Try the 10 Minute Shake Up

Change4Life and Disney inspire a new campaign called
10 Minute Shake Up to boost physical activity levels during the school day.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

A recent Public Health England report has the evidence to back up what we might already ‘know’ – a strong link between being physically active and academic performance, learning and attention, within a school setting.

Change4Life is run by PHE to help families eat well, move more and live longer, to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.
A new survey from Change4Life and Disney found that children believe they need to be ‘fast’ (49%) or ’strong’ (41%) to be active, and just a quarter see themselves as ‘sporty’ (25%). The new 10 Minute Shake Up program is designed to challenge these ideas!

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

It encourages children of all abilities to be more active, beyond PE classes and especially over the summer break. The campaign hopes to show that everyone can enjoy getting active and benefit from improved wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

The new ideas that inspire youngsters to get moving for fun – just for 10 minutes, and throughout the school day – will hopefully foster positive attitudes towards exercise that’ll last beyond the classroom.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

Each Shake Up activity is modelled on a Disney character as a fun incentive, and entry point for those who don’t feel sporty. Head to the 10 Minute Shake Up homepage for activities inspired by characters from Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2 as well as Frozen and The Lion King, and more besides.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

There are lots of free, quick-to-learn and simple games to try.
Plus… find activities including an ‘Active assembly’, ‘Active school day ideas’, ‘Active role play lesson starters’ and ideas for children and parents to use during the holidays.

Click now to find out more and to order your packs, with activities, stickers and certificates!

Glass Guardians is back

This fabulous initiative for helping teach the importance of glass recycling returns for its second year!

Backed by British Glass and Friends of Glass, Glass Guardians is a curriculum-linked project is ideal for getting 7-11 year-old children to join the fight for less waste and more environmentally-sound living.
Not least that it’ll also help your school in its target to achieve its
Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Glass Guardians recycling initiative, National Schools Partnership

Glass Guardians is a UK-wide program designed to enable primary-aged pupils to learn about recycling glass. Did you know that glass can be recycled an infinite number of times and not degrade in quality? Recycle, recycle, recycle!

Glass Guardians recycling initiative, National Schools Partnership

Enjoy the free resources by registering at National Schools Partnership:
– PowerPoint assembly presentation introducing the topic
– Step-by-step teacher notes
– Engaging video to inspire children
– Worksheets across maths, english, science and PSHE.

Glass Guardians recycling initiative, National Schools Partnership

Click now to find out more and register to download your pack, and enjoy becoming Glass Guardians as a great end-of-term activity!

Have you tried our Topmarks font yet?

Downloads of the Topmarks fonts have hit 10,000! If you’ve not yet tried it, why not join the thousands of people already enjoying it?
We created the free-to-use Topmarks fonts – available in Regular and Bold options – as a great resource, which is ideal for use by Early Years and primary school teachers.

sample of Topmarks font typeface, free resource ideal for classroom use

Based on personal experience, we understood the frustration felt by teachers when wanting to prepare classroom materials for youngsters, but struggling to find an appropriate (and free!) font.
Comic Sans, inspired by comic book lettering, has been the most common choice for teachers, as a compromise. But with the help of top font designers, we the created the Topmarks fonts as a free alternative.

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A significant factor in the collaboration to produce our Topmarks fonts was that the letters and numbers should be formed similar to how children first learn to write.

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Knowing there have been 10,000 downloads of the fonts is really exciting – we hope that this number grows even more as more teachers make the most of this resource!

Hurry now to download them for yourself, and do let us know how you’re using them via our social media channels at Facebook and Twitter!

MoneySense – Free Classroom Resources

The National Schools Partnership network has let us know about a free financial education programme from NatWest.

MoneySense is a programme featuring hundreds of free classroom resources and interactive workshops, supported by bank employees.
It is available through the National Schools Partnership and has already reached over 1.5 million children in schools across England and Wales.

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

Designed for primary schools, and for teachers to use directly with the help of bank employees, the resources will engage pupils in learning about money in an impartial and fun way!

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

Each workshop lasts no more than two hours, and is designed for all primary age groups and abilities.

Children will be able to benefit from learning about ‘needs and wants’, counting money and change, the basics of budgeting or the dangers of identity theft and fraud, and much more.

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

Topmarks particularly likes the new workshop featuring ‘Super Smoothies’, created for KS1-mid KS2 children. This helps develop youngsters’ numeracy skills and introduces concepts such as enterprise and buying and selling, all in a fun series of activities around setting up a smoothie shop. Register to try it today!

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

Sign up now to access the FREE MoneySense programme with downloadable resources, and to book an interactive workshop online for this term or the coming academic year.