17th June 2011 at 01:00



Lens-related techniques get full exposure

Photography is a strong and visually engaging topic for pupils of art and can form the basis for excellent class projects, investigations and individual portfolios.

TES Resources contributor Chris Monaghan has shared a range of photography resources - mostly pitched at A-level - dealing with light, exposure, how cameras work, various types of images and how to produce them.

Photographs taken in the evening or low light can produce amazing images as the shutter can remain open for longer. Chris has uploaded a PowerPoint showing a series of images taken in dark settings.

One of his most popular resources is a PowerPoint looking at composition and visual elements in a photograph. It touches on how an odd number of elements in a photo can often give the picture a more natural feel.

There is an introduction to portrait photography, which supplies a brief history of portraits and the move from painting to photography.

Another resource considers still life, and how that compares in the media of painting and photography. It looks at ways of lighting a still life, and there is an assignment at the end where pupils have to choose a theme for a still life and shoot it.


The environment

Global warming, renewable energy and acid rain

This collection is a range of key stage 3 and 4 science resources relevant to teaching the environmental aspects of biology, chemistry and physics.

The collection includes resources on renewable energy, acid rain, global warming and the effects of human population growth.

Martinblake1 has uploaded a PowerPoint that gets pupils to consider the reaction between limestone and sulphuric acid, leading into an experiment which helps pupils to understand the effects of acid rain on buildings and statues.

Another PowerPoint looks at changes to the composition of gases in the earth's atmosphere, including the increase in carbon dioxide as we burn more fossil fuels (LauraHester).

Energy company E.ON has shared an interactive resource that helps pupils to understand the options available for using renewable energy resources in the UK. Pupils can see how a move to renewable energy may affect different stakeholders, from energy producers to homeowners, to governments.

There are a number of games and quizzes focusing on the environmental aspects of science - an energy resources monopoly game, a jeopardy game looking at renewable energy, and a global warming loop game where pupils have to give the answer to the question that has gone before.


Video collection

Films that tackle issues connected with the world of work

This collection from the Teachers TV archive includes a wide range of advisory videos on the issues facing 14 to 19-year-olds, suggestions for teachers on how to approach vocational aspects of the curriculum, and the types of courses available.

One video looks at how Thomas Estley Community College in Leicester has introduced "specialism" afternoons for Year 9 pupils. During the weekly sessions pupils develop skills through working in different vocational disciplines. The school uses these sessions to develop independent learning and encourage higher aspirations.

A key aspect of vocational education is gaining work experience, and there is a video that looks at the benefits of work placements for GCSE pupils.


Sweet trip

Cadbury has teamed up with Land Rover to offer a combined educational visit for school groups. Students can follow a visit to Cadbury World in Bournville with a trip to the Land Rover plant in Solihull. Call Colin Pitt on 0121 451 4551.

Multilingual matter

Publishers Collins and social network Livemocha have launched a search for the most multilingual pupil in Britain. Winners will receive an iPad2 and a set of language resources for their school. The closing date is 1 November.

Grammar goes in

A new French resource aims to use memory tricks to help students learn grammar. Unforgettable French, by Maria Rice-Jones, covers grammar up to GCSE level and is designed to be used by all ages, and costs #163;3.25.

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