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The Practical Curriculum

This Schools Council working paper, from 1981, looks at curriculum balance and content and issues of curriculum planning. Written before the introduction of the National Curriculum, the paper argues for a visible structure for the school curriculum, explaining why it is needed, suggesting measures for planning and...
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1980 - 1989

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A college-wide approach to Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Published in 2009 by LSIS, this report describes an action research project by John Leggott College. The project used a range of qualitative methods such as focus groups, interviews and thematic analysis to identify what was ‘wrong’ with current college systems and to develop ‘learning skills’ in students on Level 3...
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2000 - 2009

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Climate Change - Who Is in Control?

Produced by Practical Action, this role play activity activity helps students explore who should take responsibility for reducing the effects of climate change.Students use role play involving different perspectives to promote discussion and debate. Designed to take place over two to three lessons, the lesson plans...
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2000 - 2009

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Wind power STEM challenge

From Practical Action, this challenge asks students to design a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height. The winning team will be the one producing a machine that lifts the most weight. The resource includes an instruction sheet, wind turbine images, links to videos and downloadable...
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2000 - 2009

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What is carbon dioxide?

From Practical Action, a range of activities which explore carbon dioxide and climate change. Simple demonstrations show the presence of carbon dioxide gas and some of its properties. There are also presentations that can be used with an interactive whiteboard which look at sources of carbon dioxide and how cars make...
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2000 - 2009

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Winners and losers

This resource helps students think about who the winners and losers are when making product choices.
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2000 - 2009

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Small Is...Challenge

In celebration of its founder, Fritz Schumacher’s centenary year Practical Action have created Small Is...Challenge. Schumacher’s philosophy was based on the idea that even a small change can have a big impact on people’s lives. The challenge for students is to look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a...
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2000 - 2009

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Developing and Supporting Literacy Skills Through Science

This report describes an action research project by Gateway College and is published by LSIS. The project supported BTEC Level 2 students as a pilot group to develop their literacy and language skills by integrating literacy into their science learning. This enhanced both student language competence and their...
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2000 - 2009

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The Big Bang Lesson

The lesson activities and resources for 'The Big Bang Lesson' are provided here for teachers and lecturers to use in their own schools and colleges.The lesson outline includes links to many of the presentation slides used by Professor Cox in his lesson, and also to clips from Professor Cox's STAR lecture, which was...
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2010 to date

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Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market. The problem is getting to market...
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2010 to date

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