Stretch & Challenge
Interested in a particular subject area.
Want to Learn more?
A booklet of useful resources & starting places to inspire
curious minds!
Using The Guide
Inside this booklet you will find suggestions of books,
films, websites and other starting points to inspire you.
This is your own personal guide to further your education
and includes all of the subjects on offer here at Pershore
High School.
We’ve tried to keep it simple so if you want to find out
more, stretch your subject knowledge or find new
challenges, this is a good place to start. You can use it in
school or at home or whenever it suits you.
Subjects have been listed in alphabetical order.
Gifted & Talented - Art
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in Art.
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and
inquisitive minds…
http://www.tate.org.uk/
http://kids.tate.org.uk/
http://andreajoseph24.blogspot.com/
http://designmuseum.org/
http://www.photonet.org.uk/
http://www.vam.ac.uk/
http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/
http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/
http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/
http://www.banksy.co.uk/
http://www.mauricemagazine.com/
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/
http://www.lomography.com/
http://www.daydreamlily.com/
http://www.number8.org/
http://www.mikeperrystudio.com/
http://www.pbs.org/art21/
Gifted & Talented - Art
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
The Polaroid Book – Taschen Series
Drawing From Life, The Journal as Art by Jennifer New
By Hand, The use of Craft in Contemporary Art by Joseph Magliaro, Shu Hung
Hand Made Graphics, Tools and Techniques beyond the Mouse by Anna Way
The Photo Book – Phaidon Series
The Art Book – Phaidon Series
Dogtown – The Legend of the Z-Boys by Glen E. Freidman
Leroy Grannis by Jim Heirman
Tim Walker – Fashion Photography
Key Artists:
David Hockney
Films:
Andy Warhol
Peter Blake
David Hockney Grand Canyon
Damien Hirst
Step into Liquid – Surfing
Andrea Joseph
Billabong Odyssey – Surfing
Louise Bourgeois
Guy Denning – You Tube Videos
Tracey Emin
Aardman Animation – Wallace & Gromit
Frida Kahlo
The Genius of Photography
Francesca Woodman
Martin Parr
Tim Walker
Banksy
Sheppard Fairey
Gifted & Talented - Business & Economics
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in
Business and Economics.
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and
inquisitive minds….
www.tutor2u.net
www.bized.co.uk/
www.economist.com
www.startups.co.uk
www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business
www.necb.org
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/
www.young-enterprise.org.uk.
www.businesslink.gov.uk
Gifted & Talented – Business & Economics
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books / Magazines:
“Anyone Can Do It – My Story” by Duncan Bannatyne
“The Armchair Economist” by Steven Landsburg
“Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” by Sir Richard Branson
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
The Economist
Business Week
Business Review / Economics Review
TV / Radio Programmes:
Dragons Den
The Apprentice
Working Lunch
The Money Programme
Money Box
Gifted & Talented – English Language
& Literature
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in
English…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestions for curious and inquisitive
minds…
www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/.../english/.../index.htm
www.teachingexpertise.com/resources/gifted-talented
www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/.../cpdgifted/cpdresweblinks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/
http://www.themanbookerprize.com/
http://cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/
http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/index.html
http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/poetsHome.do
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/audiointerviews/professions/poets.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/writing/
Gifted & Talented - English
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Anything in bookshops that comes under the heading ‘Classics’ is generally good to stretch and
challenge. There are English reading lists for each year group; so we would supply the reading list for
the year above.
