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July Turn IT On Curriculum Newsletter

The July issue of the Turn IT On curriculum newsletter is available to view below (if you would like  to sign up to receive this via email, you can do so here). 


Curriculum Newsletter

June 2014

Volume 3, Issue 11

 Top 5 …..

..end of year activities.

 1. Wallwisher

Use Wallwisher to post the children’s thoughts and ideas of what they have enjoyed most about the year.  They could add a photo of themselves alongside their comments.  If you are using it with a Year 6 class perhaps you could find a photograph of them when they started at the school. 

2. Create a book

Bookemon is online book creator that you can use to create a book to show what the children have done over the last year. You will have to register to be able to set up student accounts and contact them to set up the school.  Book Creator can also be used on the iPad and android tablets (£1.50 on android).    

3. Getting by in Year …..

Put together a class survival guide for the children who are coming into your class next year. This could take the form of a video, leaflet or book.  

4. All about me!

Ask the children to create a something that will give their new teacher an idea of who they are and what they enjoy.  This could take the form of a leaflet, presentation or video.  The class teacher could also create one to show his/her new pupils at the end of term.

5. News roundup

Put together a news report of what has happened over the last year.  Use a selection of photographs and interviews.



…. Commonwealth Games

  • Use the Commonwealth Games website to  look at the results of different events over the years.  Put the results into a spreadsheet to interrogate and find results from. 
  • Do some research on the history of the Commonwealth.  Find out how it came about and how it has changed over the years.
  • Choose a Commonwealth country to do a report about.  Look at when it became part of the British Empire and how it was important to us. 
  • Choose an athlete from the past or for the current games and complete a profile for them. 

Fun and interactive behaviour management tool 

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a behaviour management tool that you can tailor to meet your classes needs. You can access it online, but there are also apps available for iPads and android tablets.  Children and parents are able to access their Dojos with a code, so it can be a powerful link between home and school.  You could also use it for curriculum target setting.

iPad Apps of the month


Animoto Video Maker


Animoto enables you to combine photos, clips and music to create short videos.  You can choose from a variety of styles to suit the mood you want to create with your video. 


iMovie £2.99

Create movies effortlessly with this app.  It enables you to take videos with your iPad and then edit them quickly and easily.  It also has slow motion, picture-in-picture and split screen effects. 

KS1 – A Contrasting Locality – Alaska

Import and animate pictures in a storyboard and add own text and sound commentary.  Try choosing one of the countries taking part in the Commonwealth Games.

Where to find the lesson:

KS1 Lessons – Geography – A contrasting locality overseas – A Contrasting Locality – Alaska

KS2 – A Tale of Two Cities

Research Glasgow and the capital city of one of the other countries taking part in the Commonwealth Games, then create a fact file using Publisher. 

Where to find the lesson:

KS2 Lessons – Geography – Passport to the World – A Tale of Two Cities.

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