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Welcome teachers and educators! Please find below our current online resources offer for Primary Education (Years 3-6, KS2), including lesson plans, project templates, videos, podcasts, forums, CPD and more! We’ve also included a few things that you as teachers might find interesting, like our public lectures, MOOCs and podcasts. This is the current offer from the UoS and our partners – we are curating our favourite engagement resources from around the world here.

All our resources for teachers have been created with partner teachers from local schools and colleges – if you’d like to share your knowledge and expertise and work with us on creating future resources, or there’s a particular area of the curriculum and beyond that you’d like us to create resources for, we’d love to hear from you! Email supo@soton.ac.uk, call 023 8059 7521, or complete this simple form.

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We may be confined to staying at home and many of Southampton’s great venues are temporarily closed but that hasn’t stopped them bringing the local and global culture to you. From virtual tours and art exhibitions to live concerts and online events, explore this page and discover what’s available right at your fingertips.

 

 

A team of researchers at the Universities of Southampton and Essex have developed a free online course, open to anyone, to encourage research-informed practice in primary foreign language classrooms.
The course will focus on key themes such as motivation and engagement, language development and foreign language literacy. Each week, we will guide you through some of the answers research has provided to these issues and draw out the pedagogical implications of these findings; for example, what motivates children in that age group, what pedagogical tools are appropriate, and why do they work? There are three staged pathways (evaluator, reflector, innovator) which will encourage learners to explore and trial the pedagogic principles.

The course welcomes pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, school leaders and parents.

 


Ask the Expert (ATE)

We’re constantly increasing the number of ways in which you and your pupils can engage directly with our researchers and subject experts in the community – the latest are below!

 

(ATE) Acoustical Engineering: Ever wondered how dolphins communicate underwater? Why some cars are louder than others? What’s making all that noise when you boil water in a kettle and why it changes? Now’s your time to ask our researchers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and find out! Ask questions via twitter to @ISVRSouthampton – and check out their YouTube channel for video responses plus virtual tours of their spooky Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers, demos and more!

  • ‘The ISVR Shed’ – YouTube playlist containing videos of fun experiments and activities for you to try at home, while learning about the science of sound at the same time!

 

(ATE) Ecology, Nature & Biodiversity: The Dinosaur on Your Window Sill

  • Talk directly to our researchers, students and a diverse community of ecology enthusiasts!
  • Share photos, videos and questions plus daily challenges!
  • Stay engaged with nature from your home.

 

 

(Virtual) Arcade by WSA #WSAgames

  • Support our Games Design students at Winchester School of Art – and see where art and computing can take you!
  • You have the very first opportunity to play games from the next generation of creative game makers!
  • The games will be updated regularly on the virtual Arcade until mid June (when we have a special live stream showcase).
  • Your feedback on the projects will enhance each project.

 

Archaeology for All

  • Resource hub to engage students with archaeology in plenty of ways.

 

Aurora Zoo – Citizen Science

  • Help our scientists analyse images and short video clips of the Aurora!
  • Support real, current research into this mysterious phenomenon which effects our weather, satellites and more.
  • Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights.

 

Bite-Sized Lectures

At the University of Southampton, we’re very lucky to have some truly inspirational speakers visit us! During the lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of these lectures were edited into bite-sized videos for you to watch from home!

You can also explore our archive of full-length public lectures, on a range of topics and with a diverse cast of distinguished speakers, here.

 

Bug Power: Energy & More from Waste

Try these Circular Bioeconomy puzzles, to find out how we use living things to help us make energy and new products from rubbish! These are based on research from out Water and Environmental Engineering Group, and partners in the Environmental Biotechnology Network.

 

#DoesYouGood 

Stay well from your own home with free courses led by our Sports and Wellbeing instructors!

 

Education in the Green Space (EIGS)

  • The EIGS Guide Book aims to help teacher take the classroom outside into the green space.
  • Teachers can find worksheets to use that fit in with the National Curriculum for both Primary and Secondary phases.
  • Additional help and support for teachers in other areas to make it as easy as possible to take the classroom outside.

 

#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people during lockdown including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.

 

George’s Marvellous Medicine Primary Science Day

  • Provides resources enabling primary school teachers to host a George’s Marvellous Medicine Primary Science Day of their own, making it easier to bring science into the classroom.
  • Direct links to primary school curriculum including Grannys’s Cup of Tea (Properties and Changes of Materials) and Electrocuting Granny (Electricity).
  • Online interactive activities for pupils to follow-up their learning from the day.

 

God’s House Tower presents GHT at Home 

Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, God’s House Tower, has been offering heaps of online events and activities since lockdown began in their GHT at Home series.

There is something for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own home – these activities include virtual exhibition tourslunchtime lecturesworkshops all led by local artists.

 

John Hansard Gallery – Digital Exhibitions

JHG has just has kicked-off their new online presence with two new digital artworks by UK artist David Blandy, specially commissioned to reflect on the uncertain times we find ourselves in.

