RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch is coming!

Are you joining in with the Big Schools’ Birdwatch project, early in the new year? It’s a fabulous conservation science scheme by the RSPB that’s perfect for inspiring youngsters, all over the UK!

Every year the Big Schools’ Birdwatch does great work in helping to track bird population numbers across the country.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a charity whose scientific work is vital for looking after our feathered friends. The Big Schools’ Birdwatch is just one such initiative, and can be run with any age group of children.

All you have to do is spend one hour counting the most birds seen together, of each species that comes to your school. No special birdwatching knowledge is required! Registration for the event is open now, and final survey counts have to be submitted to the RSPB, online, by 22 February 2019.

RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch 2019

Watch this handy video from the RSPB to what is like to take part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch!

There are direct links with National Curriculum learning objectives, and lots of free resources are supplied by the RSPB to support the Birdwatch programme. Send off for your registration pack now, which includes a FREE bird identification poster.

RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch 2019Plus, on the RSPB site, you can download easy-to-use counting sheets for pupils to record their bird count findings (find several versions, tailored for different age groups!), and why not try craft activities, bird-themed games to play, recipes for bird treats and more?! Click now to
make the most of all the downloads here.

And don’t forget too to watch out for the results of the Birdwatch later in the spring – if you’re registered to receive the newsletter, you’ll be notified of the results to follow up in class.
Be sure to plan now for this event in your lessons for the new term, and join the fun!

Christmas Patterns – brand new game for festive learning

As Christmas draws closer, enjoy this new idea for children’s learning that is full of festive fun! Christmas Patterns is ideal for 3 to 8 year olds.

We are delighted to launch a Christmas version of our popular Shape Patterns game. Christmas Patterns is a fun, sequencing game where children need to complete the pattern of different Christmas-related objects.  It is a multiple choice game with three levels of difficulty. In the easier levels, children need to continue the pattern, but in the more challenging level 3, children are presented with a sequence with the missing element in different positions. This offers excellent opportunities for problem solving skills.

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Make the most of the engaging, festive graphics in this learning game that youngsters will love. It’s great to use on tablets and other devices, plus in the classroom on an interactive whiteboard – play Christmas Patterns here!

Don’t forget too, when Christmas is over, pupils will love to play Topmarks’ regular Shape Patterns game.

 

 

 

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!