Links

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.

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  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)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action

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

https://www.sportengland.org/

NHS information on staying healthy (UK)

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/

Caring For Kids — information site for parents (Canada)

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/healthybodies-index

Information about Public Health England (UK)

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england/about

Royal Society for Public Health website (UK)

https://www.rsph.org.uk/

Association for Children with a Disability (Australia)

https://www.acd.org.au/information-and-resources/school/

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

https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_young_people/en/

Body Image Health website (America)

http://bodyimagehealth.org/healthy-bodies-curriculum

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

https://www.whitwellprimary.co.uk/uk-chief-medical-officers-physical-activity-guidel/

Teaching resources

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

http://www.greatgrubclub.com/a-z-fruit-veg#P

The Daily Mile (UK)

https://www.ineos.com/the-daily-mile/

Play Scotland: Active Play (UK)

https://www.playscotland.org/parents-families/games/

Edutopia: Lesson warm-ups (America)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbD7Dcmlmws

Brain-gym exercises (America)

https://www.thoughtco.com/brain-gym-exercises-1210387

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

https://www.verywellfamily.com/stability-skills-1256936

https://www.verywellfamily.com/locomotor-skills-1256925

https://www.verywellfamily.com/manipulative-skills-1256926

https://childdevelopment.com.au/areas-of-concern/fine-motor-skills/

8 benefits of team sports for kids (America)

https://www.leaguenetwork.com/8-benefits-of-team-sports-for-kids/

A gross and fine motor skills resource (UK)

https://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk/application/files/2915/2285/5110/1st_Move.pdf

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

https://www.livestrong.com/article/201118-how-to-take-care-of-your-body-for-kids/

Change for life (UK)

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/

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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)

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/

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

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-in-england/2017/2017

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

https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/index.html

NHS: Anxiety disorders in children (UK)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anxiety-disorders-in-children/

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

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

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

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/receiving-support/moving-on/

Young People’s Mental Health (UK)

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/young-peoples-mental-health

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

https://youngminds.org.uk/

Children and Young People (UK)

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

Growing a mentally healthy generation (Australia)

https://beyou.edu.au/

Teaching resources

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

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/guidance-teaching-about-mental-health-and

10 activities to help students explore emotions (America)

https://www.apperson.com/teach-talk/10-activities-to-help-students-explore-emotions

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

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/mar2018/promoting-social-and-emotional-health

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

http://education.cu-portland.edu/teaching-resources/social-emotional-development-resources/

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

https://www.routledge.com

Mental Health Training (UK)

https://www.childmentalhealthcentre.org

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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?

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/executive-functioning-issues/what-is-executive-function

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/executive-functioning-issues/types-of-executive-function-skills

https://www.additudemag.com/what-is-executive-function-disorder/

Brain-based learning articles

https://www.edutopia.org/topic/brain-based-learning

https://www.funderstanding.com/theory/brain-based-learning/brain-based-learning/

https://blog.cognifit.com/brain-based-learning/

https://www.oecd.org/site/educeri21st/40554190.pdf

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/educational-technology-and-practice/educational-practice/play-learning-and-the-brain/content-section-2

Teaching resources

https://www.edutopia.org/topic/brain-based-learning

https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/brain-based-learning- explained/

Emotional readiness to learn:

https://www.edutopia.org/article/starting-day-calming-routine

Brain based teaching strategies

http://www.brainbasedlearning.net/

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Communication

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

Communication involves interaction on a variety of levels

http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/communication.html

A history of communication:

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/technology-communicate-27322.html

Non verbal communication

helpguide.org

Information about paralanguage:

https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-paralanguage.htm

Body language:

https://www.businessballs.com/self-awareness/body-language/

Verbal communication skills:

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/verbal-communication.html

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

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404074947.htm

Two articles on the importance of writing skills:

https://study.com/articles/Why_Writing_Skills_are_More_Important_Than_Ever.html

https://www.rlf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RLFwritingmatters.pdf

Interpersonal skills covering all aspects of communication:

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/interpersonal-skills.html

The impact of technology on individuals and businesses:

https://www.useoftechnology.com/technology-communication/

An interesting take on support for the careers of women:

https://careerwise.asu.edu/?q=home

An example of body language use in life:

http://www.stroke4carers.org/?p=280

The Kids’ Storytelling Club:

http://www.storycraft.com/

Information for more immediate classroom use

Effective use of paralanguage in teaching:

https://oracycambridge.org/2018/09/19/teaching-tone-of-voice/

Teaching children body language:

https://www.theatrefolk.com/blog/nonverbal-communication-exercises/

Teaching speaking and listening:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise/communication-skills/z669f4j

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/speaking-listening-techniques/

https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/about-the-trust/what-do-we-do/

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-practitioners/communicating-the-curriculum

Teaching children writing:

https://www.inspiringlifedreams.com/why-writing-is-important-for-kids/

https://www.teach-nology.com/themes/lang_arts/typesofwriting/

https://pambarnhill.com/writing-importance-young-children/

The need for technology in the classroom:

https://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/10-Reasons-Today-s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom

