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.

New book titles – Maverick Early Readers

With the help of a great guided reading program, children can make fantastic in-roads to becoming passionate readers.

Earlier this year we reviewed a number of the Early Readers titles by Maverick Publishing. (Do take a look back at that post for Topmarks’ full impressions about this excellent reading program for young learners, if you missed it!)

The program uses the colour-coded book banding standard which is widely used in UK schools and libraries, and which has been developed by the UCL (University College London) Institute of Education. We wanted to share the news that there’s been a new spring release of titles to the Maverick Early Readers range – specifically of books in the Purple, White and Gold book bands.

Selection of books from the Maverick Early Readers guided reading program

As for all the Maverick Early Readers, all 10 of the new releases are bright, lively stories with charming illustrations to really help engage youngsters. The titles are sure to appeal to both girls and boys.

Selection of books from the Maverick Early Readers guided reading program

Being in the Purple, White and Gold book bands, these new releases are all in the upper bans of the scheme. This means they feature more complex sentences, more varied punctuation and broader vocabularies. There are still visual clues in the delightful illustrations for those trickier-to-decode words.

Selection of books from the Maverick Early Readers guided reading program

The list of newly launched stories to look for is:
Purple – Max the Sheepdog; The Little Green Monster
White – Picnic Planet; The Detective Club: Buried Treasure!; The Great Pants Robbery; The Time Train
Gold – The Spooky Sleepover; The Magic Music Box; The Chicken Knitters; The Coach, the Shoes and the Football.

The RRP of each book is £5.99. Find Maverick Early Readers titles in all good bookstores and online. Trade enquiries welcome via educational suppliers.

Disclosure: Topmarks was supplied with a selection of the Early Readers books by Maverick Publishing, free of charge for a fair and honest review, with no obligation.