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Just found this on another site.

A free role-play package from the post office.

 

contents:

 

coloured poster for visual stimulation

setting up the counter-flow chart

post office logo

opening times

counter clerk name badge

rubber stamp

double sided role-play characters x 12

envelope containing real samples of special delivery and recorded delivery bar-code labels

stamp template

PASSPORTS template

postcard template

collection imes card

collection times template

opening times template

 

lots of character stories with suggestions for discussion and role-play ideas.

 

PHONE 01795 426465 Royal Mail Education Service

 

Enjoy Star

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Thanks Star for the sites.

 

Does anyone know of any similar sites - those who give free resources - for nurseries?

 

Thanks

 

Karen

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Keep them coming - have been totally sidetracked from the washing to ring round and write letters!!

 

Thanks everyone!

 

Sarah

 

ps if i find anymore i'll let you know!

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Thank you everybody for so much useful information. Here is a list of websites that some of you may find useful. I've had it for a couple of years, so I hope it is still up-to-date. It originally came from a SENCO site - the recommendations, you'll be relieved to know, aren't mine but from people far more computer literate than I am.

Ruthanne

 

 

General

http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/ is one that enables anyone to create a variety of puzzles that can easily be made topic/subject related and appropriate for the learning outcome/age/ability of pupils concerned.

 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ is “a site that is popular, as it leads you to lots of other good sites.”

 

http://www.icteachers.co.uk has links to lots of other useful sites suggested and collected by teachers.

 

You might like to look at the Northern Grid for Learning's Web site at

http://www.northerngrid.org/

 

It “has some really useful information and online activities especially for early years” at http://www.northerngrid.org/eyears.htm

 

”and for special needs, including the absolutely brilliant SENSwitcher software for students with PMLD”

http://www.northerngrid.org/sen/intro.htm

 

Tony has links to whole ranges of useful sites and resources at:

http://www.btinternet.com/~tony.poulter/index.htm

 

 

Art

http://www.crayola.com/educators/index.cfm is said to have some

excellent lesson plans for art and some fun craft ideas. A good one for

children to use at home.

 

A potentially useful Art related area is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/art/index.shtml

 

One member of the group recommended using the national gallery website. “It's brilliant in conjunction with a projector for talking about particular works of art. The "talking pictures" section is a really good interactive idea. If you haven’t tried it, give it a go.” www.nationalgallery.org.uk

 

Geography

 

I can recommend my own Geography site for secondary teachers, although it has some primary and SEN materials too:

http://www.geographypages.co.uk

 

Also recommend:

http://www.sln.org.uk/geography

http://www.geoexplorer.co.uk

 

History

“An excellent site, particularly for history activities designed to key in with the National Curriculum is Snaith Primary School's site. It also has some good legends.” http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/index.htm

 

Mathematics

http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/primary.html “is the really good one for maths assessment. . . it has some smashing ideas for using software and good maths planning.”

 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html is “another useful and fun one for home and school - loads and loads of printouts and activities.” Though another colleague warned that American spellings on this site need watching.

 

http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/res2/res2indx.htm has “some brilliant maths stuff!“

 

“Have a look at the wide range of advice and information available on the Virtual Teacher Centre at

http://curriculum.becta.org.uk/docserver.php?temid=3D3D89

 

There are lots of ideas for using ICT in mathematics on the Nrich site

http://www.nrich.maths.org.uk/

 

Another good source of ideas is Micromath, the journal of the ATM. See

http://www.atm.org.uk/journals/index.html A recent edition (18.1) had a short article about mathematics' teachers' attitudes to ICT.”

 

Music

A fun site for music making is http://www.creatingmusic.com/

 

http://www.mtrs.co.uk/ is very useful for music

 

http://www.shockwave.com/sw/content/grooveblender

I have never used this site with a class, but it does look good and I had some fun using it myself.

 

 

Science

 

Any budding content designers out there, there seems to be a lack of useful material to support the QCA Friction unit, with only three sites being found:

http://www.fearofphysics.com/index.html

 

http://www.4learning.co.uk/weblogic/essent...friction_bi.jsp

 

http://www.sciencenet.org.uk/

 

Andrew, from the environmental research organisation the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, is interested in learning how they might provide teachers with (free) educational outputs from their work. The main project he’s involved in is the UK Environmental Change Network (www.ecn.ac.uk), which is collecting environmental data from sites across the country. These data are available from their web site.

