PBL project plan: Ethical living
What can we do to help people and protect the environment in our local area and beyond? Alexis Shea lets pupils take the lead in finding out with this exciting investigation of ethical issues, culminating in the design and publication of a newspaper insert on living an ethical life. (ZIP file)
Websites for ethical living
From boycotts and campaign letters to floating gardens and solar bottle lights, our compilation of activities and resources from around the web will support a vibrant exploration of ethics and environmentalism across the curriculum.
A teacher’s guide to Minecraft in the classroom
With over 100 million users around the globe, block-building video game Minecraft is inspiring children everywhere to create, imagine and explore. But what is Minecraft, and how can the astounding creativity of this deceptively simple game be harnessed in the classroom? Ray Chambers explains.
Becoming an effective facilitator of PBL
Carrying out project-based learning for the very first time will throw up a mountain of challenges that may puzzle even the most experienced of teachers. How do you show learners are making progress? Do you set homework? What about when Ofsted visits?! Alexis Shea continues her series with the answers to these questions and more.
Sports in the spotlight
International sporting events provide an ideal opportunity for schools to rally enthusiasm for sports and promote important values such as commitment, determination and teamwork. Crispin Andrews shares a series of activities for key stages 1 and 2 related to some of the year’s most celebrated sporting events.
Creative approaches to teaching texts from the past
How can we enable all children to access and enjoy the unfamiliar language and structures of literary heritage texts – as demanded by the new primary curriculum? Bob Cox presents a selection of strategies to open up a wide range of poetry and prose texts and inspire pupils to craft interesting and creative narratives of their own.
Using the arts to inspire poetry
Combining drama, movement, music and more, children’s poet Kate Williams turns the often dreaded process of exploring and writing poetry into an exhilarating adventure.
The wolves of Yellowstone: Problem-based learning in science
Giving pupils a real-world dilemma to explore and solve together can bring to life even the dreariest of secondary science topics. Here Ed Walsh illustrates the power of the problem with the intriguing question: Was the reintroduction of wolves a good thing for Yellowstone National Park?
An education from the earth
Introducing children to notions of environmental citizenship and instilling a love of nature is essential, not only for the future of our planet, but for our children’s physical and mental wellbeing. Richard Harvey provides some practical ideas for integrating the natural world into all aspects of the primary curriculum.