Films/TV Programmes:
Other:
The West Wing
Frankenstein
Any adaptations of novels/plays
Talking Heads
Join debating society
Sixth form – attend Poetry and Pies/Pimms
Write to local MP
Write articles for local press
Write articles/produce copy for newsletter
Enter writing competitions
Join creative writing club
Read a variety of newspapers
Gifted & Talented - History
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in History
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive
minds…
www.spartacus.net
www.bbc.co.uk/history
www.history.org
www.32postkarten.com
www.plaqueguide.com
http://WW2History.com
www.hmd.org.uk/resources/survivor-stories/
www.bl.uk/timeline
Gifted & Talented - History
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
There are thousands of history books choose a period you are interested and have a look at the British
Library website. Here are a selection of some of our favourites;
Elizabeth by David Starkey
A History of Britain by Simon Schama
History of Britain by Andrew Marr
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg
Russia by AntonChekov
War and Peace by Tolstoy
Films/TV Programmes:
Please check age certification
Cecil B. De Mille's Biblical and Roman Empire Epics
Ghandi
Patton
Passage to India
The Last Emperor
The Killing Fields
Nixon
Malcolm X
Ed Wood
Evita
Gifted & Talented - ICT
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in ICT…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and
inquisitive minds…
http://www.greenfoot.org/
www.bbc.co.uk (various ICT news stories, latest technology, good multimedia product examples)
www.teach-ict.co.uk (covers the full ICT syllabus)
http://www.xtranormal.com/ (animation)
http://scratch.mit.edu/ (programming/animation)
http://tv.adobe.com (Adobe tutorials for Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop)
http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/ (HTML coding tutorials)
http://www.schoolicons.com/eng/index.html (free computer icons)
http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/ (various software tutorials)
http://www.smartwebby.com/ (loads of web based info and tutorials)
http://bestanimations.com/index.html (free animated gifs)
http://www.computing.co.uk/ (magazine format for all current ICT news stories)
Pivot Stickman Animator (download free from a range of websites)
Films/TV Programmes:
Click (technology programme available on BBC iPlayer)
The Gadget Show – Channel 5
Gifted & Talented - Maths
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in…….
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive
minds….
http://nrich.maths.org/public/index.php
http://nrich.maths.org/stemNRICH
http://mathschallenge.net/
http://www.mymaths.co.uk/ - A Level section or A to A* booster pack
Gifted & Talented - Maths
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Maths Challenge Book 1-3 - Tony Gardiner
Mathematical Challenge – Tony Gardiner
More Mathematical Challenges – Tony Gardiner
The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers – David Wells
Taming the Infinite: The story of Mathematics – Ian Stewart
Cows in the Maze and other Mathematical Explorations – Ian Stewart
Films/TV Programmes:
The story of Maths (TV series) Marcus du Sautoy
Good Will Hunting (film)
A Beautiful Mind (film)
Gifted & Talented - MFL
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in MFL…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and
inquisitive minds…
www.france24.com 24 hour news website
www.lequipe.fr Sports results and articles
www.allocine.fr Trailers of all the latest films
www.linguascope.com Games and Puzzles in lots of languages
Ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/languages/
Classic fairy tales
www.tf1.fr News website similar to the BBC
www.atantot-extra.com Games website
www.goethe.de German Cultural site
www.heute.de - 100 second daily news reports
http://german.about.com/ - access to whole range of newspaper, magazine, radio & news links
Gifted & Talented - MFL
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
“Le petit prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Nathan und seine Kinder” by Mirjam Pressler
Films/TV Programmes:
“Au revoir les enfants”
“Mon père ce héros”
“Jean de Florette”
“Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques”
“The Lives of Others” (German)
“Sophie Scholl-The Final Days” (German)
“The Edukators”
'Goodbye Lenin'
'Lola rennt'
'Der Untergang'
'Das Leben der Anderen'
Other:
Paris-Match (French)
Stern (German)
Hola! (Spanish)
Gifted & Talented - Music
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in Music…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive
minds…
General Information
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music
www.wikipedia.org
www.bbc.co.uk/music
www.bbc.co.uk/blast
www.classicfm.co.uk
www.youtube.com
www.oxfordmusiconline.com
Music Technology and Music Software
www.sibelius.com
www.steinberg.net
www.vstplanet.com
www.audacity.sourceforge.net
www.propellerheads.se
www.midi.org
www.recording.org
www.soundonsound.com
Music Theory
www.musictheory.net
www.8notes.com/theory
www.musictheory.org.uk
www.abrsm.org
Listening
www.apple.com/itunes
www.spotify.com
www.naxosmusiclibrary.com
www.listen.grooveshark.com
Gifted & Talented - Music
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Grove Dictionary of Music – Copies in the library and PA3
Rhinegold Dictionary of Music in Sound
Harmony in Practice – Anna Butterworth
An Introduction to Music Technology – Dan Hosken
The Pop Music Textbook – Edition Peters
A Guide to Music Around the World – Peter Dunbar-Hall
Big Bangs – Howard Goodall
The Composers Handbook – B Cole
Orchestral Technique – G Jacobs
Music/TV Programmes/Other:
All BBC radio stations and BBC4 TV
Classic FM, Jazz FM
Classic FM, BBC Music and Sound on Sound magazines
There is a whole world of music just waiting to be discovered. Go and watch a live concert, re-tune
the radio to a new station, listen to a new band, composer or style of music.
