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Flint 1, Art: original poems & activities
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Flint 1, Art: original poems & activities

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When struck against steel, flint produces sparks which ignite fire. The fire is active creativity – yours and your pupils’. You are the steel. This resource is flint. Let the striking commence! So, what is Flint? Actually? 4 original poems and 10ish practical ideas for using them to teach art, presentation skills, history, storytelling and biology. (The fourth poem is a Tinybird story. I think you’ll really like Tinybird.) Flint is a way to get poetry into any part of the school day. It’s a resource for teachers who understand that everything is connected. It’s fun. It’s thought-provoking. It’s four starting places with at least 10 paths to wander. Poem titles: — Every superhero needs a super villain. This is a poem about mine. — Forgotten felt-tips — The Cloud of Unknowing, a poem with only one rhyme and a disappointing end — Tinybird and the alligator (You can see Forgotten felt-tips and other poems from the Flint series in the Flint playlist on YouTube) The best way to understand Flint is to download Flint 1 – Art. It’s free! The poems are followed by activities and topics for discussion. The first ideas are about art. But it’s not just art, there are also ideas about presentation skills, history, storytelling and biology. Along with uses that are specific to the poem, Flint includes 9 practical ways to work with any poem.
Failure posters – growth mindset inspiration
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Failure posters – growth mindset inspiration

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A snazzy inspirational poster for your classroom featuring two complementary quotes about failure. ‘What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?’ —Robert Schuller ’Failure is the key to success. Each mistake teaches us something’ —Morihei Ueshiba The poster can be displayed any way up – portrait or landscape. Regular rotation of the posters is is a good way to change the emphasis. The PDF includes the poster in four bright colours, greyscale, and black and white.
Poetry: Flint 2, Science & Technology
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Poetry: Flint 2, Science & Technology

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When struck against steel, flint produces sparks which ignite fire. The fire is active creativity – yours and your pupils’. You are the steel. This resource is flint. Let the striking commence! So, what is Flint? Actually? 6 original poems and 19ish practical ideas for using them to teach about physics, our solar system, space travel, technology and our bodies, religious studies, grammar, creative writing and storytelling.

It’s a way to get poetry into any part of the school day. It’s a resource for teachers who understand that everything is connected. It’s fun. It’s thought-provoking. It’s four starting places with at least 19 paths to wander. Poem titles: — An accident — Technology as a destructive force in interpersonal relationships — Rocket — Three space haiku (You can see An accident, Technology as a destructive force in interpersonal relationships and other poems from the Flint series in the Flint playlist on YouTube.) The best way to understand Flint is to download Flint 1 – Art. It’s free! The poems are followed by experiments, activities and topics for discussion. The first ideas are about science and technology. But it’s not just science and technology, there are also ideas about religious studies, grammar, creative writing and storytelling. Along with uses that are specific to the poem, Flint includes nine practical ways to work with any poem.
Creative thinking – Getting Ideas, a short book
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Creative thinking – Getting Ideas, a short book

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Getting Ideas is a short, fun e-book about how to get ideas and what to do with them. The book explains ideas in a way that helps children and young people understand why creative thinking matters and gives them the confidence that they can think creatively. The cover blurb: This is a helpful book full of lies (and truths) about being silly, one possible way to not be eaten by a T. rex, large heads, mythical creatures, an extremely valuable diamond and much more.* Most of all, this book is about ideas, why they matter, how to get them and what to do with them. This book is used by teachers to help foster creativity in their classes and read for pleasure by children and young people. Once, the print edition was a end-of-year gift for Year 6 leavers from the headteacher.
Basic cookery skills inspired by the world’s best chefs
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Basic cookery skills inspired by the world’s best chefs

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Jeff Gill ran a six-week experimental cooking club with KS2 pupils. The used techniques of the world’s most innovative chefs to teach basic cookery skills. This dissertation contains a description of the club, background research, thoughts about how the lessons learned in the club could be used more widely in schools, and, most exciting, all the recipes and handouts used in the club. Teach your pupils to cook by making air bread sandwiches, potato stone, healthful agar jelly and more!