 

Role of the ICT Co-ordinator

A brief definition of the role of the ICT coordinator with links to policies etc can be found on the ICT advice site at

http://ictadvice.org.uk/index.php?pagetype...nt=3D3Dictcoor=

d&cl=3Dientcat=3D3D003001002004

 

Or take a look at:

http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/index.php?page...client=ictcoord

 

http://www.becta.org.uk/technology/infoshe...tcoordprim.html

 

http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/st.html

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I spoke to the very nice man at the post office just before I went away to Cornwall to order my role play pack.

 

When I got back yesterday after a week away, there it was waiting for me!

 

I am very impressed by the turn round, and fairly impressed with the contents.

 

On the plus side, there are:

 

- posters about how mail gets from the post box to the recipient (including what happens in the sorting office)

- a lovely rubber stamp

- some (only two) real sticky labels for special/recorded delivery

- 'opening times' posters bearing the PO logo

- passports, passport applications and passport summary forms for children to fill in

- card labels for the children to make ID badges

- oversized stamp blanks for children to design their own commemorative stamps

- postcards for children to design

- advice on setting up your role play Post Office counter

- flow chart showing passport application process

- double sided role play characters sheets, each with an individual story and a picture to colour in

 

There is also a poster which has been drawn to give the view the Post Office clerk might see from his/her counter (although if I was a small child I might be very scared of the lady in the photo booth who seems to be keeping one enormous eye on proceedings).

 

I will be very interested to hear your feedback when you get your packs about the role play character sheets: Nina the nurse, Seamus the doctor, Mrs Warren the headteacher who loves writing letters. Pete the Community Policeman has the most enormous feet. There is Dan the wheelchair user to even things out a little just as I was getting worried about stereotyping.

 

Each character has a story to tell about how useful they have found the Post Office, and to be honest I was a little uncomfortable at the self-promotion (although I know they haven't produced the packs for wholly altruistic reasons!). In one story, Imran the businessman has an urgent parcel to sent to the Isle of Wight, and he arranges a special delivery. He is so delighted with "an excellent service from the Royal Mail" that he says he must go in tomorrow personally and thank them. I wonder how many times that actually happens in the course of the average working week!

 

Having said that, each of the storylines provides points of discussion and questions to ask, suggestions of role play opportunities and related activities such as wrapping parcels, designing stamps or making tax discs for the wheeled toys in the setting.

 

On the whole, I think it is a very useful pack, which you can use according to your own setting and the stage of development of the children in your group.

 

I will definitely use parts of the pack, and the activities suggested. It gives some great information about how letters get from A to B, and although I have reservations about stereotyped characters, I think on balance it will prove to be a useful resource.

 

Thank you, Star for pointing this out to us all. And thank you too, nice man at the Post Office. Just don't expect me to come and thank you in person...

 

Maz

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Totally agree with you Maz,

I got my pack within a quick turnaround. The contents are similar to yours although I haven't got a scary post mistress !!!

 

Just off to the hairdressers and optitians, being a gran I need to set my hair in a bun and ditch the contacts and get some glasses :oxD:(

 

The post office do ask for feedback, and like you stereotypes is the only constructive critisism I shall be feeding back to them. I will also take lots of photo's when the children use it and rush round to their office (near where I live) to let them know how wonderful the Royal Mail is for producing such useful freebies. :D

 

My husbands dad ( now retired) and brother have both worked many years for the post office.

 

Peggy

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I'm surprised you have time for opticians and hairdressing Peggy, what with the need for all that gardening to keep up standards. But never fear: if you get behind with your baking, I'm sure Shamilla will help you out!

 

Perhaps when you give your feedback you can offer to be the role model for the Grandma: leather trouser wearing, trampolining, many plate spinning Gran...

 

Maz

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In one story, Imran the businessman has an urgent parcel to sent to the Isle of Wight, and he arranges a special delivery.  He is so delighted with "an excellent service from the Royal Mail" that he says he must go in tomorrow personally and thank them.  I wonder how many times that actually happens in the course of the average working week!

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We have family on the Isle of Wight and they can't guarantee next day delivery there. Perhaps I just don't smile nicely enough to the woman who works in our local Post Office though............... :D

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