Practical guides for teaching
fundamental skills


Big Ideas titles
incorporate two levels – one for the lower-primary classes and one for upper primary.
Each level comprises a teacher book with an accompanying set of Learning
Journals for pupils, which are available in packs of 30.


Each teacher’s book
focuses on a core project to promote the development of a fundamental skill.
This core project is carried out over seven sessions, which are structured to
provide a practical and child-centred approach to the learning.

Each session is divided into the following:


Explore: children are
encouraged to use a variety of research methods to find out a range of
information that will provide the stimulus for their Create activity.


Create: during the
Create activities, children communicate their learning from the Explore session
by demonstrating their understanding through practical work.  


Support/Extend: differentiation advice is provided for how you might support less
confident or more confident learners. This may include additional preliminary
activities or extension activities that will give children additional
opportunities to develop their learning and understanding.


Cross-curricular links: should you wish to extend the themes of the project into other areas of
the curriculum, then these practical ideas will provide detailed support on how
you might plan and deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic.


The book also includes
alternative project ideas and support in getting started.



Each teacher’s book has an accompanying set of pupil
Learning Journals (available in packs of 30). The Learning Journals contain 24
worksheets, which have been specifically designed to support and extend the
learning from the main session activities. Images of these worksheets are
reproduced in the teacher’s books, with additional suggestions on how you might
use them to focus on specific areas of learning or as the stimulus for further
activities and discussion.


As children complete the worksheet activities,
planning and responding to their project experience, they will be creating a
valuable record of their learning journey. This will be helpful to the children
when it comes to their own self-review of their work and also for your
assessment of their learning and achievements.   

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