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Issue 3.4

CTL 3.4 Cover

CTL 3.4 Cover

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22/04/2013
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CTL 3.4 Editorial - From the sublime to the ridiculous

Sadly, one of our great education thinkers, Philip Adey died shortly after the last issue of CTL was published. He would have had boundless contempt for the way Gove has used his personal, unfounded prejudices to inform the new draft National Curriculum.

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22/04/2013
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CTL 3.4 Contents

CTL 3.4 Contents

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22/04/2013
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CTL 3.4 News

Secondary students opting for easy reads; Boredom is vital for creativity, expert says; Teachers oppose Gove's "pub quiz" style curriculum; Computer science now part of the EBacc.

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22/04/2013
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Project Inspire

Your plane has crashed and now you’re stranded on a desert island. How do you survive? How does the community begin to evolve? This is the theme of one of the many challenging but exciting projects undertaken by one school’s KS3 students as part of their innovative project based learning scheme. Geraldine Norman explains.

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22/04/2013
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Powerful and engaging mathematics

Can complicated, high level mathematics ever be described as fun? In the third of his series on making maths phenomenal, Professor Dave Pratt discusses the difficulties faced when designing tasks for students that are interesting and engaging yet keep them focused on the powerful ideas of mathematics.

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22/04/2013
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Resisting the red pen

Young children who’ve previously been victims of the dreaded ‘marking red pen’ are often reluctant to unleash their imagination in their creative writing for fear of making mistakes. Alison Wilcox describes how she expanded the focus of her teaching from eliminating errors to experimenting with language, and managed to inspire even the most unenthusiastic of writers.

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22/04/2013
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Exploring history through drama

Tim Taylor explains how by using various dramatic conventions and visual resources, you can transport your students back to the times of the Romans and Celts to develop their historical knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm.

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22/04/2013
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Anybody can learn a language!

All too often, learning a language in school means little more than reciting words and phrases learned by rote. Graham Simms believes there’s a better way.

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22/04/2013
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Organising for creativity

What does it take to be a creative leader? Much more organisation than you might think, as Bill Lowe found out when he talked to three school leaders who were trying to make a difference.

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22/04/2013
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How we became a Thinking School

Sometimes it’s not only the pupils who need to learn a thing or two. Kevin Steel describes how, in order to become an accredited Thinking School and cultivate effective learners, staff at St Robert of Newminster had to first relinquish their roles as teachers and become good learners themselves.

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22/04/2013
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Developing young brains for independent thinking

How can we develop independent thinkers who respond to challenges with imagination and collaboration? Belle Wallace of TASC International outlines the main points and purpose of her thinking and problem-solving framework, which is now an international phenomenon used in classrooms all over the world.

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22/04/2013
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Digital thinking

The paper sorting activity ‘Mysteries’ has now been given a digital makeover! David Leat and Ahmed Kharrufa explore the effect using it in the classroom has had on students’ reasoning and thought processes.

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22/04/2013
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Myths and legends

A range of exciting online resources to help get your students interested in the fantastical world of myths, legends, fairytales and folklore.

Date:
22/03/2013
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Project Plan: Mysteries of the Middle Ages

A time of knights, peasants, kings and castles, Jane Jones investigates life in the Middle Ages with a range of cross curricular activities focusing on Robin Hood, the Black Death, medieval monsters and more.

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22/04/2013
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CTL 3.4 Full magazine

Download the full issue of CTL 3.4 here.

Date:
25/04/2013
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Activity 1 Resource Pack: Time Capsule

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 1 Resource Pack. Students explore various pictorial clues and predict the plot of the story, ‘The Winter Cabin’.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 2 Resource Pack: Reading the text

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 2 Resource Pack. The aim of this activity is to encourage active thinking and reading through close examination of the text, 'The Winter Cabin'.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 3 Resource Pack: Robin Hood, fact or fiction?

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 3 Resource Pack. Students research Robin Hood and create a visual representation of one aspect of his life. This pack provides a variety of sources to help students establish whether they believe Robin Hood was real or just a legend.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 4 Resource Pack: Creating a bestiary

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 4 Resource Pack. Students work independently but collaboratively to create a class bestiary of mythical creatures.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 5 Resource Pack: Medieval maths

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 5 Resource Pack. Students work together to solve Medieval themed maths and logic problems.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 6 Resource Pack: Medieval castles

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 6 Resource Pack. Students make decisions about defending and attacking castles based on research, and consider what it was like to live in a medieval stronghold.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 7 Resource Pack: Crime and punishment

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 7 Resource Pack. Students discuss aptness of punishments in medieval times and compare them to today’s justice system.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 8 Resource Pack: Riddle me this

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 8 Resource Pack. Students work in groups to solve riddles and create their own.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 9 Resource Pack: Portraits and pictures

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 9 Resource Pack. Students compare and contrast features of Medieval paintings.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 10 Resource Pack: Diseases and their cures

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 10 Resource Pack. Students investigate common diseases in the Middle Ages and their cures, with special focus on the Black Death.

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15/01/2014
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Activity 11 Resource Pack: Heraldry

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: Activity 11 Resource Pack. Students design and create a shield to represent themselves or their family, using the information provided and own research to make it as historically accurate as possible.

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15/01/2014
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'The Winter Cabin' text

A traditional story from Russia similar to the tales told by travelling storytellers in Medieval times. For the pdf version, please see 'Project plan: Mysteries of the Middle Ages'.

Date:
30/01/2014
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