What's hot?

28th March 2014 at 00:00
From pizza and snowboarding to financial forecasting and gothic bingo, this week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect call on unusual sources of inspiration to demonstrate a variety of complex concepts

1. Saint or sinner?

What is it? A history lesson on interpretation based around St Thomas Becket

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Students must use their history skills to distinguish fact from opinion and decide what type of figure Becket was.

2. Pizza the action

What is it? Pizza-themed resources for practising fractions

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? It culminates in a design challenge in which children have to create their own pizza.

3. Snow problem

What is it? A PowerPoint for a practical lesson on forces

Who is it for? 7-13s

Why is it hot? It taps into recent excitement around the Winter Olympics by asking children to think about the forces affecting a snowboarder's movement.

4. Mountain climbing

What is it? A geography workbook detailing five different types of mountain

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Children need to use research skills to complete this task on how mountains are formed and where they can be found.

5. APP-ortunity knocks

What is it? An APP (assessing pupils' progress) maths test

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? This 15-page resource links every question to assessment focus points and covers essential numeracy topics and skills.

6. Clear connectives

What is it? Display materials on connectives

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? A simple but effective display that works as a prompt for students. It comes with a photo showing how it can be used in class.

7. Budget days

What is it? Functional maths activities on percentages

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? Public spending and the UK Budget provide a real-life backdrop for this lesson on percentage change and reverse percentage problems.

8. Speed needs

What is it? A place mat on speed and acceleration with key words, equations and rules to remember

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? It condenses the topic into a page of essentials, laid out clearly and colourfully.

9. Gothic bingo

What is it? An entertaining lesson on gothic language

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Inject a little lightness into a genre built on dread and foreboding with this fun PowerPoint, which incorporates a game of gothic bingo to reinforce key terms.

10. Music mastery

What is it? Exam advice for music students

Who is it for? 14-16

Why is it hot? From tips on avoiding obvious mistakes to ways of eking out extra marks, this concise guide contains invaluable advice that will help students to stay on track.


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