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One less plastic pen please sir

May 16, 2017

Plastic pollution

What can we do about plastic littering the planet?

We need to start somewhere so in the true spirit of activism I’m starting with my pen.

The South Pacific Gyre is the circular ocean current that is now swirling a soup of manmade debris dumped in the sea. You may have read about the uninhabited British island deep in the South Pacific which now has 671 pieces of plastic per meter squared, that adds up to 37.7 million bits of plastic rubbish.

Marine plastic is an epidemic

Plastic is more common than sewage in the ocean. A poison that can’t be positively broken down by time and tide and is now swamping the environment. The Marine litter campaign is a UK grass roots organisation attempting to reduce the single use plastic obsession we have in an attempt to encourage plastic free coastlines.

Plastic pens sink in the ocean

The hollow tube shape of your average biro makes it the perfect shape to sink and live at the bottom of the ocean. This is where the poison can potentially enter the food chain as it becomes part of the seabed consumed by sea dwelling creatures. Research reveals that plastic pellets absorb dangerous persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and toxins. These collect on the surface of plastic soup found in the ocean and make the plastic far deadlie than on land.

At last Eco pens made of paper

It took a while to find but searching for eco pens revealed an environmentally friendly National Pen eco friendly penpen created by National Pen. It has a natural coloured barrel (can choose the colour) and is made from 100% recycled paper. Cost £290 for 1000 so I’m not sure the local authority will be stocking these by next term. Also I still need to check if the he process of recycling paper is efficient, so that they are not consuming more energy than it took to make the paper in the first place. Right now, I’m thinking one less piece of plastic on the ocean floor that isn’t going to pollute the food chain for generations to come.


Thanks to the Chairman for supplying the content who supports Surfers Against Sewage campaign for reducing the amount of plastic on the UK’s coastlines.

From Russia to English Literature – With Love

September 19, 2013


My experience of learning English as a second language was full of ups and downs. Originally from Russia, English was very different from what I was used to; but my parents recognised the necessity of me studying it before moving to the UK for secondary school. I started when I was 8 years old with a private tutor. She always had fun lesson plans and always insisted that I spoke to her only in English, which was great practice and crucial to my learning.

After 6 years, both at school and with the help of private tutor, I felt quite confident about what I’d learned.  But when I actually moved to London that’s when the nightmare began.

I still can remember my first day in year 10, my new classmates spoke to me and I couldn’t understand a word they said.  On top of that, we were forced to write a poem for an English class on our first day. For the next two weeks I didn’t show up at school and had to create loads of drama pretending that I was ill. But eventually I had to go back, and it was for the best. I made many good friends and found very supportive teachers, which resulted in English literature becoming my favourite subject.

They say it takes 3 months to learn a language when you speak it every day, and I can attest to that.  In my experience I realised that the most helpful tool for learning a foreign language is reading books.  Reading is both entertaining and educational.

Great English lesson plans based on important literary works can be found on the recently launched TES Australia. My personal favourites are English fiction tasks based on Frankenstein and The Great Gatsby

By Alina Yarovaya 



My inspiring English grammar teacher

September 13, 2013

English Grammar

I guess everyone has good and bad memories of past school teachers. When I think of my time at school, the first thing that comes to mind is the handful of inspiring teachers I met along the way and, more importantly, how they influenced my journey through education.

I hear many kids talk about their favourite subjects in school, which tend to be the “fun” ones like science, physics or PE. I always had more interest in some classes than others; however, I believe this was mainly down to the quality of the person teaching the class itself.

I have had the chance to meet fantastic educators from whom I have learned a great deal, particularly an English grammar teacher in grade six who still has an impact on how I read and write English. At that age, teaching methods are not something kids think about. But looking back, I realise her talent and ability to teach was just what we needed.

Mrs. Edwards always had highly organised and prepared lesson plans for her class, which focused on developing writing and reading skills, understanding the English language, and studying English grammar. There was never a dull moment in class as new English worksheets and grammar exercises were given out daily to keep us on our toes. Her passion for writing and investment in her work kept us all on the edge of our seats, on our best behaviour, and made English grammar a fun class to be in.

Teachers like Mrs. Edwards can help inspire others to be better teachers by sharing their favourite English teaching resources and grammar worksheets online. Teaching communities like TES India have created a space where education professionals can inspire and encourage each other through their work as well as upload personal teaching ideas and lesson plans. With a wide range of high-quality teaching resources from CBSE English grammar worksheets to English grammar revision aids, TES India will help teachers all over India be the best they can be!

ICT Games & Interactive Games by TES iboard

February 7, 2013
ICT Games by TES iboard

ICT Games for Whiteboards and PCs

ICT Games and free interactive resources

ICT games from TES iboard offers hundreds of free interactive games for both Whiteboards and PCs. Find inspiration for your lessons with this huge range of ICT games covering core curriculum areas: Controlling and Modeling, Graphics and Sounds, Handling Data, Simulations, Internet Searching and Interpreting, and Writing and Presentation.

ICT Games for Age Groups 4-7, 7-9, and 9-11

With ICT games targeted at age groups 4-7, 7-9, and 9-11, these interactive activities are suitable for all primary school children and are ideal for introducing pupils to essential ICT skills. If you’re stuck for fun ways to introduce your students to a lesson, you need look no further as this variety of games will keep your class engaged for as long as you choose. These interactive games are completely free, although you can access complete lesson plans and even more activities by subscribing to the TES iboard 30 day free trial. Visit ICT Games by TES iboard

Big Bang Theory with Professor Brian Cox

January 25, 2013

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Cox Big Bang Live

Professor Brian Cox is landing his Big Bang Live road show on the fringes of a sub atomic world of a West Sussex School. His mission? To present an extraordinary science lesson as part of The Big Bang Fair with an invite for other schools to make contact and boost their academic science-cred. The event will also be streamed live on TES Webchats and is aimed Year groups 6, 7 and 8. Professor Cox will also be answering your questions. Find out more from the Brian Cox Ground Control portal: Big Bang Theory with Professor Brian Cox

Plant Chromatography for Kids

October 19, 2012

Leaf Photo for Autumn Lesson Plans

Found this on a US site brilliant resources for kids this autumn:
What started out as a food science experiment turned into a seasonal one this morning, and we ended up outside pulling leaves off our Maple tree to see how the pigments from a red leaf would compare to those from a green one. Liquid chromatography allows you to separate the pigments (molecules that give plants color) using paper as a solid medium for the molecules to travel up, and alcohol as the solvent that separates and carries the pigments up the paper at different speeds, depending on how large they are. There’s more here:

Plant Chromatography for Kids.

TES India; Education Jobs, Teaching Activities & Worksheet

October 15, 2012

TES India, Education Jobs, free Teaching Activities & Worksheets

TES India…. I just recieved a press release from my friends at TES !
Developed by teachers for teachers, TES India features more than 500,000 free teaching activites, including worksheets and lesson plans. TES India includes an online community where teachers have the opportunity to communicate, share ideas and discuss teaching issues. TES India also has a jobs section with 2,000 job listings arranged by role and geographic region.
Visit: TES India; Education Jobs, Teaching Activities and Worksheets
or TES India on TES
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