creative teaching and learning


CTL 7.2 Editorial

Why is DT failing? In the Summer of 2016, the Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) revealed that there had been a 10% decrease in the number of students taking Design & Technology at GCSE level – one of its most significant drops to date.

CTL 7.2 Routes for exploring Viking age Britain

The history of the Scandinavian raiders’ struggles with their land-locked English foes is a story we’re all familiar with, but a Museum in Schools programme helps young people get to grips with their history, sparking interest through practical learning.

CTL 7.2 Games: No longer just child’s play?

Encouraging games creation can develop vital skills and propel careers development, says BAFTA.

cross-curricular project plans


Project Plan: Exploring Africa

With its lush rainforests, dusty deserts and wide open savannah plains, Africa is undeniably one of the most beautiful and diverse places on the earth. But what can we learn from this kaleidoscope of cultures, climates and creatures? Find out in our latest cross-curricular project plan, courtesy of Jane Jones.

Project Plan: Science goes pop!

Using popular culture in the classroom can be a great way to hook children into topics they might not otherwise engage with. Crispin Andrews joins forces with the team at Creative Teaching and Learning to provide a series of cross-curricular activities related to recent films, video games and more – with a particular focus on science.

Project plan: The Victorians (Exploration and invention)

The reign of Queen Victoria was an era of great innovation and discovery, but also great poverty and misery. Jane Jones explores both extremes of life in Victorian Britain through a series of cross curricular classroom activities for use with students in KS2 and 3.

Project Plan: The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation

Over 500 years ago, two young princes disappeared from the Tower of London, never to be seen again – what happened? Jane Jones reopens the case and reveals a tangled web of greed, murder and intrigue amid a brutal battle for the throne of England.

Project Plan: Mysteries of the Middle Ages

A time of knights, peasants, kings and castles, Jane Jones investigates life in the Middle Ages with a range of cross curricular activities focusing on Robin Hood, the Black Death, medieval monsters and more.

Project Plan: Tutankhamun and the Ancient Egyptians

Examining one of history’s greatest discoveries, Jane Jones explores the life and times of Tutankhamun - from the building of the pyramids to the Saharan food chain in a series of creative thinking skills activities for Key Stages 2-3.

From our latest issue


Closing the achievement gap with P4C

Philosophy for Children reaps remarkable results for all pupils, but it does seem to work particularly well for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Now, an exciting new project seeks to harness that power to raise achievement and build resilience, confidence and self-esteem in some of the most deprived regions of the country. Bob House shares the story so far.

Keeping pupils on target in a mixed-ability classroom

Pupils who are bored or frustrated with work that does not fit their needs are more likely to disrupt lessons and hamper the progress of others. How can we keep them on track? Marcella McCarthy provides six steps to effective differentiation, ensuring all learners are engaged in tasks that support them when they struggle and stretch them when they don’t.

Meeting the new curriculum’s high expectations for grammar

With its increased, almost obsessive emphasis on grammar and punctuation, the new English curriculum will present a number of challenges for even the most confident of grammarians. How will you meet its demands? This issue’s ‘Strategies for the new curriculum’ explores possible approaches for teachers of Year 1 right through to Year 9.

How to give effective feedback in PBL

Completing final project outcomes to a professional standard is the best
way to ensure pupils are developing their learning habits. How can we,
as facilitators, support this? In the final article of her series, Alexis Shea
presents a teacher’s guide to the critical cycle of drafting, feedback and
improvement in PBL.

Powerful everyday learning experiences? There’s an app for that

We’ve seen conflicting evidence about the educational impact of tablets in schools - but used with a clear purpose in mind, the results can be inspirational. Chris Waterworth shares a very personal account of the powerful impact his school’s one-to-one iPad initiative is having on pupils’ motivation and achievement in literacy, maths and more.