These new ‘tutorials’ show the audience How to Fly and How to Live, indirectly referencing our present moment, while also pointing to new potentials.
The first of two new videos, How to Fly, is available to stream throughout May, with the second, How to Live, showing throughout June at jhg.art.

 

#JHGflags – YOUR flag: Call for entries

  • Inspired by the work of artist Larry Achiampong, whose ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (MOTION)’  currently cover John Hansard Gallery’s windows.
  • Resources for schools, colleges, families and individuals to create and share flags representing a place or community special to them.
  • Share on social media – and you can also submit your work for selection to be displayed later this year as part of our Community Takeover!

 

Laura the Librarian’s Story Time!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin!

Join Laura, a University of Southampton graduate and now a much loved librarian for Tower Hamlets School Library Service, for a series of tales from around the world – and don’t forget to join in with the actions!

 

Lifelong Learning Podcast Library

Our Lifelong Learnging team curate a diverse series of courses through which anyone can learn directly from our experts in a range of areas. Many of the talks have been recorded as podcasts which can be enjoyed for free via the link above!

 

National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Courses

Many of the NCCE CPD sessions for teachers are already available online, and more are being added regularly.

 

National Cipher Challenge – New Weekly Challenges!

  • Help Harry crack the codes and discover the secrets!
  • Open to all ages and abilities.
  • Join or create a team or individual entry to submit your answers for live marking – or have a go at past challenges in your own time and reveal answers to check your own work.
  • Great way to engage with Maths and Computing.
  • Developed with IBM, GCHQ and other cipher/code-breaking experts!

 

Nurse Dotty Books by Molly Watts (UoS Graduate)

We’re so proud of our graduate student, now Nurse at Southampton General Hospital, who has created these wonderful books to help explain difficult topics such as Coronavirus (covid-19) to young children, giving them, “information without fear”.

Read/download ‘Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus’ here for free.

See Molly’s work featured in Nursing Times and BBC News!

 

SOTSEF Goes Digital!

SOTSEF 2020 is back…with a fresh digital twist, as ‘SOTSEF Goes Digital’!
Although the live events have come to an end, many of the videos, podcasts, blogs and activities are still available – so you can still join us and discover the amazing!

 

Southampton Cultural Education Partnership

ArtfulScribe

As part of their ongoing commitment to support writers of all ages and at all stages of their creative development, most of ArtfulScribe’s services have migrated to online platforms and are free to attend! With regards to children and young people, they are offering creative writing sessions as follows:

 

Safe4me

The Supporting Education and Safeguarding Children page provides safeguarding and well-being information and support for professionals, parents/carers and young people for partners to use in their work and share with relevant networks.

There are also useful additional updates, information, materials and resources given regularly through the Safe4me News E-bulletin. Sign up and contribute by emailing schoolyouthengagement@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Southern Universities Network (SUN) Resources

Resources for schools from our local partnership the SUN include careers and student resources, webinars and information for parents and carers to support their young people’s future decision making.

Southampton Young Archaeologists’ Club

  • Suitable for ages 8-16.
  • Different activities to get involved in.
  • Investigating archaeology sites.

Special Collections – Online Exhibitions

The University Hartley Library Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations – and many have parallel online exhibitions which can be viewed via the link above!

 

Turner Sims: Cordelia Williams, playing the Steinway Piano

If you are craving serenity, watch the first in a series of four stunning films from pianist Cordelia Williams, in which she plays the beautiful Turner Sims Steinway piano in the concert hall at Highfield campus. In this initial film, Cordelia serenades us with Mozart’s Rondo No 3, K511.

 

Wincester Science Centre – Science @ Home

Educational, inspirational and fun resources from Winchester Science Centre, from weekly Curiosity Challenges and DIY science videos to spectacular science demonstrations and fun and fascinating facts!

 

The Universi-tea Podcast!

Make yourself a soothing cup of tea and tune in for a series of interviews with staff and students from around the university, from The Designer in Pyjamas to The Real Indiana Jones! Watch the short trailer videos, and listen to episodes on SpotifyListen NotesPodchaserApple Podcasts or other podcast providers.

 

University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

 

University of Southampton Research Videos

Ever wondered what goes on in a jet propulsion lab? How we study Saturn’s rings? What it’s like to hear for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant? How researchers fight cancer or understand the effects of plastics in the ocean? Explore all these things and more, with these short videos of some of the world-changing research taking place at Southampton – we hope they inspire the researchers of the future!

X-Polli:Nation Project

This National Geographic project shares (or ‘cross-pollinates’) approaches and tools between members of the public, scientists, technologists and educators in order to support pollinators, people and the practice of citizen science.

The resources and work programme are designed for registered schools in the UK and Italy, however, the project warmly welcomes everyone to get involved in the activities. All you need is an area of outdoor space (as small as 1m2) where you can create a small patch of habitat and a plant seeds suitable for pollinators.

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