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Issue 4.3

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19/12/2013
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CTL 4.3 Editorial - PISA: Time for some scepticism

The PISA test results gave our political and education leaders another opportunity to criticise British schools. But, as Sue Lyle points out on page 62, the picture is much more complex than it at first might seem.

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19/12/2013
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CTL 4.3 Contents

What's in this issue?

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CTL 4.3 News

Michael Morpurgo calls for the reinstatement of story time in all schools; Two in five teachers feel they have more to give; Rising numbers of teachers are barring less intelligent pupils from taking GCSE history; and more.

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19/12/2013
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Brain play

Every child needs play that stimulates their thinking and helps boost their brain development. Robert Fisher explores the power of the ‘brain game’.

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19/12/2013
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Nurturing creative thinking from an early age

Spontaneous, creative thinking comes naturally to very young children – it’s as they grow older that they become more inhibited. In the second of a two-part series, Marcelo Staricoff explains how to capture that early creativity and embed a lifelong love of thinking and learning.

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19/12/2013
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Linking thinking

To succeed in an increasingly competitive jobs market, students need to develop strong critical thinking skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others – how can they do that? Steve Padget shares a powerful, visual thinking approach and describes the benefits of using it regularly in the classroom.

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19/12/2013
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Using graphic novels to teach creative writing

Once dismissed and disparaged as ‘lesser’ literature, graphic novels and comic books are slowly gaining recognition as a valuable teaching tool. Here, Autumn Ware shares her own experiences using this vibrant, visual method of storytelling to develop her students’ scriptwriting skills.

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19/12/2013
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Playfulness in the post-16 classroom

Taking inspiration from the primary classroom, Rachel Jones explains how to put the fun back into post-compulsory learning with a range of playful ideas for teaching serious concepts.

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19/12/2013
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A practical guide to outdoor learning

Amy Williams of the Woodland Trust gives some helpful advice on taking learning outdoors and offers a number of inventive ways to engage students with the natural world, this winter and beyond.

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19/12/2013
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The four stages of cognitive development

In the first of a new series on key thinkers in education, Warren Pitts examines Jean Piaget’s main theories, the influence his work has had on today’s education system, and the criticism he has faced from other intellectuals.

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19/12/2013
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The Leaning Tower of PISA tests

Gove and Wilshaw have waxed lyrical about China’s results and badmouthed English schools once more. But the Chinese would rather have an education system that is more like ours. Sue Lyle, back from a visit to China, slays some mythical dragons.

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19/12/2013
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Put your thinking cap on(line!)

A collection of websites and online tools to support the teaching of creative and critical thinking skills across the curriculum.

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19/12/2013
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Project Plan: The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation

Over 500 years ago, two young princes disappeared from the Tower of London, never to be seen again – what happened? Jane Jones reopens the case and reveals a tangled web of greed, murder and intrigue amid a brutal battle for the throne of England.

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19/12/2013
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Book review: Pocket P4C – Getting Started with Philosophy for Children

Maisie Gould takes a look at Jason Buckley’s guide to getting started with Philosophy for Children – a small book bursting with big ideas and even bigger questions.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 1 Resource Pack: Activating prior knowledge

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 1. In this activity, students record ideas about the text 'The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower' before reading. They then read the text, linking new knowledge with current understanding.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 2 Resource Pack: Reading the text

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 2 Resource Pack. Encourage active thinking and reading through close examination of the text, ‘The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower’.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 3 Resource Pack: Summarising information

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 3 Resource Pack. Students retell a story in a specified number of words to improve their summarising skills.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 4 Resource Pack: Timeline of disappearance

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 4 Resource Pack. Students act as detectives to create a timeline about the events leading up to the disappearance of the princes in the tower.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 5 Resource Pack: Who murdered the princes?

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 5 Resource Pack. After examining a range of sources, students make a judgement as to who murdered the princes in the tower.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 6 Resource Pack: Edward III's family tree

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 6 Resource Pack. Students draw a family tree and examine the connections between the Houses of York and Lancaster.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 7 Resource Pack: The causes of the Wars of the Roses

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 7 Resource Pack. An engaging whole-class activity identifying events leading to the first Battle of St Albans.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 8 Resource Pack: Wars of the Roses timeline

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 8 Resource Pack. Students research and represent the major battles and events of the Wars of the Roses in a timeline.

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19/12/2013
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Activity 9 Resource Pack: Decision line/Hot seating

The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation: Activity 9 Resource Pack. Students use a decision line to visually represent information and judgements or alternatively, hot seat a key figure from the time period to gain a deeper understanding of motives and actions.

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19/12/2013
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The Princes in the Tower Image Bank

A collection of images linked to the Wars of the Roses and the Princes in the Tower.

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19/12/2013
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The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower Text (Word doc)

A detailed outline of the events leading up to the crowning of King Richard III and the disappearance of his young nephews, the Princes in the Tower. For the pdf version, please see ''Project plan: The Princes in the Tower - A historical investigation'.

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14/02/2014
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CTL 4.3 Full Issue

Download Creative Teaching and Learning, volume 4.3, in full here.

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27/03/2014
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