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A wealth of resources designed by leading education professionals to help your students explore the world beyond their classroom.
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Teaching Resources
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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Teaching Resources

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The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is the second most important festival in the Chinese lunar calendar after Chinese New Year. In 2019 the festival will fall on 13 September. Each education pack contains lesson plans, an assembly plan, activities and supporting materials to introduce Chinese culture to the classroom, keep your young people engaged and look forward to next year when, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we enter the Year of the Horse.
Year of the Rat Education Pack - Chinese New Year 2020 (Home Learning)
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Year of the Rat Education Pack - Chinese New Year 2020 (Home Learning)

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This education resource is packed full of exciting ideas and activities from across the curriculum, helping you and your pupils celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 and the Year of the Rat. Play the sound files and practice saying the names of different Chinese festivals and greetings in Mandarin. Read a traditional story about a pair of ambitious rat parents trying to find a husband for their daughter. Get creative making rat finger puppets, Tangram puzzles and steamed rice dumplings. Learn together about Tomb Sweeping Day, the Spring, Moon and Dragon Boat Festivals and read letters from Chinese children about how they celebrate with their friends and families. This resource is suitable for primary years and adaptable for early secondary years and older. We’re always thrilled to see photos and videos of you using resources in your school. Share and tag us on our new British Council Schools facebook and twitter social channels using hashtag #YearOfTheRat Instructions to use the PDF and activate the sound files: download and save the PDF to your computer. Open the PDF and select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Edit’ menu. Select ‘3D and MultiMedia Options’ and tick the box ‘Enable playing of 3D content’ followed by ‘OK’. In some browsers a yellow bar at the top of the PDF page will also display providing two options: select option ‘Trust this document always’.**
Elephant Parade Education Pack (Home Learning)
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Elephant Parade Education Pack (Home Learning)

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Elephants are the earth’s largest land animals, but these amazing creatures are an endangered species. There are currently at least ten African elephants for every one Asian elephant in the wild. The main reason that Asian elephant numbers to drop by 50 per cent in the last 100 years is a massive loss of habitat, and they are disappearing from areas where they once thrived. In Vietnam the number of wild elephants declined from approximately 1,000 in 1990, to fewer than 100 in 2002. The focus of this resource is on Asian elephants. It includes background information, discussion points and activities to inspire learning across the curriculum and a call to action to help protect this endangered species. The activities can be used as starting points in individual lessons or as part of a joint cross-curricular project to develop knowledge, transferable skills and reflections in your classrooms or with a partner school in your country or overseas.
Sustainable Development Goals classroom resource
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Sustainable Development Goals classroom resource

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193 world leaders have committed to The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help make the world safer, fairer and more just for everyone. There 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim to accomplish three things by 2030: tackle extreme poverty fight inequality and injustice protect the planet. The resource challenges you and your students to discuss the 17 goals and think of practical solutions to contribute to a more sustainable world. Exploring the themes of the SDGs is an excellent way to get your students thinking about their wider community and environment, while also delving into the life obstacles faced by others.
Football Remembers Education Pack
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Football Remembers Education Pack

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British Council has joined forces with The FA, Premier League + Football League to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce. The pack includes photos, eye-witness accounts + letters from soldiers. Perspectives from British, French, Belgian, German + Indian witnesses are included with activities for English, language, drama, art, sport, history + moral education. Schools are invited to design a memorial with the winner chosen by The Duke of Cambridge + Arsenal/ England forward Theo Walcott to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum. http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/football-remembers
Life Below Water - Tackling Plastic Pollution (Home Learning)
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Life Below Water - Tackling Plastic Pollution (Home Learning)

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Life Below Water is fourteenth in the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, focusing on conserving and using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. This template project will help you to support your pupils in tackling plastic pollution while developing their core skills, such as critical thinking and creative collaboration. These materials can be used either with or without a partner school, and instructions are provided on how best to use the resources. NEW! BITE-SIZED ACTIVITIES FOR HOME LEARNING We also offer this resource in bite-sized activity format, perfect for home learning! Investigate how you use plastic in your daily life, make a marine food web and come up with your own ideas by designing an inventive method or machine to tackle the plastic pollution in the ocean. Download now!
Gender Equality  through Citizenship (Home Learning)
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Gender Equality through Citizenship (Home Learning)

