Young Imagineers! Develop your problem-solving skills

Encourage the young inventors of tomorrow in your classroom. With this resource and competition from National Schools Partnership, called Young Imagineers, pupils’ imaginations will really be firing!

Look out for the curriculum-linked resource called Young Imagineers. It’s designed as a great platform for revealing some of history’s world-changing inventions, and helping children think outside of the box with their own creativity.

Young Imagineers resource and competition

The American psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm said, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” This idea of being free to explore new ways of thinking and be inspired to try different things when creating is just what Young Imagineers is about!

Young Imagineers resource and competition, National Schools Partnership

Download the FREE resource pack which includes a lesson plan, classroom presentation and ready-to-use activity sheets, all set to get pupil’s problem-solving skills honed. It’s strongly connected to STEM and Design & Technology curriculum programmes. The first 150 people to register will receive a set of printed resources!

It is also the perfect preparation for the Young Imagineers competition 2018, with entry forms included in the pack. It’s a great contest open to children aged 7-14. This year, they are challenged to answer the following question:
“What invention would you create to make tomorrow’s world a better place?”

Young Imagineers

With points awarded for imagination and creativity, the lucky winner will have their invention made into a real-life prototype, which will be displayed at the Science Museum, London. Here’s 2017’s winner, 10-year-old Finlay Minter from Surrey, with the model of his invention – a hover wheelchair.

Other prizes also to be won this year include a bespoke-designed experience day at the Science Museum, an annual family pass to Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum, 50 copies of the book This Book Thinks You’re a Scientist for the winner’s school, plus Science Museum goodie bags! Unmissable!

Watch some of the fun from 2017’s Young Imagineers Live final…

Make sure you visit the Young Imagineers site, and as well as the
resource page at the National Schools Partnership so you can download the pack. It’s free, if you’re registered. (If you’re not already a member, then sign up there for login details.)

(Competition ends Sunday 21 October 2018. Open to pupils in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Full T&Cs apply, see here.)

Be inspired in this art competition from Co-op

Reinforcing messages about where food comes from is oh-so-important and Topmarks loves this new initiative from Co-op and the National Schools Partnership.

Free-Range Art is the name of this new resource pack. It’s designed to link with Key Stage 2 curriculum areas of art and design, PHSE and design & technology, to further engage pupils’ journey from farm to fork.

Co-op Free-Range Art, National Schools Partnership

Find a lesson guide with classroom presentation including videos, activity sheets and a fun quiz. Full teacher notes are also supplied.

And enjoy the ‘egg-stra’ special competition for youngsters in UK primary schools to design an egg box label for Co-op – the winning designs of which will be used on packaging in stores across the UK. Children will design a book cover, advert and film poster before coming up with the perfect egg box label. It’ll be great fun developing commercially relevant and creative designs!

Co-op Free-Range Art, National Schools Partnership

Added to which, there are hundreds of pounds worth of school vouchers up for grabs, to spend on more art supplies. Nine prizes are available in total, so don’t miss out!

How do I get involved?
You just need to be registered with National Schools Partnership to access the Free-Range Art pack (and lots more besides!). If you’re not yet signed up, just click here.
Don’t hesitate to download this fab FREE resource, Free-Range Art, and make sure to use the label template provided for the contest.

(Competition ends Monday 15 October 2018, T&Cs apply.)

Get ready for National Poetry Day – coming soon!

This year’s National Poetry Day will be here before we know it, coming up on 4 October 2018 – another fabulous chance to celebrate performing, reading and writing poetry!

It’s a great chance to celebrate poetry with youngsters of all age groups, and the theme for 2018’s event is Change.

National Poetry Day 2018National Poetry Day

Find plenty of poems on the National Poetry Day site to kickstart your inspiration – we love ‘Caterpillar’ by Christina Rossetti… a perfect fit for the theme of Change, but also a super tie-in with your minibeast topics! Or why not choose your own favourite poems to add to the fun?

National Poetry Day
Don’t miss out on downloading the FREE teaching resources and tool kit, created especially for teachers to use in classrooms. There are great activities and lesson plans, plus posters to decorate your school.

National Poetry DayRemember to sign up for the National Poetry Day mailing list, to receive updates on news, offers and events.
Use the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to share your poetry events and activities – Topmarks will be following all the social media fun, too!

Speak out Stay safe – NSPCC child safety campaign

Has your school received a visit from the NSPCC, encouraging children to seek help if they feel at risk or in danger? The charity’s ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme is FREE!

Since April 2011 this campaign has seen visits by specially trained safeguarding volunteers to 80% of UK primary schools. In 2017/8 alone, the NSPCC’s School Service spoke to around 1.8million children, in locations from Cornwall to the Isle of Orkney, Scotland.

NSPCC child safeguarding programme 'Speak out. Stay safe.'
The team is keen to see the remaining 20% of schools signing up for the free visit that they’re entitled to! This programme is designed by the UK’s top children’s charity, to help prevent pupils suffering abuse or neglect, as they deliver vital child protection messages in a fun and age-appropriate way.

NSPCC child safeguarding programme 'Speak out. Stay safe.’

Photo by Tom Hull

One in five children has suffered some form of abuse or neglect. The ‘Speak out. Stay safe‘ programme continues its good work, with more school visits, and with a new nationwide TV ad campaign launching this week. Topmarks believes this is a great campaign to support our youngsters, so they understand different forms of abuse, recognise the signs and know how to protect themselves.
Karen Squillino, Head of the NSPCC Schools Service, says: “We are proud of our ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme and believe it can make a massive difference to the lives of the primary school children we see all across the UK.”

The ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme links directly to the curriculum, helping schools meet their statutory safeguarding requirements.
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ssemblies are held for children aged 5-11, followed by a one-hour classroom workshop for years 5/6 (England and Wales) and P6/7 (Scotland and Northern Ireland). There is the option for assemblies to be delivered bilingually in Wales, and an adapted version of the programme is available for children with special education needs.
Plus, the NSPCC offers 
specialist resources, lesson plans and training to help embed the learning in the weeks after their visit.

NSPCC child safeguarding programme 'Speak out. Stay safe.’

Photo by Tom Hull

So don’t delay – click the link to make sure your primary school receives a ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ session. Set a date to welcome the team to your school!
You can find out more about the NSPCC’s training resources for child safeguarding here.