Nine ways to improve National Curriculum learning

This page is intended to bring together an eclectic mix of thought-provoking and information-rich websites relevant to the Merged Action Curriculum. Many of them were used and/or referred to in the compilation of the website.

As demonstrated in the links, internet information abounds on each of MAC’s nine learning domains.

Please note that a link here is not an endorsement of MAC.

You are welcome to comment on the selection or an individual website, or, indeed, to suggest additions. You can easily get in touch via the Contact page. Information about broken links also gratefully received!

Key government websites

A key website for information and reference is evidently the National Curriculum in England, as the purpose of this website is to propose an alternative.

Similarly, the PSHE Association website is an important point of reference. PSHE covers statutory and non-statutory themes and dimensions incorporated into MAC such as health, emotional development, relationships, community (living in the wider world) and citizenship.


  1. The Body
  2. The Emotions
  3. The Mind
  4. Communication
  5. Relationships
  6. Community
  7. Plant Life
  8. Animal Life
  9. The Physical World

The Body

Support for MAC’s learning focus on children knowing about and looking after their bodies

The Government: Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action (UK)

Sport England — committed to making the nation more active (UK)

NHS information on staying healthy (UK)

Caring For Kids — information site for parents (Canada)

Information about Public Health England (UK)

Royal Society for Public Health website (UK)

Association for Children with a Disability (Australia)

The World Health Organisation (WHO): Global strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (Global — based in Geneva)

Body Image Health website (America)

UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guideline on a primary school website (UK)

Teaching resources

A fun and handy A-Z of fruit and veg (UK)

The Daily Mile (UK)

Play Scotland: Active Play (UK)

Edutopia: Lesson warm-ups (America)

Brain-gym exercises (America)

Developing stability, balancing, locomotor, manipulative and fine motor skills (America and Australia)

8 benefits of team sports for kids (America)

A gross and fine motor skills resource (UK)

How to take care of your body for kids (America)

Change for life (UK)

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The Emotions

Support for MAC’s learning focus on children knowing about and looking after their emotional health

NHS England — the importance of emotional resilience in young and old, as one in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness (UK)

Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2017/2018: Mental disorder data (UK)

Children’s Mental Health: Get the facts (UK)

NHS: Anxiety disorders in children (UK)

Information about child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) (UK)

Anne Freud: National Centre for Children and Families: ‘Moving on from CAMHS’ (UK)

Young People’s Mental Health (UK)

Young Minds organisation — supporting young people’s mental health (UK)

Children and Young People (UK)

Growing a mentally healthy generation (Australia)

Teaching resources

PSHE Association guidance on teaching about mental health and emotional well-being (UK)

10 activities to help students explore emotions (America)

Promoting Young Children’s Emotional Health: Advice to teachers (America)

Social Emotional Development in Children: Advice to teachers (America)

Children’s Mental Health (Americas, Australia, New Zealand, UK)

Mental Health Training (UK)

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The Mind

Support for MAC’s learning focus on children learning about and making use of their minds

What is executive functioning?

Brain-based learning articles

Teaching resources explained/

Emotional readiness to learn:

Brain based teaching strategies

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Support for MAC’s learning focus on children learning to communicate

Communication involves interaction on a variety of levels

A history of communication:

Non verbal communication

Information about paralanguage:

Body language:

Verbal communication skills:

A ‘million word gap’ for children who are not read at home

Two articles on the importance of writing skills:

Interpersonal skills covering all aspects of communication:

The impact of technology on individuals and businesses:

An interesting take on support for the careers of women:

An example of body language use in life:

The Kids’ Storytelling Club:

Information for more immediate classroom use

Effective use of paralanguage in teaching:

Teaching children body language:

Teaching speaking and listening:

Teaching children writing:

The need for technology in the classroom:

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Support for MAC’s learning focus on children knowing about and developing their relationships

Department for Education: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Young children Develop in an environment of relationships- working paper1

Better relationships, better learning,better behaviour

Why relationships are so important for children and young people

Consistent, nurturing relationships are essential for intellectual and social development

Teaching resources

NSPCC: Learning: Making sense of relationships

Pivotal Education — aiming to improve classroom behaviour:

Strategies for Teachers to Develop Positive Relationships With Students

Tips on Helping Your Child Build Relationships: Pre-school age

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Support for MAC’s learning focus on children learning about and experiencing community

PSHE, Citizenship and Relationships Education – Living in the Wider World

Helping your child connect with others in the community

Connecting Children to Their Cultures and Communities

Connecting Children To The Outside World Benefits Everyone, Here’s Why

Back to School: Why Creating Classroom Community is So Important

Teaching resources

The Importance of Community for your Children

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Plant Life

Support for plant life

10 environmental benefits of planting a tree:

The benefits of indoor plants:

What nature gives to us:

Forestry Commission:

The future of food:

Curriculum support

Primary science investigations with plants:

Science and plants for schools:

Environmental factors affecting plant growth:

Plants and life on Earth:

Five of the UK’s most poisonous plants:

Threats to forests — deforestation and forest degradation:

School gardening: a place to explore sustainability education:

Practical home-based ways of saving on the Earth’s resources:

ESLFlow: Aimed at ESL — an extensive lesson resource:

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Animal Life

Support for MAC’s learning focus on children learning about and experiencing animal life

Encylopaedia Britannica: Plant and Animal Life in Britain

WWF website: Climate, food, forests, fresh water and oceans

How much chicken do we eat in the UK?

Teaching resources

RSPCA Education: free lesson plans and resources

Born Free: Teaching resources to download

Teacher Vision: American: Extensive resources covering grades 3 to 12

Twinkl: Extensive resources covering Key Stage 1 (5 -7 year olds)

The Learning Zone — animal topics:

Lifespans of animals

Endangered animals

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The Physical World

Support for MAC’s learning focus on children learning about and experiencing the physical world

15 major environmental problems:

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs):

Major resource delivering environmental education in the context of the National Curriculum:

The needs of 7 billion people

The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife — sustainably:

Six ways that human activity is changing the planet:

The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to cultivating education for sustainable living:

Curriculum support materials

Geography resources for children (US-orientated):

Live science: the four seasons:

NASA: Climate change — information for children to explore:

National Geographic: Science: Planet Earth explained: Solar System: Earth composition:

National Geographic: Environment: Magazine format: useful lesson planning material:

Lesson plans, teacher guides and environmental resources:

Dorling Kindersley: FACT MONSTER: Earth: Human Impact:

Energy Star: interactive site for children exploring energy efficiency and other topics:

Friends of the Earth: enter your postcode to find our how climate-friendly your community is:

Horrifying photos show damage done to Earth by humans and over-population:

How to teach ‘kids’ about sustainability:

The Environment: help your children to find out about the environment with this free collection of teaching and learning materials:

Will the world ever be all underwater because of all the ice melting?

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