Secondary newsletter highlights

Nicola Davison and Freya Smith
16th December 2015
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Top resources from this month’s secondary newsletters

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and we’ve tried to make things as merry as possible by making the theme of this month’s newsletters very festive indeed. With our selection of hand-picked revision and Christmas-themed lesson ideas and activities, we’ve got the end of term sorted. But if you didn’t receive one of our resources newsletters, don’t worry. We’ve picked out our favourite resources from each subject area to share with you here, and you can find out at the end of the post how to edit your email preferences.


English and drama

In addition to sharing some ideas for teaching Shakespeare on the new GCSE specifications, our top picks from this month’s English and drama newsletter include a murder mystery activity, speaking and listening game ideas and A Christmas Carol resource pack (£3).



This month’s maths newsletter included some Christmas classics, as well as resources on trigonometry, place value and probability. Highlights included a cross-curricular maths quiz, probability puzzles and a festive maths mystery (£1).



Our favourite resources from this month’s science newsletter, which also featured handy revision map templates and homework task ideas, were a Christmas science quiz, a festive research task and materials to support a GCSE unit on twenty-first century science (£3).



Explore Christmas traditions in other parts of the world with the resources in this month’s MFL newsletter, including a Spanish Christmas traditions presentation, a resource pack on Knecht Ruprecht and this French culture quiz (£3).  Have a look at our MFL Christmas crackers blog post for more activities and games to ensure your pupils enjoy the last few lessons of term.



With a few ideas to help you teach object-led enquiry ahead of the Huge History Lesson competition deadline in January, this month’s history newsletter included a resource pack exploring the reasons Cromwell banned Christmas, a Christmas truce of 1914 source analysis activity and a festive historical quiz (£3).



Our top picks from this month’s geography newsletter include a bumper Christmas quiz, GCSE revision materials for an urban world unit and a geography challenge (£1).



The highlights from this month’s computing newsletter included a nine-round festive computing quiz, a step-by-step animated Flash Christmas tree and handy revision poster templates for GCSE (£2).



Inject some festive creativity into your art classroom by encouraging students to make their own DIY Christmas decorations, using naturally sourced materials from outside. Do something a bit different with this lesson on seasonal lino printing, or as an end-of-term treat, why not give students some Christmas colouring (£2)?



Fill your classroom with Christmas cheer with this unique design and technology take on the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas song, this electronic Christmas card resource pack and this comprehensive collection of Christmas clip art (£2).



Bring some seasonal fun to your final PE lessons with some engaging games and activities, including this fitness vocabulary snakes and ladders, a sports crossword puzzle (£1) and this end-of-term revision quiz.



Challenge your pupils to a range of end-of-term games, with whole class bingo and a religion and science quiz (£1). Test their understanding of festive traditions with this sequencing card game, which challenges learners to chronologically order the events of the Christmas story.


Don’t forget to check your inbox for more hand-picked resources, including our top five free downloads and bestsellers.  And as an additional festive treat, we’ve also compiled a list of the top festive form-time activities to keep your tutor group entertained in the run up to the holidays.


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