• 13 Sep
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    “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” ― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

    Roald Dahl 100th birthday

    This year is Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, and we made a short phizz-whizzing “Moby & the Giant Peach” stop motion animation tribute. We hope you like it!

    And if any of you make a video tribute to any of his books, send us a link and we’ll share them on here.

    If you’d like to know more about the author and his stories take a look at our Roald Dahl video, which also has activities, lesson ideas, and much more.

    Have a jumpsquiffling Roald Dahl day, everyone!

     

     

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  • 05 Sep
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    All writers need a creative jump start every once in awhile.

    Writer’s block can be as prevalent in the classroom as it is in front of an author’s typewriter.

    Sometimes you need to shake things up and encourage students to write something out of their usual comfort zone.

    With that in mind we’ve made some handy and fun writing prompts called Story Cubes to help out. Getting creative with story cubes is easy but first of all you need to make them.

    How to make Story Cubes:

    BrainPOP Story Cubes

    Click the image to start download.

    • Use scissors to cut them out (watch those fingers!)
    • Fold along all the edges and flaps
    • Stick them together using tape or glue on the tabs until you make a cube shape.

    How to use Story Cubes:

    Now you get to roll your new cubes!

    Roll all three (or just one if you like) and use whatever three three images that land face up to build your story. If you don’t like the images you get you can always re-roll!

    All the images are from BrainPOP movies, but you can interpret them how you like.

    Once you’ve made your cubes you can keep them for whenever you want to help creativity strike – they make a pretty nice decoration too!

    The Legacy by Sophie Millward-Sadler is a fantastic example of a student’s story that used BrainPOP’s story cubes for inspiration.

    And finally, don’t forget to use BrainPOP’s Creative Writing Spotlight to help students write their inspired story the best they can.

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  • 28 Jul
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    It’s no secret that the Pokemon Go craze has swept the world but did you know that there’s plenty of ways Pokemon Go can generate learning opportunities in the classroom (and out of it!)?

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    How do you play Pokemon Go?

    Pokemon Go is an augmented reality app (that means the game elements are overlaid onto the real world).

    So when you’re capturing Pokemon you can see them as though they were in the real world through your phone or tablet camera.

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    Players walk around looking for Pokemon trying to “catch ’em all” and visit pokestops which are local areas of interest to get items like pokeballs (what you throw at Pokemon to capture them).

    In our home town of Oxford places like Martyrs’ Memorial in St Giles, the Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street, and the Bodleian Library are all Pokestops.

    Players also pick a team to be on (red = Valor, yellow = Instinct, and blue = Mystic) and can compete for control of pokegyms for their team.

    The aim is to discover and capture as many of these creatures as you can, and add them to your Pokedex.

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    But how can Pokemon Go be useful for learning?

    We took a deeper look and discovered there’s a lot of beneficial ways that it can be adapted for learning.

    Let’s catch ’em all!


    Pokemon Go lesson ideas by subject

    There are many different ways Pokemon Go can be used as a way to spark interest so jump to a subject:

    Maths and Data Literacy

    Science

    English

    PSHE

    Geography and Local History


    Maths and data literacy lesson ideas using Pokemon Go:

    There’s a lot of data in the Pokemon Go app. From the journal tracking game play to data on individual pokemon’s height and weight there’s a variety of data available to players (and it’s data that they’re interested in). It’s a great opportunity to practice data literacy skills.

    • Students could track the height and weight of different pokemon and compare them within species and type. Students could even work out different pokemon’s BMI.
    • Students can track their ‘seen’ and ‘caught’ statistics for use in data handling activities.
    • Students could track on Google maps where they’ve caught pokemon and look for patterns. Different types of pokemon spawn in particular kinds of areas. For example water type pokemon spawn near bodies of water. By tracking this data and looking for patterns they could check the veracity of this.
    • Students can track their pokemon data in apps like Airtable to practice their database and spreadsheet skills.
    • Students could track their routes and distances and work out the most efficient routes to different pokestops.

    Some example BrainPOP topics to improve their data literacy skills:


    Science lesson ideas using Pokemon Go:

    While Pokemon themselves aren’t real creatures (physically, at least) they can be an excellent segue into talking about ecosystems in the real world.

