Students read, sing and learn about the 26 letters of the alphabet. This curriculum-aligned song targets outcomes of curriculum documents and supports and integrates classroom learning across key subject areas.
This programme introduces and explores abstract nouns. What are abstract nouns and how do we spot them in sentences? What are the most common examples of abstract nouns? Abstract nouns are defined, exemplified and reviewed with on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment to reinforce important concepts. Show Less
What is a thesis? What is the purpose of the introduction? How do you develop the body of an essay? What is the purpose of the conclusion? The answers to all of these questions are covered to teach how to write an academic essay from start to finish. The video includes detailed graphics and on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment to reinforce important concepts. Show Less
Pat has lost her cat Donut, so she’s enlisted the help of Officer Ray to find her! But her police report has no useful information that will help find Donut. Perhaps if she uses adjectives to describe Donut, they will be able to find her faster! This Miniclip investigates five different types of adjectives—possessive, describing, numbering, classifying, and comparing adjectives. Students will learn how to make writing more expressive, and how they can expand simple noun groups into more descriptive ones! Show Less
Gary and Abby have a new card game called Adverb Attack... except they’re not sure how to play. Let’s learn the rules of the game together and learn all about adverbs at the same time! This Miniclip outlines what adverbs are and the four different types – how, where, when, and how often. Through the use of a simple card game, students will discover how adverbs can add more information to a verb, and how to identify adverbs in writing. Show Less
Led by an engaging presenter with a touch of dark humour, this programme explores the context, characters, themes and writing style of Orwell's popular classic. Animal Farm: Context and Background Part biography, part history lesson, this clip provides an introduction to Animal Farm prior to studying the novel. A concise overview of the Russian Revolution will help readers contextualise the events of the novel. Information on George Orwell's life experiences and beliefs shed light on his motives for writing this powerful classic. Allegory, totalitarianism and communism are explained. Who's who in Animal Farm George Orwell uses animals and farmers to represent key figures and groups from Russian history. This clip provides an overview of who the characters symbolise in the context of the Russian Revolution, with an in depth look at Napoleon, Snowball and Boxer. Quirky and engaging, this is a strong resource which helps learners understand allegorical representations of individuals and groups in literary texts. Animal Farm - Propaganda A key theme explored by George Orwell, this clip looks at what propaganda is and how it is represented in Animal Farm, particularly through the revolutionary song Beasts of England and the seven commandments of Animalism. An analysis of these elements gives learners a better understanding of their purpose in the text, and Orwell's larger critique of totalitarianism. This is an ideal conversation starter about the importance of language and its ability to empower and disempower people. Animal Farm Writing Style The deceptive simplicity of Animal Farm's writing style beautifully illustrates Orwell's literary genius. This clip explores language features (literary devices, archetypes, narrative voice) employed to convey complex ideas in a more straightforward manner. This is an excellent resource for facilitating discussions around text analysis of an author's literary style. Show Less
Indie has to write some shop signs. How will she decide where to use apostrophes, full stops, question marks, and exclamation marks? This episode explores spelling and punctuation including contractions, apostrophes, full stops, question marks, and exclamation marks. This video includes a chapter targeted at junior, middle, and senior primary. These chapters cover the same scenario with increasing complexity. Select the chapter that is best suited to your class. Show Less
Our quirky presenter is on a mission to get to the library and get all of his punctuation questions answered. Following a quick history lesson on where apostrophes came from and common misuses of apostrophes, we get straight into learning about the two main functions of apostrophes: possession and contractions. Rules for using apostrophes correctly, including the notoriously misused 'it's' are examined in this light-hearted and easy to follow resource. Show Less
Ruling the planet isn’t quite the piece of cake Eve expected. The crew is battling cabin fever and Eve needs to prepare a ceremonial message for Universe Day with no time to spare. Will a crash course in audience engagement be enough to help Eve win over the entire universe? Show Less
Sir Professor Teacher has taken the Internet hostage and Bertram has to complete a series of complex spelling challenges to stop him from shutting it down. Along the way Bertram relies on helpful spelling rules for vowel pairs, suffixes, compound words and syllables. There are always exceptions to the rule though! Show Less
Do you find yourself getting all hot under the collar because of media bias? Well, Bertram Poppingstock knows exactly how you feel. Watch as he wages a one man war against biased reporting in print and electronic media, explaining to us mere mortals the ins and outs of persuasive media spin. Topics covered include rhetorical techniques and the use of evidence to manipulate a target audience. Show Less
Mr P has created his very own brand of cereal – but he needs help designing the box to help sell it to the public! Indie has to use adjectives to describe the main ingredients. How will she decide which are the best adjectives to use and how to use commas? This episode explores punctuation and grammar including commas in lists, adjectives, sentence structure, and alliteration. This video includes a chapter targeted at junior, middle, and senior primary. These chapters cover the same scenario with increasing complexity. Select the chapter that is best suited to your class. Show Less
Join our quirky presenter as he makes his way into the city, sorting out the rules for capitalisation and comma use along the way. This is an entertaining approach to learning punctuation, with opportunities for students to apply the rules during the viewing of this clip. Show Less
This programme introduces and differentiates between commonly confused homophones, such as aloud/allowed, who's/whose, and capital/capitol. Detailed graphics and on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts and make learning fun. Show Less
This programme introduces and differentiates between commonly confused homophones, such as to/too/two and there/their/they're. Detailed graphics and on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts and make learning fun. Show Less
This programme introduces, defines and explores comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs. What are the different types of adjectives and adverbs? What are the rules associated with each? How do we spot them in sentences? Examples are given for both comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs accompanied by detailed graphics and on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts. Show Less
Abby has just finished writing a letter to her pen pal Igor – but her dog Mylo ripped it all up! Can you help Abby piece her letter back together with the help of conjunctions? This Miniclip explores the power of conjunctions and how they can combine clauses into compound sentences for more interesting and cohesive writing. Common coordinating and subordinating conjunctions such as ‘and’, ‘but, ‘so’, ‘or’, and ‘because’ are featured in this video, with plenty of other examples mentioned. Show Less
Gary and Liz have heard that their local council wants to build a shopping centre on their favourite park. They’re trying to come up with some snappy slogans to use at the rally to save the park. Maybe using some contractions will help save the park! This Miniclip looks at what contractions are, the rules of creating them, and the role that apostrophes play to signal missing letters. Students will also discover that contractions are part of informal language and create a casual tone – which wouldn’t be suitable in their letter to the mayor! Show Less
This programme introduces and explores coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. What are conjunctions, and how do we spot them in sentences? Definitions and examples are given for both coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. Detailed graphics,and on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts. Show Less
'Show, don't tell' is the secret to good creative writing. A script writer demonstrates ways to use this strategy when writing and shares a sample script. 'Showing' character feelings and actions will help you create believable characters.
With an election looming, it’s time for Eve, President of the Entire Earth, to find out if she got this job simply because of her height, or whether she’s got the right stuff. What does a debate involve? How can she win it? Who is her mystery opponent? And just how displeasing is wasp pie? Show Less
Poems can be almost as tasty as cheese. Almost. Discover why in this entertaining and fact-filled introduction to understanding the purpose, tone and structure of poetic dedications. With an emphasis on various types of ode and a close analysis of a classic elegy, this celebration of dedications will engage and equip students embarking on a poetry study. Show Less
Blue talks about his love for words and explains the use of words to create poems.
Blue explains how to read a poem (Incy Wincy Spider) but it all goes wrong. With the help of Sam and Mr. Pirate they get it right eventually.