Carol Hodge offers some ideas for activity based cross-curricular learning within an International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

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With the 2008 Olympics being based in China, many schools have been turning their attention to the country for inspiring lessons and lesson plans. Robert Sinclair offers some ideas

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The government says that learning science should be more engaging and exciting. Crispin Andrews investigates their claim and questions how science can be made more fun for pupils

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Maths is either a subject that pupils love or hate, explains Lorraine Barber, so how can we support those learners who don’t have a natural aptitude for it?

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The renewed Primary Framework places an enhances emphasis on speaking and listening. With this in mind, Rebecca Jenkin offers some ideas on how to promote these core skills at key stage 2

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The modern world’s obsession with speed is the focus of this assembly for secondary schools. It looks at whether doing things quickly really is of that much benefit, and questions whether, by focusing on doing things quickly, we are appreciating them less

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In 2006, 12% of children in care achieved A*-C GCSE grades, compared with 59% of all children. The education of looked-after children is the responsibility of local authorities, says Anne Clarke, and there is no one-stop solution to meeting their needs

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Playing games and focusing on positive learning and motivation can transform a classroom environment for the better. Consultant Jenny Fox Eades outlines the lessons that positive psychology can teach us

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This case discusses a judge’s decision over whether to advise that a baby with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis should have painful and invasive treatment in order to give her a 50% chance of life

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The statistics regarding childhood health and overweight children are alarming, says Roger Smith. Here are some practical suggestions to promote healthy eating habits in children

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How do you safeguard children from being groomed for sexual abuse? Mark Williams-Thomas discusses the need to understand the process in order to develop preventative strategies

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How can a virtual learning environment (VLE) in your school be used to raise pupil attainment, while complementing other school initiatives? Deputy heads Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Amith have some suggestions

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Do you think you know the key points regarding internet safety for children and young people? Jenni Whitehead says that a recent report challenging current thinking on the related dangers suggests not, and offers some suggestions of advice for young people

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This assembly for primary schools discusses the Battle of Britain, in particular focusing on the Polish RAF Pilot Janusz Zurakowsk. It teaches primary children elements of British history, as well as bringing to their attention the stories there are to hear, and lessons there are to learn, from older generations

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The issues of western resource waste and world hunger are highlighted in this ethics assembly for secondary school children. It bases its message around the true story of a fisherman who made a stand by refusing to throw away the excess fish that he caught

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Sue Morris looks at self-harm and suicidal behaviour in primary school children, including the definitions, prevalence rates and the factors that increase and reduce risk

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This Learning and Thinking Skills provides suggestions of how to introduce the idea of enquiry to young learners using practical ideas and classroom resources, as the first in our series taking an in-depth focus on developing ‘independent enquirers’ – the first of the six skill areas of the PLTS framework

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There is a difference between doing your best and being the best. This secondary assembly discusses the distinction in light of the recent successes of Great Britain’s Olympic team, and reminds students that doing their best is good enough

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Harvest time in the fields can also be one rich in learning for schools. This primary assembly discusses how a good or a bad harvest can affect individual farmers – as well as anyone who eats a slice of toast for breakfast

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This free resource is part of a CPD series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, looking at how to design the most effective classroom layouts and seating arrangements


Teaching English at key stage 3 to 4: using the final chapter of The Lord of the Flies as a basis, pupils are encouraged to think, interpret and evaluate the ending of this novel


This free resource is part of a CPD series to help increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this instance presenting a case study where partnerships with parents are a central focus for one school


This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, here focusing on the best use of classroom space


This free resource is part of a CPD series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, here examining the importance of physical factors and conditions within the classroom environment


This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, in this case examining how an effective use of wall display space in classrooms can have a powerful impact on learning


This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, concentrating on what a creative thinking space is and how it can stimulate learning


This free gifted and talented resource provides advice on how to recognise signs of high ability when teaching gifted and talented children


This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this case encouraging parents to become learning partners


Storytelling activity for key stages 3 and 4: based on the events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. This activity will help develop pupils’ listening, memory and recording skills


This free resource is part of a series to help to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here looking at the benefits of developing a formal whole-school policy to encourage parental participation


A teaching activity that will encourage pupils’ enquiry, thinking and participation skills. Suitable for key stages 3 to 5.


This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here exploring why communication is at the heart of engaging parents


Spelling is an area of difficulty for many children. As a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), you have a pivotal role in embedding the skills your pupils need to improve their literacy development


MFL (Modern Foreign Languages): thinking skills in context for key stages 3 and 4


This resource explains the relation between the application of a wide range of teaching strategies and effective learning in the classroom


This resource is ideal for the subject leader or teacher and provides a comprehensive guide to dilemma-based learning, and how it can develop thinking skills in the classroom


This exciting free resource focuses on the theme of myths and legends and provides two numeracy projects for use in the classroom


This free assembly encourages students to admire the development of Beijing in preparation for the Olympic Games, but also to be aware of the cost to the community


This free resource will encourage pupils to recall and record their past learning experiences. This will help teachers gain an understanding of pupils’ individual learning preferences


This free geography teaching resource can be used with primary and secondary school students, and is one of the many games and activities available for teachers in Using Games in School Geography


Author: Sally Taverner & David Wright

Thinking Through Mathematics for secondary schools provides teachers of mathematics with a number of thinking skills activities which develop both generic thinking strategies and more specialised mathematical thinking

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Author: Sheila Cartwright and Louise Harty

Teaching and learning primary languages can be easy and fun with Learning Languages Through Fairy Tales, whether you are an experienced linguist or have limited language skills

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Inclusion and personalised learning continue to be two prominent concerns for school leaders and curriculum managers. The question is, how can you apply elements of good practice that will successfully tackle these two issues in your school? Effective information and communications technology (ICT) can be one answer read more


The issue of Curriculum Briefing – Tutoring to improve learning will provide you with all you need to use tutoring effectively to raise standards throughout your school read more


As far as employers are concerned, far too few schools are adequately preparing students for the world of work. With enterprise education as a compulsory subject on your curriculum, schools have to take this aspect of provision more seriously. But what does providing an enterprise curriculum involve in practice? read more


Author: Jan Thompson

Following the success of the bestselling title Christian Assemblies, Christian Assemblies II has been written to provide you with easy-to-use resources that you can pick off the shelf and deliver to the whole school or to smaller groups with the minimum of preparation. read more


What is assessment for learning all about and how can these concepts be applied to everyday classroom practice to trigger real improvements in your pupils’ learning curve? Questions like these are constantly on the minds of curriculum managers and school leaders that it can often feel as though you are tip-toeing on a mine-field of uncertainty read more


As a curriculum manager or headteacher, you will need to ensure your school’s assessment for learning approach is a permanent and central part of everyday classroom practice throughout your school read more


Under the 14-19 reforms, vocational education is being given more weight in the curriculum. Whether you have already introduced some vocational courses, or are starting from scratch, this issue of Curriculum Briefing has been written to help schools’ vocational programmes go from strength to strength read more