Tried the Primary Maths Challenge yet?

Have you tried the Primary Maths Challenge in your school yet? It’s intended to be a fun and motivational mathematical challenge aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland.

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The next round of PMC will take place during the week beginning 14 November 2016. Children sit the challenge in your own school and marking is internal with a mark scheme provided in the PMC pack by The Mathematical Association who are the organisers.

There is a charge for the materials but you can view past papers, answers and notes on the PMC Downloads page so you can see exactly the type of questions involved. There’s even an online section with PMC practice questions with a printable certificate at the end. Please note if you’re a Mathematical Association member discounts are available on materials. You will be able to order materials in April for the 2016 challenge but it’s definitely worth investigating in the meantime.

Free Film Screenings for Schools and Youth Groups

Have you heard of the free film screenings for schools and youth groups called Into Film Festival? The festival is the UK’s largest film and education event and is free for teachers and young people aged 5-19 to attend. This year’s festival will take place from 4–20 November in over 500 venues across the UK.

This year they’re expecting around 450,000 young people and their educators to attend one of the 2,500+ free Festival events including:

· A cinema screening programme of over 150 film choices
· Industry expert Q&As
· Career information sessions
· Filmmaking workshops
· Masterclasses
· Special speaker sessions

Free education resources that support the delivery of the curriculum will be available to download to ensure each school’s experience is not only fun but provides learning outcomes too.

If you register your interest now you can get more information and you’ll be informed when bookings go live.

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Free Online Books for Children

It’s World Book Day today and we wish teachers and children everywhere lots of fun, especially those who will be dressing up as their favourite fictional characters. It’s established in over 100 countries now and is the biggest celebration of reading of its kind. Ten books have been especially written for World Book Day and we hope youngsters here in the UK will be redeeming their tokens this month.

We particularly like the Storycraft section of the World Book Day site which features more than 50 top author Storyguides who share their top tips for storytelling in different genres. It’s a great storytelling tool for young writers at every stage.

We thought we would take the opportunity to feature some our favourite sites for free online books for children.

We Give Books is a digital initiative that enables anyone with Internet access to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them. Books have been donated with the aim to foster the love of reading and promoting literacy in communities all over the world. You can search for books by age range up to 10, by genre or by author.

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Another website with free online books is the Bug Club Reading Challenge which has free ebooks for children from 5 to 11 years of age. Some books have additional printable activities.

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Oxford Owl Reading aimed at parents now has 250 tablet friendly eBooks to choose from. You have to register but there are also tips, activities and games to help parents support their child’s reading at home. We think it is worth recommending to parents particularly if children use the Oxford Reading tree reading scheme at school.

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Enjoy World Book Day!

PE and Cooking Equipment Up for Grabs

It’s that time again! From 28 Jan until 5 May 2015 Sainsbury’s Active Kids equipment for vouchers scheme will be happening again and this year there’s an even bigger range of goodies up for grabs. They’re giving vouchers out at all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online.

For UK schools there are Cooking and Nutrition Toolkits aimed at supporting the teaching of healthy eating and hygiene in cooking to 3-16 year olds. Or if you prefer there’s loads of PE equipment or active packs with games and ideas for activities to help children get fit and have fun.

So how about signing up your school or community group today, as we all want kids to lead healthier lives!

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