    • Where students have encountered Pokemon they could think about different biomes and ecosystems. If these pokemon existed in the real world where would they be most likely to be found?
    • Pokemon Go uses GPS to track players location. Interest in the game creates the opportunity to discuss how GPS and satellites work.
    • Pokemon “evolve” as a form of levelling up. How does evolution in Pokemon differ from real evolution?
    • While playing the game, have students look around, ask them what kinds of animals and plants can they see in the area and explore local habitats.
    • Bioethics – Pokemon are captured and removed from their habitats and most are then transferred to Professor Willow (the character who asks players to capture Pokemon to begin with). Students could investigate the ethics of this practice and whether it would be allowable in the real world.

    Some example BrainPOP topics:


    English lessons ideas using Pokemon Go:

    Pokemon Go encourages imagination and adventure and this spirit can be easily harnessed for creative writing and information writing.

    • Encourage students to write stories about their adventures catching Pokemon. Students could employ digital storytelling by using video editing software and apps such as Thinglink as way to extend the mobile learning experience.
    • Students could write a newspaper article about the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
    • Students could write a manual explaining how to play Pokemon Go.
    • Students could write a diary entry using information from the app’s journal feature to chronicle their game avatar’s experiences.
    • Create a comic strip about Pokemon – either by hand or digitally using a variety of comic making apps like Strip Designer.

    Some example BrainPOP topics:


    PSHE lessons ideas using Pokemon Go:

    • Create a poster showing what online safety and information privacy issues related to the game and what guidelines players should follow to stay safe.

    Some example BrainPOP topics:


    Geography and local history lesson ideas using Pokemon Go:

    • Use Pokestops to discover your local area. Examine and research local areas of interest that have been designated as Pokestops and use them as a way to discover your local area.
    • Create a guide to the locations of different Pokestops and include why it’s an area of interest to local history.
    • Write a proposal for a new Pokestop in your local area and justify why you think it should be a Pokestop.

    Some example BrainPOP topics:

    Good luck catching them all!

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  • 27 Oct
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    It’s nearly November and aspiring novelists all over the world are getting ready for this year’s NaNoWriMo, but what is it?

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    In a nutshell it’s National Novel Writing Month (get it? Na-No-Wri-Mo), where writers commit to writing a 50,000 word novel… in a month. That seems pretty unachievable at first but that’s actually committing to writing 1667 words a day for 30 days; which sounds a lot less intimidating.

    You don’t have to write a 50,000 word novel. It could be 50,000 words worth of short stories or a novel that keeps on going, anything you like really. And it doesn’t really even have to be 50,000 words.

    The spirit of NaNoWriMo is to set a writing target and stick to it.

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    So why participate?

    • It helps to create a good habit – sitting and writing for a certain amount of time a day – even if it’s just to free write or write in a journal is almost meditative and a good opportunity for self-reflection. Plus we live in such a busy world it’s important to regularly seek out a bit of calm.
    • “Winning” NaNoWriMo by managing to complete your goal gives you a nice rosy glow of success.

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    • You learn to do instead of procrastinate. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of something and just never get past the planning stage. For many writers with a loud internal editor it can be hard not to obsess over every word. But when you have a strict goal you have to meet you have to force yourself to just write, and leave the editing for after.
    • You get to actually make something, even if that something is just for you.
    • You get in touch with your imagination. You don’t have to make a masterpiece to achieve something with NaNoWriMo; sometimes it’s just about kick starting your creative side.

    Imagination BrainPOP UK Topic Screenshot

    • If you get a team together or join one online you can make it a collaborative experience.
    • During the edit, it’s a good opportunity to improve your grammar knowledge and writing skills. Especially if you’re using software like Scrivener which can tell you just how many times you wrote particular words and phrases you tend to overuse.

    How can you use NaNoWriMo in class?

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    NaNoWriMo actually has a Young Writer’s Program(me) and although it’s American and aligned to the Common Core standards it has a lot of great resources and information that you can use in your classroom to get your students writing.

    You can even connect with other classes doing NaNoWriMo all over the world!

