FAO the Music Coordinator

Take a world that is completely different from ours – and those creatures completely different from ordinary people like us

David Stoll (SEALSONGS, DICK OTTINGTON) has a new song collection for Primary Schools available for download from First & Best.

THE CUCKOO ROCK SONGBOOK includes twelve settings of poems by Phil Bowen. These magical poems are full of unusual characters, colourful scenes and surprising wordplay; the original book was short-listed for the CLPE prize.

The music has echoes of 60’s rock as well as various contemporary styles. The SONGBOOK includes both printed piano accompaniment and pre-recorded full backing tracks with permissions for use.

The package also contains a specially written story script for a narrator which weaves all the songs together.

Thus the collection can be used as a basis for individual songs to be sung in assembly or simply within the class, or it can be a complete production for presentation to parents and the rest of the school – without any need for complex staging, special lighting or any other effects that may or may not be available.

You can see an extract from the songbook here http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/primary/CUCKOOROCKsample.pdf and you can hear the backing track here http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/primary/01 cuckoo rock.mp3

A copy of the complete collection of songs and the narrator’s script is available as a download from http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=820

The price is £16.95 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

THE CUCKOO ROCK SONGBOOK is distributed by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk
First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4HH

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Science Day 2016

Science Day 2016
University of London
Institute of Education
Logan Hall
20 Bedford Way
London W1H OAL

Thursday February 11th 2016
10.30 – 3.30
Free Event
To book or for further information, please email


Following the success of last year’s Science Day, we are now planning our 8th. It will follow a similar format to last time, with lectures, films and displays. Three eminent speakers from Israel, from a variety of backgrounds, will talk about their latest research, all relevant to A Level Biology and, for the first time, Geography.

Dr Adi Jonas-Levi will talk about his work on food biochemistry; Dr Shmulik Yovid about his work on conservation, monitoring and species re-introduction into the wild;
Shlomi Brielle B Sc about live cell imaging and understanding neurodegenerative diseases. There will also be films on groundbreaking medical and environmental innovations.

Some feedback from last year:

“The feedback was very positive. They enjoyed the day and it was very relevant to the subjects they are studying. Look forward to future Science Days.” Elaine

“The speaker about sleep was excellent, relevant and pitched at the right level for our Y12 and Y13 students”. Elyse

“The first two lectures were really good, especially the sleep deprivation one. The slides were understandable and pitched at the right level. It is a really valuable experience to experience any lectures of any type and I know the students benefitted from this.” Maroulla

“We all enjoyed the day and learnt a lot – thank you. The second speaker particularly was very good and clearly knew how to keep the younger students engaged.” Susan

“Thank you for organising the day. It was very well organised and my students got a lot out of the presentations and the speakers. Keep the good work going. Do let me know of any similar event s that you organise in the future. Thank you again.” Sharita

Organised by Anne Smith and ZF Science Day

Exams, relationships, driving tests, independence, money …

Exams, relationships, driving tests,
independence, money … It’s just the Tip of the Iceberg.

Are our 16-18 year olds being left out when it comes to supporting
their mental health and well being in school?

The national curriculum does not cover key stage 5 and there are no suggested PSHE guidelines, so this could mean that finding a budget or a gap in the timetable for such provision is near on impossible. Also this situation means that there are few organisations out there offering projects for the complex needs of 16–18 year olds.

The PSHE Association’s Subject Advisor Nick Boddington says:

“I guess the bottom line is that PSHE education in Key stage 5 is your last chance to provide that learning that everyone needs but lies outside of the academic curriculum. Not a bad way of planning is to look back on all the PSHE work you have done in years 7-11 and ask yourself by the time they walk out of our school gates for the last time what more do we need to provided or reinforce to ensure that they have the knowledge understanding, feelings about themselves and others, are able to say and do, and understand their responsibilities to lead productive, independent, fulfilling and safe lives?”

The topics that are relevant and important to key stage 5 pupils can also be difficult to address within school and especially in the classroom. There are endless projects on career opportunities, university and finance, but it’s much harder to find sessions exploring more personal topics like sexuality, pornography and relationships, or effective delivery at that age on risky behaviours and health – yet according to research done with older students, this is what they are asking for. According to Ofsted research, when asked what would make PSHE education lessons more useful, pupils said;

‘Rape culture. What to look for in a healthy relationship.’ Female student

“The influence of the media such as porn on people’s views of sex and the human body.” Male student

It is the combination of need and lack of provision that inspired Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company to develop two projects specifically aimed at the 16+ age group that tackle difficult topics in an involving, entertaining and informing way.

