Activity Key Skills Continuum
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill  
Length  
Description A curriculum development tool kit that enables teachers to focus lessons upon key skills, rather than subject content.
   
Activity Lego DACTA - Investigating Levers
Focus Science
Key Skill Working with Others
Length Half day
Description To provide pupils with activities to investigate and understand the concepts of levers and their practical use. Pupils will work in pairs/threes, using Lego DACTA kits, to build a gripping device. Pupils will carry out experiments on this gripper to explore how the variation of fulcrum points and lengths of levers affects the gripping device. Pupils will then build a weighing machine and then have to calibrate the machine altering the sensitivity. Pupils will investigate the need for accurate weighing in shops and industry. Problem solving activity to reinforce concepts.
   
Activity Telephone Skills - Emergency services
Focus English
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 1 Day
Description To provide pupils with an opportunity to communicate and review their communication using telephones as a focus for the activity. Pupils will work in teams, each team will be allocated to either phone an emergency or be the emergency answering service. The pupils will have to plan what they are going to say and once all groups are ready use the internal phone system to call each other. Pupils will use review sheets to comments on each others performance. The groups will then swap their roles. A person from one of the emergency services will be present to talk about the dangers of hoax calls. Pupils will then use ICT to produce written work on the topic
   
Activity Lego DACTA - Investigating Pulleys
Focus Design Technology
Key Skill Application of Number
Length 1 Day
Description To introduce pupils to the principles of pulleys and develop their understanding of how pulleys work and how they are used in simple machines. Pupils will work in pairs to build a number of small machines to help them explore and understand the principles of pulleys. The pupils will be provided with opportunities to modify the machines to operate in different ways. They will then be set a problem to solve.
   
Activity COMPACT Goals Primary
Focus Numeracy/Literacy
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length  
Description Materials and Inset available for using the COMPACT Goals (Attendance, Punctuality, Behaviour & the Key Skills) at KS 2. Different programmes can be used selectively e.g. to help individual pupils with attendance, or across whole class/year groups as with the Key Skills programme which is designed for use over a 6 week period in the summer term
   
Activity Maths Year 2000
Focus Maths
Key Skill Application of Number
Length  
Description A CD ROM containing lesson plans and resources sheets by 60 schools and businesses across the North West. Inset to access the CD will be available from Spring 2001
   
Activity North West Water - Virtual Reality Wetlands Site
Focus Science
Key Skill Communication
Length 1 Day
Description A Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre Activity. The pupils will use the NWW virtual reality package to explore the characteristics of different birds and fishes found in a wetlands site. Pupils will be provided with worksheets to help them collect the information they require.
   
Activity ICT - Spreadsheet Activities - Traffic Survey
Focus ICT
Key Skill Application of Number
Length 1 Day
Description Venue; Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre. To provide pupils with an opportunity to produce a spreadsheet and then represent this information in a graphical form. Before attending the centre pupils will collect information on the number and type of vehicles passing the school or a road nearby. They will research the number of accidents that have occurred locally in the last 5 years. At the centre the pupils will design a spreadsheet and then input their traffic survey into the spreadsheet. The pupils will then use the spreadsheets to produce pie charts and bar charts. After an explanation about newspapers and how to present information the pupils will then have to produce a front page of a newspaper reporting on the number of cars passing the school and the effect it can have on peoples lives. The pupils will have to incorporate their spreadsheet and a graph into their work
   
Activity ICT - Research skills, comparison of Internet v CD ROM
Focus ICT
Key Skill Communication
Length 1 Day
Description Venue: Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre. Pupils will search the internet and then Encarta for information that will support their current topic work. Pupils will then compare the ease of use and the quality of information obtained from these information sources.
   
Activity Lego DACTA - Wheels and Axles
Focus Science
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 1 Day
Description To provide pupils with activities to investigate and understand the concepts of friction, forces, gravity Pupils will work in teams to build a wheeled vehicle from plans. Pupils will carry out experiments using ramps, a range of surfaces and changing items on their vehicle to investigate forces, motion and friction. Extension activities will lead to applying the concepts learned in practical context.
   
Activity Mentoring - Staircase to High School
Focus Cross Curricular
Key Skill Improving Own Learning
Length Delivered during summer
Description To introduce the concept of COMPACT goals and planning and target setting towards high school within the classroom situation in the first instance and ultimately with the intervention and support of a mentor A small number of pupils are identified and the mentors are selected according to the needs of the pupils. The mentor then works with the children for one lesson a week in the classroom for a two week familiarisation period The notion of goals is then explained to the whole class and the children are given a card with daily targets. If the children meet their targets they are given a stamp by the class teacher Every week the individual pupils are rewarded by moving up the staircase to highschool on a big picture on the classroom wall. This is completed when the mentor is in with the mentored pupils to encourage, praise set new targets and revise plans. Special achievement is also rewarded on a special roll of honour The whole activity provides a structured personal record to complement transition This activity can be reinforced by the notion of reward ie visits to sports club, in house prize-giving or visits to companies.
   