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Relationships

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

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2004/04/Young-Children-Develop-in-an-Environment-of-Relationships.pdf

Better relationships, better learning,better behaviour

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/Documents/BetterRelationships.pdf

Why relationships are so important for children and young people

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/why-relationships-are-so-important-children-and-young-people

Consistent, nurturing relationships are essential for intellectual and social development

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/why-children-need-ongoing-nurturing-relationships/

Teaching resources

NSPCC: Learning: Making sense of relationships

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/schools/making-sense-relationships/

Pivotal Education — aiming to improve classroom behaviour:

https://pivotaleducation.com/

Strategies for Teachers to Develop Positive Relationships With Students

https://www.thoughtco.com/develop-positive-relationships-with-students-3194339

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

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/227-tips-on-helping-your-child-build-relationships

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Community

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

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

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/twinkl-life/pshce-twinkl-life/living-in-the-wider-world-pshe-and-citizenship-twinkl-life

Helping your child connect with others in the community

https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/connecting-communicating/connecting/helping-your-child-connect-with-others

Connecting Children to Their Cultures and Communities

http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2007/connecting-children-to-their-cultures-and-communities

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

https://hundred.org/en/articles/connecting-children-to-the-outside-world-benefits-everyone-here-s-why

Back to School: Why Creating Classroom Community is So Important

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/blog/why-creating-classroom-community-so-important

Teaching resources

The Importance of Community for your Children

http://www.kias.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/The-Importance-of-Developing-Community-for-Children.pdf

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Plant Life

Support for plant life

10 environmental benefits of planting a tree:

https://greenpop.org/10-environmental-benefits-planting-tree/

The benefits of indoor plants:

https://www.ambius.com/learn/benefits-of-our-services/

What nature gives to us:

https://news.mongabay.com/2011/04/what-does-nature-give-us-a-special-earth-day-article/

Forestry Commission:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/forestry-commission

The future of food:

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/future-of-food/

Curriculum support

Primary science investigations with plants:

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/collection/84753/primary-science-investigations-plants

Science and plants for schools:

https://www.saps.org.uk/primary/teaching-resources

Environmental factors affecting plant growth:

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/environmental-factors-affecting-plant-growth

Plants and life on Earth:

http://www.mbgnet.net/bioplants/earth.html

Five of the UK’s most poisonous plants:

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/meet-five-uk-s-most-poisonous-plants/

Threats to forests — deforestation and forest degradation:

https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation-and-forest-degradation

School gardening: a place to explore sustainability education:

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/greenthumbchallengesub/curriculum-and-activities/garden-as-a-teaching-tool.html

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

http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/naturalresourcesearth.html

ESLFlow: Aimed at ESL — an extensive lesson resource:

https://eslflow.com/environmentlessonplans.html

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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

https://www.britannica.com/place/United-Kingdom/Plant-and-animal-life

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

https://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives

How much chicken do we eat in the UK?

https://thepoultrysite.com/news/2014/08/how-much-chicken-do-we-eat-in-the-uk

Teaching resources

RSPCA Education: free lesson plans and resources

https://education.rspca.org.uk/education/teachers

Born Free: Teaching resources to download

https://www.bornfree.org.uk/teaching-resources

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

https://www.teachervision.com/animals

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

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/science-investigation/life-processes-and-living-things/animals/4

The Learning Zone — animal topics:

http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/animals/index.htm

Lifespans of animals

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/maths-power-laws/0/steps/12167

Endangered animals

https://a-z-animals.com/animals/endangered/

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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:

https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/15-current-environmental-problems.php

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs):

https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/persistent-organic-pollutants-global-issue-global-response

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

http://naee.org.uk/latest-report-from-naee/

The needs of 7 billion people

https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Depletion-of-Natural-Resources

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

Six ways that human activity is changing the planet:

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/ex/sustainablecitiescollective/six-ways-human-activity-changing-planet/8612/

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

https://www.ecoliteracy.org/about

Curriculum support materials

Geography resources for children (US-orientated):

https://www.education.com/resources/geography/?referral_url=kidsgeo.com

Live science: the four seasons:

https://www.livescience.com/25202-seasons.html

NASA: Climate change — information for children to explore:

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/air/

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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/earth/

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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/

Lesson plans, teacher guides and environmental resources:

https://www.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-environmental-resources-educators

Dorling Kindersley: FACT MONSTER: Earth: Human Impact:

https://www.factmonster.com/dk/encyclopedia/earth/human-impact

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

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_index

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

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/

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

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/horrifying-photos-show-damage-done-5537329

How to teach ‘kids’ about sustainability:

https://www.ecowatch.com/how-to-teach-kids-about-sustainability-1881888830.html

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

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/themes/the-environment

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

https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/earth/ask-a-scientist-about-our-environment/will-the-world-ever-be-all-under-water

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