LTS have produced a new film to promote their growing Curriculum for Excellence support for staff:
Support for Staff Promotional film
Support in using the new experiences and outcomes, curriculum planning and assessment approaches is available online now. To find out more watch a short promotional film, produced by LTS to raise awareness amongst the education community of the wide range of support available to assist with implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. The film is split into three key sections:
- Support in using the experiences and outcomes promotes the resources available in the ‘Support for Staff’ web area.
- Supporting curriculum planning promotes the support available in the ‘Building your Curriculum section’.
- Supporting emerging approaches to assessment, promotes examples of how some schools have started to develop assessment practices.
Over 100 examples of assessment in Numeracy, Literacy and Health & Well-being across learning have now been uploaded to the LTS website:
These emerging examples of assessment can support practitioners in developing their understanding of, and improving practice in, approaches to assessment. The examples do not illustrate standards and expectations.
Following an external Quality Assurance process decisions will be made on whether the materials meet standards and expectations. Those materials considered suitable will be published in the National Assessment Resource when it goes live in September 2010 with more exemplars and resources.
Highland schools involved include
Pultneytown Primary School
LTS have added a new Science resource to Glow:
Glow Science is a new video-based learning resource designed to enhance pupils’ understanding of science in the modern world. Glow Science can be used in many different ways to support the Sciences experiences and outcomes as well as other areas of Curriculum for Excellence.
The first module to be released focuses on the Human Body and covers topics such as: brain, heart, pregnancy, senses, muscles, lungs, hormones.
The resource includes an area for teachers to provide ideas and tips on using the videos in the classroom.
Additional modules will be added to Glow Science covering the universe, chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, geology and weather to form a visual encyclopedia of engaging video clips that will help enrich the teaching and learning experience.
To log in to Glow Science click here:
If you don’t have a Glow login but want to find out more, click here:
Sumdog is a free website designed to improve numeracy skills. It contains maths games covering a range of topics aimed at 9 to 13 year olds. The games can be played against the clock or against other students across the world and will track progress on the Graffiti Wall. Well worth a go!
With the expectation that all staff have a responsibility for literacy development, are you looking for some support for your own understanding of language? LTS have launched a new ‘Knowledge of Language’ site for this very purpose:
Curriculum for Excellence has made explicit the expectation that all staff have a responsibility to contribute to the literacy development of learners. However, not all education professionals are fully confident in their own understanding of how language works. The Knowledge of Language modules provide staff with a way of accessing further information about some of the common features of our language.
There are three featured sections of the newsletter of particular interest:
- The National Assessment Resource (NAR)
- Building your Curriculum
- Support for Staff
The Times and Microsoft have teamed up to form a website called Spelling Bee.www.timesspellingbee.co.uk There is a section called Mini Bees that is suitable for primary aged children to use. There are a range of activities and games to play to help children improve their spelling. Why not let parents know about this resource or even link to it from your school website.
Thanks to Kent ICT Blog for link.
World Maths Day is off and running! Can we unite to break the world record?
This year features an exciting new format with multi-levels for all age groups
Teachers, parents and media are invited to participate for the first time
With over 2 million students from 37,000 schools in 200 countries registered, surely we can beat last year’s world record of correctly answering 452,681,681 questions?
A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK. The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.
CBBC’s new specially-commissioned 13-part series, Relic: Guardians Of The Museum, will follow a group of children visiting the Museum at night to unlock the mysteries behind 13 of the objects featured in the Radio 4 series. They will be accompanied on their journey by Agatha, a mysterious and ghostly tour guide.
Schools can work with the project in a number of ways – by using the lesson plans that focus on a selection of objects from the British Museum; by suggesting and researching the students’ or teacher’s objects that tell ‘a history of the world’; and by uploading these on to the site.
The British Museum has chosen 100 objects from its collection, hundreds of museums across the UK are adding theirs – and now you can join in too. Help to build a digital museum by adding an object that you own to this website.
Just take a photo of something you own that you think tells about a time, a place or a community. What part does your object play in a history of the world?
Information taken from the BBC History of the World website