11th March 2011 at 00:00


A look at the human body

Organs, muscles and bone

Resources on the heart, lungs and respiration include an activity asking pupils to name areas of the heart, which can be used as a starter or for revision with key stage 4 pupils, and a PowerPoint on the heart and the circulatory system (both uploaded by 251butterflies).

There is also a set of cards on circulation that can be photocopied and used in a class activity (sjtorrance). A PowerPoint on respiration can be used for revision, to remind pupils of the key facts and processes (251butterflies).

A series of resources on skeletons and bones includes a selection of diagrams and word games to encourage pupils to learn the names for different parts of the body (all Wordy William).

A PowerPoint on the human skeleton includes sections on the functions of different bones, joints and vertebrae in sport (251butterflies).

A PowerPoint on muscles looks at the movement of different types of muscles and which exercise works which muscle group (251butterflies).

A resource on the effect of sport on muscles can be used for KS4 revision, in conjunction with a diagram of the muscles in the human body (hdavies25).


Employment law

A one-day conference on employment law in education is being held in London in May. It will look at updated guidance and new obligations on schools, including the Equality Act. See

Mercier lecture

This year's Winifred Mercier lecture, in honour of one of the pioneers of teacher training, will be given by Miriam David, professor of education at the Institute of Education in London. The lecture takes place at Leeds Metropolitan University on 30 March. To book a place, email

TeenTech in town

Companies including Sony, Microsoft and IBM are taking part in an event to highlight the career opportunities in science and technology. TeenTech, the brainchild of former Tomorrow's World presenter Maggie Philbin, takes place in Reading on 18 March and is aimed at 11 to 13-year-olds.


Sustainable development

From flip-flops to mobile phones

A series of resources uploaded by ruthmumby includes an activity looking at how waste affects our lives and a case study of a man who lives and works on a rubbish dump.

Resources on plastic include a flip-flop's journey and how it is being used to create crafts, a lesson on how a plastic bag is made, and the rubbish found at a resort in Kenya and how it affects people.

A lesson on sustainability looks at how our consumer choices affect people in other parts of the world. It includes a case study looking at what demand for mobile phones means for the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo (DJ_Skoolio).

A set of resources challenges pupils to reflect critically on the quality of the information they receive about sustainability (NuffieldCitizenship).

Resources set in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho (Send a cow) include examples of how families can survive climate change and extreme conditions through making keyhole gardens (small rock gardens for vegetables), and a video shows how Greenpeace has been encouraging shops to sell sustainable seafood (GreenTV).


Creative chemistry

Games and activities for KS3 and KS4

Key stage 3 resources include a series of cards on chemical reactions that can be used to assess initial knowledge and show pupils how their knowledge of key words is increasing (2006dragon).

A PowerPoint looks at how compounds are made (mba06ht), while a set of three worksheets looks at reactivity (Chemistry_teacher).

Activities include a particles loop game (hamnphillips) and a game based on the TV quiz Blockbusters, where pupils have to identify different types of rock to form a chain across the board (suzysmith).

For KS4, resources include a worksheet on the rainbow fizz experiment (lbrackenbury) and materials to teach about Groups I and VII in the periodic table, featuring video clips (dudette2001uk).

A PowerPoint looks at the Haber process as a reversible reaction, including visual illustrations of the "compromise" conditions for temperature and pressure and the reasons for them (aurwin). An activity asks pupils to create paper chains to aid understanding of the polymerisation process (pookyrobin).

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