Virtual Reality Field Trips from Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions has come to Britain. Google has just opened up their Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme to more schools across the UK. Imagine being able to take your students on immersive journeys to places you never thought possible. With a virtual reality viewer, phone or tablet, students can be magically transported to different places on Earth and even Mars! They could explore the inside of Buckingham Palace or the Great Barrier Reef. So far there are 200 engaging expeditions. Journeys are suitable for all age groups from 7 upwards. With the teacher acting as a “guide”, pointing out interesting sights along the way, classroom-sized groups of “explorers” are led through collections of 360° and 3D images.

The Google Expedition App is freely available on both iOS and Android. Lesson plans are available for every expedition and there’s training showing you how to embark on an expedition.

So what are you waiting for? Get your school signed up today!

New Great Fire of London Website

Exactly 350 years ago from September 2nd and September 5th 1666 the Great Fire of London was raging. To mark this milestone the Museum of London in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives, Guildhall Art Gallery and the Monument have collaborated to create a new fantastic website called The Great Fire of London.

The site has a brilliant interactive, animated game for children which challenges their knowledge of how we know what happened all those years ago. The game covers the six days of the fire by being divided into chapters which have sub-chapters within each day. This allows you to have the option of teaching the subject step-by-step if you wish. The site works equally well on individual computers, mobile devices or on an interactive whiteboard.

The whole website has been created with simplicity in mind. You can find out information about the fire either through coloured boxes on the map or through the Minecraft Experience where Great Fire 1666 uses the power of Minecraft to tell the story of the fire. You can harness the popularity of the game to help to teach the topic. All in all a great resource!

New Number Fact Families Maths Game

We’ve been busy making more maths games this summer and our latest Number Fact Families, is aimed at 6 to 11 year olds. Like all Topmarks’ games it is tablet friendly and it works brilliantly on an interactive whiteboard in full-screen mode.


It can be used as a teaching tool and as an individual game for children to learn the fact family relationships between addition and subtraction or multiplication and division. Three numbers are given and children are required to find all four number facts.

Addition and Subtraction: Up to 50

Addition and Subtraction: Up to 50

Multiplication and Division: 2 to 5 Tables

Multiplication and Division: 2 to 5 Tables

In both Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division modes there are two alternative layouts, to meet National Curriculum requirements, involving the different position of the equals sign.
e.g. 1 + 3 = 4 or 4 = 1 + 3. The Addition and Subtraction mode the number selections may include zeros, again in line with curriculum requirements. All number selections are randomly generated so that the game can be replayed many times.

We would love to know what you think to the game if you have a couple of minutes to drop us a line. Try the game now.

Super Holiday Learning Activities

If your children quickly get bored during the summer holidays then
The Children’s University site may be just the ticket. They have a range of free inspirational activities that support children’s independent learning from a number of different sources.

The Children’s University Summer Challenge 2016 has interesting and creative activities which can be completed by individuals with the support of a parent such as taking part in a Halfords Bike Workshop, making up a dance routine and taking part in a Forest Trail. There are simply too many to list here so we recommend taking a look at what is on offer.