What's hot?

From the pioneering ancient Greeks to television game shows, via the lyricism of Shakespeare and the cynicism of advertising, all manner of culture is covered in this week's selection of resources available on the TES website

1 Scary stories

What is it? An English activity to help children come up with their own spooky tales

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? It includes vivid story prompts about "fearsome forests" and "hideous witches".

2 Hungry for facts

What is it? A poster on learning and research, applicable to all subjects, designed to inspire students to find things out for themselves

Who is it for? 7-16s

Why is it hot? This charming, hand-drawn sheet features the "Curiosaur" - a cartoon dinosaur with a "keen nose" and "sharp eyes" that help it to hunt down new knowledge.

3 Try angles

What is it? A worksheet on working out angles in triangles

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? It keeps everything clear, simple and succinct.

4 Greek expectations

What is it? A lesson and quiz about Greece

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Introduces a topic on the ancient Greeks through a presentation about the modern-day country.

5 Dream getaways

What is it? Geography worksheets about holidays

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Children are encouraged to come up with ideas for their dream holidays, using images of popular destinations such as China, Egypt and Peru as inspiration.

6 Piece of cake

What is it? A picture-based recipe for creamed cakes

Who is it for? 11-14s

Why is it hot? Step-by-step instructions depict each stage of the cooking process, as well as ingredients and equipment.

7 The Scottish play

What is it? Planning documents for a drama class on Shakespeare's Macbeth

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? The accompanying student logbook contains detailed instructions.

8 Civil action

What is it? A set of lessons about the English Civil War

Who is it for? 11-14s

Why is it hot? Get students to connect with the past by acting out the trial of Charles I.

9 All ads up

What is it? Techniques for writing advertising tag lines, T-shirt slogans and tweets

Who is it for? 11-18s

Why is it hot? This lesson brilliantly deconstructs familiar and seemingly ephemeral messages, explaining where they derive their power from.

10 Mixing metaphors

What is it? A lesson on similes and metaphors

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? It uses the format of popular television game show Catchphrase to good effect.

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