With Twig I can just go straight in and think, ‘Right, I’m going to be looking at inherited characteristics.’ I can find the CfE curriculum outcome that relates to inherited characteristics and I can find a film that teaches what I need to get across to my pupils.
Twig provides a ton of curricular content that will help teachers and their learners really hone in on the key concepts that students have to understand in order to pass examinations or move onto the next unit.
Twig shows how practical Maths can be and how it can be used in the most unlikely of places.
Everyday contextual examples are massively helpful for relating the curriculum to real life. The kids will always say, 'Where do we use this in real life?’ So now I can go back and say vectors are used in air traffic control. Boom.
Finding a suitable Twig film is quick and easy. But the best thing about them is that the films are short and to the point, making them perfect for including as part of a lesson. The accompanying learning materials are great, too.
Twig films make good starters, good plenaries and they’re good during lessons. It’s great to have them all in one place. Knowing what’s there and what can be used makes Twig a fantastic resource. It saves teachers so much time.
When I was exploring Space with a class, I found a particular Twig film which allows pupils to investigate the size of the Universe and that really engaged their attention.
It can be difficult for pupils to grasp abstract ideas but the film allowed them to visualise the size of the Universe and they wanted to watch it several times.
As teachers, we are always looking for ways to stimulate our students’ minds. With Twig we feel that our ability to engage students has been enhanced by such a high-quality motivating tool.
They’ll say at the end of the lesson, ‘Can we watch another Twig film? Can we watch an another Twig film?’ And when’s that ever happened with a textbook? I can’t remember ever asking to look at the next chapter in a textbook!