Rachel Orr likes the practical approach and effectiveness of the new 'Make it Right' books
coversme1The new primary curriculum that started in September 2014 shows a greater focus on spelling. Ceri Williams’ Make it Right books (part of the Spelling Made Easy series) support teachers in delivering quality spelling programmes in a variety of ways.

If you are looking for a resource which will have high impact but low maintenance in supporting the teaching and learning of spelling, then the Make it Right series ticks all those boxes.

Primaries get rich science CPD from Imperial College and Tigtag - and it's free

Thinking like a scientist is a valuable skill. But according to a 2013 National Science Learning Centre report, only 5 per cent of primary school teachers have a science degree, and teachers themselves say that their confidence to give inspiring science lessons only rises when they have access to appropriate training, guidance and resources.

That's why Imperial College London and Tigtag, the online science resource, have collaborated to give every teacher free access to an exciting new training resource called Reach Out CPD. And some of its inspirational sources, including Professor Robert Winston, can also be seen at Imperial's World Teach In 2014 (see "Formulas for success at World Teach In 2014").

Hugh John didn't wait for wearable tech – AyeGear let him wear the devices he already had
Aye Gear J-25 jacketThink of AyeGear as a distant, but more sophisticated cousin of those photographer vests from the 1960s and 1970s. Presenters and camera crews would emerge from the jungle loaded with cameras, lenses, cables, all jammed into canvas jerkins bulging with more pockets than a snooker table.

AyeGear, designed in Scotland, is for computer rather than camera technology, but the intention is the same. Why carry your gear in a rucksack or bag when you can carry it as an item of clothing? It’s safer, more accessible and, if you’re going through airport checkouts, more convenient.

The Minster School, Notts

John Partridge, at The Minster School, uses Codecademy with students for Computing. He explains why 

I started using Codecademy right at the beginning after a recommendation from a friend working in web design. I had recently taken on the lead for Computing at The Minster School in Nottinghamshire and had been looking for ways of engaging students in coding.

In those early days I used it as an enrichment source for keen students. When students showed either an aptitude or an interest in programming we would recommend the site to them and encourage exploration of it as a way of developing their skills. It soon became clear that the site was providing a really accessible and supportive means of introducing some key principles and supporting student development.

Free 'Switched on Computing units' for the hour that lasts a week
Switched on ComputingPublisher Rising Stars is giving primary schools free access to the programming units from its Switched on Computing scheme to support the Hour of Code week of action (March 3-9).

The scheme, which was launched at the BETT 2014 educational technology event, was developed in association with Havering Support Improvement Services, Computing At School (CAS) and Naace. The free materials are being released to help teachers and pupils to start coding using free software.