Big Battery Hunt campaign

The Big Battery Hunt is a new initiative hoping to make a positive difference to our planet and the way that young people think about recycling batteries. 

Schools in the UK are invited to join the challenge in this campaign, from the National Schools Partnership, compliance scheme Battery Back and Duracell.

Big Battery HuntDid you know?
> It takes at least 100 years for a battery to decompose
> The UK has one of the lowest battery recycling rates in the EU, as we throw away over 600 million batteries a year (source: Recycle More).

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment. Each battery placed in a recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials will be used to make something new, rather than the fragments of toxic metals draining from landfill sites into water sources.
Thanks to the Big Battery Hunt, children can learn about the importance of recycling and get involved with their wider communities.

Big Battery Hunt
Teachers can sign up for a free kit, supplied by Duracell, including educational resources (KS2) such as an assembly presentation and curriculum-linked maths tasks, plus a battery recycling container, which will be emptied without charge, when full.
The 2018 campaign aims for four million batteries to be recycled, and over 1000 schools are already registered, with 420 000 pupils taking part so far. Why not join them?!

Big Battery Hunt
One pupil (above), Talia from Glendower Prep School, collected over 2000 batteries on her own after being inspired by a TV episode of BBC’s Blue Planet. When she realised she could do something to help the environment she asked friends, family, neighbours and local shop owners to give her any used batteries. Talia said, “I’ve enjoyed talking to people about the Big Battery Hunt and asking them to help. I just want to make the environment a cleaner place.”

BIGBATTERYHUNT2All participating schools and individual pupils can enter a fabulous competition too, with the chance to win educational prizes for the schools, such as science equipment vouchers, iPads and more! (T&Cs apply, closes 26 April 2018.)

Register today, and join in the recycling to help save our planet!

New storywriting competition

Calling all young writers! Are you the next JK Rowling, or Horrible Histories‘ Terry Deary? Story-telling practice is a great way to support young children’s literacy skills.

So we wanted to share this fab new competition hosted by Great Western Railways, on the Young Great Westerners area of their site.
Enter the The Story-telling Adventures competition to help teach children about structuring a story, and fire their imagination into the bargain! It’s open to all 5-11 year olds in classes across the GWR region (see t&cs).

Young Great Westerners, Story-telling Adventures
The winner will have their story read out by a well-loved professional children’s author on film, and this’ll be showcased on the GWR site.

To enter, teachers must register, and then take a look at the entry categories to suit KS1 or KS2:

  • Super Settings for 5-7 year olds. Write a setting description for an adventure story, based on a train or on one of the locations on the Great Western Railway network, (100 words or fewer).
  • Sensational Stories for 7-11 year olds. Write an adventure story, set in a train or in one of the locations on the Great Western Railway network, (500 words or fewer).

Find out more and be inspired by all the teacher resources on the GWR Young Great Westerners site.
The competition closes on 9 March 2018.

Children’s road safety competition with Ziggy!

A subject close to our hearts is road safety, and here at Topmarks, we believe educating kids on this topic from a young age is really important!

It’s why we’re highlighting this fab new competition organised by Road Safety Scotland, on their Go Safe with Ziggy site
Ziggy’s BIG competition aims to help children to learn about road safety in a fun and creative way, and is open to all nursery and primary 1 classes in Scotland.

Road Safety Scotland, Ziggy's BIG competition
The main competition prize is a special visit to the winning nursery or school class, from Ziggy, plus a deluxe road safety kit, and child-friendly digital camera. No less than 32 runner-up prizes can also be won – a recordable button.

To enter, sign up for a competiton pack with free colouring sheets, activities and certificates, and complete the two-part competition with your class:

  • Complete ‘Ziggy’s Fun Day Out’ story creator by customising the story with your class, about your road safety journey, submitting photos/drawings of your road safety walk together.
  • Record your class doing ‘Ziggy’s Zab-a-Ding-a-Doo’ Safety Song and Dance, and submit it by uploading a photo, audio recording or short video via the website.

Find out more with the handy Ziggy videos and picture gallery on the competition site.
The competition closes on 7 May 2018.

Win Children’s Classics


BookTrust has a competition to win new interactive copies of collector’s editions of Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast from Harper Design. The unabridged stories feature stunning illustrations by the team behind the graphic style of the Harry Potter movies. They also feature interactive elements too – so you can explore a map of Neverland, make The Jungle Book’s elephants dance or open windows to six outdoor scenes from Beauty and the Beast.


The competition closes at 11pm on Monday 4th September.