What is the most effective way of teaching the topic of Addiction?

Addiction can seem at times an impossibly complex issue – with multiple views both on the cause and the cure in almost every case.

As a result any approach to teaching the topic needs to include analyses of the models of addictive behaviour, issues of vulnerability to addiction, as well as models of reducing addiction.

Thus it is that in response to this complexity, we have produced the download “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” download.

The approach here is to take each of the five major topics that inform any debate on Addiction and explore each one through a wide range of practical examples.

In addition there are activities and worksheets to use in class to help aid application and evaluation skills.

We start with models of addictive behaviour, covering the biological approach, cognitive approach, and behaviour explanations, before moving on to the risk factors and the media influence relating to vulnerability to addiction.

Next we turn to issues relating to the reduction of addictive behaviour both through intervention and prevention, before the download concludes with revisions materials nad guidance.

The download runs to 62 page of A4 and includes grading guidance for the topic based on examiners’ reports, mark schemes and teacher experiences in the form of success criteria for each activity.

is only available as a download – not as a printed book.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1823samples.pdf

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=76_126&products_id=791

The price is £15 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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What exactly is this, and why are we doing it?

Why a pantomime does not have to be just a pantomime and how it can be something else

Because children tend to understand acting and storytelling intuitively, it is easy to assume that they actually understand what pantomime is and why it is there. But, in fact, what generally happens is that they just accept it.

Now that is ok as far as it goes, but there is a benefit from working with children not only for the sake of performing in a panto, but also to understand the context of what they are doing.

Which is why sometimes it is rather good to put on a panto in which the panto becomes not just a performance, but also a learning experience in relation to a significant element in our cultural history.

If we are going down this route, one of the most obvious places to start is with Dick Whittington which as a story has the benefit of being based on a real person, although not necessarily a real cat.

Thus we have a historical plot and the possibility of examining everything that is inherent within the panto. The tradition, the staging, the scenery, the props, the lighting, the use of the provided music against new songs, or new lyrics, dance, movement, acting… all can then become topics for study.

Of course, each topic is an option – it is possible to present Dick Whittington as a pantomime with the normal rehearsals and production to the parents and no further explanation. Or you can take one or more of the issues inherent within the panto and look more deeply at that.

This then is the way that we have approached the publication of Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy, by David Stoll and Michael Hinton.

The package includes:

  • a Director’s Script, with detailed page-by-page production notes
  • a Pupils’ Script
  • a Vocal Score containing thirteen new songs with piano accompaniment, as well as an overture and incidental music
  • a complete set of high-quality fully orchestrated backing tracks and sound effects.

The Director’s Script also has an extensive introduction to pantomime itself as a topic for study, including the traditions and conventions of this type of theatre.

There are also helpful notes on all aspects of putting on a school production from casting, organising rehearsals, writing new lyrics, making props and sound effects through to involving the audience. The material, therefore, can be used for a term’s study as well as forming the basis of the end of term production.

David Stoll is a well-known composer and songwriter who has also worked extensively with primary school teachers and pupils on creative projects. His SEALSONGS are favourite assembly material, and his book on how to teach composing at KS2 is acknowledged for its helpful notes and suggestions. To go to his website please click here.

Michael Hinton is a teacher, writer and musician with many years’ experience of writing educational materials for schools abroad and in the UK. He works as Music Director with amateur dramatic societies and children’s theatre groups, helping them to stage musicals and pantomimes, and is the composer of hundreds of educational songs.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/Dick Ottington samples.rar

Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can share with colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access it.

You can obtain Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=804

The price for the full package is £24.95 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

Dick Ottington and his famous cat Tommy is published by Novello & Co Ltd and distributed by First and Best, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011 or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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Teaching good handwriting is about much more than just helping students to write

Of course, it is a fact that most test and exam papers require handwritten answers, and so good handwriting continues to make an impact and helps to deliver extra marks.

But there is more. For learning to write by hand improves literacy, understanding and comprehension. Indeed those who have been taught and encouraged to write by hand have been shown to find deciphering hard-to-read messages easier than those who have not.

Other studies show a positive link between hand-eye coordination and whether a child has been taught to write with a form of cursive handwriting.

Most surprisingly, it is now being suggested in academic studies that whether the individual uses the pen or the keyboard to write even affects the way the individual thinks.

One research paper suggests that university students who use pen and paper to make notes during lectures do better than those who make notes on a laptop.

In some ways we should not be too surprised by some of these findings, for handwriting requires a greater level of hand-eye coordination than typing on a keyboard, and thus, as well as helping with exam scores, good handwriting gives students the chance to develop their essential fine motor skills.

But many young people today are brought up in homes where handwriting is limited to little more than the production of shopping lists – and indeed many people now type these into their mobile phones.

It is for all of these reasons that Multi-Sensory Learning produced the Handwriting Rescue Scheme for fully cursive handwriting.

The scheme, which is available as a photocopiable program supplied on CD or as printed sheets, contains over 300 structured exercises designed to establish complete cursive letter formation.

