Complementing the success of programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? the London Metropolitan Archives have launched a website for key stages 2 and 3 pupils to help trace family and local history. The SchoolMate site contains information about those who have settled in London since the 16th century including Black and Asian people, the French and the Irish. Maps, images, timelines and case studies are all available as well as teacher notes containing worksheets and suggested places to visit.
GIVE IT A TRY
To promote the release of their Pro Rugby Manager 2 game, Digital Jesters are encouraging their customers to get out of the armchair and onto the pitch by giving away special packs including free professional rugby balls. Also in the pack is a demo of the Pro Rugby Manager 2 game, which aims to help rugby fans improve their tactics and management. To register go to: www.prorugbymanager.com
TALK OVER WORK ABROAD
This website provides topical foreign literature for pupils studying French, German, Italian, Spanish and Welsh. Movie reviews, celebrity news and popular books, such as Harry Potter, are all featured.
There are also pages with travel guides for cities and forums. Hoping to encourage students to pursue languages to degree level, a monthly newsletter for GCSE pupils has features about working overseas, university life and career options for languages graduates.
FILL IN THE GAPS
For students taking a gap year, this website provides an abundance of advice. There is information about booking flights and accommodation, travel insurance, health and safety and keeping in touch as well as tips about how to get there, what to do and visa and work permits.
There is also advice about managing your finances, and using your experiences to impress employers and universities. You can arrange for a member of the Gapwork team to talk to students and further teaching resources are available through the website.
IN A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN
How can you use football to develop ICT skills? The Schools Fantasy League provides a game for pupils, teachers and parents alike. With an imaginary pound;60m to spend on players, participants must create a fantasy team of 11 Premiership footballers. Points are scored based on the real-life performances of these players over the seven-month season.
Features include team pages, score updates, transfers, league tables and competitions. There are also downloadable resources for citizenship, English, maths, science, design and technology, ICT and history.