills are in place while still offering variety and challenge.

How can it be used? My Year 8 class enjoyed this task hugely, which is unusual for maths homework. I found it to be really good for differentiation; more able students had the opportunity to push themselves and to demonstrate their creativity. Once the class are more used to the Pret method, I'm going to get them to create their own Pret activity for our next topic.

Craig Barton is an advanced skills teacher at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton and a TES secondary maths adviser. Find him on Twitter at @TESMaths


How to pass functional skills English

What is it? Relatively few resources are designed for functional skills lessons, but that's not the only reason why this resource is a gem. This well-produced guide, shared by axis-education, outlines the features of the exam and provides activities that stick very closely to the test paper itself. Each resource sheet comes with exam-format questions and space for answering. They are perfect for photocopying.

How can it be used? Teachers are often pushed for time and we find ourselves attempting to shoehorn additional functional skills material in as we are covering all the GCSE content. So a resource that delivers quality mock exam questions is priceless. There is enough here to help build your students' confidence and allow you to do a close analysis of their answers.

Jon Sellick is an English teacher and head of sixth form at Range High School in Formby, Merseyside


Big fat science quiz of the year

What is it? This week's science resource, created by AJLaycock, is based on the format of popular television programme The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. The PowerPoint contains 23 science questions relating to 2014 events and a printable answer grid for students.

How can it be used? This resource is perfect for January. It can be used across all three key stages to test students' understanding and awareness of recent scientific breakthroughs, while also rewarding them for all their hard work last term. I used this resource with my Year 9 pupils, who thoroughly enjoyed it. A word of warning: to avoid embarrassment, teachers should look up the answers before setting the questions.

Aimee Mckeon is head of key stage 3 science at Shirley High School in Croydon, South London

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