    Some Useful Resources to get started with:

    • NaNoWriMo’s Virtual Classroom can help you facilitate with your students such as tracking their progress and can help you connect to other classes all over the world
    • There’s an educator’s forum where you can share ideas and get help
    • There are workbooks and lesson plans that you can use to get ideas. (Although they’re American a lot of what’s in them is very transferable and some other educators in the forums may already have UK based lesson plans.)
    • This word count calculator is really useful. Sometimes you just can’t get your words done on a particular day and this tool helps you adjust your target as needed so you don’t need to panic!
    • NaNoWriMo pep talks written by successful authors (including authors who write for children and young adults such as Holly Black) are great for a bit of inspiration. This past one by Neil Gaiman is a particular favourite.
    • You can even get help publishing your student’s work when they’re done!
    • Downloadables such as this progress poster and these participation and winner certificates.

    And there’s loads of BrainPOP UK resources that can help your students if they’re struggling with their writing as well:

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    Happy writing!

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  • 16 Mar
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    Engaging students with literacy across curriculum subjects is a priority for all schools, and Ofsted. BrainPOP provides multiple possibilities to improve literacy knowledge using animated movies, interactive quizzes, multimedia resources, and more.

    BrainPOP UK - Reading Skills

    Ofsted seek to see literacy being emphasised outside of an English lesson, across curriculum subjects. Effectively, literacy learning should have a place in all lessons.

    During inspections, Ofsted will place a stronger emphasis on effective whole-school literacy policies and their successful and systematic implementation across the school. Finally, the new Teachers’ Standards (2012) require for all teachers to “demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English.” 

    Literacy Guide for Secondary Schools, 2012-2013

    In each BrainPOP topic in Science, Maths, English, Humanities, PSHE & Citizenship, Design & Technology, Arts, there are many moments, both explicit and implicit, to promote literacy in different subjects.

    HOW CAN YOU USE BRAINPOP TO ADDRESS LITERACY IN EVERY SUBJECT?

    SUBTITLES

    • Every movie shows subtitles as standard. Subtitles encourage reading even when the student doesn’t realise they’re doing it. This extra practice will help improve reading and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar) skills.

    KEY VOCABULARY & NATURAL PAUSE POINTS

    • Key vocabulary is highlighted in each movie. Students can easily pick out and learn key terms, how to use them, and how they are spelt.
    • Listen out for the beep! BrainPOP UK movies have natural pause points. When Moby beeps is usually a good moment to pause as this often indicates the beginning of a new section of information within the topic. This gives the teacher time to assess how well the class is taking in the information, answer any questions, or to allow for student to finish any note-taking.

    KEY LITERACY SKILLS

    • Specific topics like Reading Skills, Context Clues, and Note-Taking Skills help students make their literacy skills useful in every kind of lesson. Improving student’s confidence in using skills such as these – regardless of subject – encourages them to use and practice them more across the curriculum. Tim speaks at a gentle pace in BrainPOP UK movies, which helps student’s comprehension and also gives time for student’s note-taking.
    • BrainPOP quizzes for reading comprehension and/or listening comprehension – whether students are taking the quiz individually on a computer or tablet or taking the quiz as a class they will need to read and/or listen to the quiz questions and answers in order to complete the task. Students can also take turns reading the questions and answer options aloud to the rest of the class as extra speaking practice.
    • BrainPOP as a discussion tool – Using BrainPOP UK as a class discussion tool about items in the news or national events such as natural disasters, the United Nations or the World Cup gives students spoken language practice in a variety of subjects. It’s a great way to encourage children to not only investigate an issue themselves but to form their own opinion and confidently discuss it in class. From the 2014 National curriculum in England: English programmes of study:

    Spoken language – (6.2) Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They should be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.”

    ACTIVITIES

    Activities are worksheets that are available for every BrainPOP UK topic regardless of subject. Activities can include:

    • Recall questions
    • Essay questions
    • Graphic organisers so students can easily organise their thoughts or create clear notes for revision material
    • Practical tasks such as building a rocket

    Activities can be typed into and printed off filled in as typing practice or printed and used as handwriting practice.

    VOCABULARY SHEETS

    • Vocabulary sheets list all the key terms used in the movie and students must explain each of the terms in their own words.
    • This provides key literacy practice, helps students memorise subject specific key terms, and helps teachers check student’s comprehension of the terms and concepts used in the topic
    • Can be printed and glued into exercise books as a spelling guide and a revision tool.

    FYI (FOR YOUR INFORMATION)

    FYIs provide extra non-fiction texts around the subject to encourage further reading and research by the student which provide extra reading practice. These can be particularly useful to raise literacy engagement with boys, whom research has shown react well to non-fiction texts.

