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Teachit Talk

13th November 2014


Latest resources

With the new GCSE specifications having been recently accredited, here are some resources designed for the new curriculum.

We'll be publishing lots more in the coming weeks so keep an eye on our Latest resources page.

Lindy Leslie

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Work pack on part one

A comprehensive set of activities and questions on part one (chapters 1-15) of Silas Marner, designed for mixed ability groups. Essay models are for GCSE for first teaching in 2015.

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Understanding unusual words

Help students develop their confidence with 19th century texts by reading this excerpt from Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson and completing the language and comprehension tasks. 

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Saying more than 'he said' / 'she said'

A number of focused activities which encourage students to be adventurous with their verbs and adverbs – designed for the English Language GCSE for first teaching in 2015. There is also a Matching interactive activity available. 

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Getting to know Sheila Birling

Students are given a number of statements about Sheila Birling and choose the most appropriate synonym. An interactive Magnet activity is also available.    

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Literacy across the curriculum posters

With posters on reading, writing and spelling tips, common misspellings, apostrophes, paragraphing, punctuation, homophones, and connectives, we've got literacy covered.

Brighten your classroom walls or take over the corridors for maximum impact. From just £14.99 we think they're a bit of a steal!

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Hitting the headlines

Rise in number of pupils given extra time in GCSEs and A levels (Telegraph)

Nicky Morgan: pupils 'held back' by overemphasis on arts (Telegraph)

Teachers 'don't have the training to cope with disruptive pupils' (Independent)

Book news and competitions

Students could win a skills workshop and an assembly visit from one of the Oxbridge Boat Crew with this national schools partnership competition.

See what The Telegraph thinks are the best young adult books of 2014 released so far.

What's on



War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme

Michael Sheen narrates a documentary exploring the experiences of writers Siegfried Sassoon and JRR Tolkien.

Sat 15th November | 9:45pm - 11:15pm | BBC Two


The Poet of Albion

Jenny Uglow discusses poet William Blake, who was born 250 years ago this month.

Fri 14th November | 6.30am - 7.00am | BBC Radio 4 Extra


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This classic story is brought to life in an exhilarating new production.

30th November - 4th January | The Globe

Simon Mayo – Itch books

Find our featured resources   Have you discovered the Itch books by Simon Mayo yet? This explosive series follows the adventures of Itchingham Lofte, a schoolboy element hunter who discovers some highly radioactive rocks of a previously-unknown element, 126. Not just action-packed adventure stories, the Itch books also introduce students to chemistry and the elements, clearly demonstrating the value of scientific knowledge in ordinary – and extraordinary – situations.

Find out more about the Itch books through the Teaching Resource pack, and a video of highlights from Simon Mayo’s recent event at the Royal Institution. Or watch the trailer for the series and discuss what makes a good book trailer with your students.
Painstakingly researched with the help of expert scientists, journalists, divers and currency experts, there are three books in the series: Itch, Itch Rocks, and Itchcraft, all packed with explosive element action for your students to devour!

Everyone is a poet. It’s just that not everyone knows it.

Find our featured resources   ‘Cells’ is the theme of this year’s Christopher Tower Poetry Competition. Open to all 16-18 year olds in the UK and judged by poets including Ian McMillan, cash prizes and places on the Tower Poetry Summer School could be yours. To find out more about the competition and for inspiration, go to towerpoetry.org.uk.

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Latest resources

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Approaching an unseen poem with confidence: 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas
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The best Christmas day ever
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling | Topical and seasonal one-offs

Stave by stave
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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