Tom Hainge

Tom Hainge

Product Manager
Tom graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He then went on to work as an Education Worker at IntoUniversity, a charity that provides an education programme addressing underachievement due to economic, social, cultural or linguistic disadvantage.
Tom is passionate about children getting the most from their education whilst making teachers’ lives easier.
Tom loves to travel and is currently on a belated gap-year!

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How To: Teach the KS1 Science Curriculum

How To Teach the KS1 Science Curriculum

Key Stage 1 (KS1) marks children’s introduction to the national science curriculum. With lessons in full swing, it’s essential to ensure that the teaching methods employed are engaging, fun, and interactive to capture the attention of young learners. Not only will this help teach the KS1 science curriculum, but it helps them develop a love for science. The KS1 science curriculum is designed to introduce young learners to the basic concepts of living things, materials, and physical phenomena.

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Teaching Primary History

How to: Teach the Primary History Curriculum (KS1 & KS2)

Designed to teach empathy, provide perspective, and to learn from the successes and failures of others, the KS1 and KS2 history curriculum is important for a child's learning development. History is a subject that is critical to our society, yet many think they don’t enjoy it due to how they were taught at school.

Be the change that inspires the next generation to fall in love with the past, and that starts with understanding the KS1 and KS2 history curriculum. Get your class excited and engaged to learn with our selection of high-quality resources. Within this guide we’ll run through some of our top tips and activities to make you confident for your next history lesson.

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Primary Geography Lesson Planning

8 Tips for Bringing Primary Geography Lessons to Life

Geography is a topic that can open the doors for students to become fascinated with the world around them, and geography is perhaps more relevant and necessary than ever before as we tackle climate change and other environmental issues. The problem with geography is, without the right intention behind how it is taught, it can feel dry and irrelevant to pupils.

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Lesson planning just got a lot faster

Lesson planning just got a lot faster!

At Pango, making teachers' lives a little easier is what we're about, which is why we've spent the last couple of months giving Pango a complete refresh. We've taken on board Pango teachers' feedback and listened to teachers' needs to develop an update that:

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Schemes of Work: How to choose the right one

Schemes of Work: How to Choose the Right One

A scheme of work is a long-term plan designed to ensure that students are taught all the skills and knowledge in the curriculum for that subject.  Schemes of work are typically broken down into teachable units or modules.

Schemes can be highly valuable in two key ways:

  1. Schemes should reduce teacher planning and preparation time, and
  2. Ensure students are taught progressive lessons that cover the full curriculum. 

However, not all schemes are made equal and the wrong scheme, or following a scheme totally rigidly can cause difficulties.

To take the difficulty out of choosing between a multitude of schemes, we partner with the best schemes of work - giving teachers access to progressive, primary schemes of work across 9 subjects, all in one place. 

Save time by accessing choice, quality and flexibility at your fingertips.Explore trusted schemes of work

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6 tips for teaching a meaningful, high-impact PSHE curriculum

6 tips for teaching a meaningful, high-impact PSHE curriculum

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is an integral part of a child’s education. PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject. However, the Department for Education does expect all schools to teach PSHE to their students. And, some parts of PSHE are compulsory; for primary schools, it is compulsory to teach relationship education and in state-funded primary schools it is also compulsory to teach health education.

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Primary School science

How to teach science if you’re not a science expert

Teaching science can be a daunting idea;

  • What if the experiments go horribly wrong?
  • What if they ask me why trees grow, and rocks don’t?
  • What if they can tell that I’m not a scientist?

It’s no wonder that only 32% of primary teachers strongly agree that they are “confident in teaching science”. (The Wellcome Trust’s State of the Nation report of UK Primary Science Education)

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