    LEARNING GAMES

    Educational Games such as Quandary, Invasion, and Ayiti, although not English subject games, require reading comprehension practice to successfully complete the game. If games are used with the whole class then listening, speaking, and debate skills are also practiced by students working together to make decisions and taking turns to read aloud to the class. These skills are also exercised in games with lower levels of reading comprehension required such as Guts and Bolts, A Tangled Web, and Refraction.

    Complete list of BrainPOP UK English topics (and movie length):

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    1. Adjectives (02:40)
    2. Adverbs  (03:48)
    3. Agatha Christie  (04:42)
    4. Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms  (03:12)
    5. Back to School  (02:02)
    6. Biography  (04:34)
    7. Book Review  (03:10)
    8. Business Letter  (04:00)
    9. Capitalisation  (05:13)
    10. Charles Dickens  (05:28)
    11. Clauses  (04:50)
    12. Colons  (03:23)
    13. Compound Sentences  (02:16)
    14. Conjunctions  (04:43)
    15. Context Clues  (04:17)
    16. Contractions  (02:10)
    17. Debate  (05:21)
    18. Dictionary And Thesaurus  (04:44)
    19. Edgar Allan Poe  (06:04)
    20. Etymology  (05:49)
    21. Fact and Opinion  (04:57)
    22. Frankenstein  (04:34)
    23. Getting Help  (02:46)
    24. Homer  (04:59)
    25. Idioms and Cliches  (04:16)
    26. Improving Sentences  (05:04)
    27. Interjections  (02:17)
    28. J. R. R. Tolkien  (05:52)
    29. Jack London  (05:37)
    30. Judy Blume  (04:09)
    31. Kurt Vonnegut  (05:07)
    32. Lord of the Flies  (04:45)
    33. Main Idea  (04:44)
    34. Mark Twain  (03:29)
    35. Maya Angelou  (04:19)
    36. Mood and Tone  (04:17)
    37. Note-Taking Skills  (04:56)
    38. Nouns  (02:32)
    39. Outlines  (03:58)
    40. Pablo Neruda  (05:06)
    41. Parallel Structure  (06:17)
    42. Paraphrasing  (03:52)
    43. Parts of Speech  (02:09)
    44. Personal Pronouns  (02:24)
    45. Poetry  (05:24)
    46. Point of View  (05:10)
    47. Possessives  (04:03)
    48. Prepositional Phrases  (02:21)
    49. Prewriting: Choosing a Topic  (02:23)
    50. Prewriting: Organising Your Thoughts  (02:52)
    51. Public Speaking  (03:04)
    52. Punctuation  (02:52)
    53. Reading a Newspaper  (03:06)
    54. Reading Skills  (03:26)
    55. Referencing Sources  (03:48)
    56. Research  (03:07)
    57. Roald Dahl  (05:23)
    58. Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes  (03:51)
    59. Semicolons  (03:37)
    60. Sentence Fragments  (03:48)
    61. Show Not Tell  (03:27)
    62. Similes and Metaphors  (02:34)
    63. Stress  (04:49)
    64. Subject Verb Agreement  (02:12)
    65. Subject Verb Object  (02:01)
    66. Tenses  (06:55)
    67. Test Preparation  (03:00)
    68. Test Taking Skills  (03:24)
    69. The Writing Process  (03:44)
    70. They’re, Their and There  (01:56)
    71. Types of Sentences  (01:45)
    72. Types of Writing  (03:53)
    73. Verbs and their Objects  (02:24)
    74. Writing an Essay  (03:50)
    75. Writing Dialogue  (02:58)
    76. Writing In Sequence  (02:48)

     

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  • 18 Nov
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    We’re well known for our popular educational animations and quizzes.

    But have you experienced the wealth of learning resources outside the movie? Watch this short video to learn more…

     

    • Curriculum Matching Toolbrowse our topics by the 2014 curriculum for England, or the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Find topics appropriate to to your students.
    • GameUp – your students may we well versed with our collection of learning games, but have you tried to accommodate them in class? They’re terrific for problem solving, critical thinking, and formative assessment. Go play and see for yourself!
    • Teacher Use – we have a whole section of teacher support materials, and examples of how teachers have blended BrainPOP into their practice.
    • FYIs (For Your Information) – can be found on every Topic page and provide lots of fascinating non-fiction writing. These can be particularly useful to raise literacy engagement with boys, whom research has shown react well to non-fiction texts.
    • Activities – Vocabulary sheets, worksheets, graphic organisers, practical exercises, KWL charts, and much, much more can all be found under the Activity button on the topic page. Use these to extend the learning and add extra flavour to your lessons.
    • Lesson Ideas – Created by BrainPOP educators, our Lesson Ideas will enrich your planning, and save you time.
    • Spotlights – Thematic collections of topics that cover such eclectic subjects such as digital citizenship, STEM, and British history. They contain topics from across disciplines and encourage students to think outside the confines of a specific subject.

