What's hot?

21st February 2014 at 00:00
From the masterful narratives of Gothic literature (and The Gruffalo's Child) to the ins and outs of quadratic equations and how the mind works, this week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect make sense of tricky topics

1. Gruffalo reading

What is it? Worksheets on The Gruffalo's Child to improve reading and writing

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? Spans four levels of ability, and makes good use of the story's suspense.

2. Fine feedback

What is it? A form to collect feedback from teachers and teaching assistants at the end of a lesson

Who is it for? Whole school

Why is it hot? Asking colleagues to complete these feedback forms should improve your understanding of how children are learning and inform planning for future tasks led by teaching assistants.

3. Word builder

What is it? A worksheet to practise building words that contain "ch", "sh" and "th"

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? A simple but well-planned task that encourages children to say the word, then reorganise jumbled sounds and letters by writing them on the sheet.

4. Maths teasers

What is it? A PowerPoint collection of maths challenges

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? These starter activities are uncluttered and professionally presented.

5. Maori masterpieces

What is it? Images and teacher's notes for a lesson on Maori art

Who is it for? 7-13s

Why is it hot? Children learn about culture and history, as well as discovering common Maori symbols and design.

6. Quadratic quizzes

What is it? An Excel worksheet with exercises on quadratic equations

Who is it for? 11-16s

Why is it hot? A variety of exercises for practising factorising equations. They are easily printable and have the option to hide or show answers.

7. Fitness lexicon

What is it? A brief PowerPoint and worksheet to introduce the basics of physical fitness

Who is it for? 14-18s

Why is it hot? Clearly explains key definitions and follows up with a worksheet to check understanding.

8. All in the mind

What is it? A revision guide for psychology

Who is it for? 14-18s

Why is it hot? With nearly 100 pages of notes, activities and tasks, this comprehensive booklet is ideal for student reference and as a study guide before exams.

9. War in Vietnam

What is it? A timeline of the Vietnam War

Who is it for? 14-18s

Why is it hot? Useful as a starting point for a range of activities, this covers the factors leading up to the war as well as international events that affected the conflict.

10. Going Gothic

What is it? A resource pack for a unit on Gothic creative writing

Who is it for? Whole school

Why is it hot? A huge time-saver, this collection of detailed presentations and handouts provides an absorbing introduction to Gothic literature, including Dracula, Jane Eyre and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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