Do it with open ears and an open mind!
Gifted & Talented - Drama &
Performing Arts
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in Drama &
Performing Arts…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive
minds…
http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-4/gifted-students.html = Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum
for Gifted Students.
www.youngplaywrights101.com
www.produceaplay.com
http://www.kryingsky.com/Stan/Biography/bot.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20040619012630/www.rdg.ac.uk/globe/oldglobe/oldglobe_index.htm
http://www.getintotheatre.org/ = BTec Performing Arts
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/ = For applying for grants
http://www.equity.org.uk/ = To Protect performers in the workplace
http://www.gumtree.com/ = Networking and Advertising Shows/Performances/Exhibitions
www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk = For a place to perform Shows
http://www.festivalofworldcultures.com/ = For Networking and performing shows
Gifted & Talented - Drama &
Performing Arts
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Theatre of Cruelty - Artaud
The Theatre and its Double - Artaud
Theatre of the Oppressed - Boal
An Actor Prepares – Stanislavski
Plays by:
Brecht e.g. Mother Courage
Ibsen – A Doll’s House
Chekhov – The Seagull
Films/TV Programmes:
Sky Arts
Culture Show
BBC modern Shakespeare Series
Film adaptations of plays
Other:
Theatre visits – London and Stratford
Join a Drama group – school and locally
Take part in the annual Festival Plays
Gifted & Talented - Photography
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in
Photography…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive
minds…
http://www.tate.org.uk/
http://www.photonet.org.uk/
http://www.vam.ac.uk/
http://www.lomography.com/
http://www.daydreamlily.com/
http://www.npg.org.uk/
http://www.youngphotographeroftheyear.com/
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/
http://www.halcyonriverdiaries.co.uk/Site/Welcome.html
http://www.charliehamiltonjames.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=13053&Akey=RSHKR8D4
http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/
http://www.craigjoneswildlifephotography.co.uk/
http://www.ypu.org/
http:[email protected]/
http://www.photography.com/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/photography
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/photographers/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/lomo/
http://tryit.adobe.com/uk/lightroom/tw1/?sdid=EQOWI&
http://www.photoshop.com/
Gifted & Talented – Photography
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Other:
Digital-Photography-Book-Step-Step
Digital Photographer
Photography Monthly
Photo Icon
Practical Photography
National Geographic
The Photo Book
DSLR Photography Magazine
The Guardian Photo Competition
Photo Icons
Black & White Photography
Magnum
James Bowden
Charlie Hamilton Jones
Craig Jones
Walker Evans
Man Ray
Ansel Adams
Karl Blossfeldt
Andre Kertesz
Steve McCurrie
Martin Parr
Create your own photo book @
http://landing.blurb.com/gpbUK?ce=google_eu_p
hoto&gclid=CPjb787arqQCFRYB4wodekKsyw
Films/TV Programmes:
The Genius of Photography
Halcion River Diaries
BBC Lomography Documentary
Any BBC Wildlife Documentaries
Coast
Gifted & Talented - Psychology
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in Psychology…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive minds…
An interesting blog, run by a clinical psychologist, that focuses on issues associated with clinical
neuropsychology.
www.clinicalneuropsych.blogspot.com
A brilliant new website designed to help anybody looking for informed and detailed information on
psychology. Definitions, history, topic areas, theory and practice, careers, psychology Q & A and
study skills are all covered in detail.
www.all-about-psychology.com
A useful site run by chartered psychologists offering products and information designed to enhance
how you feel, think and behave.
www.psychology4you.com
A free, on-line resource for randomly assigning participants to conditions.
www.randomizer.org
An excellent site, packed full with A Level Psychology resources and up to date news of research
findings from a variety of journals.
www.alevelpsychology.co.uk
Psychology blog run by Adrian Frost, Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan.
www.folensblogs.com/psychcompanion/blog
Participate in on-line research and contribute to the development of psychological knowledge.
