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Monthly Archives: July 2016

  • New GCSE specifications for September!

    For the new academic year in September 2016, schools will be introduced to a brand new GCSE specification for subjects including P.E, Geography and History. For some teachers this may seem a little daunting as you may be a little unsure of how to prepare yourself, your students and your classroom for the change but don't worry this is where we come in!

    P.E at a glance:

    Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

    What's assessed

    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Movement analysis
    • Physical training
    • Use of data

    How it's assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • 78 marks
    • 30% of GCSE

    How can we help? 

    We offer a range of colourful and informative Physical Education resources for key topics such as the human body, health, exercise and training methods, all designed to work alongside the GCSE National Curriculum.


    Geography at a glance:

    Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

    What's assessed

    3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards

    3.1.2 The living world

    3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK

    3.4 Geographical skills

    How it's assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
    • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
    • 35% of GCSE

    How can we help? 

    We provide a range of colourful and informative Geography resources, covering fundamental number topics such as human and physical geography and are designed to work alongside the GCSE National Curriculum.

    Our vibrant and eye-catching resources engage pupils in the study of geography, allowing them to apply their knowledge and understanding and investigate geographical issues.


    History at a glance:

    Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

    What's assessed

    In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at least a 50 year period.

    In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.

    How it's assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar
    • 50% of GCSE

    How can we help?

    Our visual and attention grabbing History posters have been designed to engage and enthuse pupils. The charts support visual learning and are a great way of brightening up the classroom. The posters combine clear and concise curriculum-based content with striking images and graphics to engage pupils and reinforce learning.


    So that is just a little taster of what the new specification for September entails, but why wait until September to prepare your classroom? Check out our poster range now and equip your classroom with the resources it needs ready for the new academic year!

  • Staying on top of marking!

    Marking. It's the dreaded word that is the equivalent to 'homework' for students. You can’t cut corners. There are some methods to reduce the time spent doing it, but ultimately the ways to get on top are more about how to increase the impact of marking. Mainly, it’s about establishing a different relationship between you and marking. Instead of seeing your marking as that horrible thing that you have to do on top of all the real teaching, see it as the most important aspect of that teaching.

    Regular marking will:

    • Help students to get better
    • Build positive relationships (they see that you care)
    • Improve presentation
    • Allow you to evaluate teaching

    marking funny

    Mark for the students

    Just focus on making your feedback work for you and your students. This means high quality feedback which the students act upon. It means giving them opportunities to meet the targets you set and to use your feedback to develop. Get that right and then you don’t really have to worry about what inspectors want to see because your books are going to show that students are learning.

    2 birds with one stone

    Teachers always tend to prioritise lesson planning over marking. You can actually prioritise both by ensuring the students act on the feedback. They either complete an activity or redraft-or both. The rest of the lesson is built around any other misconceptions evident in students work. The next few lessons are sorted too because you know what to teach based on the work produced by the whole class. You are saving time because the next lesson is planned and you are making your lessons more efficient because they are truly tailored to what students need to learn.

    Teacher helping pupil in classroom to resolve schoolwork

    Remember that you are never behind marking

    Even though we trust you're pretty much on top of your marking, if you were to get behind on it you shouldn’t waste your time going back in the book and marking work from the past. Unless the students will read it and do something about it then what’s the point? Pick up from where you are with the students and give them feedback based on their most recent work.

    Regular marking makes the experience of marking a pleasure

    We completely understand that marking is a chore and that you wouldn't go so far as to say you actually enjoy it. However, teachers do like it when they read a piece of work and they realise the student has finally ‘got it’. There's nothing better than the coming together of efforts over a year and comparing work at the start of the book with work at the end. When marking is like this- and it will be if you get it right- then it makes the time burden slightly more bearable.


    Do you teachers also have any tips or ideas on how to stay on top of marking your students work? Leave a comment below or tweet us/post on our Facebook page. We really do love to hear your feedback, just like your students do!

  • Top 7 most weird things to be banned at schools!

    Weird rules seem to be a theme in this world of ours, there have been some very weird things to be banned at schools. From students being suspended for wearing bracelets to a school dance to students being banned from having a best friend here is our list of the top 7 most weird things to be banned at schools:

    #1 - Red Ink

    At schools in both Australia and the U.K., they have scrapped the traditional method of correcting work in red ink because pupils consider it "confrontational" and "threatening".

    red ink

    #2 - Non Motorized Transportation

    You'd think, with all the talk about tackling childhood obesity these days, schools would be encouraging students to ride their bikes to school. However, one New York school said it was illegal for kids to ride their bikes to school. A lot of parents sparked a big fuss about this rue as they protested that it is too far for their child to travel on foot from their home to the school, I guess you can see their point.


    #3 - Christmas

    Does Mr Grinch ring a bell? It's understandable that some schools won't promote Christmas for religious reasons, but some non religious schools have gone as far as banning references to Santa and carols, among other Christmas-oriented terms.

    christmas tree

    #4 - Best Friends

    A top prep school in the UK banned its pupils from having best friends to prevent hurt feelings. Pupils were allowed to have 'lots of good friends' instead. So it's probably best to think twice before calling someone your best friend from now on, especially in front of a teacher!


    #5 - Sack races on sports day

    The sack race was banned from a school in Newcastle in case children fell and twisted their ankles. So I guess you could say sack races got the sack.!(Sorry we had to...). Before you know it they'll be banning the egg and spoon race over fears that it might 'harm the egg'!


    #6 - Making daisy chains

    One school in the UK has even gone as far as putting a ban on making daisy chains in schools because there is apparently a risk of pupils catching germs. This rule really hits home, especially if you were a child who grew up through school with daisy chains being the theme of your lunchtime giving you a chance to show off your artistic flair!


    #7 - Slang

    It's something that has been evolving in British schools for decades, but it seems it's now being described as an obstacle for preparing students for the world of work.

    One school in London thinks slang is something definitely not to be thrown about in their classrooms and have banned words such as 'coz', 'ain't', 'like', 'innit' and 'bare' supposedly to prepare its pupils for the world of work.

    Shakespeare would be ever so proud!

    banned words



  • Classroom posters ideal for visual learners!

    It's no surprise that classroom posters have proven to aid and engage students in their learning environment especially with the fact that there are more visual learners than any other type of learner! But just why exactly should you use posters to not only brighten up your classroom but to benefit your students? Here's why:

    1. About one-third of pupils in an average classroom are visual learners.
    2. Visual learners respond well to a colourful classroom.
    3. Images, photographs and diagrams are helpful learning aids for visual learners.
    4. Words linked to pictures help visual learners grasp and remember new concepts
    5. Posters provide a great teaching resource that can be referred to regularly during lessons.
    6. Regularly putting up new posters helps keep your classroom fresh and stimulating.


    What do you see on your walls? The items on your wall can have  on-going, major impact all without you doing anything at all. We tend to forget that young people may spend hours each day just staring at  what surrounds them. If you surround them with nothing, they may get nothing. If you surround them with something powerful and  persuasive, you may change lives.

    Daydream Education's colourful and engaging posters have been designed to help improve pupil understanding; breaking down curriculum-based topics into easily digestible chunks of information. The visual and attention grabbing designs are guaranteed to brighten up classrooms and engage users of all ages, abilities and learning styles.

    We offer over 600 different designs, covering 16 national curriculum topics and 30 subjects, from Key Stage 1 up to A-level, so why not take a look at how we can help you create colourful and engaging learning environments for your pupils?

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