Learn with Maverick Early Readers

It’s always exciting to see more new book releases from the Maverick Publishing house, and to know that there are more titles to inspire children into reading is great news!

We’re great fans of the Early Readers guided reading programme by Maverick, with its book banding system approved by the Institute of Education’s colour-coded scheme. Pink is ideal for very young children, then through red, yellow, blue, green onto orange, turquoise, purple, gold and finally white for the highest level and more confident, independent readers.

The books in Maverick’s brand new release include four fiction titles (all of which are Pink banded) and four non-fiction titles. These are ‘City Animals’ (Turquoise band), ‘Going Green’ (White band), ‘Our Place in Space’ (white band) and ‘Food for Thought’ (Purple band).

Maverick Books Early Readers guided reading books, new fiction titles

The fiction titles are as delightful as those previously released, and will surely appeal to both boys and girls equally. As ever, the top-quality illustrations to the stories really set these books apart. They’re lively and colourful, with good cues to the text, which children will be sure to find engaging. The stories also each feature pages to help young learners, such as the ‘Letter Trace’ pages which we especially like, in which a child can practise forming individual letters with their finger. There are tips for parents too, with opportunities to practise the relevant high frequency and tricky words within the stories, and discussion activities, for example.

Maverick Books Early Readers guided reading books, new fiction titles

Each book in the Pink band includes two different stories of 30-50 words length, which we think is ideal, as these are long enough for children to focus fully on each story, before moving to the next. The language is natural English and avoids forcing phonics awkwardly. The more difficult words – some two-syllable words, for example – that are included allow pupils to get to grips with phonic decoding.
Look for ‘Duck is Stuck and Get the Ball’, ‘Let’s Dress Up and In the Net’, ‘Dig for Gold and Go Rocket!’ and ‘Look Out! and Dot and Dan’s Trip’.

Maverick Books Early Readers guided reading books, new non-fiction titles

We also highly recommend the new non-fiction Early Readers titles. These are a perfect length – not too long as to be off-putting for struggling readers. And the presentation is ideal for learners getting to grips with non-fiction, as the titles each include contents pages, a glossary, an index and even a quiz that will be handy for teacher’s to check children’s understanding.

Maverick Books Early Readers guided reading books, new non-fiction titles

The subjects covered fit in really well with topics in curriculum-linked learning, so it is super to see the way the material has been chosen so thoughtfully. Across all the books, we like the great blend of photographs, illustrations and the consistent use of the fun cartoon alien characters, Jake and Finn, as ‘tour guides’ to introduce the new subject matter.

All the Early Readers books are RRP £5.99 and are out now.
Trade enquiries welcome via educational suppliers.

Disclosure: Topmarks was supplied with a selection of the Early Readers books by Maverick Publishing, free of charge for a fair and honest review, with no obligation.

Take part in Aldi’s Kit for Schools campaign

This exciting new campaign from Aldi, in association with Team GB and the British Olympic Association, is part of the Get Set to Eat Fresh initiative that inspires children towards healthy food choices.

The Kit for Schools promotion is open to all primary schools across England, Wales and Scotland.

Aldi Kit for Schools campaign, healthy living

Get involved with their ‘Collect, Explore and Win’ message…
– Collect stickers! For every £30 spent in Aldi, you’ll receive a Team GB sticker to add to a Kit for Schools poster.
– Explore the Get Stuck In resources! Find a host of curriculum-linked teaching resources to support the healthy living campaign. Use them in the classroom and to support parents and children to build healthy habits that last. Resources include videos, quizzes, games, activity sheets and discussion tasks.
– Enter to be in with a chance of winning! Each completed Kit for Schools poster, with 300 Team GB stickers, will entitle your school to a sports equipment set, and an entry into the prize draw to win one of 20 prizes of £20000. That’s right, a £20000 cash prize to spend on health legacy projects in your school. (Closing date for sticker collection 3 Nov 2019, full T&Cs here.)

Aldi Kit for Schools campaign, healthy living

All eligible schools have been sent a Kit for Schools pack to start taking part – talk to your headteacher today, or request additional posters here.
Find a teacher guide and more in the resource area, too.

Aldi Kit for Schools campaign, healthy living

Glass Guardians is back

This fabulous initiative for helping teach the importance of glass recycling returns for its second year!

Backed by British Glass and Friends of Glass, Glass Guardians is a curriculum-linked project is ideal for getting 7-11 year-old children to join the fight for less waste and more environmentally-sound living.
Not least that it’ll also help your school in its target to achieve its
Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Glass Guardians recycling initiative, National Schools Partnership

Glass Guardians is a UK-wide program designed to enable primary-aged pupils to learn about recycling glass. Did you know that glass can be recycled an infinite number of times and not degrade in quality? Recycle, recycle, recycle!

Glass Guardians recycling initiative, National Schools Partnership

Enjoy the free resources by registering at National Schools Partnership:
– PowerPoint assembly presentation introducing the topic
– Step-by-step teacher notes
– Engaging video to inspire children
– Worksheets across maths, english, science and PSHE.

Glass Guardians recycling initiative, National Schools Partnership

Click now to find out more and register to download your pack, and enjoy becoming Glass Guardians as a great end-of-term activity!

MoneySense – Free Classroom Resources

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.

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

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!

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

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.

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

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!

MoneySense financial advice programme for school children, in association with NatWest and the National Schools Partnership

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.