Links checked and updated
We've done a bit of spring cleaning and have re-checked and updated all our links, including adding quite a few new ones.
Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March 2017
Thousands of schools across the country will be getting involved and making their laugh matter.
Comic Relief have designed lots of learning resources and fundraising activities for teachers in nursery and primary schools. We have created films, assemblies, learning resources, tutor time activities and an interactive story to make Red Nose Day come to life in the classroom.
Great British Holiday
The Great British Holiday is a series of charming art-deco-style illustrations that recall a golden era of British holidays, charting the evolution of leisure over the last 200 years. From the holiday habits of the Victorians, to the nostalgia of knobbly knee contests and the emergence of modern phenomenons like package holidays and staycationing – it highlights how our treasured holiday traditions have given way to more sophisticated tastes and trends.
Spotacular - Children In Need
From spotty fancy dress and spotty cakes to sponsored spot challenges... This year BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank will be bringing the Big Spotacular to schools across the UK!
Register for a free Spotacular Fundraising Kit, containing lots of goodies including posters and stickers, to get them motivated to take part.
The Barefoot Programme "supports primary school teachers in delivering the computing curriculum. It empowers teachers with the confidence, knowledge, skills and resources to teach computer science and help young people become ‘computational thinkers’, enriching their career options and life choices."
Free registration gives you access to a wide range of resources to use in class along with other supporting materials.
An innovative way to teach history in the modern classroom?
Historic London is a fully interactive piece that, with the use of the Google Street view functionality, enables you to peruse the bustling streets of London in order to see how some of the most famous parts of our Capital would have looked as far back as 100 years ago.
It displays the contrast (or in some cases similarities) between the past and present by overlaying an olden image of how the street would have looked back then, over the top of the current street view imagery.
Life is Messy
AO.com have launched a new campaign called 'Life is Messy'. It involves an interactive piece challenging classes to put away the technology for a little while and to get outside and playing messy! The piece includes 30 activities, supported by extra information and inspiration to make sure you can create the activity.
Sport Relief is just around the corner (18th - 20th March).
They have designed lots of learning resources and fundraising activities for teachers in primary and secondary schools : assemblies, learning resources, tutor time activities and an interactive story to make Sport Relief come to life in the classroom.
Why not have a look at all their curriculum-linked activities?
Get Set’s Road to Rio
Get Set’s Road to Rio Is the youth engagement programme for the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association.
The Rio Challenge is inviting schools across the UK to gather in teams and record the physical distance to the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. They can track their progress on the web or on our free app available for iOS, Android so teams can track their progress on their Road to Rio. There are also lots of exclusive opportunities to interact with athletes and win exclusive prizes in the countdown to Rio.
Bright Horizons have created a lot of content in giving parents advice for their children in the early years. There are elements in their Family resources page on parenting tips, activities for children and advice from their early years experts. Including indoor and outdoor activities and how you can make learning fun.
MoneySense is a free financial education programme that aims to help 5-18 year-olds towards a better financial future. It helps teachers deliver core aspects of the curriculum and uses real-life situations and experiences to make learning about money management fun and inspiring. There are dedicated areas on the site for teachers, parents and young people.
Free Sport Relief pack for schools!
Thousands of teachers are getting ready to make themselves proud by taking part in Sport Relief on Friday 18th March 2016 in their school. Sport Relief’s free School Fundraising Event Pack contains everything a school needs to make the day a huge success.
The free packs include top fundraising tips, learning resources, posters, balloons and stickers, to ensure that the whole school community has a great time for Sport Relief.
Where's the Science in that?
BP Science have a series of videos, two young presenters explore the beach at Lyme Regis, learning about rocks, fossils and evolution. The videos are accompanied by fully-resourced lesson plans, worksheets and activities
Links checked and updated
We have checked and updated all of our links pages and have taken the opportunity to add some extra World War One links.
Champions of Change
BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank have joined forces to create Champions of Change, a unique education initiative tailored for early years, primary and secondary schools, allowing young people to take the lead in fundraising - it's strictly by children, for children! This is a great opportunity to engage and empower our young people at the same time as making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK.
Champions of Change will enable young people to plan and run their own fundraising activities – developing their literacy, numeracy, communication and teamwork skills in a motivating, real-life context.Register here for your high-quality resources - available from September, including; fundraising planning tools, lesson plans, videos and activity ideas.
Web Server Issues
We are currently having some web server issues that mean the site has gone down a couple of times today.
Engineers are investigating what appears to be a network issues and we're hopeful it will be resolved quickly.
Get Gas Safe
Get Gas Safe have some resources for KS2 pupils - Explore the free interactive house activity, including an overview of the gas infrastructure in the house, a spot the hazard challenge and a gas safety quiz.
Science and literacy Curriculum links
Soon to launch, the fun new animated film 'HOME', featuring an alien race searching for a new planet to call home. The film is released in cinemas on the date of the next total solar eclipse on 20 March 2015 and during British Science Week, which commences on 13 March.
Through free science and literacy resources developed by National Schools Partnership & Into Film and a 'Space Stories' writing competition, pupils aged 7-11 can learn about planets and the solar system, while developing their creative writing skills. There are also some great prizes on offer including a space-themed workshop, iPad and HOME goodie bags.
TES shop for free or paid-for resources and new site improvements
The TES site has grown and evolved because it has responded to the changing requirements of the teaching profession; it is your site and we have always endeavoured to make sure that we are led by what you tell us you need.
You can now easily find the best high-quality resources with the new preview tool, which allows you to see the content before you download. Being able to preview the resource has been one of the most requested features from our community of teachers.
You can continue to share resources for free as you always have done, but now there’s the added functionality for you to charge as little as £1. We understand that charging a fee isn't for everyone, which is why you can choose what suits you.
Toporopa Geography Resources
Toporopa have added games about the United Kingdom and Ireland and also have quizzes with questions about countries, capitals, counties, flags, monarchies, mountains, bodies of water and other topics. In all quizzes the focus is on the map that brings together geographical, political, historical and economical knowledge.
All games are free and easy to use, without registration. The clear, fullscreen design makes them very useful for interactive whiteboards in classrooms.
Thomas & Friends Sing to Win
National Schools Partnership are working with Thomas & Friends to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015 and as part of the celebrations have launched the 'Thomas & Friends Sing to Win' competition, an exciting singing competition for Reception / Key Stage 1 pupils across the UK.
They’re asking pupils to sing Happy Birthday to Thomas for the chance to win some fantastic prizes
Submit a video of your class singing Happy Birthday in the most creative way you can think of. To help, a pack of free Thomas & Friends resources with fun activities - providing worksheets, templates and teachers’ notes are available after registration.