Brand new maths game – Measuring in centimetres

Another new free game for you to enjoy! We hope you love our latest, tablet-friendly maths game called Measuring in Centimetres. It’s designed for children aged 5 to 9, as an introduction to working with a ruler.

There are two levels to play – level 1 focuses only on whole number measuring, while level 2 includes a mix of whole- and half-centimetre examples.

Measuring in Centimetres, Topmarks maths game

Multiple choice answers are provided for each question, and the fully-randomised selection of stationery objects to measure makes the game highly re-playable!

The game is ideal for young learners to practise the method of aligning the ‘0’ at the beginning of the measuring scale, and not the end of the ruler itself.

PLUS, we’ve included a draggable slider at the other end of the scale which children can use to position at the end of the featured objects, to assist with reading off the correct measurement.

Measuring in Centimetres, Topmarks maths game

Like all our own Topmarks games, the screens are viewable in full-screen mode by clicking on the full-screen icon. It’s especially handy when playing on a tablet or when using the game on an interactive whiteboard. Clicking on the ‘full-screen icon’ again returns the screen to normal.

We hope you’ll make the most of this Measuring in Centimetres game with your children – start today!

Shape Monsters – new learning game

Fantastic for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learners, Topmarks is excited to announce a new learning game. Helping young children recognise basic shapes, the Shape Monsters are here!

This brand-new interactive game, called Shape Monsters, is ideal for ages 2-5 to become familiar with and practised in sorting the four basic 2D shapes of circle, square, rectangle and triangle.

Topmarks game, Early years, Shape Monsters

Each of the fun monsters can only ‘eat’ the shape that matches its own body shape, and audible reinforcements back up the child’s correct choices.

The Shape Monsters game lends itself well for use on an interactive whiteboard, and is also tablet-friendly, like all Topmarks’ own games, for every age group.

The characters have been designed to appear in random positions for each game, and the chosen shapes appear randomly too, avoiding repetition. This makes it fully re-playable!

Click now to play Shape Monsters, and don’t forget to let us know how you find it – why not share your experiences on our social media channels? Find us on Facebook and Twitter, @topmarksed

Get set – and safe – for summer: Soltan

It may not quite be heat wave season yet, but here at Topmarks, we are looking forward to summer sun! And along with that, it means staying skin-safe, of course.

It’s why we’re excited to see the Soltan Sun Ready Schools plan from leading high-street pharmacist, health and beauty retailer, Boots. The prospect of outdoor fun means we shouldn’t have to compromise on safety when it comes to getting that all-important protection against permanent skin damage.

Soltan Sun Ready Schools campaign, Boots

With young skin susceptible to skin damage, it’s crucial to see that children are not only staying safe, but also educated for the future. That’s where the Soltan Sun Ready Schools campaign from Boots comes in. The top tips for enjoying the fresh sunny weather are sensible advice… the 5-step guide is easy too!

Soltan Sun Ready Schools campaign, Boots

Look out for sun scream with a 5* rating for UVA protection – not just one with high SPF number

Find a host of FREE sun-safe ideas, lesson plans for curriculum-led activities and assemblies all to download at the Soltan Sun Ready Schools site, both for primary age groups and secondary.

PLUS!
Why not make the most of the Sun Ready photo challenge competition? There are some great prizes up for grabs, such as a grand prize of £5000 for the winner to use on their upcoming school trips, as well as many other runner-up goodies and free Soltan samples.
Open to UK schools, from 16 April (next week!) so watch out for details at the challenge link – all classes have to do is upload a photo of how they are getting sun ready. Register (for free) and download the differentiated resource. (Competition closes 8 June, t&cs apply.)

STEM idea – Google Chrome Music Lab

Try this fun new idea for learning music, with a technology slant! Song Maker is a great new addition to the Chrome Music Lab suite

If you’ve never tried the Chrome Music Lab, by Google, then you’re in for a treat. Launched just a couple of years ago, it aims to help learning about music, using the web. The collection of ‘Experiments’ allow youngsters of all ages to get hands-on and explore how music works, such as sound, rhythm, melody and more.

Google Chrome Music Lab

The recent addition of Song Maker, an Experiment which allows anyone to compose their own song, surely fires the creativity! It’s so easy, as the notes are laid down just by drawing on the screen. Try the range of instruments, and play (literally!) with the settings to practice with concepts of tempo and scales. Plus the finished songs are easily shareable with a link, so they can be instantly enjoyed by everyone.

Google Chrome Music Lab, Song Maker

Enjoy the full inspiration:
→ free to use, no need to log in or make an account
→ compatible across devices: phones, tablets as well as desktop computers
→ web-hosted so no app installation required

Be inspired to use Chrome Music Lab in exciting ways, in science, maths, even art and dance lessons!