And there is a particular bonus here, for tests have shown that the use of such material encourages the development of an automatic response to frequently used spelling choices. In other words, by practising their handwriting pupils also learn their spellings.

You can order The Handwriting Rescue Scheme in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01536 399017
  • By fax to 01536 399012
  • By email to msl@schools.co.uk
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH

The changing nature of school trips

What is the most effective way of travelling
on an overseas school trip?

During the past five years school trips have changed radically – for two very specific reasons.

The first is a changing attitude towards the time spent in the travel as against the time spent at the destination. The aim, quite reasonably, is to reduce the former and enhance the latter.

A second is the fact that increasingly airlines are giving very significant discounts to school trips that are booked far in advance. Since the majority of school trips are planned nine months to a year in advance, the price comes tumbling down.

In short, by removing the long coach and ferry trips and reducing the price we have a new type of school trip.

Unsurprisingly, the most recent survey of school trips shows that around three quarters of schools have used air travel as part of their school trip in recent years, and the number is set to grow – which is liable to make the price decline further.

This approach of choosing your flight and booking it early not only results in a much simpler journey but, when booked via the German Travel Centre, it also involves one person processing everything from the initial enquiry through to the production of tickets, making this a singularly smooth and stress-free transaction.

Indeed, given that it is normally possible to fly from an airport near the school to an airport close to the final destination, such arrangements can add up to three more days spent in the desired destination.

Additionally you have the option of choosing the hotel that is right for you and your students rather than one selected by the tour operator. You can choose the price range, and you can choose a hotel near the airport or within the city or region that is your final destination.

In short our reservation technology enables us to give you the most up-to-date travel options, all the time. We book and issue our own tickets enabling us to keep full control of your booking and ensure your journey meets your needs.

What’s more, as we are ABTA and ATOL holders you can be assured that you and your students are fully protected (as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive for schools) should the airline fail.

Because we have so many locations to and from which we can fly, the best way to explore the possibilities is either to call one of our specialist group reservation advisors on 020 8429 2900 or email us at groups@germantravelcentre.co.uk with the details of your requirements.

You can also go to our website for more information.

Either way we’ll come back to you with our suggestions and prices. You’ll be surprised how much time can be saved and how low group air fares can be.

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Free Cyber Bullying Assembly

Become a Free E-safety Support member and download your FREE CYBER BULLYING ASSEMBLY PLAN

14% of children aged 8 – 11 know someone who has been bullied via their mobile phone (Ofcom, Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2014).

With the advent of more social media sites and apps that make anonymous messaging a way of life for young people, now is the time to ensure that younger students are aware of cyber bullying issues.

Your Free Cyber Bullying Assembly Plan:

  • gives the children the information, awareness and capability to know if someone is cyber bullying them or a friend
  • will help them learn how to react to cyber bullying and the appropriate actions to take
  • is provided with a full teacher script and PowerPoint presentation

Sign up to download your free assembly, plus get:

  • Expert e-safety advice, practical guidance and special reports for your teachers and an e-safety news widget for your school website

“Teach children what to say and they’ll stand up to bullies”

Telegraph – 05/11/14

“Mental health of children and young people ‘at risk in digital age’”
Guardian – 05/11/14

“GPs on alert for children at risk from cyber trolling”
Practice Business – 28/10/14

The text of the play and talent of the actors are important, but successful school productions always have something else.

The best laid plans are always subject to amendment, and nowhere is this more so than with the school play.

For here we have to deal with everything from cast members who simply don’t turn up through to scenery that doesn’t fit. From illness on the night to problems with the costumes. And that’s only the start.

In fact, there is no doubt that the most successful school plays are not the ones with the best scripts or the ones with the most talented actors or best costumes, but rather the plays in which the process of production is organised in the best possible way.

It is with this thought in mind that Managing the School Play has been produced. It is in short the definitive handbook for teachers responsible for producing and directing school productions.

“Managing the School Play” is designed to make the whole process of production easier, with hints and advice for both the experienced and the inexperienced directors.

The book runs chronologically from evaluating the project through the process of selecting the play through rehearsal and performance.

Throughout, the volume discusses the importance of each stage and giving suggestions for good practice along the way.

Included with this ring bound book is a free CD Rom with 20 useful templates in Word format, including a Props log, the Production task list, Risk assessment forms, Radio mic plot and so on.

Managing the School Play will be an invaluable aid in producing a school play that will enhance working relationships between departments, and will give the students confidence in their achievements and enhance the image of the school in the community.

