Ten Super Curricular Activities – Part 1 #GCSE #Alevel #Schools #Teaching #Learning

  1. Develop the habit of watching TED talks regularly

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

2. Find academic papers in the subjects that you are enjoying and studying with Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

3. Attend a public lecture at The London School of Economics and Political Science

The full autumn events programme is now online with highlights including talks by equality champion Laura Bates; Director of Liberty Martha Spurrier; Innocent founder Richard Reed; and neuroscientist Susan Greenfield. Browse the events online or download the events leaflet (pdf).

Newly announced events include Fawcett Society CEO Sam Smethers with a panel discussing Women in Politics; adventurer Sarah Outen on her round the world journey; and David Cameron’s Director of Politics and Communications Craig Oliver on the inside story of Brexit.

4. Listen to these radio programmes on medical ethics

Inside the Ethics Committee. Joan Bakewell is joined by a panel of experts to wrestle with the ethics arising from a real-life medical case.

5. Subscribe to range of A Level Magazines to enrich you with Hodder Education

With over 17 titles to choose from (14 for A Level, 2 for GCSE and 1 for IB Diploma) Review Magazines expand student knowledge and help develop skills for independent learning, as well as providing stimulus material for classroom discussion.

6. Take your understanding of Physics further with Isaac Physics

Physics insight and understanding comes through doing physics, in particular solving problems. Isaac is a site designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE (Y11), through to Sixth Form (Y12 & 13), to university. It combines an online study tool with face-to-face events at partner schools and institutions across the UK. Isaac is the new name for what began as the Rutherford Physics Partnership.

7. Read a ‘very short introduction to’ book and build your knowledge quickly

Oxford’s Very Short Introductions offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects–from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative–yet always balanced and complete–discussions of the central issues in a given topic.

Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how it has developed and influenced society.
Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

Many of our Very Short Introductions have a complementary Reading Guide, written by our authors. Whether you are part of a reading group wanting to discuss non-fiction books or you are eager to further your thinking on a Very Short Introduction, these reading guides, written by our expert authors, will provoke discussions and help you to question again, why you think what you think. Reading guides, if available, can be accessed from each Very Short Introduction product page.

8. Write a novel in a month in National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

9. Listen to a scrambled egg podcast

Scrambled Eggs is a series of podcasts to help Year 11-12 students explore subjects and help them choose what they’d like to study at University. 10-15 minute discussion with university academics.

Whether you’re investigating academic subjects before choosing a university course, looking to broaden your intellectual horizons, or simply want something interesting to talk about at dinner parties, Scrambled Eggs is the podcast for you. We interview academics from top universities to give our listeners an insight into a particular subject. Covering a wide range of subjects, we guarantee you’ll leave having learnt something new, and hopefully with a desire to learn more. And at only 10-15 minutes bite sized episodes, you can build on your knowledge in the time it takes to eat breakfast.

10. Join Mensa – The High IQ Society

British Mensa has more than 20,000 members from all walks of life with IQs in the top 2%.

Mensa aims to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity.

Mensa’s members use the society to share their knowledge, their enthusiasms and their passions with like-minded people.

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