We would really like to involve more colleagues in planning and development; especially those too far away to attend our free Saturday workshops. We invite you to help us develop our very new and revise some of our very old activities. The former need a little more attention and the latter a spot of dusting. Please feed back your comments. The longevity of some of our activities is remarkable. Just click on the title pages to access the whole activity. Please send us your ideas for developing new activities. Are there topics that you would like to see us address? We believe that when teachers (like vampire bats!) plan activities together they are more than twice as creative.

 

 

 

We enjoyed NALDIC conference on 16th November. We would like to thank colleagues who took the bait and tried out our clandestine CPD. The activity is now on line.

 

 

We are developing a new activity about Amazon (not the river, we've already done that, but the fulfilment folk). There is a link on the left to Tim Hunkin's take on this which inspired us together with a detailed report in the New Yorker.

We are also updating our Whitechapel Road activity.Tower Hamlets planning committee approved the proposal by a casting vote to turn the Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel so we now have to continue to fight to get the foundry back.

Our most recent work has been on activities to support the teaching around the British Empire. We have already developed a trade goods activity suited to KS2, but which works for KS3. We are now working on an activity to meet characters linked the the development of empire and we are planning a new activity on the new "secret" British Empire of money laundering and tax evasion.

We heard a head say recently that there was too much play in her setting! We thoroughly disagree!! We are optimistically reviving big board games we developed in the "Age of Invention" early 1980s* to provide phonic relief and push sound early practice up the age range.
This activity, to encourage children to talk about books they have read with each other, needs updating to include books that are currently popular at KS2.
We have mined this from the archive and would welcome comments, suggestions and drawings. Pupils produced our current versions and we welcome more
These two food activities are currently being enlarged and made more suitable for younger pupils. Please try them out and feed back your ideas.
We would welcome more ideas for extending the mental maths games below:
Hwaet! We have tweaked our medieval "Then and Now" activity to suit Y3's study of Anglo Saxons. What should we add?
This timeline activity could be tweaked to lead from the present back to whenever you want to be. However, be prepared for a long line to the Stone Age.Our activity has seventeen parts at the moment.
Lots of mapping and work with coordinates. A potential candidate for a class assembly?
We have come up with an activity that looks at hurricanes, tax havens and aid. Can you help us formulate the questions?
*"Age of Invention" from Simon Gibbons' book "English and Its Teachers" on the history of English Education in England. Let's get back to invention and creativity!

Currently we are stuck in the "Age of Intervention" Can you help us escape?