Five stars for Futurum! Our free resources are on TES, a global repository for teachers
We are very proud to announce that our activity sheets and accompanying articles are available on TES, a teaching resource repository for teachers worldwide. The site boasts over 700,000 primary and secondary resources, which is used by teachers all over the world.
Our free secondary school resources are created under a Creative Commons License, meaning the teachers who use them have the right to share, use and build upon our resources. In June alone, when we first started uploading the articles and activity sheets to TES, we had 566 downloads and two five-star reviews (see right and below).
Our Editor-in-Chief, Karen Lindsay, started posting the resources on TES using her account. The resources have since migrated to Futurum_Careers (very unfortunately, the reviews couldn’t be migrated, but we have had three more since).
Linking to national curriculums and Gatsby Benchmarks
The Futurum articles and activity sheets link to the various elements of national school curriculums worldwide and are suitable for children aged 11-18. Covering all of the STEAMM subjects, our articles contain a research summary, an explanation of the field (astrophysics, for example) and an interview with the researcher in question about how they got involved in their chosen subject.
There are also box outs that give details of career and internship opportunities, providing educators with an excellent careers resource that meets Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information and Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers.
Top of the pops
Our five most popular resources so far are:
- The superpower of swarms
- The tiny animal at the centre of the marine ecosystem
- Growing human liver cells ‘in a dish’
- And in joint fourth place: Finding joy in an app and A working class hero is something to be
To find us on TES, all you have to do is search for Futurum or Futurum_Careers. Of course, we encourage all teachers to visit our site to get the full range of our available resources, but since we’re dedicated to #openscience, #openaccess and #steameducation for all, TES gives us the perfect opportunity to reach even more classrooms all over the world.
TES, once known as the Times Educational Supplement, is chiefly a UK publication but its online resources have a global reach and are aimed at both primary and secondary schoolteachers. It first appeared in 1910 as a free monthly supplement in The Times, becoming a separate newspaper in its own right in 1914. Just two years later, it became a weekly paper and, in 1923, its publishers started printing photographs. To view a timeline for TES and understand how it navigated key events in the UK’s education history, such as when teacher pay was slashed by 10% in 1931, or when gas mask practice was held once a week, see ‘Read more about this’.