Cheap theatre tickets for teachers

The Royal Shakespeare Company has a brilliant ticket offer for teachers over the summer holidays. You can buy up to 4 tickets at £10 each for any Monday to Friday performance. The plays being performed from 24 July to 1 September when the offer applies, are Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus.

Schools Broadcasts
Not every school can make the journey to Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, but the RSC free live broadcasts can bring their shows into your classroom. Register now to login on the broadcasts which begin with a live introduction from their studio and include activities for students to help them engage with the production.

New Coins Game Launched

In response to your requests we’ve launched a brand new Coins Game. It is designed for 4-10 year olds and as with all our own games it’s tablet friendly. The game complements our very popular Toy Shop Money game.

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The Sorting mode helps young children recognise UK coins and their relative values. The Counting mode has varying levels of difficulty and can be used as a tool for children to practise counting money. The site works well in full-screen mode which is useful if you are using the site on an interactive whiteboard. Just click on the full-screen icon in the top right hand corner to view the game in full-screen mode. You can return the screen to normal by clicking the icon again.

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Play the Coins Game

A Free Tablet Friendly Number Charts Resource

We’re delighted to release our latest free mobile friendly number charts resource. It’s called Paint the Squares and it works really well both as a teacher demonstration tool in full screen mode on an interactive whiteboard or as a desktop or tablet resource for children to explore number patterns. It has been designed for use with 5 – 9 year olds.

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The resource is an enhancement on the idea of an interactive 100 number square as there are eight different charts to choose from, making the resource more versatile for use with different age groups. You can choose to start your chart at either 0 or 1. The early charts 1 to 30 or 0 – 29 are excellent for young children who are learning their teens or twenties numbers. We have also included charts from 1 to 120 or 0 to 119 for those children learning how to bridge 100.

You can ‘paint’ the number squares with different colours to show your number patterns such as odds and evens, multiples patterns, counting on or back and in-between numbers for example.

The print option gives desktop users the opportunity to print out their painted number pattern charts.

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A pattern made on the 1 – 50 number chart

The State of Flash – May 2017

Flash is a browser plugin that has enabled many of the useful educational games that feature on Topmarks. Many of you will be aware that Flash resources typically do not work on iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. In 2016 desktop browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox, started to block Flash content due to stability, performance and security issues. Over the last few years web browsers have been enhanced to replace the functionality that was previously only provided by plugins like Flash.

None the games that we create at Topmarks are Flash based so they are not affected. However, we still host and link to a large number of popular Flash resources that haven’t been updated by their creators.

You may start to find that your favourite Flash games stop working, and will require you to “Allow Flash Content” in your web browser to keep them functioning. To make this as easy as possible for you we have provided instructions on how to do this in each of the major browsers below.

Google Chrome
1. Browse to www.topmarks.co.uk, then click on the Secure padlock in the address bar.

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2. Find “Flash” in the list and select “Always allow on this site” from the list to the right.

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3. Click the “Reload” button that appears, to update the site permissions for Topmarks.

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4. Now browse to our flash site too and repeat steps 1 to 3 for our flash site to ensure those resources work properly as well.

Safari
1. First open our main site and our flash site in new tabs.
2. Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable flash on Topmarks.

Internet Explorer
Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable Flash in IE.

Microsoft Edge
Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable Flash in Microsoft Edge.

Firefox
Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable Flash in Firefox.