What’s on Offer

Choose a Highwire-developed project or activity, or work with us to create one of your own:

  • Digging Down
Curriculum areas
History KS3:
Local history
Geography KS3:
Tectonic Processes, plates earthquakes, volcanoes
Science KS3:
Materials and their properties: Geological changes
Science KS4:
Materials and their properties: Changes to the Earth and atmosphere
Physical processes: seismic waves
Outline
This is a web/CD project that can cover both History and Geography. The history side of it looks at digging through Hackney’s history from objects found in the Earth. This develops to digging through geology and looking at tectonic processes, the structure of rocks and the Earth’s layers.

Students create multimedia webpages including animation, diagrams and written descriptions.

  • Senses: The digital Jukebox
Curriculum areas
Science KS3:
Hearing, Vibration and sound
Science KS4:
Waves,sound and ultrasound
Music KS3:
Controlling sounds through singing and playing
Design and Technology KS3:
Knowledge and understanding of structures
The Digital Jukebox
This is a web authoring project which will cover each of the senses. The Digital Jukebox will begin with the science and art of sound. Students will create digital recordings and incorporate them into web pages that explain the processes of hearing and creating sound with diagrams, images and text and annotate this with music and sounds. This can be developed in design and technology by looking at structures and making musical instruments.
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  • Posters
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS3/KS4:
Knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens
PSHE KS3/KS4:
Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
Outline
This is a poster making project.

Students will be asked to take pictures with a digital camera around a conceptual word such as democracy, community, justice, beauty, anger. They will discuss what message they would like to put across and choose relevant pictures for maximum effect, making a collage of images and adding text as appropriate.

These will be printed to put up in their schools and communities. The digital posters may have added sound.

  • Genetics and Citizenship
Curriculum areas
Science KS4:
Knowledge, skills and understanding: Ideas and evidence in science
Variation, inheritance and evolution
English KS4:
Speaking and Listening: Group discussion and interaction and drama activities
Citizenship KS4:
Becoming informed citizens
Enquiry and communication
Participation and responsible action
Outline
This project is a term-long course. It will require students to develop ethical analytical frameworks through exploring and debating a variety of ethical issues around genetics. Students working in collaborative groups will make videos and multimedia websites to communicate different ideas around cloning, GM food and animals, gene patenting, designer babies and behavioural genetics. Finally they will participate in a ‘Court case’ on gene patenting with experts to develop and deepen their understanding.

There is a scheme of work and resources for this project available in teacher resources.

The development of this project has been funded by the Wellcome Trust.

  • Biology of Sport
Curriculum areas
Science KS3:
Life processes and living things: Nutrition, balance, movement, breathing, respiration.
Science KS4:
Life processes and living things: Respiration, nervous system, hormones, homeostasis.
Physical Education KS3:
Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health and practical activities
Outline
In this project students make webpages to illustrate the science of what happens when activity occurs and how feedback systems help the body to keep in balance.

They use video to show the outer manifestations, and animation to show the inner workings of the different body systems.

  • Moving Poetry
Curriculum areas
English KS3 and KS4:
Writing to imagine, explore, entertain; inform, explain, describe; persuade, argue and advise
Art KS3:
Exploring and developing ideas; Investigating and making art, craft and design
Outline
Students write poetry on a relevant topic bearing in mind that they are going to create videos to go with the poem.

They can go out and shoot footage to compliment the images and action of their poems. They can create animations that reflect the meaning. They can perform the poem recording their performance. Their videos can include all of this edited into a ‘moving’ rendition of their poem.

This can be done in any curriculum area, using appropriate thematic content.

  • Migration and Culture
Curriculum areas
Art & Design KS3:
Listed separately
History KS3:
social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of British societies and the wider world.
Citizenship KS3:
World as a global community, and political, economic, environmental and social implications
Topical, political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.
Outline
This project will look at the journeys that families of students in the class have travelled as they have migrated to the UK. Students will begin by creating background artwork of the different locations.

They will then consider cultural objects that are connected to these backgrounds and superimpose the objects on their backgrounds describing the connection in words.

Finally they will explore what happens when they move cultural artefacts from one area of the world to another, and whether they create harmony or anachronisms as both locations and culture change.

