Sequencing and problem-solving – Shape Patterns game!

Look out for this brand new learning game from us at Topmarks, it’s called Shape Patterns! An all-new launch, it’s designed for children aged 3-8 years to recognise shapes and solve patterns.

Our latest game is great for use on all tablets and mobile devices, and designed to work well on interactive whiteboards too, so try it as a classroom activity!

Shape Patterns - learning game, sequencing and problem solving from Topmarks

Children will love the fun, engaging train theme, puffing through the countryside, as they complete the patterns of different coloured 2D shapes. Shape Patterns is perfect to help little ones with shape recognition and logic problems.

Shape Patterns - learning game, sequencing and problem solving from Topmarks

It’s a multiple choice game, and features three levels of difficulty – great for progression and to suit children of varying abilities.

Shape Patterns - learning game, sequencing and problem solving from Topmarks

In the easier levels, children are required to continue the simple pattern, but as the levels become more challenging, more colours and shapes are added, and the missing element in the sequence is in different positions.

Shape Patterns - children's learning game from Topmarks, for sequencing and problem solving

Give Shape Patterns a try with your little ones today, and follow us on social media where you can let us know how you get on!

Rocket Rounding – head to the launchpad of a new game!

It’s time for another new learning game from Topmarks… Not only did we release Mental Maths Train a few days ago, but by popular demand, now here’s our Rocket Rounding game too. 3…2…1…Lift off!

Rocket Rounding is a multiple-choice maths game which focuses on rounding numbers to tens, hundreds and whole numbers. It is aimed at
7 to 11 year old children.

Rocket Rounding - maths game

It’s designed with two alternative game modes, helping with progression and differentiating for children of mixed abilities.

The first mode features a counting number line, which provides an excellent introduction to the concept of rounding either up or down. This mode provides a useful teaching aid on an interactive whiteboard.

Rocket Rounding - maths gameThe second mode is more challenging as children are asked to round numbers without any visual indicator.

For each mode, there are six levels, progressing from rounding “Up to 99 to the Nearest 10” to “Up to 9.9 to the Nearest Whole Number”. And children will love the rewarding visuals!

Rocket Rounding - maths game for children

As with all of Topmarks’ games, Rocket Rounding is tablet friendly. So just click or tap now, to play.

We hope you enjoy it and find it useful in your classroom – don’t forget to let us know how you get on via our Facebook page or on Twitter.

New game to play! Mental Maths Train

Topmarks is excited to add a new game to our growing collection of learning resources – this one is called Mental Maths Train.

This new interactive game is designed for 5-11 year olds to practise numeracy skills of the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – specifically focussing on the varied vocabulary around the calculations.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

It’s important for pupils to recognise the different language used for expressing the same maths functions, such as take away, reduce and subtract, all within the subtraction operation.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operationsTo reinforce the language used around basic numeracy, none of the questions use the symbols +, -, x and ÷. Since Mental Maths Train is fully randomised, you’ll find it’s versatile and highly re-playable! Not least with the wide range of levels within each operation offering excellent progression opportunities.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

Each question features a multiple choice of answers, and the fun scheme, colourful visuals and non-distracting sounds all make for an engaging learning experience for the children.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

Like all Topmarks’ games, it is suitable for use on interactive whiteboards, thanks to the full-screen capability, or on tablets and other devices – Mental Maths Train is designed for wide compatibility!

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

Visit here to start playing today! And don’t forget to let us know how you get on when you play. Share your comments and photos on our social media channels, here at Facebook, and Twitter.


Be eco-friendly with Roots & Shoots

It’s vital we do more to save planet Earth, and the issue of single-use plastic is a hot topic. Topmarks is loving the education programme at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots site, helping to raise environmental awareness.

Roots & Shoots is a programme set up by the Jane Goodall Institute in the UK, guided by Jane’s founding principles and vision.
A renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, Jane‘s belief is to inspire, educate and drive hope in young people so they can make a real difference.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

The Roots & Shoots scheme is really flexible and fun, so anyone – kids, teens, teachers, parents and club leaders – can come together to inspire young people in making a positive environmental change. It’s what the world needs! Read about how Roots & Shoots works here.

There are ideas galore for projects, many of which can be easily customised to suit different age groups. Plus, we found many are curriculum-linked, so can easily fit into your teaching plans. Find
lots of downloadable resources including teacher notes on the site, as
well as updates from other groups about their projects, all sure to jump-start your imagination.

Jane Goodall's Roots & ShootsTaking care of the world around us is so important, and the ‘Mission Possible’ of learning about how to reduce, reuse and recycle is an perfect place to start. Single-use plastic is something we should all be avoiding so why not devise a project on how you can affect a real, and positive difference in your school and its local community?
Check out the activities here.

Three ideas Topmarks really love are:

  • Avoid using plastic bags, by designing and decorating your own fabric totes to take shopping instead
  • Have a litter pick in your local area, making charts on the types of waste collected, and discuss the impact of rubbish on plants, animals and humans, both near and far, including our oceans
  • Organise a school-wide campaign getting children to write letters asking local suppliers to cut down on plastic use, making sure everyone uses the recycling bins around the building, and more besides!

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Make sure your school or group is registered at Roots & Shoots today, and join in the fun.
Plus, enter details of how your project is making a local difference to your local environment and community. All of the writeups will be considered for a Roots & Shoots Award, which include prizes and the chance for you and your pupils to meet Dr Jane Goodall herself.

All resources on the site are free, but Roots & Shoots is a charitable enterprise, so donations to keep it running that way are gratefully received.