Having worked directly with over 100,000 young people Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company strongly believe, from their experience working with sensitive and hard hitting issues, that the way to approach PSHE education should include a much broader look at our world – the internet, technology, the whole sex industry, and attitudes to risk – you cannot separate topics into small boxes or educate on these complex subjects in a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation. It is now more important than ever to create relationship, sex, internet and safety education projects that can be as compelling, as exciting and as influential as the media campaigns and products it is battling against.

“If you’re too ashamed to speak to children about sex, exploitative free porn will fill the gaps” Grace Dent, The Independent, Sept 8th 2015

From september 2015 Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company will be touring the following projects for years 12 & 13.

“Sexposed Britain” A 30 minute performance followed by an interactive workshop.

Based on our imaginary fly-on-the wall documentary “Beyond the Surface” the play is made up of clips from the programme, the reactions of different people watching it, as well as parodies of other T.V shows and adverts. The format allows students to consider many aspects of a topic in a quick, recognisable and engaging format. The play shows a vast range of people in varying situations, from university students to grandparents, the pub to the school playground, the ideas of the young to doctors and psychologists.

The “Sexposed Britain” episode takes a mature approach to the many attitudes, ideas and pressures experienced by all ages in regards to sex and relationships in Britain today. The storylines include scenes around teenage pregnancy, sexual pressure, sexting, pornography, communicating feelings, self-esteem and self respect, marriage and sexuality.

In our workshops we use our performances as a springboard for pupils to examine their own attitudes, ideas and behaviours in relation to difficult, contentious and sensitive topics. We strive for students to learn something about themselves that will make a positive difference to the rest of their lives.

“What’s driving you?”An interactive project with performed scenes that explore personality types and road safety.

The format and content of the workshop utilise corporate training techniques and aspects of personality assessment used in the world of management and staff development, which are then combined with live performances, videos and debates.

This experience has been designed to empower students to be successful, healthy achievers and as they are asked to examine their ideas, attitudes and concepts of self, the project can influence many areas of their life – and not just the journey in a car. The workshop explores:

– Confidence
– Communication styles
– Attitudes to risk
– Decision making.

There are different delivery formats available from assemblies to full day projects.
Prices start at £550 + VAT

Please contact us for further information and an exact quote.

Hazel Ward
Schools and Performances

Email: admin@tipoftheiceberg.biz
Tel: 07519593711

Free Trial Offer – Interactive Business Studies Software

An Interactive BUSINESS STUDIES Software Free Trial Offer, At An Unmissable Price. No School Should Miss Out On This. It Is Simply Unbelievable!

This offer for ALL 10 titles is packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for BUSINESS STUDIES, text, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more.

Includes a full school site PC and network licence, nothing more to pay EVER! Free 14-day trial , so if you don’t like it you can just send it back. All 10 of these individual great titles are included in the pack for just £150 for everything:

Business and the Economy; Business and the Government; Business Basics; Finance; International Trade and the EU; Marketing and Production; Marketing Communication and Finance; People and Communication; People in Organisations; The Impact of ICT

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From translation to thinking

What is the most effective way of helping students to higher grades at GCSE German?
In learning any language students we all go through two phases.

The first involves becoming familiar with the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language that allows the individual to engage in simple written and verbal communication – enough to ask the way to the shops and understand the answer.

That type of communication is expanded and developed through bringing in new situations and speeding up the exchanges while still keeping the subject matter very much in the every day.

That is part one. The second part then makes a conceptual leap from that position – a leap which takes the students up to a completely different level.

By this second stage the awareness of many everyday phrases is embedded in the brain and can be heard, understood and answered without translation. The language is understood as language.

And here students make the leap from a pass at GCSE to a higher grade and prepare themselves for A level, should they wish to take it.

Deutscher Wiederholungskurs will help this type of candidate make these steps forward. It provides material for revision for the GCSE speaking and writing tests and helps to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level.

The course is divided into 8 topics drawn from the GCSE syllabus, each containing the same tasks:

Oral questions to revise the topic briefly;
Suggestions for visual stimuli for further oral revision;
A passage of German entitled “Fritz erzählt” which contains gaps to fill in and practice for case endings, pronouns and verb endings;
Comprehension exercises on the passage to be answered in full German sentences;
A passage of English for translation into German; and a series of questions in German, the answers to which should form the basis for a short essay. Finally there are a series of related role-play situations.
The book is fully photocopiable for ease of use in the classroom and will prove an invaluable source of revision and consolidation for your GCSE students.

Sample pages from the book, order code T1616emn, can be found on http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/modlang/T1616.pdf

Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery

CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery

Both the Ring Binder and the CD £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…
By post from First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, NN17 4HH

By fax to 01536 399 012

On-line with a credit card at http://tinyurl.com/mw79zv
By phone with a school order number or a credit card to 01536 399 011
When ordering the book please quote the reference T1