Subjects in Brief
- SignSpell, a new cross-curricular teaching aid and educational resource for lower and upper primary, was launched at the Education Show in Birmingham last month. SignSpell uses British Sign Language to enhance children's language and communication skills. www.sign spell.co.uk
- An award-winning website, Diddipix, is seeking to immerse children in photography. Set up by teacher and photographer Kirsten Harvey, the site encompasses all things fun and creative for photographers aged 6-16. The website is hosted by cartoon character Professor Pixel and children can showcase their work in galleries.
- Promoting good spelling is a constant challenge. An added difficulty is that text-speak is creeping into students' work: "gr8" replaces "great" and "pizza" has morphed into "peetsa". A study from disability charity Mencap found that two- thirds of teachers regularly find text- speak in essays.
- Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Confidence (Eric) is launching a resource that outlines minimum standards on continence care. The Right to Go aims to help school staff deal with continence issues in a practical way. www.eric.org.ukcampaignstherighttogo
- It may be too late to help this year, but for future exams you can help your students to master the art of revision with the TES Connect Revision Techniques collection. The resources include aids, guides and lesson ideas, and games. bit.lyTESRevision
- To mark the date many believe to be the Bard's birthday, 23 April, topbanana's assembly outline can be adapted for all ages. Use images to paint a picture of Shakespeare's life, or ask students to think of modern-day comparisons to what was once a form of mass entertainment: the theatre. bit.lyShakespeare Assembly.