14-19 diplomas – supporting creativity, or turning the arts into a CV-able Commodity? Two years into its delivery, Rosanna Ryan looks at the diploma in Creative and Media.
Using the Sherlock Holmes stories to inspire questioning and logical thinking in the classroom teaches children vital thinking skills, says Crispin Andrews. He shares a creative writing project he used with his primary school class.
The tiger who came to class!
When education consultant Debra Kidd was asked to help Girnhill infant’s school's reluctant readers, she created a cross-curricular creative project on 'the tiger who came to tea'.
Soul and Chips
Computers are often seen as an enemy of RE. They seem cold, impersonal and spiritually dead. But Julian Stern’s unique – and often bizarre! – IT-based lesson ideas for primary RE teachers will push you to book the computer suite.
A new DVD training programme - which shows teachers how to encourage questions - is so good it’s been used by an education action zone. Gerry Miller reports.
Creativity and thinking skills aren’t the sole preserve of academic learning. Teachers need to teach thinking in vocational FE courses, too. Martin Renton shares lesson ideas.
History isn’t static. We’re interpreting it every time we discuss it, and constantly fnding new ways of looking at it. Neil Tonge explains how the cross-curricular local history project he coordinated gave students pride in Newcastle.
Learning about learning (open access article)
Helping students to understand how they learn can unlock greater motivation and amazing results, says Chris Watkins.
History is a difficult subject to teach speaking and listening in - it’s about memorising facts, not discussion. But now kids can ask a real viking questions - with the Jorvik viking centre’s ‘skype experience’. Hannah Trinder explains.
A River Child
This cross-curricular project pack introduces the story of Mohammed - a ten-year-old Nigerian boy whose village depends on the river Benue. It is aimed at children aged 9-12 and uses drama, writing and imagination techniques to teach geography and environmental issues, says Dr Sue Lyle.