‘Grow Your Own‘ is a new free cross-curricular education programme from the National Schools Partnership in collaboration with Heinz Tomato Ketchup. It has curriculum links to science and helps teach pupils ages 5-7 about the lifecycle of plants through having the opportunity to grow their own tomatoes. The full resource includes teacher lesson materials (including an e-story book), pupil sheets and parent information leaflets. The first 2000 schools to register will receive 124 free tomato seed packets and 120 growing pots for their classes. What a great offer!
We’ve been exploring ypte, the Young Person’s Trust For the Environment, a charity website set up for the purpose of promoting young people’s understanding of the environment and of the need for sustainability. It really is a treasure trove of fascinating and useful information. It’s an excellent website for use in either science lessons or as a non-fiction literacy resource.
The charity’s aim is to highlight environmental problems such as climate change, disappearing wildlife, pollution of soil, air and water, the destruction of rainforests and wetlands, the spread of desert regions and the misuse of the oceans.
The site has hundreds of superb resources both for primary aged children and for teenagers. Topics range from global issues such as the rainforests to those closer to home such as minibeasts in the garden. The excellent factsheets include both animal facts and environmental facts. There are downloadable lesson plans, videos and presentations for teachers and up-to-date articles on environmental news.
If you’re a primary school teacher then we’re sure you won’t want to miss this brilliant competition to win one of ten annual subscriptions to Teaching Packs.
We’ve reviewed Teaching Packs before and the resources are first class. They’re both time-saving and inspirational, and will certainly enrich your classroom teaching. All you have to do to enter the prize draw is complete a survey. You have until 1 March 2017. Good luck with your entry.
FuseSchool is a superb free online learning platform managed and run by the Fuse Foundation. Available free of charge, FuseSchool is aimed at the secondary age group. It amalgamates information gathered from various sources, and delivers it through high quality bite-sized videos and quizzes.
Current subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, along with English, ICT, and Functional Maths at a basic level where the focus is on helping students in everyday life situations.
FuseSchool is an open community so it’s possible for students to ask questions if they need further help. Resources are being added all the time so it’s well worth exploring what’s on offer. We think the video lessons in particular could be useful for students to consolidate skills and knowledge learned in school and as a revision tool.