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Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Week


As it’s Shakespeare Week this week I thought I’d try to incorporate something into my Year 11 and Year 10 IGCSE ICT classes without disturbing the sequence of what was already planned.

As we are into the revision plan for Year 11s and they need the time to practice tasks for the practical Paper 2 and 3 some background music was called for:


With the Year 10 students there is more flexibility. This half-term we have been looking at word processing, and how to use more advanced layout techniques in Microsoft Word.

So why not give them a lovely task of creating, EXACTLY as it is in the book, the following on one A4 page in Word.

Macbeth opening page


At first glance this looks easy, you can just type in the text. However there are two pages (very close to both being A5) that need to be on one A4 page, so should they use columns or not (text boxes are not allowed). There are different fonts, different styles, italicised text, a horizontal line, different font sizes, tabbed text as well as several other formatting options that the students will need to use to make it an accurate copy.

As they will have the textbook their pages will be clearer that the image above, but they still have to work out what font has been used and what are the text sizes to make it fit.

In the background, as a distraction, was the animated tale of Macbeth, and then to round things off the music as was in Year 11.

This blog post was written and originally posted on 13 March by myself at It has been slightly modified and image links changed.

#WMD2018 and other events

World Maths Day 2018 (#WMD2018)

It’s back – World Maths Day is on again; this time on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

I’m back, both actively using twitter as well as back  using this blog; it’s been a long time! The last post I did was about Mathletics so I thought it would be appropriate to start afresh with one on the same topic.

World Maths Day (WMD) has been around for a long time. I remember having a great time over 10 years ago motivating students to play and it was so much fun for us all. Those were the days when the results were based on the total number of points, with unlimited games. As such I had a few students playing almost non-stop through the day and night of the event, and that was before we had worked out that it is actually a 48 hour event i.e. whenever it is that day somewhere in the world.

WMD Header

Now things have changed, first was the change to the “World Education Games” a few years ago, incorporating World Maths Day, World Spelling Day and World Science Day each on for a day annually in October, up to 2013. Then 3P learning (the organisers) changed it to every 2 years, with a delay to March 2015. Then, for whatever corporate reason it was dropped totally.

Now it’s back, well the World Maths Day part of the World Education Games. The format is the same, students play Live Mathletics, competing against students throughout the world. However the old days of play, play, play (before around 2010) are well and truly over. Now students are limited to a maximum of 20 games that count (each games lasts one minute), with their year/class deciding which level their scoring points are from.

WMD points chart

I have students who graduated 12 years ago (so now around 30 years old), who still tell me how much fun WMD was. I also have a student who was one of the only 2 European Student Ambassadors back in 2013, when in Year 6 (now about to take his IGCSEs!) He remembers escorting the British and Canadian Ambassadors around the school and showing them what the WMD was all about, as well as visiting other embassies and doing an interview for a national magazine.

So whilst it is up and running again, it is definitely being kept low-key (e.g. no Student Ambassadors). With an anticipated 4 million students taking part it will undoubtedly be fun, so just as in previous years my students will take part and enjoy alongside their peers. In addition with only 20 games counting per student, they need only a single lesson to complete all the games, thus ensuring they can all take a full part because it is much easier to organise.

I look forward to seeing the results, and motivating the students to enjoy using their calculating skills, and then handing out the prizes to our top students.

You can sign up your school/see full details at and follow via @worldedugames with the hashtag as in this post’s title.

Other upcoming events

Another couple of events my school will be involved in during March –

World Book Day – 1 March 2018

World Book Day

Full details at and via @WorldBookDayUK with the hashtag #WorldBookDay.

Shakespeare Week – 12-18 March 2018

Shakespeare Week

Full details at and via @shakespeareweek with the hashtag #ShakespeareWeek.

So lots of fun in Belgrade in March 🙂


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