Welcome to our Work in Progress page alias Virtual Development Workshop! 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 legendary. Just click on the title pages to access the whole activity. Please send us your ideas for developing new activities or your ideas for activities in development. Are there topics that you would like to see us address? We believe that when teachers (like good natured vampire bats!) plan activities together they are more than twice as creative.

The current plans for enabling pupils to return to school appear to deprive them of everything except a sheet of paper (to be destroyed at the end of the day) and a sanitised pencil. All the more reason to promote oracy in class or at home or online by using our transformation role play cards which are easily sanitised and can work at a distance! These are now available on a wide variety of topics. You can become a beserker, a character from Bleak House or an antibody and everything in between. We would also welcome help to expand our Black history resources which we hope schools will begin to use again.

Here is an embryonic activity on poetry in translation, where you can translate without necessarily speaking the language of the original.

You will also meet Christian Morgenstern. We eagerly await your suggestions and you have a chance to introduce a poem in another language to make the activity grow.

The very successful SATEAL Teachmeet has inspired us to start to develop a Scottish history/current affairs activity on the Union. Please contribute and share.


Booktrust is giving copies of the Runaway Pea to every school in England and Northern Ireland so we have started making activities to help children develop ownership of the story. We have just added more activities including mini books!

And we have just updated our Have You Seen the Crocodile? activity which has always been very successful in scaffolding playful and purposeful talk between parents and children.

Please help us with our new "R" activity based on our virus sorting activity. We welcome ideas for the picture cards and the pictures themselves


We are tweaking activities suitable for the restraints on contact brought about by the virus. This dates activity with linking mapwork allows groups to work together and then present their findings and questions to the other groups or the rest of the class. It could be adapted to other topics and we are working on something similar for our Polish British connections work. See below!


Calling Polish colleagues and their students! We are putting together Polish history activities showing links with Britain going back to the Middle Ages. We cannot complete this without your help.

Please contribute to the update of our Black history resources, which were driven out of the curriculum and now will return with strength and vigour.



Germ Warfare is now updated but we would welcome more ideas and pictures. Four (five?) more virus activities are now developed based on this booklet on the Immune System. The first one is on the right. We hope you can help us complete it quickly. Two useful bits of virus information can be found in our newsletter.

Below is a link to our Ebola activity.

Activity 2

Virus Sort is about contagion and is now posted. Thank you for the positive feedback and suggestions.

Activity 3

Viruses are very (very) small. This activity is an attempt to develop an awareness of and discussion around small things and relative size.


Activity 4

In 2009 we produced a booklet on the Immune System when working with EAL and Science colleagues. We are now adapting it and producing a collaborative activity animating viruses and leucocytes for a role play activity: Attackers and Defenders. We are developing a Connect Four game which will be posted here very soon

Activity 5

This activity is going to be a way to share responses to debates about the appropriateness of behaviour and policies in an epidemic. This one may have to wait a bit for retrospective recrimination. Currently we are working around Ian Donald's Tweets.

Activity 6

This is going to be one of our very tasteless games based on Queasy Tum and Are You a Stinker. We are going to call it the R game (not related to our Pirate aaargh game.





Tested out at NALDIC conference on 16th November 2019. We would like to thank colleagues who took the bait and tried out our clandestine CPD. The activity is now on line. We planned another clandestine activity for the NALDIC CONFERENCE on 16th November which is waiting in limbo for the next NALDIC conference that takes place in real place and time.



We are developing a new activity about Amazon (not the river, we've already done that, but the fulfilment folk who are currently doing very well out of the virus) and not sharing their profits. 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 which can be adapted to any street in your local area.

P.S. The proposed plan to permanently close the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and turn it into a boutique themed hotel is being strongly resisted.

Last year we developed activities to support the teaching around the British Empire. We have already developed a trade goods activity suited to KS2 which also works for KS3/4. 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 current "secret" British Empire of money laundering and tax evasion.

We heard a head (probably one of those executive ones that have never worked in Early Years or may never have taught a class!) 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. Can you please suggest titles?
We have mined this from the archive to help with our virus work 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.
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. Will work well with bubbles developing socially distanced presentations.
Lots of mapping and work with coordinates. A potential candidate for a class assembly or a Zoomy presentation.
We have come up with an activity that looks at hurricanes, tax havens and aid.
*"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" Will the current situation help us escape or dig us in deeper?

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Thank you for reaching the bottom! And big thanks to everyone who is helping us with these activities and suggesting more.