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2014 Curriculum

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Two years in, we want to hear your take on the 2014 curriculum. Take our survey now and have your say on the resources that would have most improved your school’s coverage of the curriculum in each subject over the past year.

Maths mastery

Maths mastery

Read up on Maths mastery with this brilliant article, full of hints and tips for effective practice, activity ideas, worksheets and all the latest Government updates. Don’t forget to have your say in our Maths mastery poll as well.

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Do you think mastery is the best way to teach Primary Maths?

With the announcement of £41 million of new funding set aside to support 8,000 Primary schools (around half of the total) to fully adopt this approach, we want to know what you think about mastery. Is it really the best-suited approach to teaching Maths in English Primary schools?

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This month

July 2016

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St Christopher's Day

St Christopher's Day

Today is the Patron Saint of travel — St Christopher’s Day. If the children could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? On-line resources

Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill

This gold-medal-winning ice skater was born on this day in 1956. Do any of your class participate in sports, such as ice skating, in their own time? Invite them to share their experiences.

 
Slavery abolished

Slavery abolished

On this day in 1833, slavery was abolished through out the British Empire, by the passing of the Emancipation Act.

The Armada

The Armada

On this day in 1588, Spain’s so-called ‘Invincible Armada’ was defeated by British naval forces.

World Cup Day

World Cup Day

On this day in 1966, England won the World Cup! Check out our PE-themed activities.

JK Rowling born

JK Rowling born

The author of the successful Harry Potter series was born on this day in 1965. See our activities and resources for inspiring creative writing.

August 2016

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Lammas

Lammas

Festival of the first wheat harvest.

 
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus left for his voyage to discover America.

Anne Frank Discovered

Anne Frank Discovered

On this day in 1944, Anne Frank and her family were discovered hiding in a secret attic by the Nazis. Find out more.

Online resources

 
Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson

On this day in 1809, this famous poet was born.

Chimney Sweeps Act 1840

Chimney Sweeps Act 1840

The act prohibited the employment of children under 16 by chimney sweeps.

August 2016

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Great Train Robbery (1963)

Great Train Robbery (1963)

In 1963 thieves held up a mail train in Buckinghamshire, stealing £2.6 million.

Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins (1173)

Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins (1173)

On this day in 1173 construction of the (Leaning) Tower of Pisa began. It took two centuries to complete.

The UK's hottest day

The UK's hottest day

On this day in 2003, the town of Brogdale in Kent reached 38.5°C, the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK. Talk to the children about the importance of protecting themselves from the sun on hot summer’s days.

Enid Blyton's Birthday

Enid Blyton's Birthday

Popular children’s author, born on this day in 1897. On-line resources

Most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

Most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

On this day in 1990, ‘Sue’ – the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex – was discovered in South Dakota.

John Logie Baird born (1888)

John Logie Baird born (1888)

John Logie Baird, the first person to demonstrate a working television was born on this day in 1888.Online resources

 

August 2016

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End of World War II

End of World War II

On this day in 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, effectively ending World War II. Find war-themed activities and resources.

Elvis Presley dies (1977)

Elvis Presley dies (1977)

‘King of Rock and Roll’ Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 on this day in 1977

First hot air balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1978)

First hot air balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1978)

On this day in 1978 three American balloonists made the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by hot air balloon.

National Fire Service established (1941)

National Fire Service established (1941)

Created in August 1941 by the merger of the national Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and local authority fire brigades. Resources about fire

Liberation of Paris - World War II (1944)

Liberation of Paris - World War II (1944)

An uprising by the French resistance against the occupying German army began on this day in 1944.

William Booth dies (1912)

William Booth dies (1912)

William Booth, the British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army, died on this day in 1912.

James Cook claims Australia (1770)

James Cook claims Australia (1770)

On this day in 1770 Captain James Cook claimed ‘New South Wales’ in eastern Australia for Great Britain.

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