    If you’re a school that would like to investigate any of our resources you are more than welcome to take out a free trial.

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  • 13 Aug
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    Our blank Story Mountain graphic organiser has become super popular over the years.

    So much so, we thought it we’d explore it in more depth!

    What is a graphic organiser?

    Graphic organisers support students’ thought processes by helping to apply what they’ve learned, organise their ideas, classify information, sequence events, or compare and contrast.

    This free printable Story Mountain graphic organiser is a great way to give a narrative focus. It encourages students to organise their writing into key areas.

    Story Mountain Graphic Organizer

    Download and print this free Story Mountain Graphic Organiser

    How does this Story Mountain work?

    The Introduction – The start of your story presents key characters and settings. What’s going to be your opening line, to hook readers in? It needs to be compelling and make the reader want to know more.

    Events 1 & 2 – Think of these parts as the build up. How are you setting the scene? Will readers understand your character’s motivations and actions?

    Big event – This will be where critical events upfold! What perils, escapades, and cliff hangers will you concoct?

    Solution – How did things work out? Were problems solved? Did characters learn anything on their journey?

    Conclusion – Happily ever after? Or maybe not..?

    All out other graphic organisers can be found in our graphic organisers collection. Other examples of story writing graphic organisers can be downloaded for free on the BrainPOP UK website such as Story Map, Story Pyramid, and Story Board.

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  • 20 Jun
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    • Hilton primary academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    • Type: Academy mixed primary
    • Age range: 3-11 years
    • Number on roll excl. nursery: 322

    Guest post by John Quinn, Lead Teacher for Creative Enquiry

    I met Moby and Jude from BrainPOP at the BrainSpace event in Hartlepool, and was inspired by how the pupils from Jesmond Gardens school used their iPads to create an exciting workflow.

    Jesmond Gardens pupils at BrainSpace

    I took their ideas back to school and, using the free BrainPOP UK  app, tried them with our Y3 pupils.

    Demonstrating what’s possible

    First, I made an eBook in the Book Creator app and showed it to the children. They were impressed that I’d actually met Moby and this helped them connect with the movies and learning materials in BrainPOP.

    Their task was to choose a topic and make a book about it.

    They had to design a front cover, create a page about what they already knew about the topic, let’s say ‘Dance‘.

    Using the BrainPOP UK app in class

    Applying transferrable technology skills

    They then watched the BrainPOP movie and made a page in the book about what they’d learned from watching the movie. The children chose their own way to work, some worked in groups, pairs or by themselves.

    They’d all used the PicCollage app so were able to transfer their skills and experience into making an eBook. They were excited and entertained watching Moby and Tim, and were able to take screen grabs of the movie as it went along put these into their books.

    "What I know now" ebook

    The children quickly learned from each other how to add text, voice notes or even video of themselves to explain what they now know about their chosen topic. The final job was to load their finished book into Showbie and send it to me for feedback.

    The class eBook library

    The children liked being able to pause and repeat the video so they could work at their own pace. This trial was so successful and so engaging for the children I contacted Jude and she suggested having a free trial of the website to extend the learning opportunities for the children.

    Further investigation of BrainPOP

    I’d been working with Y3 on computer programming so it seemed a natural next step to look at what BrainPOP had to offer on the subject.

    The children related straight away to Moby needing programming because they’d had to re-program me when I was pretending to be a computer/robot.

    Some of the technical language was quite advanced for them but all children accessed the learning at some level.

    Once one group had found the quiz they all wanted to try it out. Some of the children spent their time looking into the other related information and all children produced an eBook explaining computer programming.

    They used screen grabs from the BeeBot app to show how they’d programmed a Beebot.

    The combination of practical hands on experience and using BrainPOP on the iPad gave the children ownership of their learning and choices about how they evidenced their learning.  The next step for Y3 is to choose their own topic, create a book and their own quiz!

