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Issue 4.1

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18/07/2013
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CTL 4.1 Editorial - For serious curriculum reform look west, Mr Gove!

Gove’s ‘tough and rigorous’ new National Curriculum, which will be dis-applied to children in Academies, Free Schools, Private Schools and SATs years in mainstream schools, is the very antithesis of rigorous in conception.

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CTL 4.1 News

Proposed curriculum will damage a whole generation, author says; more children reading e-books; calls for lessons on relationships in National Curriculum; and more.

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Giving kids control

Mathematics is not often seen as a subject with great potential for independent experimentation. Professor Dave Pratt continues his series on making maths phenomenal with an explanation of why such experimentation is vital in order for students to grasp the key concepts of complex mathematics.

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What's behind the wall?

Jane Hewitt details a project based on the theme of walls and bridges, which will appeal to your class’ natural sense of curiosity and creativity, and can be easily adapted to fit a wide range of curricular needs.

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18/06/2013
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The Question X

Many teachers avoid using closed questions in the classroom, for the simple reason that they inhibit discussion and restrict higher-order thinking … or do they? Peter Worley introduces a simple technique which he hopes will rehabilitate the closed question and help stimulate powerful enquiries.

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Using feedback to create a dynamic learning dialogue

Are your views on your own classroom practice the same as those of your students? Jane Jones explores how teachers can learn from the feedback on teaching and learning that their pupils provide.

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What does it mean to be a good learner?

A maintained focus on exam results and a culture of spoon feeding has had a disastrous impact on our young learners – many of whom are not even sure what good learning looks like. Di Pardoe has a way to give them back their confidence.

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Strategies for thinking

How do we encourage reluctant thinkers to progress beyond the basics and develop their higher-level thinking skills? Paul Fleming shares the strategies that have helped Sedgefield Community College in their journey to becoming an accredited Thinking School.

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18/07/2013
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Power of family tree

Through an intensive process of drafting and peer critiques, students at Matthew Moss High School work with their families and the wider community to produce a hand-crafted, high quality family tree. Geraldine Norman explains why it’s a project to be proud of.

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18/07/2013
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Engineering an interest in STEM

Motor sports and mechanics are a great way to revitalise interest in STEM subjects and enhance the everyday learning experience. David Glossop reports.

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If you go down to the woods today...

Patricia Ockenden describes how two schools have taken the classroom to the woods and inspired in their students a love of creativity and experimentation, and an appreciation of the natural world

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Gaining a picture of children's learning

Give a child a camera, agree an objective and let them loose in the classroom… what might you discover? Karen Vincent investigates.

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18/07/2013
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Game-based learning in the classroom

Despite its success as a teaching tool, many are still reluctant to accept game-based learning into the classroom. Alistair Smith explains the motivational benefits of GBL, and how it can make learning a more stimulating and interactive experience.

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18/07/2013
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Are you game for a new learning experience?

Game-based learning creates independent thinkers and prepares children for future skills in life, according to recent research. Ayla Yoncaci interviews three educators from around the world whose own personal experiences with GBL are just as positive.

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Conflict and genocide

A compilation of thought-provoking websites and online resources to support teaching about war, conflict and genocide across the curriculum.

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18/07/2013
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Project Plan: World War II

Jane Jones launches a thought-provoking investigation into the most devastating conflict in human history, with a variety of cross curricular activities and resources examining the events leading up to war, life on the home front, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and more.

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CTL 4.1 Book reviews

In this issue, Jane Hewitt reviews James Mollinson’s ‘Where Children Sleep’ which she believes will be a great starting point for classroom discussion.

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CTL 4.1 Full issue

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Activity 1 Resource Pack: Card sort and research exercise

World War II: Activity 1 Resource Pack. Students identify events leading to World War II and their links to World War I. Includes instructions and Activity sheets 1a-1d.

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01/07/2013
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Activity 2 Resource Pack: Causation sort

World War II: Activity 2 Resource Pack. Students decide whether events leading up to World War II were short or long tem causes, or the trigger. They conclude the activity with an explanation piece. Includes instructions and Activity sheets 2a-2c.

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01/07/2013
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Activity 3 Resource Pack: Report writing

World War II: Activity 3 Resource Pack. Students write a report on the events leading up to World War II. Includes instructions and Activity sheet 3.

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06/01/2014
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Activity 4 Resource Pack: The Home Front

World War II: Activity 4 Resource Pack. Students examine a range of sources to discover the importance of the Home Front and its impact on the war effort. Includes instructions and Activity sheets 4a-4c.

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06/01/2014
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Activity 5 Resource Pack: Multimedia presentation

World War II: Activity 5 Resource Pack. Students investigate and create a multimedia presentation on one aspect of the Home Front. Includes instructions and Activity sheet 5.

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06/01/2014
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Activity 6 Resource Pack: Researching family history

World War II: Activity 6 Resource Pack. Students use research skills to discover ancestors/relatives who may have taken part in or grown up during World War II. Includes instructions and Activity sheets 6a-6k, plus a list of useful websites.

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06/01/2014
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Activity 7 Resource Pack: Can the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki be justified?

World War II: Activity 7 Resource Pack. Students examine historic evidence to reach an informed opinion on whether the atomic bombings that ended World War II can be justified. Includes instructions and Activity sheets 7a-7g.

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06/01/2014
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Activity 8 Resource Pack: Examining the text 'Sadako Sasaki'

World War II: Activity 8 Resource Pack. The aim of this activity is to encourage active thinking and reading through close examination of the text ‘Sadako Sasaki’. Includes instructions and Activity sheets 8a-8e.

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06/01/2014
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Activity 9 Resource Pack: P4C enquiry

World War II: Activity 9 Resource Pack. Conduct an enquiry based upon questions raised by the pupils related to and about the text ‘Sadako Sasaki’. Includes step-by-step instructions.

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06/01/2014
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