Greater Depth PHA Resources

Welcome to the Greater Depth PHA Resource Area!

This is the area of our school website dedicated to Greater Depth PHA pupils and extending your learning. So, what can you expect?

What does PHA mean?

PHA stands for ‘Previously Higher Attaining’, and it basically means that at some point in your school career, your teachers have identified that you have a particular strength in one or more subject areas. This could have been identified through tests, school work, achievements or natural ability, and it usually means that you will be given targets of ‘Greater Depth’ in those lessons. You will notice in lessons that you will be encouraged to go for the ‘Gold’ target and may even be set extra challenges to really help you to extend your learning further and stretch your abilities. Click HERE to find out a little bit more about what PHA means here at St Bede’s.

What does this area of the website provide?

Here, you will find lots of fun things to try, as well as some really complex activities designed to challenge you. There is something here for everyone! We want to help you to find new interests, develop helpful new skills, boost your creativity and also encourage critical thought. There are three main areas of the PHA section to explore:

* Boost Your Brain

* Cool Things to Learn and Explore

* Useful Skills, Tips, Tricks and Brain Games

In each area, you will find stacks of interesting activities to have a go at. Some involve videos, some are creative challenges, some are workshops from people who have excelled in their field and there are even some amazing 360-degree tours to explore! There’s also lots of opportunity to develop personal skills such as how to do a successful presentation; boosting your memory and managing your time effectively. You can even learn how your brain actually works!

Click on the + next to the red, green and blue headings below to find out more and go to each section!

How do I use these resources?

These resources are all designed to be accessible on pretty much any device. Click on the + next to the ‘How Do I Use These Resources?’ to find out more.

If you have any questions about being a Greater Depth/PHA pupil, please speak to your subject teacher. Alternatively, you can speak to Miss James, who is the Lead Teacher for PHA at St Bede’s.

We hope that you enjoy building your skills and knowledge with these resources – it’s all up to you to get involved and take your learning further. The sky is the limit!

‘The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice’

Building Your Skills and Brain Power 

In this ‘Boost Your Brain’ section, you will find a range of PowerPoints designed to help you to improve your ability, train your brain and understand how it works. Most of the PPTs have short videos to watch, as well as useful tips and info to read.  

Here’s a quick overview of what you can study. 

When you have finished reading, to view the content please click here!

1. How does your brain work? 

Find out about how your brain actually works, how it keeps us alive, how fast thoughts are and even explore mini-brains that scientists have created in the lab! This PPT is very scientific but has some fascinating things in it. You’ll learn lots about your brain! 

2. How to be an original thinker 

Find out about how you can think outside the box and learn about how you can be successful by thinking in different ways. Learn to take risks and trust your instincts! There are some questions and behaviour tasks to try too. 

3. How to deal with Imposter Syndrome 

If, like Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, you have ever felt that you don’t ‘deserve’ success or that your talents are all down to ‘luck’, then this is the one for you. Learn to celebrate your special skills – it’s okay to do well! 

4. Fixed and Growth Mindsets 

This PPT helps you to find out what sort of mindset you have. It also gives you pointers on how to develop a Growth Mindset, which is really helpful for achieving success! 

5. What is your Learning Style? 

This PPT and the related Word documents will help you to work out which Learning Style you are. When you find out, you can tailor your learning to fit your style and maximise your ability! 

6. Managing Stress and Learning to Relax 

This PPT talks you through ways to reduce stress and offers some great tips. It also looks at how to get good sleep and gives you useful links to the ChildLine website. 

7. Dealing With Mistakes and ‘Failure’ 

This PPT looks at some of the most famous, successful people in the world and shows you one thing they all have in common – failure at first! We then look at perfectionism and how to deal with mistakes and when things go wrong. It’s ok to make mistakes – don’t let them hold you back! 

Now that you have finished reading the content, please click here to access the resources!

In the ‘Cool Things to Learn and Explore’ folder, you will have the opportunity to discover lots of amazing activities and interesting topics. You’ll be able to visit places virtually that you might never see in real life; examine famous art in unbelievable detail and even learn from the experts about how to be a success!

Here’s a quick overview of what you can study. 

Please feel free to read the resources overviews below and then to view the content please click here

1.       Awesome 360-degree Virtual Tours

Have you ever wanted to visit somewhere amazing, put not been able to? Why not try some of these awesome 360-degree tours? You can go inside space shuttles, see dinosaurs or even take a tour around India!

