8th April 2011 at 01:00


- Food, health and body image

Topics for discussion to find the right balance

Knowing what food is good for you and how to get the balance right are key steps towards a positive body image, which can be hard in a society obsessed with fashion and celebrity. These resources can be used to help spark class discussion or as part of a class project on the topic.

The collection features videos from Teachers TV, including an experiment to find out the sugar levels in cereals, introducing the idea of checking what foods contain, a spoof news report on a proposed ban on various foods, and a recipe for an unusual salad that introduces choice and restriction. Videos from TrueTube look at food fads popularised by celebrities and how they can damage health, while a film looks at understanding body shape.

A lesson on healthy eating includes activities on what makes a healthy lifestyle and challenges pupils to suggest changes to theirs (lpickering1). A food diary activity asks students to look at three meals they eat in a typical day and split the food into groups (tgander), while a guided exploration of healthy eating is also included, challenging pupils to investigate the answers to a series of questions (FACEonline). A PowerPoint on eating well includes a range of class activities (mattgadd01) while a multiple-choice quiz looks at the main aspects of a balanced diet and can be used to review what has been learnt at the end of the topic (paterles57).


- Electronics

From Ohm's law to switches and circuits

This collection covers concepts including switches, Ohm's law and components.

Resources shared by nw5298 will help pupils understand logic gates by modelling them as switches. There is an overview of different types of switch and implementations, tutorials on circuits and a revision aid.

A blog site features articles on common electronics functions from a popular science perspective, plus biographies of famous engineers and scientists (TES Resource Team). There is also a link to the Young Academy site, developed by BMW Education to teach students about the science and technology behind cars (Jenfr45). Another resource introduces principles and components and some simple projects (Square44).

Resources from richard.summerfield include an Ohm's law demonstrator, a tool to show the effects on current in a simple circuit when voltage andor resistance are changed, and a worksheet on transformers that shows what happens to the output voltage when the primary and secondary turns are changed. There is also a link to a website which supports electronics teaching from key stage 3 to A-level.


- Spoken language

Accents, dialects and slang

This collection includes a range of resources for the spoken language unit of the English language GCSE, put together by TESEnglish.

A section about the social influences on language includes an activity in which pupils must collect and analyse factors that affect the way we speak. They are also asked to consider how their own language varies depending on who they are talking to.

There are resources on accent and dialect and a video in which "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is repeated in 12 regional accents, plus links to audio files with information on dialects and accents.

A section on slang looks at its purpose, use, and attitudes towards it. Resources also look at language development and sociolinguistic maturation. Pupils are asked to look at how language has changed and how their use of language differs from that of previous generations. Other activities ask students to look at how an individual's language changes according to different contexts.


- Weird o'clock

A "time-eating" clock is to be displayed at the Science Museum in London. The Chronophage clock features a sculpture of a creature that "devours" time, making some minutes go faster than others. It will be on show from 18 April.

- Science hubs

The National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth have become National Science Academy hubs, to promote science, technology, engineering and maths in Wales.

- Tourism project

Disaffected pupils will get training in hospitality and customer service on the Southwark Young Pilgrims project, in which youngsters act as tourist guides during the Easter and summer holidays.

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