World Maths Day



The students play against each other in mental arithmetic games. Students are captivated by the fact that they are playing in real time. Each game lasts for 60 seconds, students can play as many games as they wish. The questions are appropriately leveled for different ages and abilities.   This is a truly unique world event and a fantastic way to promote numeracy within your school. The organisers claim that past results show that students will make significant improvements in their mental arithmetic skills and have fun in the process.

..and it’s absolutely free of charge. You can register your class here.


February 26, 2009. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

Free teaching resources

free.tiff lists resources, lesson plans and worksheets produced by top UK charities, museums & more. They have been reviewed and are ready for teachers to use.

The free teaching resources, lesson plans and work sheets cover all school curriculum subjects. There are write ups on each resource and a link to where you can get the lesson plan from.

February 24, 2009. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers

A site with a range of free resources for primary teachers

teaching ideas.tiff

February 20, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition


National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools 2009

School children are invited to enter this very popular annual competition, now in its sixth year. Full details can be viewed on the National Galleries of Scotland website.

There are six categories, each with a different theme:

Category A Nursery, theme: Food is Fantastic

Category B Primary 1-3, theme: A Super Duper Animal

Category C Primary 4-7, theme: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Category D S1-S2, theme: A Sense of Place

Category E Special Education Schools, theme: Look Up, Look Down

Category F Group Work

Pupils are asked to view a small selection of works of art online. Teaching notes and discussion ideas are provided. In support of the new Curriculum for Excellence there will be suggestions on interdisciplinary approaches. Pupils are invited to make their own artwork inspired by the theme and works of art. The closing date is Friday 8 May 2009.

February 18, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

Online Digital Science Comic


A new digital comic called, Selenia, has been created by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England to help primary school children learn about scientific enquiry and changing materials. The comic, which is in digital format can be used on a whiteboard in the classroom. The comic and resources are all free.

In the stories, Selenia, the schoolgirl heroine travels from her alien planet to Earth where she makes two friends. Through her adventures, children develop an understanding of the properties of materials – such as the difference between gases, solids and liquids. The teaching resources, which accompany the comics, are designed to build children’s understanding of scientific processes.

The stories are full of action, magic and fun and are designed to give children the opportunity to explore science in unconventional ways.

The comic can be downloaded free from:

February 12, 2009. Tags: , , . 1. Leave a comment.

E Safety Games

To help promote European Safer Internet day next Tuesday (10th Feb), the English North West Learning Grid have created some e-safety games . They are free to use for anyone that wishes to do so and available here

February 5, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

Web Search Techniques

Here is a short video from Common Craft that might help you or your pupils search for information on the internet more effectively.

February 4, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.