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.

New £1 Coin for Toy Shop Money Game

Tomorrow, 28 March, the new £1.00 coin comes into circulation in the UK. The good news is we’ve updated our Toy Shop Money game with the new coin.

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Toy Shop Money is designed to help children, from 4 – 11 years of age, to understand UK money. There are two game modes; the first where children use coins to make up varying amounts to buy the toys and the second where they work out change. There are varying levels of difficulty and the easiest levels involve working out amounts with coins of the same denomination. The activities progress from counting out amounts with mixed coins to working out change from up to a £10 note.

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There are also USD and AUD versions of the same game.

Remember to check for those old £1.00 coins in pockets and down the side of the sofa because shops will no longer accept them after 15 October 2017. The old coin is being replaced because approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit. Below is a statement from the Royal Mint.

“The legal tender status of the round £1 coin will be withdrawn on 15th October 2017. From this date shops will no longer accept these coins, but you will still be able to take them to your bank. We would encourage you to use your coins or return them to your bank before 15th October.

Toy Shop Money Game Launched

EDIT: Now available in USD and AUD currencies

We’re delighted to have just our new primary money game called ‘Toy Shop Money Game’. It’s suitable for 4 – 11 year olds and like all our maths games it’s tablet friendly.

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There are three different game modes. The first involves counting out money using single coin denominations. The second mode is similar but uses mixed coinage. In the third game mode children are required to work out change from differing amounts up to £10.00. Each mode has varying levels of difficulty so that children can build upon their money handling skills.

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At the moment the game features UK currency but it will soon be available in both AUD and USD currencies.

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.

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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.