Oxford Owl are expanding their range of free ebooks for the duration of the UK school closures so children between the ages of 3 and 11 can be supported at home with their reading.
All parents need to do is to register on the Oxford Owl website to access the books. With some books with multiple stories only a selected story is accessible, but there is certainly a worthwhile range of texts available when children are unable to bring reading books home from school.
We’ve come across some super free home learning resources for primary-aged children. The first consists of several age-related Home-school booklets from Talk for Writing. Each unit has a text around which the activities are based. All the texts are also available as audio files.
The second free home learning resources which we want to recommend are activity packs from Maverick Publishing. We have long been fans of their beautifully illustrated early readers but they have now produced activity packs aimed at accompanying the books. However, even if you don’t have the books you can still use many of the well constructed printable worksheets.
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.