24th June 2011 at 01:00


Replica artefacts

A website aiming to enhance history teaching is giving schools the chance to get hold of replica artefacts. Artifaqs brings together more than 300 objects, from coins to cocoa pods, that can be used to give pupils a hands-on experience. For details, go to

Basketball camp

A series of residential basketball camps will run over the summer in a partnership between the National Basketball Association and school sports specialists MasterClass Sports Tours. For details, call MasterClass on 0845 527 9840.


Migration and native cultures

Refugees, history and human rights

This collection features resources that can be used to examine migration and different native cultures.

A lesson on refugees, put together by Christian Aid and uploaded by LearnGG, was originally designed to be used with a youth group but could be adapted for use in schools.

An activity contributed by collaborative looks at the history of migration, and includes several sets of sort cards covering situations, such as Idi Amin's expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1973; characters, such as a Roman soldier arriving in London; and reasons for migration, such as escaping a war or searching for a better future.

In another lesson, uploaded by TCT, pupils can learn about the lives of Burmese refugees living in Thailand, with the help of video and first-hand accounts.

A lesson on human rights aims to help pupils understand that not all countries recognise these in the same way, that specific rights may not be respected in some communities and that denial of rights can lead some people to become refugees (QCDA_Resources).

A Teachers TV film features a Somalian refugee who arrived looking for a better life, while a second film looks at the stories of several refugees and asylum seekers, covering issues including learning English and fitting in at school.

Resources on native cultures include a lesson uploaded by nationalarchives that asks pupils to investigate the early contact between Europeans and North Americans. Using primary source diary extracts, pupils can understand the first encounters between the settlers and the indigenous peoples.



Introduction, lesson plans and tableaux

This is a collection of resources put together by TESEnglish on Macbeth, for the controlled assessment in GCSE English language for the exam board AQA.

The collection includes a PowerPoint introduction to Shakespeare to provide contextual information and an explanation of the assessment objectives, with assessment criteria and target grades.

A pack of 20 lesson plans look at character and language and include class and individual activities, plus links to excerpts of performances of the play, and there are generic and sample essay questions on character, as well as power, voice and relationships, with suggestions for foundation and higher tier activities.

One activity challenges the pupils to recreate the story of Macbeth in eight tableaux. Groups should read their allocated scene, decide on a tableau to represent it and show it to the rest of the class.

The collection also includes a worksheet on the opening scene, asking pupils to discuss the language and linguistic, literary and dramatic techniques. The collection also features two sets of quizzes, a quick one and one asking for more detailed responses on five themes, including choices and power.


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