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Citizenship can be seen as being about a feeling (identity), a status (rights) and a practice (taking action). This unit explores how gender roles and expectations influence identity and rights, and aims to inspire pupils to take action to question norms and dominant masculinities to bring about greater gender equality. Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The learning materials that have been created may be adapted to the context of each school and the needs of specific students. Some learning activities can be left out in order to enable deeper learning through other activities. Designed as six lessons of sixty minutes each (which include core and optional activities) for pupils aged 9-13 years, the resource can be used in English, citizenship, geography, history or other subjects.
Commonwealth Class: 2014 Games education pack
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Commonwealth Class: 2014 Games education pack

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The Commonwealth Class education pack is a dynamic, exciting resource for teachers who want to teach young people about Commonwealth values like rights and responsibilities, protecting the environment and what people need to lead healthy lives. The pack contains cross-curricular activities, short films and discussion guides with learning outcomes that link to key skills, curriculum subjects and Commonwealth values. The activities can be used to support lesson planning and teaching across your curriculum. The flexible and wide ranging materials are mainly targeted at 7-14 year olds.
Primary Language Starter Pack
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Primary Language Starter Pack

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Our primary languages downloadable pack is designed for Language Assistants and other native speakers who are new to teaching languages at primary level as well as giving advice to the host schools. The pack includes guidance on how to get started, examples of best practice, specific teaching ideas and resources for use in the classroom.
Commonwealth Science Class: Global Food Security
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Commonwealth Science Class: Global Food Security

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We have developed a series of resources, in partnership with The Royal Society, to enhance science learning in schools. This fourth resource in the Commonwealth Science Class series is centred on the topic of global food security and is packed with activity ideas to help your students investigate and explore the subject in more depth. Before downloading the resource, and to help you get started, we recommend you watch the accompanying video with your class: https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/list/global-food-security-how-can-we-feed-growing-population
1916 - 2016  Remembering the Battle of the Somme
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1916 - 2016 Remembering the Battle of the Somme

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The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in history. It took place in Northern France around the River Somme from 1 July to 18 November 1916. Now, a century later, our education pack is designed to help teachers introduce aspects of the Battle of the Somme and the ways in which it is being remembered. The pack contains resources to help students develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the conflict. It covers topics including experiences of the Somme from around the Commonwealth, Pals Battalions, conscription, recruitment and remembrance today. The materials are designed to be flexible and adaptable. They can be used as starting points for individual lessons or activities, or form part of a larger cross- curricular project with a partner school overseas. This resource pack has been developed by the British Council in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, UCL Institute of Education and Big Ideas Company.
Year of the Horse Chinese New Year
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Year of the Horse Chinese New Year

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The British Council’s Year of the Horse education pack contains classroom resources focusing on China and designed to help introduce primary school children to some of the differences and similarities between the lives and culture of people in the UK and China. The pack was produced by the British Council in connection with the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools. It is also available in Welsh. For more information, to access supporting materials and to download individual chapters, please visit http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/projects-and-resources/year-of-the-horse
Polish Language and Culture Education Pack (Home Learning)
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Polish Language and Culture Education Pack (Home Learning)

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The Polish Language and Culture pack helps primary teachers introduce aspects of Polish language and culture to their pupils. It contains lesson and assembly plans, factual information and resources to help pupils develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the rich language, geography and culture of Poland. The materials are designed to be flexible and adaptable for use in a variety of settings. They can be used as starting points for individual lessons and assemblies or form part of larger cross-curricular joint projects involving collaboration over a number of subjects. Your pupils can learn how to greet a friend in Polish, get creative making paper cut-outs, and find out about many aspects of Polish culture. This education pack was produced by the British Council and the Polish Cultural Institute in London in partnership with Dwie Siostry Publishing and Templar Publishing.
Indonesia Education Pack (Home Learning)
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Indonesia Education Pack (Home Learning)