What’s more, for students who are thinking of progressing to drama A level, or indeed on to drama school, it will make an interesting read, for it will show them what goes on behind the whole process of putting on a show.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 747 0
Order code: T1624emn – please quote with order.
Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1724.pdf

Price: Photocopiable report in a ring binder plus CD, £29.95 plus £3.95 delivery

You can purchase the report…

Resistant Materials for Composites – Teaching Sample Pack

Price: £33.00 inc VAT £27.50 exc VAT

Demonstrating to an interested young engineer or designer the differences
between a glass woven fabric or a carbon one, or the startling stiffness of
a cured carbon fibre sheet compared to one which has not been laminated is
difficult to do in words and pictures, but samples which allow pupils to
safely handle these materials make the story complete straight away…

This sample pack contains the following A4 size samples of:
Carbon Fibre (Woven) 200gsm Fabric reinforcement
Glass Fibre (Woven) 300gsm Fabric reinforcement
Kevlar (Woven) 200gsm Fabric Reinforcement
Cured Carbon Fibre Sheet, 0.4mm thickness

Link for purchasing.

For all your carbon needs
+44 (0)2380 454605

Bringing the Joy of Maths/Science alive

“The students were talking about it for days afterwards.”

TV show? Celebrity bust up? No, a science & maths magic show from Dr Matt Pritchard.

His shows inspire audiences with entertaining and educational performances.

The presentations bring gasps of amazement, thought provoking ideas and memorable teaching. Matt is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and world class creative communicator who loves to inspire children in their studies and create a sense of wonder.

“He enthused, motivated and inspired every child in the school.”
Cambridgeshire school

There are limited spaces left for 2015. Grab a slot now before the diary gets filled up.

Primary School shows (KS1-2)

“Thrilling Forces” – A fun filled and interactive show that demonstrates the thrilling forces behind theme park and fun fair rides. Rockets will be fired, monkeys will fly and hopefully tall towers won’t come crashing to the ground.

“Superhero Science” – Are superpowers fact or fiction? Explore invisibility, superstrength, body armour, levitation, mind control and find out what they do (or don’t) have to do with real science. The show has a strong emphasis on modern materials and technology inspired by biology

“Surprising Science” – Can you discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind the surprising illusions? The show will challenge the audience to think creatively like both a scientist and a magician.

“Magical Maths” – Predicting the future, reading minds, sending secret messages and making objects vanish are easy when you’re a maths magician. With shapes, symmetry, patterns and numbers forming the basis of the maths behind the magic.

Visit the website www.sciencemagicshows.co.uk or email hello@sciencemagicshows.co.uk to make a booking before spaces are filled up. The cost for a day visit (for up to 3 performances) is only £450 plus travel.


Guided Meditations & Visualisations (Plus A Soothing FREE Music CD) To Relax Busy Little Minds

By primary school teacher, Juliet Firstbrook

With all a new term brings, children can get slightly overexcited, so this book of guided mediations and visualisations, with calming music on CD, could be just what you need to clear and calm their busy minds.

These meditations encourage children to stop and reflect in a relaxing and enjoyable way, making them eager for more opportunities to seek calming activities. They also help children to fully understand the meaning of ‘calmness’ and to realise the benefits of being able to achieve a state of calm in any circumstance.

This programme includes 20 meditations on the theme of nature. Each one takes the listener on a journey into the countryside or seaside and to a place where they feel safe, happy and calm. The meditations encourage the children to let go of their thoughts and worries and to focus on a place where they can be themselves.

The meditation themes are:

  • Beach • Kingfisher • Butterfly • Campfire • Garden • Woods • Waterfall • Snow • Autumn • Trees • Flowers • Spring • River • Deer • Rabbit • Summer • Farm • Harvest • Orchard • Cliff Top.

Each of the 20 meditations is accompanied by a worksheet with a follow-up activity which allows the children to express how they felt during the meditation in both words and pictures.

There is also an A4 illustration to go with each meditation to inspire them and to colour in. Both the worksheets and A4 illustrations are contained within the book should you wish to photocopy them or you can print them off from the FREE CD Rom.

In addition to this there is also a FREE Music CD of original piano compositions by John Evans with soothing nature sounds in the background. These help to set the scene during the guided meditations if required but can also be used independently for short, quiet meditations.

Age: 4-11


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For the product listed here and a whole range of other resources to help promote the social, emotional and behavioural skills of children and young people visit our website www.loggerheadpublishing.co.uk

Minibus? No chance!

Most schools that don’t have a minibus
cite cost as a reason. But…

Minibuses are expensive, and perhaps you just don’t have the money in your fund, or indeed in any school fund, to buy a new minibus.

Which is why we have introduced the leasing of minibuses to schools.

Through this arrangement we, as the company that leases out the minibus, also take over the maintenance of the minibus and thereby undertake to keep the vehicle fully operational at all times.

A minibus which is leased is simply paid for on a monthly basis, and some schools find it is possible to fund this without taking anything from the school’s capital account.

In those cases where trips are paid for by contributions from parents and the PTA, it is possible to allocate a part of those payments towards the cost of the minibus.

In other cases the minibus can be funded through a small monthly deduction from the school’s income, and sometimes the PTA also agrees to make a monthly contribution.

Not only will a new minibus help the school arrange beyond the classroom activities but it will also be a statement to prospective parents about the breadth and scope of the school’s vision.

Benchmark Leasing specialises in the supply and maintenance of school minibuses. If you are interested in the benefits of a minibus do call us on 01753 859944 or click here to see what we can offer.

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