A list of current NEN resources for KS2 English – http://www.nen.gov.uk/
Across the Board – Nine Men’s Morris
Play Nine Men’s Morris! Board games were very
popular with the Romans. We know this from archaeological finds from all
over the Roman World. Nearly every Roman site in Britain
has provided evidence in the form of counters and boards. Hadrian’s Wall
is no exception and a fine example of a board and pieces found at
Segedunum can be seen displayed in the Roman Gallery.
Across the Board – Senet
Play the ancient game of Senet! Board games were
very common in ancient Egypt
and people from all levels of society played them. Many game boards from
have been found by archaeologists. However, the rules explaining how to
play these games have not survived. By studying game boards and other
evidence, experts have made some educated guesses about how these games
Across the Board – The Royal Game of Ur
Play the Royal Game of Ur! Board games were popular in Mesopotamia. Different types of boards and game
pieces have been found by archaeologists. The remains of this board were
found by Leonard Woolley in a grave at Ur.
History KS2/3 – A Local Study of South Shields during WW2. The teaching programme is focused through a fictional story set over 3 generations.
The Audio Network Education Licence has been developed to provide Schools with world-class music recordings over the National Education Network and the UK’s national education broadband networks. It is hosted at London Grid for Learning and delivered to schools throughout the UK over the NEN.
Schools have FREE access to the same high-quality music resource that is used by professional film, television and media producers. Just right for ICT and digital video projects across the curriculum. Works for Primary, Secondary and FE. Ideal for vocational courses and developing a sense of the world of work.
The service enables the FREE download of Audio Network music files for use in school and college projects including ‘synchronisation’ use in audio-visual productions together with general guidance on music copyright.
Summary of benefits
Ease of use: digital and on-line over the education broadband networks. Standard file type.
Free: school and connected college users do not have to pay.
Choice: huge range of types of music.
Quality: industry quality recordings.
Clean: no viruses…non pop-up advertising.
Legal: all rights cleared for education use in school/college.
Creative Licence: resources can be used creatively.
Restrictions: can’t be distributed or performed outside school/college or on the WWW without additional licences…but…
Additional licences: provide a one-step process for public performance/distribution.
Curriculum relevance: meets the needs of e-learning and ‘Harnessing the Technology’ and supports many areas of the curriculum in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.
Examinations: meets requriements of examinations and the new generation of e-assessment.
World of work: uses industry procedures and supports of vocational courses.
Audio Network in the Classroom
Teachers from all Key Stages in Hounslow schools have developed a series of exemplar lessons on using Audio Network across the curriculum – not only Music but also Literacy, Personal and Social Education and ICT, as well as looking at the use of AN files for classroom and behaviour management.
Videos, worksheets and lots of good creative ideas
Barnaby and Belinda Bear
This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .
Celebrating Language has a number of aims:
To use e-learning to raise awareness of and celebrate the diversity of language and cultures in this region.
To promote an appreciation of language in both written and spoken forms.
To exploit broadband and multimedia technologies so that learners can share a rich set of resources from across the region.
To provide a unique resource for schools that links with many aspects of the curriculum – RE, Geography, PSHE, Art, MFL, English.
To provide a database of language, including words common to many languages , accessible through ICT tools.
Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail
Northern Grid for Learning, in partnership with the Friends of
Chopwell Wood, has developed a new interactive educational resource for
KS2/3. This features 18 locations around the Heritage Lottery funded
Educational questions, activities and
projects that supplement the interactive activities, cover aspects of
Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography, Science, Design Technology and
ICT curriculum areas.
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free from inappropriate material.
CookIt is more than an online recipe book. Learners can submit their own recipes, watch short videocast programmes, find out about food in the past and link recipes to festivals and seasons.
Crabble Mill Project
One hundred and thirty pupils from twenty-six Kent primary schools took part in the Crabble Mill Writing Project in October 2007. The mill is a delightful living museum in Dover which became the inspiration and source of research material for this innovative broadband communications project.
Planned and managed by Advisory Service Kent staff, Leading ICT Teachers and South-East Grid for Learning Project Officers the project involved pupils using a wide range of web based technologies to support story writing. Applications used included video conferencing, blogging, Podcasting and “On-line” Publishing.
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
Dover Boat Project
The “Dover Bronze Age Boat Project” was a five week writing project involving a hundred Key Stage 2 Kent pupils. It provided pupils with the opportunity to use new technologies and digital resources to improve their writing skills. Set the challenge to write about the world famous “Bronze Age Boat” the project report examines how effectively the pupils used web conferencing, blogging and other ICT resources to inform their planning and later to edit their work.
To assess the impact of new technologies, the pupils’ comments will be of interest to all primary teachers who strive to use ICT to plan meaningful writing activities for young learners. Almost all the pupils believed that the web conference sessions helped them to plan their stories and half felt that the voice recorders were of benefit, whilst less than a third commented so positively about the blog.
To view the pupils’ work, more analysis of their comments, and all the project resources click on the link below
Downloadable resources to support work in the Foundation Stage including worksheets, activities, photographs and videos. Includes ICT scheme of work for foundation stage.
