What's new on Learnfree?

7th January 2000 at 00:00
Do you want to know what your school teams are up to on the playing field? More importantly, do you want the low-down on other teams in your league? Then turn to Sportscore on Learnfree.co.uk The Sportscore instant results service is raising the profile of major .school sports, including football, netball, hockey, basketball rugby union and rugby league.

As soon as a school match is over, teachers and pupils can enter the result and file a match report on to Sportscore. Team photos can be scanned in, and the lot is instantly accessible on the Web. Schools can check out the form of rival teams, parents can download team photos. Schools can showcase individual sporting achievements and promote school sport. Sportscore is backed by the Youth Sport Trust, acharity promoting school sports provision across the UK, and the National Council for School Sport, representatives of 31 school sports associations.

If you're teaching nutrition or doing a topic on healthy living, you'll find some interesting facts on Cooking for Kids on Learnfree.co.uk. Cookery writer Annabel Karmel has created recipes and provided health information for breakfasts, packed lunches and recipes for kids to cook. Pupils can research health information, find inspiration to design their own packed lunches, draw up a menu or even email Annabel with a question on the Ask Annabel page.

English tudents are Talking toI Shakespeare, with Learnfree's interactive forum. This site lets anyone email the Bard with a question on any text. Questions and replies will appear on the site and the archive, as it grows, will become a research resource for any English student. Plans are underway for recruiting the Bront s, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and George Orwell to Learnfree's own Poets Corner.

History lessons might never be the same again once you start looking at historical events through the eyes of a Sun reader. Hold ye front page is a series of Sun issues from the last 2,000 years and you can download up to 15 for free from Learnfree.co.uk. From the Roman invasion to the abolition of slavery to the invention of the TV, there's a tabloid viewpoint for every historical occasion alongside a timeline in every issue. They can be used in history alongside text books and artefacts, and in literacy, for recount writing, empathy writing or comparison of newspaper styles.

They also make an excellent starting point for drama: how about a group of Saxon peasants reading about the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne or a slave learning about the end of slavery from a newspaper in his master's rubbish - the ideas go on and on. Hold ye front page issues may well shed a new light on history lessons, and they'll certainly get your students thinking.

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