Activity Basic Electrical Circuits
Focus Science
Key Skill Information Technology
Length 1 Day
Description Venue: Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre. This activity allows pupils to learn about electrical circuits through practical exploration and the use of ICT modelling.Pupils will use Oldham COMPACT circuit boards to explore series circuits, parallel circuits, switches and methods of varying the current, this activity will be supported by worksheets. The pupils will use ICT to further explore electrical circuits.
   
Activity Citizen 2000 'Explore Parliament'
Focus Citizenship
Key Skill Communication
Length  
Description A series of activities to support the development of the values , skills and understanding underpinned by the new government document . The activity wil promote an understanding of for example; the vocabulary of citizenship and the procedures and protocol of debates. And will develop skills in for example being able to take turns when speaking or expressing an opinion. Pupils will develop their research and IT skills through the use of VR tour of the House of Commons
   
Activity Desk Top Publishing - Celebration Cards
Focus ICT
Key Skill Communication
Length 1 Day
Description Venue: Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre. Pupils will be designing a celebration card to suit the time of year ( birthday, Christmas, Easter, Eid, etc) Pupils will investigate the factors that make a good card. They will use KID PIX to design the front cover and then Claris Works to produce the card. Pupils will leave the centre with their cards produced.
   
Activity Virtual Travel Agency
Focus ICT
Key Skill Communication
Length  
Description This one day Partnership Centre activity places teams of pupils into real life simulations, as customers booking holidays over the telephone, ans as travel agents dealing with customer enquiries. The activity develops communication skills, form filling skills, telephone technique, the application of IT, and letter writing skills.
   
Activity Crystal Maze (Under Development)
Focus Numeracy
Key Skill  
Length 1 day
Description This Partnership Centre Activity aims to raise pupils motivation and achievement through experiencing an activity based on the Problems in real life section of the Maths Strategy document Pupils will be able to understand and solve problems about numbers in real life. Pupils will have knowledge, understanding and the ability to apply these from other areas of maths I.e. money and measures.
   
Activity Lego DACTA - Control of Machines
Focus ICT
Key Skill Application of Number
Length 1 day
Description This activity at the Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre aims to raise students achievement in Design Technology and ICT through developing pupils skills and knowledge of control systems Pupils will build simple machines and then write instructions to make the machine follow a sequence of events. Pupils will be able to; Build a simple machine using Lego DACTA, Create, test, modify and store sequences of instructions to control the machine they have built.
   
Activity Curriculum Materials
Focus National Curriculum
Key Skill  
Length Various - delivered in school
Description The following sets of materials have been designed to raise pupils motivation and contribute to raising achievement, by enhancing and showing the delivery of the National Curriculum, through collaborative activities with local businesses:-
The Huddersfield Canal Project, Contrasting Localities (Oldham & Blackpool), Vehicles and Flight, Chamber House Farm, Looking at the World of Work, Shopping, Coronation Street and the National Curriculum, Growth and Change, Food, Pattern and Shape, The Victorians, Colour - Light -Sound and Electricity, Healthy Living, Water Plants and Animals.
   
Activity North West Water - Virtual Reality Food Chains
Focus Science
Key Skill Communication
Length  
Description A Partnership Centre activity that uses a VR programme to explore food chains in a woodland and pond environment. Pupils will gather information on different animals and plants and then use this information to build food chains.
   
Activity Study Support - Young Investigations
Focus Science
Key Skill Working with Others
Length 10 x 1hr sessions per term
Description Pupils will undertake practical 'hands on' problem solving activitiyes that will develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles. Pupils will qualify for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards depending on the number of activities they succesfully complete.
   
Activity ICT - Spreadsheet Activity - Tudors
Focus ICT
Key Skill Application of Number
Length 1 Day
Description Venue: Oldham COMPACT/EBP Centre. To provide pupils with an opportunity to produce a spreadsheet from information relating to the reason people died during the plauge. Then represent this information in a graphical form. The pupils will then use the spreadsheets to produce pie charts and bar charts. After an explanation about newspapers and how to present information the pupils will then have to produce a front page of a newspaper reporting on the disaster facing London from the plague. The pupils will have to incorporate their spreadsheet and a graph into the report.
   
Activity Lego Dacta - Investigating Gears
Focus Design Technology
Key Skill Application of Number
Length Half a term
Description To introduce pupils to the principles of gears and develop their understanding of how gears work and how they are used in simple machines. Pupils will build a number of small machines to help them explore and understand the principles of gears. The pupils will be provided with opportunities to modify the machines to operate in different ways. They will then be set a problem to solve.
   
Activity Intergenerational Mentoring
Focus Citizenship
Key Skill Communication
Length 10 weeks x 1 hour
Description Working with Age Concern to bring older people in touch with ICT. The work involves working with school pupils on reminiscence projects, some projects have also included cross phase working

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