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This education pack is designed to help teachers introduce aspects of Indonesian life, language and culture to their pupils aged 7-11. It contains ideas and activities that can be used in lessons and assemblies,factual information and resources to help your pupils develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the biodiversity, stories and culture of this fascinating country. Your pupils can learn how to greet a friend in an Indonesian language, get creative making shadow puppets, kites and telling stories, cook a traditional recipe and find out about other aspects of Indonesian culture using our wide range of classroom resources and activities. The materials are designed to be flexible and adaptable for use in a variety of settings. They can be used as starting points for individual lessons or form part of larger cross-curricular joint projects involving collaboration with a partner school over a number of subjects. Please note that the interactive elements of this resource will only work when the PDF is downloaded and not when it is opened in browser.
India Education Pack (Home Learning)
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India Education Pack (Home Learning)

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India is a fascinating country with an immensely rich and vibrant culture. It has a growing economy, and a history stretching back thousands of years,a diverse mix of languages and religions. This education pack is designed to help mainstream primary teachers introduce aspects of Indian language and culture to their pupils aged 7-11. It contains lesson and assembly plans, factual information and resources to help pupils improve their core skills and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the language and culture of India. The materials are designed to be flexible and adaptable for use in a variety of settings. They can be used as starting points for individual lessons and assemblies or form part of larger cross-curricular joint projects involving collaboration with a partner school over a number of subjects. Your pupils can learn how to greet a friend in Hindi, get creative making rangoli patterns and shadow puppets, watch an animated film by an Indian film maker and find out about many other aspects of Indian culture using our wide range of classroom resources and activities.
Decent Work and Economic Growth – Understanding Social Enterprise (Home Learning)
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Decent Work and Economic Growth – Understanding Social Enterprise (Home Learning)

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Social enterprises trade in order to tackle social problems and improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. These learning resources have been designed as six lessons for pupils aged 7-14. Guided by their teachers, pupils explore examples of social enterprises started by children and adults around the world. By the end of this learning unit, pupils will have created their own social enterprise project. At the same time, they will develop a range of important core skills: citizenship, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, imagination and innovation. An engaging way to learn about social enterprises is to get involved in running one and can improve attendance, behaviour, and enthusiasm among pupils.
Snakes and Dragons: Chinese New Year pack
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Snakes and Dragons: Chinese New Year pack

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Focusing on China, the materials which were prepared in connection with the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools will help introduce primary school children to some of the differences and similarities between the lives and culture of people in the UK and China. Each education pack contains an array of resources for the classroom including; lesson plans, Chinese poems, assembly plans, posters and activities to keep your young people engaged throughout.
Commonwealth Class: Welcome to Malta Classroom Resource
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Commonwealth Class: Welcome to Malta Classroom Resource

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Use our ‘Welcome to Malta’ resource and PowerPoint presentation to learn about the country, its history, culture and language. Read letters from Maltese children describing their daily life and the Maltese story ‘Do you believe in magic?’ to develop your pupils’ creative thinking, tolerance, respect and understanding.
Learning About the Arab World Education Pack (Home Learning)
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Learning About the Arab World Education Pack (Home Learning)

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This resource from the British Council and the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) will help you explore the Arab world with students aged 11 -16, providing accurate information and challenging misconceptions, raising critical questions and informing debate. The resource will help students find out about the history, geography, culture and language of the Arab world in the past and present. About the Learning About the Arab World Education Packs The Arab world is a fascinating, diverse region stretching from south-west Asia to north-west Africa. It has an immensely rich culture and history but it is often misperceived, giving rise to inaccuracies and stereotypes. Tackling prejudice and combatting confusion is central to the work of the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu). It contains two sections: Learning About the Arab World and Stereotypes and Islamophobia. Each part has background information for teachers, a slideshow with detailed notes, questions for students to think and talk about and activities.
Quality Education - Why Do We Go to School? (Home Learning)
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Quality Education - Why Do We Go to School? (Home Learning)

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This template project illustrates how you can support the development of your pupils’ core skills through the study of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all.’ You can use the project with a range of subjects across the curriculum including English, social studies, geography and languages. NEW! BITE-SIZED ACTIVITIES FOR HOME LEARNING We also offer this resource in bite-sized activity format, perfect for home learning! Learn Malala’s life story, why some children in the world don’t go to school and plan a campaign to change this with three bite-sized creative activities and challenges. Download now!