How do we get day and night?

A practical demonstration, using visual aids, to show how the Sun shines on the Earth and how the Earth rotates to create day and night. The demonstrator talks about the Sun rising in the east and setting in the west, and the effect on the length of shadows created at different times of the day.

This clip could be used as a part of a topic about Earth and space. After showing the clip, pupils could simulate the same investigations with globes, torches and Lego. They could record an explanation of why there is day and night, why the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west and how shadows are formed.

On a sunny day, pupils could record their shadows on the playground at hourly intervals to track how the shadows change shape and direction. Pupils could prepare a presentation on what they have found out and present it to another class or in assembly.

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The Maya

the maya

The Maya by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

This is a rich resource detailing the culture of Mayan civilisation. There are a number of different resources covering topics from the Mayan creation story, their relationship with the sun, their astronomical observations, calendar, agriculture and customs.

There are a number of well made videos on wealth of topics including a look at modern Mayan society.

A link for teachers provides a wealth of activities and resources for use in the classroom including games, images, investigations, and connections to the wider curriculum

A River’s Journey

a rivers journey

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The journey of a river can be divided into three sections: upper, middle and lower.  On this detailed webpage you can choose one of the sections to research.

Pupils are encouraged to look at the clips for each section of the river and make a note of any words that they do not understand, discuss them and use a dictionary to find out what they mean.  They are invited to display these words on the board.

Other activities are suggested:  create a report to describe the section of the river just researched to the rest of the class;  think about the sort of features seen that part of the river; use as many describing words as possible to talk about the speed of the water, the sounds or what might be seen; agree a script for a report to be present it to the rest of the class;  hot seat taking questions from the class; record the report and save the audio file to a computer.

World War II

World War II

World War II by

This extensive site is intended for student use to research and explore the events of World War II and the way that the War impacted upon children. It includes sections on air raids, evacuation, the Blitz, daily life, rationing, etc.

There is an interactive ‘time capsule’ game in which students can open the time capsules by guessing what year they were buried from given clues

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Mr Thorne Does Phonics

Mr Thorne does phonics

Mr Thorne does Phonics

A comprehensive collection of over 200 literacy videos and other materials to support children, parents, teachers and anyone learning to read.

THesse videos are videos available free of charge, this is a remarkable resource and well worth spending a few moments to discover what is available.

This resource can be used in conjunction with Leters and Sounds materials. It also has at least a dozen videos which will be useful in the teaching of grammar.


Pompeii: The Last Day

Pompeii: The Last Day – Youtube Video embedded here

On 24 August AD79, the sleeping giant Mount Vesuvius erupted with horrifying force, destroying the prosperous Roman cities Pompeii and Herculeneum.

Their inhabitants were subjected to 24 hours of untold horror. Four million tonnes of pumice, rock and ash rained on the towns, suffocating the life out of the cities, and burying alive those who had been unable to flee.

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