Blitz School offer artefact based workshops in your school, allowing your children to learn what life was like during the Second World War. The resources section of the website has a really super range of things to use if you are studying WW2. You will find everything from printables to powerpoints and lesson plans, all free to download.
Get involved and help raise awareness of Internet Safety. There are lots of resources here for all ages and there are many things you can do from spreading the word to running activities. This year's slogan is "Connect with Respect" and aims to get children thinking about their rights and responsibilities as they explore the online world. Vitally important!
Help the RSPB get a snapshot of species numbers in Britain and get your class involved in some real scientific and ecological research. This website contains information and resources for all age groups to become involved. There are certificates and a prize draw for all school's taking part this week.
Here are 12 fun, festive science experiments presented in short videos by Greg Foot. There is also an interactive book of experiments. From making indoor snow to candy canes these hands on activities are a great free resource for teachers and families this Christmas. Check them out.
This is such a gem you will scarcely believe it is free! If you teach infants or children in the first stages of learning to read, sign them up straight away and watch them have a ball while teaching their monster to read. As well as recognising letters and sounds, the game teaches children to blend and segment. Synthetic phonics in an engaging, fun and progressive game.....and completely free!
BP have just revamped their education resources website and it is well worth stopping by for a visit! InvestiGATE for 9-11 years includes videos, interactive quizzes and videos to teach about scientific enquiry. There are resources for ages 4 - 11 covering aspects of science, design & technology and geography. The videos are very well presented and engaging. Super stuff.
This lesson focuses on raising awareness about hunger and tells of the power of nutritious school meals for children worldwide. For millions of hungry children around the world, the WFP meal they receive at school is often their only meal of the day. Through these school meals, young people can grow, develop and receive an education. We would like to introduce teachers and their students to Molly, a teenager living in one of Africa’s largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya. She receives a WFP meal at school every day, which allows her to stay in school. This lesson plan teaches students about what Molly’s World is like, why school meals are the most important meal of the day for her and millions like her around the globe and most importantly it engages students in a discussion on the world’s greatest solvable problem: hunger.
The lesson plan is intended to be a one off lesson taught in the week prior to, or on, World Food Day that can be adapted as teachers see fit according to the needs of their students. You can download this lesson HERE.
If you are looking for ideas for primary age group science activities for your class or for a science club, this site has a great experiments section. Each experiment is well illustrated, has a list of items needed along with notes, tips and weblinks.
The Field Trip section lets you search for a science centre worldwide and the Adventure section has four interactive adventures suitable for upper primary children.
This site is choc full of free drama resources to use with your primary school class. Whether you are looking for games, drama strategies or lessons, you will find masses of useful stuff here.
The resources section of 'Arts on the move' has a great free bank of games, ideas, stories and more.
http://www.youthgroupgames.co.uk/ is well worth checking out for games ideas for different age groups - ice breaker games, active games, calming games, seasonal games and more.
Peace Day is a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Sign up with an email address to download a superb free pack of primary school ideas and lessons to help you celebrate Peace Day in a fun and meaningful way.
Here are the blogs of two art teachers who generously share their lessons on line. Many thanks to Mrs Brown and Mrs Barbro! Another super one is http://mrspicassosartroom.blogspot.co.uk/
All have created sites full of inspiration for primary school teachers, so if you need ideas for the new school year....check them out!
Many thanks to Alison for reminding me about the superb range of free resources available from the British Science Association. Loads of great ideas here for hands on investigations and experiments for home, outdoors and in the classroom.
Many thanks to Debbie for highlighting her emotional literacy site. It is chock full of great free resources for teaching personal, social and emotional skills. Whether it be anger management, grief, bullying or circletime resources, this is a super site to find some fresh ideas.
Beeclip is a simple to use digital scrapbook tool with which children can collect and combine images, videos, text and clip art. The free account is for one teacher and up to thirty students. It is very simple to add your class and set them projects such as posters, scrapbooks, collages, diaries etc. These can be saved, emailed, embedded or printed out. You can try it out yourself without registering, then I'm sure you'll agree it's something your primary class will love using. Mine are all set up ready for next session!
Many thanks to Tim Rylands for highlighting this great collection of 250 free eBooks. For ages 3 to 11 there is something for everyone. These are super on the IWB with the whole class or groups. There is a full range of tools on screen to zoom in or out, turn the pages and toggle the sound on or off.
With Wimbledon about to start how about some tennis themed lessons? Here you will find many free resources specifically aimed at the primary school. There are lesson plans to download, activity cards, an activity week pack and a cross curricular resource called Volleys and Values available free to the first 2,012 UK schools to apply!
This website has a huge amount of information, case studies, resources and support for helping to develop an outdoor classroom. Watch a few of the videos, read some case studies and you will get lots of inspiration for improving the outdoor curriculum in your school.
The all new National Geographic education site is still in beta, but is looking great, with loads of useful tools for teachers and children. This map maker tool will allow you to create, print and assemble a range of political maps from one page to wall sized mega maps. The video shows how. This will be so useful in the primary classroom when you need large or small maps for the children to mark or draw on. If you don't want country boundaries, there is also a physical map maker available.
The Poetryclass section of the Poetry Society website has some good looking free resources for primary school teachers. Along with a good collection of downloadable lessons in pdf format there is also a list of useful websites. So if you need some fresh ideas for teaching poetry, take a look!