Films for Learning
Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.
Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.
Search and browse the excellent examples including a student’s clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.
Grace Darling Museum Teachers’ Pack
A comprehensive education pack featuring pre and post visit (to
the Grace Darling Museum)
lesson plans with accompanying resources, worksheets for use at the museum and
all necessary visit information for teachers.
Guess What? Tudors
Kill or Cure? Become a Tudor Doctor! You’re an
apprentice to a Tudor doctor named Dr Kyrssope. The Doctor turned a funny
colour suddenly this morning- and died! You’ll have to treat his patients!
Read the notes about Tudor treatments and ask the patients questions to
find the right diagnosis to save them!
You won’t find Batman here, nor the Incredible Hulk. But you’ll find
people who really did exist – people who made their mark on history.
But what sort of people were they? Did they have incredible powers, like Batman and Superman? Or were they more like you and me?
Find out about Alan Turin, Elizabeth Fry, Nelson, Cromwell and others and decide for your self whether they deserve to be call ‘hero’.
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.
An original dairy from World War One, made available by Tyne and Wear Archives. The resource includes the diary, transcripts, support materials and activities.
An online service to support the development of information skills. Students can find resources to help with a range of learning including, using the Internet, recognising the reliability of information, reading the media and visual literacy.
Key Stage 1-3 Teaching Resources
In addition to lesson plans for teachers of Key Stage 1, Key
Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 there is a range of whiteboard activities for each Key
Stage which are regularly expanded.
Learning about Learning
Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn.
Football themed resources providing stimulus for whole class introductions, individual short tasks to be completed at the computer and longer tasks to be completed away from the computer.
A feature on the new film Water Horse.This resource gives more information about Loch Ness and its monster and about the movie, how it was made and fun activities connected to the story.
Making the News 2 (MTN2) is a website designed to introduce students to
the world of online media publishing and broadcasting for the 21st
century. Teachers may register, doing so will create a homepage on MTN
for their school. The teacher may then create student accounts.
Students can then login and create articles and programmes which will be
submitted to the teacher and if approved published on the school
homepage. Well rated articles will be added to the National MTN2 site.
Articles may be text and images or they may be video, audio or a sequence of images.
Students can use any media editing tools you wish to create and upload
video/audio articles, or use the tools embedded in the MTN2 website.
This is an E2BN project that has been jointly funded by: CLEO, EMBC, LGfL, NorthernGrid, SEGfL, SWGfL, and YHGfL. Teachers at schools in these RBCs may become registered users without charge. Teachers in schools in other RBCs, in schools outside the NEN, private and overseas maybe subject to a subscripton fee of £250 per school per year.
Memorynet is a collection of oral histories,
photographs and images exploring the lives of communities linked with the
sea in the North East of England.
Mini applications produced by Northern Grid in response to requests from teachers.
Morecambe and Back
Morecambe and Back…
contains all the Mitchell and Kenyon footage shot in Morecambe in 1902.
Two of the film clips, the exterior of the Winter Gardens and the congregation leaving the Parish Church are also available as ‘then and now’ parallel videos.
Another ‘raw’ resource is an online comparison of the front and back pages from1903 and 2008 editions of the ‘Morecambe Visitor’ newspaper.
The module also records the spectacular way Morecambe Bay Community Primary School used the footage as the base for a term-long cross-curricular theme covering; Music, Dance, Drama, History, Art, Geography and Speaking and Listening.
The project was supported by the British Film Institute, Lancashire Sinfonietta, Ludus Dance and the Lancashire Public Records office.
Myths and Legends
Myths and Legends is for pupils, teachers and all those who enjoy stories and storytelling. The British Isles is rich in myths, folktales and legends. Almost every town, city and village in Britain has its own special story, be it a Celtic legend, Dark Age mystery, strange happening or fable.
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.
Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.
C Day Lewis’ 1936 poem read over contemporary newsreel footage.
Produced to show the potential of the Pathe archive to support understanding of the interplay between 20th century arts and news-media. Also provides insight into public attitudes during the build up to WWII.
Contains a useful article on copyright issues.
This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a
presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in
on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline
information you can zoom and pan around an image.
Burns Night on 25 January is celebrated all over the world with thousands of people attending Burns Suppers to eat haggis and to toast the Immortal Memory of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
This area has a selection of teaching and learning resources about Scots literature and language, modern Scottish poetry, Scottish song and traditional Scottish music, the historical context in which Burns was writing and the continuing role of literature and language in shaping Scottish identity.
Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs
These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use – whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.
You can download them, print them off or use them online.
A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.
Animals and birds
Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.
A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children’s faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits.
Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past – Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.
Art, music and literature
Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.
Activities and items for leisure – from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.
The prehistoric world
Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.
Food and drink
Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink – some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.
Language and numbers
Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.
Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children’s shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters.
Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?
Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today’s technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.
This website contains a captivating collection of activities for children aged 5-8 years. The site is based on popular children’s stories by authors Scoular Anderson, Debi Gliori, Mairi Hedderwick and Frank Rodgers.
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.