The European Day of Languages

Did you know that it is the European Day of Languages on the 26th of September? Do you have anything planned? Why not simply let the children listen to a story from another country, in a different language?

Every year we open up our website which has over a hundred stories from all over the world, in lots of different languages. For example,

Beauty and the Beast- from France
Little Red Riding Hood- from France
Cinderella – originally from China
Sleeping Beauty –from France
The Frog Prince- from Germany
Goldilocks and the three bears, from England
Rare Bog, from Scotland
Four Little Friends, from Bhutan

To access these stories simply go to:

By the way, they’re free.
Val Thornber

GrowStoryGrow, the story-telling resource for learning languages


Art and Design at Key Stage 3

Art and Design at Key Stage 3 provides students with support, advice and information about their course and the subject and the skills, methods and materials that they will use. The book contains details of the requirements of the course, followed by a large number of projects which will build knowledge, understanding and skills.

The projects require students to look critically at other artists’ and designers’ work and then show evidence of a clear line of visual enquiry in art work. All projects cover the areas of exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making, reviewing, adapting and researching into the work of others, and making critical analyses of the work they review. Hand drawn illustrations are included.

The projects in Art and Design at Key Stage Three are divided into section by year group which are intended to be given as handouts to students. For example Year 7 covers Texture and Mark-making, Colour theory, Portraits, Mixed Media, and Ancient Egypt. There is also a comprehensive selection of extra lessons.

It is available as a copiable book (also available on CD Rom so that it can be loaded onto the school’s learning platform).

You can see a full list of the topics at

Publisher’s reference: T1711EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 791 3


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1711EMN

Why we want students to engage with society

Encouraging students to join a local volunteer group, encouraging them to contacting a politician to express their concerns about a topic important to them, and encouraging them to take an active interest in their local environment are all issues that many of us would feel very positive about.

They are in fact part of the notion of learning about Citizenship – a process of education which aims to give students an understanding of the role they play in society.

There are three main concepts to cover in any citizenship programme of study:

  1. Democracy and justice – the roles that can be taken in the political and justice systems including law, fairness authority and accountability.
  2. Rights and responsibilities – exploring the different kinds of rights including political, human, social, civil and moral.
  3. Identities and diversity – looking at the diverse society in which we live including immigration and how this can affect cultural changes to society

As it is a subject area that relates the individual to the wider society, it is vital that the student knows how the social system works at a local, national and European level. Only in this way can students learn how they can take an active part in their community.

It is for this reason that we have produced our wide array of lesson plans to cover topics including critical consumers, diversity, democracy, rights and responsibilities, the media, human rights, volunteering, active citizenship, local action and politics. There are also some useful assembly projects and a citizenship assessment tool, all designed so that they can be used across a range of learning styles and abilities.

These Citizenship lessons can be used to support learning outcomes for Skills Towards Enabling Progression “Step Up” – Aspects of Citizenship from City & Guilds. These lessons are also suitable for use with Citizenship Studies from OCR.

You can read more about our resources at .