1st July 2011 at 01:00



Immigration traced back over centuries

This collection looks at how people have moved and settled in the United Kingdom and beyond. A useful introduction to immigration and emigration has been uploaded by PJ Taylor, which looks at the factors affecting people's decisions to move.

Another resource looks at immigration into London over the centuries and how that reflects the wider history of movement and settlement (Emily Thomas).

Chulmleigh Community College has uploaded a scheme of work on this topic, looking at questions from "How many settlers have come from other lands after 1066?" to "What is Britishness?" and "Has immigration become a problem?"

To incorporate effective essay writing into this topic, annajordan has created an activity using the conflict between native Americans and white settlers.

There are several resources on the Pilgrim Fathers. S Reed has compiled a useful introduction to their journey, including a cut-away plan of the Mayflower and the origins of Thanksgiving.

For pupils with behavioural difficulties, streetno9 has put together a straightforward resource on the first English settlers in America, which will also prove helpful when working with pupils with dyslexia.

There are also a number of activities looking at reasons behind emigration, in particular a lesson plan on the evacuation to Canada during the Second World War, supplied by the National Archives. In addition, there are Teachers TV videos covering the Kindertransport (where Jewish children were evacuated to avoid persecution during the Second World War), and the impact of the coal industry on migration in Britain.



Real-life stories, quizzes and possession risks

Lessons on drugs and alcohol, with the right resources, can become a forum for debate. This collection of resources could be used to refresh schemes of work and enhance lessons on this topic.

A selection of video resources is available on drugs and alcohol, including a series of short clips from Teachers TV where teenagers talk about their life experiences, which could be used as a lesson starter or a springboard for discussion. Another, from the charity Drugscope, looks at the increase in drug use across the UK and how the soaring supply of drugs is making them cheaper.

A simple quiz on alcohol (southern_belle) is suitable for pupils with mild learning difficulties, and can be used in conjunction with another resource on handling anger if you are looking at the impact of alcohol on behaviour.

A PowerPoint on drugs uploaded by Brummy Boy looks at the penalties for possessing and supplying drugs and the effects of cannabis on the body. He has also uploaded a resource on class A and class B drugs, with a particular focus on heroin and speed: their street names, effects, risks and penalties.

Some pupils may claim to know a lot about drugs, so a quiz can make a useful starter activity or stimulate discussion: Japonica 23 has created a drugs awareness quiz that asks the class to identify drugs simply by their appearance.

To look at the impact of drug use on others, Charlie Seatherton has uploaded a speech bubble activity where pupils must consider who is affected by 15-year-old Robert's use of drugs.


Play is the thing

Globe Education has added Macbeth to its range of performance-based guides to Shakespeare plays. The guide includes directors' notes and rehearsal tips, and joins previous publications on Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

Birth on MyFarm

Interactive website MyFarm will broadcast the birth of Queenie the shire horse's foal over a live video stream. The National Trust's MyFarm project, which links to Wimpole Farm in Cambridgeshire, aims to connect people with the realities of farming

Summer shows

The National Youth Theatre will take over the Old Vic Tunnels near Waterloo station in London for a month-long season of shows, starting from 19 August. Plays include Our Days of Rage, which focuses on the Arab Spring.



Resources that help pupils revise GCSE topics

If you are looking for a fresh way of revising the most important GCSE topics, this set of bingo resources could be just the thing. TES maths adviser Craig Barton stumbled upon them when he was preparing some revision lessons for a borderline C to D grade group.

The format is simple. Pupils have to put together a grid of numbers from an initial selection, and then each time an answer to a question matches one of their numbers, they tick it off. "It amazed me how simply adding this competitive twist meant that my bunch of lethargic 16-year-olds were suddenly attentive and eager to win," says Mr Barton.

Careful selection of questions will help you to work out where the areas of need are, and are written in PowerPoint so you can edit them accordingly. One of the authors of the collection, Zebfreidman, says: "We have used them for starters, plenaries and for revision."

Algebra bingo, for example, includes a list of equations, co-ordinates to calculate and expanding brackets. In probability bingo, the answers on the grid correspond to statements such as the probability of getting two heads if two coins are flipped.


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