Vegetable Maths Masters Free App

Take a look at this recently launched maths learning app, which is called Vegetable Maths Masters, for school children!

Topmarks is excited to learn about this new app game, which has been funded by The British Psychological Society – teachers and parents are sure to enjoy this fun, positive resource with their young learners.

The game has been designed by a team including Dr Claire Farrow, Associate Professor at University of Aston, studying Child Eating Behaviour, with consultants in human computer interaction, teachers and parents.
It is primarily a maths app, but is structured around vegetables and using cheery, food-friendly characters.

Vegetable Maths Masters, learning app

Evidence from research studies showing methods for increased vegetable exposure and consumption in children was important when designing the game.
Topmarks believes the game will be useful in schools alongside healthy eating topic work, and also recommends it for home-learning use.

Vegetable Maths Masters, learning app

Vegetable Maths Masters has been attractively created with different levels for 3-7 year olds, using bright colours, lively characters, being reward-led and with simple-to-use, audio-enhanced animations.
It’s totally FREE to use and has no adverts or in-app purchases!

Vegetable Maths Masters, learning app

Subject areas include:
– counting up to 10, using a ‘ten frame’
– number formation for young pupils (though Topmarks would like to let teachers know that some of the number formations may not be their recognised way of teaching, eg number 5 and number 9).
– matching and addition problems, with pictorial representation
– fractions, and multiplication and division problems.

Vegetable Maths Masters, learning app

There is even the option to personalise the game, with settings to turn on and off certain vegetables that teachers or parents would like children to play with.

Available to play on iOs and Android – visit the website now to find out more and to download Vegetable Maths Masters!

New updates for learning – Chopper Squad

Topmarks is excited to reveal a new update to our popular primary-age ‘more or less’ maths game, Chopper Squad. Now, it has new levels for counting on grids up to 20.

We’re really happy to launch this new version of Chopper Squad, with the additional modes allowing game play for lower levels, 1-20.
Chopper Squad is a great game, on the theme of helicopters, and is an easier version of our mental maths game Helicopter Rescue. Being more simple, it is ideal for young learners who are getting to grips with the concepts of one more and one less than a given number.

Chopper Squad mental maths counting game for children, by TopmarksBeing able to find one more or one less is an important requirement for children in the Year 1 age group, according to the National Curriculum programme of study.
The largest of the number grids is up to 100, however our new levels are perfect for younger or less able players who are still working with numbers up to 20.

Chopper Squad mental maths counting game for children, by Topmarks

There are different game modes within the varying number categories, so that pupils can enjoy practising either one more and less, or progress to ten more and less. 

Chopper Squad mental maths counting game for children, by TopmarksChopper Squad is designed with audible questions that are fully randomised, to allow maximum scope for repeat playing. The game is created to work well on interactive whiteboard, in addition to other devices – like all our maths games, it’s tablet friendly.

In all cases, the full-screen icon in the top right corner of the game screens provide the best playing experience.

Click now to play Chopper Squad today!

World Space Week – 4-10 October 2018

Did you know that today is the start of World Space Week? Coinciding with the launch of the first space satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957, World Space Week celebrates space science and its contribution to humanity.

World Space Week was first set up in 1999, by the UN General Assembly, and this year’s theme is ‘Space Unites The World’. Like previous years, there are thousands of events planned all over the world – wherever you are in space, it’s so easy to get involved!

World Space Week, 4-10 October 2018Find out more about events happening near you by clicking here, and look for some great ideas for organising your own WSW fun, as well!
You can make the most of a large number of handy teacher guides too.

And for starters, don’t forget that Topmarks has a fun interactive learning game, ideal for your young learners – it’s called Blast Off!
It’s for 5 to 8 year olds and it’s designed to help children identify and work with two digit numbers.Blast Off mental maths learning game for 5-8 year olds

It’s tablet-friendly, as well as being great for interactive whiteboard use in the classroom. There are four game modes, each with multiple choice oral questions and fully randomised to allow repeat playing.
The first pair of games are Find a Number, for finding the ‘Direct’ (finding a specific number) and ‘In Between’ (finding a number between two given numbers).

Blast Off mental maths learning game for 5-8 year olds, by Topmarks

Other game modes are for Count on & Back… These make Topmarks’ Blast Off game useful for pupils learning some of the vocabulary of addition and subtraction.
Examples include ‘Count back four from twenty-seven’, ‘Count on five from sixty-one’, What is seven more than thirty-one?’ and ‘What is eight less than eighty-seven?’.

Blast Off mental maths learning game for 5-8 year olds, by Topmarks

Varying difficulty levels mean Blast Off is suitable for differentiation within age groups and, like all our own games, it is playable in full-screen mode by clicking on the full-screen icon on any screen.

Have a go today – and all this week – to especially remember World Space Week 2018, and remember to share how you get on on our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy Happy Eggventures with The Happy Egg Co

Look out for this fun new resource – the Happy Eggventures – designed for Key Stage 2 pupils, from the National Schools Partnership and the happy egg company.

Centred around a comic book adventure, it’s created to support delivery of science, D&T, literacy and art & design curriculum objectives. The initiative will engage children in learning about nutrition and healthy food choices, plus allows development of literacy skills and creativity with a comic strip competition!

Happy Eggventures, teaching resource

The resource includes a classroom presentation (Powerpoint) and activity sheets – 7-11-year-old learners will love the characters. The first 150 schools to sign-up will receive free printed resource packs, too.

Happy Eggventures, teaching resource, National Schools Partnership
Happy Eggventures, teaching resource, National Schools Partnership

Using the ready-to-print competition entry form, there’s the chance to come up with a slogan, poster advert and jingle. Children will get to show off their learnings with storytelling and artistic skills! Two lucky contest winners will see their creations brought to life by a professional comic artist.

Happy Eggventures, teaching resource, National Schools Partnership

Competition open to primary age school children in mainland UK – England, Scotland, Wales. Competition closes Friday 16 November 2018. Find full T&Cs here.

Happy Eggventures, teaching resource, National Schools Partnership

Learn more about the happy egg company – one of the UK’s largest free-range egg brands – here.
Don’t miss out: download the Happy Eggventures learning resource for FREE now!