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BoxED activities

Hands-on learning activities designed to enhance the delivery of the national curriculum and brought direct to your classroom door.

If you are interested in booking any of our BoxED activities please email us at Boxed@uwe.ac.uk.

2017/18 activities

Business Studies

International trade game

Box title

International trade game

Subject areas

Business Studies

What the session covers

An introduction to trading commodities. Students work in groups to ‘manufacture’ paper shapes for sale to a bank. They work independently to decide how best to do this and how to interact with other groups. The manufacturing period creates an experience that pupils are asked to reflect on in a debriefing phase.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4

Create a marketing campaign

Box title

Create a marketing campaign

Subject areas

Marketing

What the session covers

Introduces marketing principles. Pupils work in teams to create a fictional product. They are challenged to choose the right mix of conventional media (eg TV, print) and digital (eg internet, social media, advergaming) to promote the product to their target audience.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4 and 5

Economics

International trade game

Box title

International trade game

Subject areas

Business Studies

What the session covers

An introduction to trading commodities. Students work in groups to ‘manufacture’ paper shapes for sale to a bank. They work independently to decide how best to do this and how to interact with other groups. The manufacturing period creates an experience that pupils are asked to reflect on in a debriefing phase.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4

English

Explore Angela Carter

Box title

Explore Angela Carter

Subject areas

English

What the session covers

Suitable for pupils who are familiar with Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and those who are new to the author and text. Relevant to pupils studying English and film, media and illustration.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 5

Editor for an hour

Box title

Editor for an hour

Subject areas

English

What the session covers

Pupils are given six newspaper stories. They will answer specific questions and use these to determine which should get the most ‘space’. They will consider a specific news outlet and decide what headlines should be.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 3

Geography

Storm chasers

Box title

Storm chasers

Subject areas

Geography and Maths

What the session covers

Introduces meteorology and weather forecasting. Pupils use formulae to plot the movement of a storm moving over the UK. They work in teams using graphs and calculations to compete for the most accurate weather forecast.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4 and high ability Key Stage 3

History

The Bristol riots

Box title

The Bristol riots

Subject areas

History

What the session covers

A look at the social and political origins of the Bristol riots in 1831. Pupils will get a taste of the research and analytical skills historians need. Using a timeline, pupils will piece together what lay behind the riots, who was instrumental in inciting them and the outcomes.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Law

Human rights

Box title

Human rights

Subject areas

Law

What the session covers

An introduction to the concept of human rights. Pupils are challenged to create their own human rights or a new bill for young people. It challenges them to think about rights and responsibilities and potential conflicts between human rights and individual rights.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 5

Street law

Box title

Street law (1 day visit to UWE Bristol)

Subject areas

Law

What the session covers

Pupils find out from current students what studying law involves. Pupils participate in a mock trial by preparing a legal argument, which includes making opening and closing speeches, and questioning witness testimonies.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4 and Key stage 5

Maths

Storm chasers

Box title

Storm chasers

Subject areas

Maths and Geography

What the session covers

Introduces meteorology and weather forecasting. Pupils use formulae to plot the movement of a storm moving over the UK. They work in teams using graphs and calculations to compete for the most accurate weather forecast.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4 and high ability Key Stage 3

Street art maths

Box title

Street art maths

Subject areas

Maths and Art

What the session covers

Practical application of maths in graphic design and art. Demonstrates why street artists rely on maths. Pupils draw in one-point perspective to produce 3D shapes, geometric patterns, problem solve for Banksy and use enlargement to scale a mural.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 3

International trade game

Box title

International trade game

Subject areas

Maths

What the session covers

An introduction to trading commodities. Students work in groups to ‘manufacture’ paper shapes for sale to a bank. They work independently to decide how best to do this and how to interact with other groups. The manufacturing period creates an experience that pupils are asked to reflect on in a debriefing phase.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4

Marketing

Create a marketing campaign

Box title

Create a marketing campaign

Subject areas

Marketing

What the session covers

Introduces marketing principles. Pupils work in teams to create a fictional product. They are challenged to choose the right mix of conventional media (eg TV, print) and digital (eg internet, social media, advergaming) to promote the product to their target audience.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Science

Microbes vs plants: An arms race

Box title

Microbes vs plants: An arms race

Subject areas

Science

What the session covers

Pupils plan an experiment to observe if plants, inoculated with bacteria, are immune or susceptible to the bacteria*. They will use a hand-held game to predict the outcome of the infections on the plant. Several scenarios are examined to determine who will win – microbes or the plants?

*Schools are to follow up on pupils’ observations and conclusions – guidance provided.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4

Wind turbines

Box title

Wind turbines

Subject areas

Physics

What the session covers

A hands-on exploration of physics and engineering. Pupils work in teams using principles of forces, angles and material properties to design and build a wind turbine. Teams test their designs to see who can light an LED or charge a phone.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

Genes and inherited disorders

Box title

Genes and inherited disorders

Subject areas

Biology

What the session covers

Linked activity to ‘cracking the genetic code’ box. Introduces the concept of genetic inheritance and the potential of gene editing as a therapeutic tool. Based on current research into Retinitis Pigmentosa (a genetic disease that causes visual impairment and blindness). An additional activity about the ethics of gene technology is available to use as follow-up material.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 4

Cracking the genetic code

Box title

Cracking the genetic code

Subject areas

Biology

What the session covers

Pupils learn how genes influence processes within human cells and the importance of this in identifying and treating diseases. Basic Key Stage 3 knowledge of the location and role of DNA would enhance pupils' understanding of this session. Activity is supported by 100,000 Genome Project from Genomics England, who are working to identify new ways to aid diagnosis and advance medical knowledge. An additional activity is available to use as further study of the genetic code at Key Stage 4.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 3

The problem with plastics and plankton

Box title

The problem with plastics and plankton

Subject areas

Science

What the session covers

A look at the array of planktonic species that form the building blocks of all life on earth. Pupils will learn what microbeads are and gain an understanding of their devastating effect on our oceans and waterways. Students will prepare their own microscope slides to examine and identify the presence of plastic in everyday cosmetic products and learn how they can contribute to sustainability.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 3

Urine diagnostics

Box title

Urine diagnostics

Subject areas

Science

What the session covers

An overview of the biomedical techniques used in patient diagnosis. Pupils will work with synthetic urine samples and mock case studies to diagnose patients. They will learn how to use a micropipette and quantify red blood cells. Benedict’s and Bradford’s reagents will be used to detect glucose and protein.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 5

Crime stoppers - Forensic investigator skills

Box title

Crime stoppers - Forensic investigator skills

Subject areas

Science

What the session covers

A glimpse into the work of a forensic investigator. Pupils will help police solve an animal cruelty case. They will use precise forensic techniques to examine blood patterns, test for the presence of real blood, cross-examine fingerprints and draw their own conclusions from the evidence.

Key stage it’s relevant to

Key Stage 3

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