Reading is fun! Teach Your Monster to Read

Special Offer! There’s a great promotion on for the learning app, Teach Your Monster to Read.

The team behind this super app game for helping children learn to read is having a promotion, as the app is now FREE for this week, from today until Sunday 30 Sept 2018. Yes, free, with nothing to pay after the initial download. (It’s not just a free trial!)

Teach Your Monster to Read app game, children's literacy

The game is BAFTA-nominated and has been played over over 60 million times, helping children learn to read worldwide. It was created by the Usborne Foundation, which is a charity whose mission is to help address issues of literacy and health by getting as many children reading as possible.

Teach Your Monster to Read app game, children's literacy

With one in five primary pupils in England leaving school without being able to read well, (according to The Reading Agency), Topmarks is right behind any learning resources to support literacy for young children.

Teach Your Monster to Read app, children's literacy

The app is available to play on iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire.
It perfectly complements different phonics schemes used in schools, with three game levels for differentiation and progression. Read more about what the game teaches on the game home page here.

Take a look from now until Sunday 30 Sept 2018 for your free download – it’ll stay free to play even after this time!

Get ready for National Poetry Day – coming soon!

This year’s National Poetry Day will be here before we know it, coming up on 4 October 2018 – another fabulous chance to celebrate performing, reading and writing poetry!

It’s a great chance to celebrate poetry with youngsters of all age groups, and the theme for 2018’s event is Change.

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Find plenty of poems on the National Poetry Day site to kickstart your inspiration – we love ‘Caterpillar’ by Christina Rossetti… a perfect fit for the theme of Change, but also a super tie-in with your minibeast topics! Or why not choose your own favourite poems to add to the fun?

National Poetry Day
Don’t miss out on downloading the FREE teaching resources and tool kit, created especially for teachers to use in classrooms. There are great activities and lesson plans, plus posters to decorate your school.

National Poetry DayRemember to sign up for the National Poetry Day mailing list, to receive updates on news, offers and events.
Use the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to share your poetry events and activities – Topmarks will be following all the social media fun, too!

Speak out Stay safe – NSPCC child safety campaign

Has your school received a visit from the NSPCC, encouraging children to seek help if they feel at risk or in danger? The charity’s ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme is FREE!

Since April 2011 this campaign has seen visits by specially trained safeguarding volunteers to 80% of UK primary schools. In 2017/8 alone, the NSPCC’s School Service spoke to around 1.8million children, in locations from Cornwall to the Isle of Orkney, Scotland.

NSPCC child safeguarding programme 'Speak out. Stay safe.'
The team is keen to see the remaining 20% of schools signing up for the free visit that they’re entitled to! This programme is designed by the UK’s top children’s charity, to help prevent pupils suffering abuse or neglect, as they deliver vital child protection messages in a fun and age-appropriate way.

NSPCC child safeguarding programme 'Speak out. Stay safe.’

Photo by Tom Hull

One in five children has suffered some form of abuse or neglect. The ‘Speak out. Stay safe‘ programme continues its good work, with more school visits, and with a new nationwide TV ad campaign launching this week. Topmarks believes this is a great campaign to support our youngsters, so they understand different forms of abuse, recognise the signs and know how to protect themselves.
Karen Squillino, Head of the NSPCC Schools Service, says: “We are proud of our ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme and believe it can make a massive difference to the lives of the primary school children we see all across the UK.”

The ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme links directly to the curriculum, helping schools meet their statutory safeguarding requirements.
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ssemblies are held for children aged 5-11, followed by a one-hour classroom workshop for years 5/6 (England and Wales) and P6/7 (Scotland and Northern Ireland). There is the option for assemblies to be delivered bilingually in Wales, and an adapted version of the programme is available for children with special education needs.
Plus, the NSPCC offers 
specialist resources, lesson plans and training to help embed the learning in the weeks after their visit.

NSPCC child safeguarding programme 'Speak out. Stay safe.’

Photo by Tom Hull

So don’t delay – click the link to make sure your primary school receives a ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ session. Set a date to welcome the team to your school!
You can find out more about the NSPCC’s training resources for child safeguarding here.

EconoME – lesson ideas for teaching decision making

Be prepared for the new term, with ready-made curriculum-linked lesson ideas to help with learning the importance of critical thinking and decision making – look out for the EconoME initiative.

Find this new and improved programme of resources, at The National Schools Partnership. From the Bank of England, and supported by the PHSE Association and Young Money, the lessons include real-world examples and best-practice strategies.

econoME initiative with the Bank of England, lessons in decision making, National Schools Partnership

Young people are required to make important decisions throughout their lives, so the FREE set of econoME activities, engaging videos and case studies will be great to use in classrooms. It is ideal for 11-16 year olds.

The programme features a PowerPoint presentation and lesson plan, and covers:
Lesson 1: What influences my decisions? Explore a variety of factors that influence decisions, including the economy.
Lesson 2: How can I make informed decisions? Explore the process of decision-making including the sourcing and analysing of reliable information.
Lesson 3: Why do my decisions matter? Consider the consequences of any decisions your students might make – for themselves, others and the economy.

econoME initiative with the Bank of England, lessons in decision making, National Schools Partnership

The econoME classes are well-designed, so they can be taught without previous economics experience, and also with clear curriculum links to programmes of study – PHSE/PSE/Health & Wellbeing/Social Studies/Learning for Life and Work/Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, Citizenship, and Economics.

Click for more details, and to register for these and all the FREE teaching resources at The National Schools Partnership, if you’re not already a member.