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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are your children going to be tested under the new Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) assessment? Make sure you take advantage of Topmarks’ Hit the Button game to help get them ready!
The government’s new MTC test has been introduced to ensure Year 4 primary school children in England can fluently recall multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12. Whilst it’s available this year as a voluntary test, it will be mandatory from June 2020, so now’s the time to ensure pupils will be up to speed. (Especially Year 3 children who will be progressing!)
Topmarks’ Hit the Button web game is designed for mental maths learning, including times tables, so it is a must-have tool for classroom and after-school practice. The Times Tables mode includes levels for all tables up to ×12, either as individual tables or a mixed table mode. Hit the Answer and Hit the Question options are available for all.
However, the Topmarks Hit the Button App version has additional features that will be even more useful. Further levels are included to practise mixed tables, especially one for ×2-5, ×8 and ×10 tables – ideal for Year 3 learners who will be at this stage. This will be perfect for teachers to use now, making sure their pupils are on target for next year’s MTC.
For Year 4 children who are participating as a dummy run this year, use the Hit the Button App for extra help with their ×6 and ×7 times tables, which are playable as separate modes, again as Hit the Answer and Hit the Question.
No ads, no in-app purchases, no internet connection needed – play either with or without the minute countdown against the clock, enjoy trophy high scores, and full player tracking as you can add up to 30 pupil user IDs!