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  • 28 May
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    Many teachers are currently fine tuning their planning and working on schemes of work for the next academic year.

    There are a number of smart ways to incorporate BrainPOP UK’s resources to help you with this.

    1) Cross curricular connections

    A key benefit of BrainPOP UK is not just the topics that are available, but how they are inter-related. These connections encourage you to make links in the curriculum and support planning in a contextual way.

    For example, “The Tudors” (while no longer mentioned directly in the National Curriculum many schools will still take the opportunity to teach it as a post-1066 study in the primary phase) is not covered directly in BrainPOP UK.

    One of the topics returned when searching for “tudors” is our topic on PORTRAITS.

    Why? Because this movie forms its narrative around the famous ‘Armada’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, painted in 1588.

    By using this topic not only do your students learn about British history and culture, you are enriching the curriculum by learning about art, something that many teachers feel is not given enough emphasis with the new curriculum.

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    The ambition when searching BrainPOP shouldn’t necessarily be to find an exact match, but to consider how related topics can enrich your lesson and expand into other subjects.

    2) Lesson Ideas

    Every topic in BrainPOP UK has an associated ‘lesson idea’, which can be blended into your existing planning documents or used as stimulus for a brand new lesson.

    3) Unique URLs

    Another feature of the BrainPOP site you may not have noticed is the fact that every topic, movie, quiz or any other element on the site has a unique weblink that can simply be ‘cut and pasted’ into your planning documents.

    This is useful to show how you planned which resources you’ll use. Here’s a downloadable example of a KS2 Science planning document with relevant BrainPOP UK links provided.

    BrainPOP UK Year 6 biology lesson plan

    Year 6 Biology lesson plan – Animals including humans

    4) Plan for use outside class

    It’s worth bearing in mind BrainPOP doesn’t always have to be used exclusively ‘in class’.

    If your school subscribes to BrainPOP UK students can access our topics via the website or mobile apps at home too, so often the movies and quizzes can be set before starting the topic or to consolidate knowledge.

    5) BrainPOP ‘running in the background’

    Another nice feature of BrainPOP UK is that when it has been opened it will stay ready to play in the background. Our movies preload, not stream.

    So to watch any of the movies highlighted in the planning document, you can just click the link to go straight to the correct resource. No complex embedding of code or waiting for things to load!

    6) BrainPOP UK and the National Curriculum 2014

    It’s worth noting BrainPOP UK ticks the boxes for many of the objectives outlined in the new curriculum, and by using it you can show you are taking these factors into account:

    • The visual nature of BrainPOP UK makes it an ideal way to convey information to SEN and EAL students.
    • The curriculum demands that English should be integral to every subject. The BrainPOP comprehension quizzes, subtitles, extra reading, and printouts mean every topic has multiple opportunities to promote literacy.
    • The curriculum highlights the need for vocabulary development, especially in Maths and Science. Every BrainPOP movie highlights key and technical vocabulary, and comes with a printable version of the vocabulary list for students to practice.

    So there you go! Get planning! Get BrainPOPing.☺

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  • 05 Sep
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    Have you noticed an amazing new addition to some of our Topic pages?

    Lesson Ideas button

    New for Autumn term 2013 we’ve started the process of adding BrainPOP Lesson Ideas to each Topic. Look for a “Lesson Ideas” button on a movie page and click it to see the associated lesson support.

    The Lesson Ideas for our Credit Card Topic

    These ideas were provided by teachers from all over the world, based on successful classroom practice. Each one provides one or more lesson frameworks, a way to use our resources to create an engaging learning experience. Some Lesson Ideas will cross over multiple topics but we’ll be adding many more over the coming months.

    The age ranges, ideas and activities are quite broad and intended to be flexible. You could follow a Lesson Idea to the letter or adapt parts of the plans as you see fit.

    We’ll also be looking for NEW Lesson Ideas soon, so if you have any BrainPOP based Lesson Ideas you want to share with us please keep them safe and sound.

    Here are 7 Topics with new Lesson Ideas to get you started:

    Arts: Mozart

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    English: Similes and Metaphors

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    Humanities: Humans and the Environment

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    Maths: Adding and Subtracting Integers

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    PSHE: Credit Cards

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    Science: Human Body

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    Tech: Internet Search

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