  • Moving History
Curriculum areas
History KS3 and KS4:
Outline
Students will produce a web site based on a newspaper for a specific date relevant to the historical topic. The newspaper will feature an account of events as well as an editorial/analysis of what the events meant from the perspective of that newspaper (e.g. tabloid or broadsheet; US or UK).

Rather than a front page image, the students will make ‘archive’ video footage interviewing relevant historical characters.

  • Bullying
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS2:
Literacy KS2:
Drama KS2:
Outline
This is a drama/video/web project.

Students explore different aspects of bullying from a variety of perspectives looking at how bullying starts, why bullies bully and how not to get bullied. This is done through roleplaying storylines, tableaux and caption and poetry writing. The students interview a variety of children and adults about their views on bullying. They then create short videos of interview footage, role plays and tableaux with spoken captions.

  • Trippingly on the Tongue
Curriculum areas
Engish KS3 and KS4:
Drama KS3 and KS4:
Outline
Speaking and interpreting Shakespeare’s texts

Students will produce a web site on a particular play. Each web page will feature one scene. This scene will be performed by students a number of times highlighting the characters’ motivation in performing it in that way. Students will be asked to consider the context of the scene, the feelings of the characters, the alternative interpretations of the scene and an analysis of what in the text supports that motivation. Students will video their performances and add these to the web pages offering the viewer a choice of interpretations of the text. Other aspects, such as characters’ thoughts and feelings can be presented as additional videos, audio clips or text. The original text of the speeches can also be reproduced.

  • Colonialism
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS4:
Becoming informed citizens
Enquiry and communication
Participation and responsible action
English KS4:
Speaking and Listening: Group discussion and interaction and drama activities
Outline
This is a term-long Y10 scheme of work for Citizenship and History. Students develop an analysis of complex arguments in the history of colonialism, exploring the Spanish in ‘Las Indias’, the British in India and the Belgians in the Congo.

They debate, act and discuss the ideas they have learned, recording it on a website.

There is a complete scheme of work and resources for this project available in teacher resources.

  • Fair Trade
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS3:
World as a global community, and political, economic, environmental and social implications
Topical, political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.
Outline
This KS2 and KS3 project requires students to develop a political campaign. From finding out information about one area of trade, (KS2 – chocolate and jeans, KS3 – trainers and bananas), they explore stories of farmers and factory workers, giving them a voice in a demonstration for fairer working conditions. They make campaigning websites including videos to explain their perspectives.

There is a complete scheme of work and resources for this project available in teacher resources.

  • Control
Curriculum areas
KS1 & KS2:
In this unit children learn how to control simple devices, such as buzzers, small motors and lights, using basic control boxes. They learn how to control devices by turning them on and off according to a set of instructions. This will be developed so that children understand how to sequence a set of instructions to get a desired outcome.
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  • Value and Values
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS3:
World as a global community, and political, economic, environmental and social implications
Topical, political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.
Outline
This is a short two-day course at Highwire with no preparation in school necessary.

This KS3 project explores the nature of value from different perspectives. Using symbols of different types of value, students discuss, film and author web pages to communicate ideas about the concepts and asking challenging questions of their audience.

  • Science Games
Curriculum areas
Science KS2, KS3 & KS4
All areas
Outline
Exploring in depth one area of science, themes split up between groups in a class – students create an interactive game-structure to explain, for example:

  • The circulatory system showing the blood carrying oxygen as a train.
  • The effects of germs through role play and animation
  • Nuclear power through acting a professor explaining how different atoms work.

This is filmed by the students and put onto the web.

  • Child Labour
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS4:
Becoming informed citizens
Enquiry and communication
Participation and responsible action
English KS4:
Speaking and Listening: Group discussion and interaction and drama activities
Outline
In this Y10 project, groups of students find out information about child labour in countries around the world and using this information create a fictional working child. They film and edit videos about this child and use this as the basis of a web page providing an opinion or argument about child labour.
  • Women in Conflict
Curriculum areas
Citizenship KS3:
World as a global community, and political, economic, environmental and social implications
Topical, political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.
English KS3:
Speaking and Listening: Group discussion and interaction and drama activities
Outline
A Year 9 project to produce videos of stories of wanted women – for their political courage around different issues in different areas of the world. Examples include Phoolan Devi, Annie Besant, Nawal El Sadawi, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks. The stories are told in a combination of music, stories and drama to create an integrated narrative structure.