Key Stage 3 & 4 Financial World Resource

If you had been able to invest in some of the most prestigious projects in history, how successful do you think you would have been? Would you have become the owner of a mansion in the countryside or have ended up in a debtors prison? Risks and Rewards offers you and your pupils the chance to find out.

E2BN, ING and The Baring Archive have created this resource with the aim of raising pupils’ understanding of the financial world and helping teachers as they tackle the teaching of financial capability and economic wellbeing.

Cook-it! – cooking, healthy eating & history

Cookit helps improve pupils’ skills, understanding and enjoyment of food and healthy eating.

It supports the teaching and learning of a wide range of basic skills and processes. Encouraging and inspiring learners to explore cooking and to create and share their own recipes, using both the site and mobile devices. There are strong links to History (Prehistoric to Modern), Citizenship, Sciences, Literacy (instructional writing), Maths (measures) and RE (celebrations), as well as a rich bank of modern recipes ranging from simple “no cook” recipes to complex, multi-step dishes.

The History Cookbook, contains podcasts, recipes, galleries, background information and activities relating to cooking from prehistoric times to the post-war period; it provides a rich cross curricular resource with a multitude of applications for learners.

Hsis team favourite – the historical cookery videos

Archive collection of The Guardian and Observer newspapers

Look back in time – to newspaper coverage of previous Olympic games. The 2012 games showed how very much media reporting has moved on. This archive gives a detailed snapshot of over 200 years of newspaper history.

The archive is an online collection of The Guardian and Observer newspapers. It contains every Guardian newspaper printed from 1821 and every Sunday Observer from 1791 – making it the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world. The newspapers are an amazing historical record of all the events over the past two centuries.

Hsis team says – can you resist looking up the newspaper from the day you were born!


Requirement for LA-maintained English schools to publish a website

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

There is now a requirement for all maintained schools in England to publish a website and provide basic information to cover:

  • contact details
  • admission arrangements
  • link to latest Ofsted report
  • Key Stage 2/Key Stage 4 results
  • link to DfE performance tables
  • curriculum information
  • behaviour policy
  • details of the pupil premium grant, SEN and charging
  • statement of ethos and values

Full information at; more on this from the DfE here, and an FAQ here.

Teachitworld… Free English resources

Teachit has just launched a new enterprise –Teachitworld – designed to publish new resources for the teaching of English. Teachitworld provides EFL and ESL materials for adults, teenagers and children in grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, speaking, writing, pronunciation, exam preparation and Business English. What is more, a substantial proportion of their resources are available for free in pdf format.
The most innovative aspect of both Teachit and Teachitworld is that they build their database by generating an income stream for teachers willing to share their resources with others.

John Pugh – Former HIAS ICT Consultant


Google Earth and Aid Agencies

Some of you may watch BBC’s ‘Click’ and may have seen this article. I thought at a time when we are all enjoying a relaxing holiday season the use of technology to support Aid Agencies would give us all something to reflect on.


The work of aid agencies really captures our attention during crises like Burma’s recent cyclone and China’s earthquake. But these agencies don’t just swing into action when things get really bad. Their work around the world goes on all the time, often unnoticed by the mainstream media.  Most of us, thank goodness, will never really know what it is like to flee from our homes and seek the help of an organisation like the UN’s Refugee Agency, the UNHCR. To help us better understand the plight of those who have suffered this, the UNHCR has put itself on Google Earth. Now users who take a virtual flight around the globe to see how their home looks from space can get an insight into those who have been forced to flee from theirs


See the full article at
Visit Google Earth Outreach

Dr Who – Create Your Own Trailer

Calling all Dr Who fans.  Have a go at creating your own Dr Who trailer on the BBC website.  The Dr Who Trailer Maker is an easy way to bring film editing into your classroom.  Students can bring together clips and photos to make their own short film.  There are also tips on improving their work which could help students evalaute their own or others’ work.

Link to website

Walk on the wild side – Websites to explore wildlife

Here are some websites to use when exploring wildlife and the natural world around us – with ideas for linking to ICT… – Plenty of activities to encourage pupils to take an interest in wildlife – Research the natural world and create a Blog of animals in the school grounds – great for developing pupil speaking and listening/writing– Set-up a birdbox or birdhide with a webcam/digital camera and watch the birds from a distance – Birdsong samples – add them to animations, PowerPoints, digital videos and podcasts Springwatch – add sightings of Spring wildlife to a spreadsheet or Class blog CBeebies’ version of Springwatch

William Morris on the Web!

William Morris

William Morris, founder of the influential 19th Century Arts and Crafts movement, advocated a return to a simpler way of life through the revival of traditional handicrafts. Like many Victorians, Morris questioned the values of a newly industrial Britain and looked back to what he considered a better time. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”