Windows on the greats
A look at the masters' lives and techniques
An introduction to Kandinsky and his works features biographical
information and some of his most iconic images (lardypaws). The idea that
he listened to Wagner while he painted could be used as the basis More… for an
activity where pupils close their eyes while listening to music and then
paint or draw the images that come into their heads.
A PowerPoint on Gaudi looks at the inspiration for some of his mosaics and
the techniques he used (treflys). A lesson on Giacometti looks at his
sculpture technique and then asks pupils to create their own Giacometti
A PowerPoint on William Morris includes details of his life and images of
his work (howsoonisnow).
Resources on Picasso include a video of some of his portraits that can be
used to illustrate his different styles (HarrisSchool).
Materials on art movements include a PowerPoint on pop art (nhktfc), while
another PowerPoint introduces pupils to pop art and Andy Warhol
Another activity asks pupils to produce a portrait using one of four
styles: pointillism, pop art, impressionism and fauvism (lyannemarsh).
Special needs advice
A new ebook provides guidance on special needs provision. Safeguarding and
Protecting Children with Disabilities and SEN, published by Optimus
Education, can be uploaded to the school VLE or intranet: www.optimus-
Pots of potential
Yoghurt pots could be a new money-spinner for schools due to recycling
firm Terracycle's partnership with Danone. Terracycle will pay 2p for
every Danone container collected: www.terracycle.co.uk
Free display materials
School Stickers has created a range of free posters to commemorate events
from Pi Day and the European Day of Languages to World Space Week and Tell
a Story Day. The company, which makes stickers for use in schools, is also
asking teachers for suggestions for future posters. For details, go to
Measure for measure
Tools on time, weight, volume and distance
A simple clock for the interactive whiteboard enables early years or key
stage 1 pupils to read the time or set it by moving the hands. A digital
clock tool can be used to demonstrate time intervals (TES iboard).
A PowerPoint presentation aimed at Years 2 and 3 looks at measuring in
centimetres, converting into metres and reading an unmarked scale
For KS2 pupils, a PowerPoint including animation and sound effects
provides an introduction to the concept of metric weights and measures
A KS2 activity sets a series of measurement problems based around
Springfield, the home of the Simpsons, covering a range of topics,
including using and applying number and multi-step problems (cleggy1611).
In the non-animated world, a resource uses images from Google Earth to set
pupils the task of measuring the perimeter and area of buildings
(amberrose). Activities for calculating volume include estimating and then
measuring the capacity of various different containers (carriecat10).
Approaches to German
Interactive materials provide a useful introduction
A quiz asking pupils how much they know about Germany can be used as an
introduction to the language (cjs_uk). A video about the country,
accompanied by a PowerPoint on greetings and a quiz, can also be effective
Another PowerPoint blends visual, auditory and kinaesthetic strategies to
teach the key sounds of German, with examples so pupils can apply their
new knowledge (rhawkes).
Pupils learn how the words are built from a presentation on German numbers
(alemanjana), while a series of flashcards originally developed for use
with pupils with special needs helps teach the numbers 1-20
The collection also includes a worksheet on colours (Nicola Jeffrey) and a
PowerPoint and activities on birthdays, including a link to a rendition of
Happy Birthday in German (newfiftytwo).
A PowerPoint introduces the names for immediate and extended family
(rhawkes), a workbook and resources about a zoo features animal
vocabulary, and touches on issues including conservation, zoo planning and
the environment (charlie_overend).
A series of interactive games asks pupils to describe people's
characteristics (curriculumbits.com) and a PowerPoint on what children
might eat or drink at lunchtime introduces food vocabulary (sorymo).
Pupils use pictures from a rendering of Three Little Pigs into German as
cues for language (Northumberland NGfL), and a karaoke game asks pupils to
sing along to learn introductions, names and family members