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Start a debate about nature versus nurture by asking students if they think their achievements are down to hard work or talent. Butterflies, pirates and the Tudors also make an appearance in this week's pick of TES Connect's resources.

1 Natural nurture

What is it? A PowerPoint and activities on the nature versus nurture debate

Who is it for? 14-18s

Why is it hot? An introductory presentation and handy tasks, with comprehension worksheets and a scenario assessment.


2 Draw it out

What is it? A presentation and worksheets about portraiture

Who is it for? 14-16s

Why is it hot? This resource develops students' drawing skills by focusing on different aspects of portraits and explaining the techniques required.


3 Butterfly effect

What is it? A visual presentation about the life cycle of a butterfly

Who is it for? 3-5s

Why is it hot? Introduce the different stages a butterfly goes through with this attractive slideshow that includes a short quiz on key facts.


4 Detail the data

What is it? Self- and peer-assessment worksheets on effective research, with questions and checklists

Who is it for? 11-16s

Why is it hot? These valuable Assessment for Learning tools cover research skills, line graphs and tables in a clear and easy-to-use format.


5 Islam introduction

What is it? A scheme of work and resources for a series of eight lessons on Islam

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? Ready-to-use resources with supporting worksheets and a unit plan with a lesson-by-lesson overview.


6 Teaching the Tudors

What is it? An introductory lesson on the Tudors

Who is it for? 11-13s

Why is it hot? A structured lesson with supporting resources to help students understand life in Tudor times.


7 Picture this

What is it? A game where picture prompts inspire writing tasks

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? This activity helps to develop creative storytelling skills by asking children to write imaginative sentences that link images.


8 Plank of learning

What is it? A cross-curricular plan for a lesson on pirates

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? This detailed plan includes ideas for exploring the theme of pirates across a variety of subjects.


9 Time for maths

What is it? A selection of activities that use time to get students thinking about maths problems

Who is it for? 7-11s

Why is it hot? Using a variety of contexts, such as the cinema and dentist, this is a great way to get students looking at and solving time problems


10 Half help

What is it? A worksheet for introducing the concept of halves, with practical exercises

Who is it for? 5-7s

Why is it hot? With an extended version for more able students, this maths task helps children to recognise how different shapes can be divided into two.


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