Why do we have museums and do they have a place in a society where today we can look up everything online – even to the extent of enjoying a virtual tour of some museums. One of the best is that of the Smithsonian in the US. Take a look here… Read More

Black History Month

Many people believe that if racism didn’t exist then we wouldn’t need to celebrate Black History Month because all the achievements of these people would be recognised alongside those of their white counterparts. In studying their achievements, we must recognise that their fame was earned in spite of prejudice and,… Read More

Traditional Tales

There’s got to be something about traditional tales for they have stood the test of time, hence the term ‘traditional’ but traditional tales are not just about being old, they have elements of traditions in them and in many cases they are used to impart learning or to consolidate or… Read More

10 ways to increase enthusiasm for reading in your classroom

Enthusiasm: Make sure everyone understands that reading enthusiasm – regularly choosing to read even when there’s no adult around – correlates strongly with academic success, even in maths (PISA; IoE et al). Enjoyment of reading improves children’s life-chances! Self-identification: Focus all colleagues on the job of generating enthusiasm for reading:… Read More

Ten ways to improve your marking  

Everywhere you look, educationalists are telling us about the importance of marking. From John Hattie to David Didau to Phil Beadle to Ofsted, the virtues of regular marking are being extolled. The efforts of these super teachers are inspiring but it can feel over-whelming at times, especially when you… Read More

Causes and effects of World War 1

Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 6 Learning Focus: To empathise with people’s feelings over the cause and effects of the Great War To be able to compare and contrast source material to form a personal opinion This year our TV screens, newspapers and more will be filled with stories… Read More

Coucou, j’ai pris le pain!

I believe it is important to get pupils interested in grammar and make sure they understand what they are doing when they put words together. Learners are therefore more likely to produce correct language with a higher level of accuracy. It is more motivating and speeds up foreign language learning. Read More

Collins FREE online dictionary

Bringing an authoritative, free online dictionary into your classroom It goes without saying that at Collins, we believe that print dictionaries remain indispensable tools for teaching and supporting homework. It’s crucial for pupils to know how to use a dictionary effectively to perform, and… Read More

Primary – Use Your Image-ination!

We’d all love to do great art but some of us just aren’t designed to be the next Picasso, Mondrian or Monet but there’s a great art form that passes many of us by and it’s good because it can be FREE! Have you ever looked at the work of… Read More

GCSE Maths – Fractions activity to bridge the gap to A Level

Download a free chapter of the Bridging GCSE and A Level Maths book here to practice fractions for A Level with your GCSE students.  This activity revisits areas that may not have been studied recently to fill gaps in knowledge and make links. This free sample chapter, including exam questions,… Read More