www.onlinepsychresearch.co.uk
A site that provides comprehensive information about the various career options available in
Psychology.
www.careersinpsychology.co.uk
Gifted & Talented - Psychology
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Eysenck, H.J. (1977) Crime and Personality, 2nd ed/ London: Routledge and Kegan Paul
Harrower, J (2003) Applying psychology to crime. London: Hodder and Stoughton
Kline, P. (1984) Psychology and Freudian Theory: An introduction: London: Methuen
Lange, J. (1929) Crime as Destiny. London: Unwin
Maslow, A.H (1962) Toward a Psychology of being. New York: Van Nostrand
McGurk, B.J and McDougall, C. (1981) A new approach to the theory of the criminal personality: New
York: Academic
Pinel, J (2003) Biopsychology, 5th ed: Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Price, J. (1968) The genetics of depressed behaviour: London: Hodder and Stoughton
Rokeach, M. (1960) The Open and Closed Mind: New York: Basic Books
Sarafino, E. (2006) Health Psychology: New York. Wiley
West, A.N (1973) Who Becomes Deliquent?; London: Heineman
Films/TV Programmes:
Other:
CSI
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
Silence of the lambs
Surviving Peter Sutcliffe
One year on- Investigation into the Rachel Nickel case
Cracker
‘My Mum, Heroin and Me’
‘Strange phobias’
The Psychology Review Magazine
British Psychological Society
The Centre for Investigative Psychology
Gifted & Talented –
Philosophy & Ethics
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in
Philosophy and Ethics.
“Education is what survives when we have forgotten all that we have learned” B. F. Skinner
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and inquisitive
minds….
http://www.thinkingeducation.co.uk/philo.htm - Will Ord P4C
www.philosophyonline.co.uk/ A source of information
http://www.philosophyofreligion.info/ Pitched at first year degree/A2 level
http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/ This can give you headaches!
http://www.philosophyexperiments.com/ And this one!
http://www.friesian.com/valley/dilemmas.htm Ethical/Moral Dilemmas
Practice thinking, it does not really matter what with (apart from your brain of course!)
Gifted & Talented Philosophy & Ethics
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
Easy reading?
Sophie’s World - Jostein Gaarder = Basic introduction to the history of western philosophy
The Life of Pi - Molitor Patel = Exploration into the role of faith and perception
The Consolation of Philosophy- Alain De Botton = Some people like it! General watered down
thought.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- Robert M. Pirsig = Critique of Western Philosophy
Primary sources!
The Republic (Book VII) – Plato= Philosophical and political essay concerning state of humanity
De anima – Aristotle = Philosophical work on the nature of life the universe and everything including
us.
Consolation of Philosophy – Boethius = Why dying to think is better than living to consume.
Meditations on First Philosophy – Descartes = “I think therefore I am” and other unfortunately
illogical gems.
Films/TV Programmes:
Brazil – Terry Gilliangham
Metropolis- Fritz Lang
The Matrix- Wachowski s
Other:
Listen to Radio 4
Read a broadsheet newspaper
Gifted & Talented - Science
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in
Science…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and
inquisitive minds…
Chemistry
Biology
http://scienceblogs.com/moleculeoftheday
http://www.cellsalive.com/
An interactive site on microbiology, cell biology, immunology and microscopy
http://www.beep.ac.uk/content/327.0.html
An excellent website on genetic engineering and modification, cloning etc
http://www.ygyh.org/
An interesting website on the causes and effects of genetic conditions
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/drugs/mouse.html
A really fun but very informative website on drug effects on the brain containing
some very complex science.
http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/student.cfm
An excellent website containing information about modern advances in medical Science
http://www.ygtactivities.org.uk/ActivityList.aspx?subject_id=2
Villiers park activities for G/T students doing A ‘level Biology
http://nobelprize.org/educational/medicine/landsteiner/
A website containing some excellent interactive activities on a number of Biological topics
including blood groups, malaria, MRI scans
http://www.genome.gov/10000202
Information about the impact of the Human genome project
http://blogs.nature.com/thescepticalchymist
www.rscweb.org/blogs/cw
www.chemheritage.org
www.rsc.org/chemsoc
www.nhm.ac.uk
www.at-bristol.org.uk
www.thinktank.ac.uk
Physics
http://advancingphysics.iop.org/
http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/ind
ex.pl
http://www.stimulatingphysics.org/
http://www.lhc.ac.uk/
http://www.nasa.gov/
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
http://www.darvill.clara.net
Gifted & Talented - Science
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
Highly recommended: a hugely readable introduction to historical developments in many areas of science.
Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet Oliver Morton
An excellent and thorough treatment of photosynthesis, the evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere and the changes
brought about by mankind.
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another Philip Ball
Can we apply physics to the behaviour of large numbers of people? Gets tricky later on, but fascinating throughout.
Chaos James Gleick
A classic. Introducing Chaos Theory and its implications for mathematics and the sciences.
Bad Science: Ben Goldacre
An expose of poor or downright deceptive science experiments and communication, mostly in medicinal science.
Measuring the Universe: The Historical Quest to Quantify Space Kitty Ferguson
A very readable account of the development of our ideas about space. Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Einstein all prominent.
Einstein’s Universe Nigel Calder
Does what is says on the tin. How did Einstein arrive at his theories of relativity and what implications did they have?
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution Nick Lane
A biochemist looks at the evolution of photosynthesis, warm blood, death and other features of living things. Advanced.
Bully for Brontosaurus Stephen Jay Gould
One chosen more or less at random from the many worthwhile publications of Gould, a master of communicating
biological science. This one contains collected essays on a range of topics.
The Origins of Virtue Matt Ridley
To what extent is “nice” behaviour determined by genes? How do humans benefit from behaving nicely to each other?
See also Genome and Nature via Nurture: genes, experience and what makes us human.
The Chemistry of Life Steven Rose
An introduction to biochemistry. Which molecules are essential for life? What do they look like and what do they do?
The Periodic Table Primo Levi
How chemistry became intertwined with the life of a remarkable man who lived through key episodes in history. A
classic.
Gifted & Talented - Technology
Information and further research to support Gifted & Talented students in
Technology…
Websites: Please have a look at some our of suggestion for curious and
inquisitive minds…
www.ted.com
www.technologystudent.com
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/REVdt.htm
www.brainpop.com/
www.design-technology.info/home.htm
www.coolmax.invista.com
www.vogue.com
www.design-council.org.uk
www.bbcgoodfood.com - numerous ideas and recipes
www.jamieoliver.com –Jamies campaigns, ideas and recipes
www.nigella.com -recipes
www.foodafactoflife.org.uk –a wide range of information on food and nutrition
www.eatwell.gov.uk –the Governments guide to healthy eating, food hygiene, current ideas
www.hairybikers.com -recipes
www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk –information on all aspects of school meals
Gifted & Talented - Technology
Please have a look at some of our suggestions to inspire you.
Books:
9 Heads: A guide to fashion drawing by Nancy Riegelman
Exploring Textile Arts by Elaine Perry
Experimental Textiles by Kim Thittichai
Techno Textiles 2 by Sarah E Braddock Clarke and Marie O’Mahony
Manual Of Nutrition-HMSO
Desserts-James Martin
Cooking Explained-Barbara Hammond
The Hairy Bikers Family Cookbook (Mum knows best) Si King and Dave Myers
Cook With Jamie-Jamie Oliver
Jamie’s Dinners Jamie Oliver
The Naked Chef-Jamie Oliver
How To Eat-Nigella Lawson
Complete Cookery Course-Delia Smith
The Cookery Year-Readers Digest
Real Food-Nigel Slater
English Bread and Yeast Cookery-Elizabeth David
Best Kept Secrets of the Women’s Institute Series
Key Designers:
Ross Lovegrove
Frank Lloyd Wright
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Gerrit Reitveld
Vivienne Westwood
Matthew Williamson
Yohji Yamamoto
Yves Saint Laurent
Karl Lagerfeld
Films/TV Programmes:
Blood, Sweat & T-Shirts
(BBC)
Project Catwalk/Runway
(Sky)
The Secret World of Haute
Couture (BBC)
‘Textiles’ (YouTube)
Masterchef
Come Dine With Me
Celebrity Chef shows (Jamie
Oliver etc)
River Cottage (Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall)
The Hairy Bikers
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