Subjects in a box!

Subjects in a box are a collection of different university subject boxes available to teach in-school, complete with lesson plans and resources.

Activity Type: Subject specific workshops which can be delivered in-school or on campus, by school staff or by the Study Higher/Reading University team.

Aim: To support the school curriculum with subject specific content linked to university study.

Year Group: Years 9-11

Gatsby Benchmarks: 7

The subject specific workshops have been expertly curated and designed by university academics at The University of Reading and Study Higher, and are presented in easily accessible boxes. The boxes contain resources that can be used to support the curriculum. The subjects available are: English Literature, Classics, Maths, Physics, Archaeology and general higher education Information, Advice and Guidance

How to order a box?

Details about how to order each box can be found below.

 

English Literature- Ghost Story in a Box

Ghost Story in a box includes activities designed to encourage GCSE level students to tell ghost stories as a group, learn about genre conventions, and to investigate the wider contexts of these stories. It aims to introduce literary ideas of trope, structure, context and criticism through an engagement with a popular form of literature.

Contents:

  • Instructions and additional information booklet x2
  • A spinner x2
  • A set of 28 cards x2
  • 6 suggested introductory paragraphs x2
  • A USB loaded with the lesson plans and extra copies of materials

If you would like to receive one of these boxes please contact your HELO/ Hub Assistant. If you are unsure who to contact, enter your school name into the search engine here.

Classics- Democracy in a Box

Democracy in a box is a lesson with an interactive activity that focuses on subjects such as history, citizenship and politics. Using the example of ancient Athens, students will develop an understanding of the importance of a strong, impartial court system in any well-functioning democracy.

Contents:

  • Instructions and additional information booklet
  • 30 x paper straws, and sheets of cardboard/cardstock
  • Psephoi (3D printed replica voting disks)
  • A flash drive loaded the teaching presentation and extra copies of materials.

If you would like to receive one of these boxes please contact your HELO/ Hub Assistant. If you are unsure who to contact, enter your school name into the search engine here.

Maths

This exciting and interactive lesson will help students recap the theory and application of scales and the Pythagoras theorem as well as understand trigonometry and how to use it to solve real life problems. By using the interactive map students will be able to apply their new knowledge.  

 Contents: 

  • Lesson plan and presentation
  • Digital worksheet template 
  • Map of a town for the activity with 3D nets for buildings and the tree x4
  • A protractor

If you would like to receive one of these boxes please contact your HELO/ Hub Assistant. If you are unsure who to contact, enter your school name into the search engine here.

Physics

An exciting and interactive lesson leading to students developing a revision booklet and interactive poster about atoms and electricity.

Contents:

  • Lesson plan and presentation 
  • Worksheet template for your students ∙ Balloons 
  • An interactive poster with parts worth  around £100, including: 
  • Instructions to build poster 
  • Arduino touch board 
  • Conductive tape and dots 
  • A speaker 
  • Mini memory card with pre-recorded vocab definitions 
  • Batteries and battery pack

If you would like to receive one of these boxes please contact your HELO/ Hub Assistant. If you are unsure who to contact, enter your school name into the search engine here.

Archaeology

This box includes an archaeology lesson about the medieval ages and the Black Death.

Contents:

  • Lesson plan and presentation
  • Medieval Teenager card game
  • 3D printed jaw
  • 3D printed upper arm bone
  • Right Fit booklets

If you would like to receive one of these boxes please contact your HELO/ Hub Assistant. If you are unsure who to contact, enter your school name into the search engine here.

Information, Advice and Guidance

Topics:

  • General information about higher education
  • Future choices
  • Student finance and budgeting

Contents:

  • 3 lesson plans.
  • Higher education quiz and resources.
  • The ‘Bean Game’ worksheets.
  • A USB with digital copies of all lesson plans and resources.
  • All 23 ‘Right Fit’ subject specific career guide booklets and videos in digital form on USB.

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