2.       Discovering Space and NASA

Would you like to find out more about NASA and even design your own rocket? If so, this one’s for you!

3.       Exploring Great Art

Take a look at some of the world’s most famous art in unbelievable close-up, without even leaving your screen! You can see the brush strokes and learn more about pieces by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt, Monet and many more!

4.       So, You Want To Be a Writer

If you would like to find out how to become a professional author, or even just improve your own writing skills, this is the one for you! R. L. Stine, author of the world-famous Goosebumps books, gives some great tips!

Please feel free to read the resources overviews below and then to view the content please click here

Building Your Skills and Brain Power 

In the ‘Useful Skills, Tips, Tricks and Brain Games’ folder,  you will find a range of PowerPoints designed to help you to improve your general skills and your ability to learn. There are also some fun games to try!  Most of the PowerPoints have short videos to watch, as well as useful tips and info to read.  

Here’s a quick overview of what you can study. 

When you have finished reading the overview, please click here to view the resources!

1. Boosting Your Self-Confidence 

This short presentation guides you through how to build your confidence. It’s a small start, but everyone has to start somewhere!  

2. How to be Confident When Leading a Presentation 

Do you get nervous when talking in front of the class or doing a presentation? Find out about how you can build your confidence and present successfully without being nervous! 

3. Learn to Sketchnote 

Sketchnoting is a great way to make notes that involves drawings, symbols and arrows. It’s great if you find note-taking hard, if you’re a visual learner or if you enjoy doodling. You don’t have to be a good artist – don’t worry! 

4. How to practise effectively for just about anything! 

Whatever your talents are, you can help them to grow with effective practice. This PPT gives you tips to help you to maximise your ability and reach your goal, whatever it may be.  

5. Time Management and Study Skills 

Managing your time is very important as it helps you to work and relax better. This PPT guides you through the best ways to study so that your time is effectively organised.  

6. Boost your Thinking Skills with the TASC Wheel 

The TASC Wheel gives you a great way to organise your thinking. If you’re struggling with how to approach a big learning problem, give it a go! 

7. Tips for Memorising 

This PPT guides you through the best tips to memorise something. This is a great skill that will help you in exams and in your life in general. There are some poems to try memorising, but of course, you can use the skills for memorising anything you like! 


9. MENSA Games to Expand Your Mind 

Follow the links on this PPT to play a wide range of MENSA games – they’re very tricky and will really give your brain a workout! 

Now that you have finished reading the overview, please click here to view the resources!

All documents are created in school and are securely stored. Any content uploaded to the document is checked beforehand and any irrelevant content has been removed. If you have any questions please read below, and if your question hasn’t been answered, then please reach out to Miss James, PHA Lead Teacher.

Do I need to have an active school account to access these resources?

No, all our resources are free to use for all students, providing you have the required software, discussed below.

How do I open these files?

To open Word and PowerPoint files you will need either: Microsoft Office 20xx (input version here, however it should really be no older than 2015); Microsoft Office 365 (Web and app versions are the best apps to open with); there are also other 3rd party apps (not owned or created by Microsoft that will work fine with these, however please use at your own discretion)

PDF Documents can be opened in web browsers (such as Chrome and Edge) and also can be opened in dedicated apps such as: Adobe Acrobat and reader software, and other 3rd party software.

Any other document type not listed above, will have the information listed beforehand.

What is a PDF Document, and why are you not just using Word Documents?

A PDF (Portable Document Format) document is a document that is lightweight in nature, as it is compressed to a smaller file size, they also don’t rely on the software that created them, nor any operating system, and they will look the same no matter how one is opened.

Why are most of your documents uploaded as PDF’s and not word or PowerPoint documents?

A PDF typically is a compressed version of a PowerPoint or Word document and as such has a smaller file size, this means that it is quicker to download, takes up less space, and also, can be opened on web browsers meaning that you don’t actually need to download the file at all.

What devices can I use to access your resources?

Any device should be usable with our website, if you are having issues, or notice something that should be changed then please let us know.

How do I get to your resources?

Our resources are available on their own specific web pages, please click on the links under the “Resources” menu above, or click on an item in the drop-down list below and click on the link in each section.

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