Form 3 visit – HTML

Today I’m visiting the Form 3 class to talk about the World Wide Web, and HTML.

They’ve already been reading (and watching) a bit about it on BBC Bitesize, and we’ll talk a bit about the three main things that Sir. Tim Berners-Lee invented (HTML, URLs, and HTTP)

HTMl is  Hyper Text Markup Language – and it basically tells your computer screen what the webpage should look like.

This is done using tags, that tell the webpage how a piece of text or image should be treated, with a tag in front of the text, and a tag at the end closing it.


We’re going to spend some time in the computer room playing around with the code behind some fun objects, to see how we can make them change.

Now that we’ve had some fun with that, let’s look at some html and make some changes to create our own monster!

First I need to install Mozilla X-Ray Goggles on the Bookmark Bar, which will let the kids look at the html behind ANY web-page element. Yes, any!

Once you’ve had some fun creating your own creature and page, how about trying to remix this sandwhich?


Assembly: British Science Week 2017

I’m visiting the school to kick off Science Week 2017, and I have some hot news to share. I’m having trouble embedding the presentation from Slideshare, so please go here:


Science week 2017 from Margaret Gold 

Find out more about Trappist-1 here:

Find out more about the evidence for the oldest life found on earth here:

My Circuit Scribe video for Form 3;


Assembly: Tim Peake is coming home to earth

This coming Saturday, the 18th of June, British astronaut Tim Peake is coming home to earth after his half-year mission aboard the International Space Station.

This is the presentation I’ll give at Assembly today. There is an absolute TON of resources around Tim Peake’s mission on the Principia website. I trawl it constantly for good ideas, so please don’t hesitate to set me to work to find something that connects nicely with a curriculum topic you are currently teaching.
Here is a short clip on Tim Peake’s “dizziness experiment”, which is quite interesting. And this is the clip from the most recent Soyuz landing, when Tim Peake’s colleague Scott Kelly landed after ONE YEAR in space.
If you fancy a bit of a Geography challenge, his Flickr feed is here:
On Monday I’ll circulate the clip of him landing on earth, which will be broadcast here on ESA, if you’d like to share that with your class.

Assembly: First British Astronaut on the ISS

This week I’m giving a guest presentation at the daily school Assembly, to share with the pupils some exciting news – the first British Astronaut on the International Space Station! (The first Briton in space was Astronaut Helen Sharman, who flew on the Soyuz to the Mir Space Station in 1991)

On Wednesday the 15th of December, 2015, Astronaut Tim Peake will be taking a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station along with two others. The name of his Mission is Principia, and he will be carrying out 30 science experiments during his 6 months on board the Station.

This is the presentation I will be giving at Assembly:

The version with notes to the slides can be found here:

If you have some classroom time to learn a bit more about Tim Peak, the Principia Mission, and the International Space Station. Here are some more resources below.

Where is the ISS?

Take a look at where the ISS is at this very moment!

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Why is it important that we work together?

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How do you become an Astronaut?

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What is Life on the ISS like?

Here are a range of videos about life on board the International Space Station:


How do you train to become an astronaut?

Here are some videos about the training that Tim Peake went through to prepare him for being an Astronaut on the ISS:

Here is more information about Tim’s Mission:


Other Resources

ISS Primary Education Activity Kit:

Some other videos about Astronaut Tim Peak from the BBC:

National STEM Centre Resources for the Principia Mission:

Lesson 45: Charles Darwin

Snack & Chat

The Year 2 class has been learning about Charles Darwin, and played a fun game together on the whiteboard during class time. Now it’s your chance to play the full game on your own!

Computer Time



Want to try your hand sailing a Tall Ship, just like the H.M.S. Beagle around the world, to collect some flags? Give this game a try, and use your arrows to steer and navigate around the world:

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Want to learn more about the Scientific Discovery that Charles Darwin made? Here’s a little game you can play about Natural Selection. There’s a Survival game for you to play there too, to try your own hand at Natural Selection!!

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Lesson 44: Halloween Fun

For our last club before the mid-term break, I thought it would be fun to play some Halloween games.


We’ve been talking about Cultures around the World this week in school, if you’d like to do some more exploring during the school holidays – here is a wonderful game for you to play.

In this game, you are helping the Curator of the Museum to collect some wonderful objects from around the world to display in the Museum. You only have a few days to collect as much as you can though, so plan your trip well!

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Lesson 43: Fun at the Zoo

Snack & Chat

The Form 2 class have been studying the topic Around the World, and yesterday they went to the Zoo to see animals from all around the world!

What animals did you see? Did you have a favourite?

Computer Time

Let’s see what the life of a Tiger might be like, with this Tiger Territory game – there are 12 different achievements for you to unlock.

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If you love elephants, find out more about how they evolved from the wooly mammoth, and what they skills they use.

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Do you have the sharp eyes of an explorer? See how many of these camouflaged animals you can spot!

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If you’re feeling creative, you can make a postcard about your trip and send it from the Zoo!

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Do you know your animals? Let’s see how many of them you can recognise from their patterns.

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Keep it cool, with some Polar Bear Games

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