A Free Tablet Friendly Number Charts Resource

We’re delighted to release our latest free mobile friendly number charts resource. It’s called Paint the Squares and it works really well both as a teacher demonstration tool in full screen mode on an interactive whiteboard or as a desktop or tablet resource for children to explore number patterns. It has been designed for use with 5 – 9 year olds.

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The resource is an enhancement on the idea of an interactive 100 number square as there are eight different charts to choose from, making the resource more versatile for use with different age groups. You can choose to start your chart at either 0 or 1. The early charts 1 to 30 or 0 – 29 are excellent for young children who are learning their teens or twenties numbers. We have also included charts from 1 to 120 or 0 to 119 for those children learning how to bridge 100.

You can ‘paint’ the number squares with different colours to show your number patterns such as odds and evens, multiples patterns, counting on or back and in-between numbers for example.

The print option gives desktop users the opportunity to print out their painted number pattern charts.

A pattern made  on the 1 - 50 number chart

A pattern made on the 1 – 50 number chart

The State of Flash – May 2017

Flash is a browser plugin that has enabled many of the useful educational games that feature on Topmarks. Many of you will be aware that Flash resources typically do not work on iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. In 2016 desktop browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox, started to block Flash content due to stability, performance and security issues. Over the last few years web browsers have been enhanced to replace the functionality that was previously only provided by plugins like Flash.

None the games that we create at Topmarks are Flash based so they are not affected. However, we still host and link to a large number of popular Flash resources that haven’t been updated by their creators.

You may start to find that your favourite Flash games stop working, and will require you to “Allow Flash Content” in your web browser to keep them functioning. To make this as easy as possible for you we have provided instructions on how to do this in each of the major browsers below.

Google Chrome
1. Browse to www.topmarks.co.uk, then click on the Secure padlock in the address bar.

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2. Find “Flash” in the list and select “Always allow on this site” from the list to the right.

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3. Click the “Reload” button that appears, to update the site permissions for Topmarks.

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4. Now browse to our flash site too and repeat steps 1 to 3 for our flash site to ensure those resources work properly as well.

Safari
1. First open our main site and our flash site in new tabs.
2. Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable flash on Topmarks.

Internet Explorer
Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable Flash in IE.

Microsoft Edge
Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable Flash in Microsoft Edge.

Firefox
Follow the instructions on the Adobe site to enable Flash in Firefox.

New £1 Coin for Toy Shop Money Game

Tomorrow, 28 March, the new £1.00 coin comes into circulation in the UK. The good news is we’ve updated our Toy Shop Money game with the new coin.

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Toy Shop Money is designed to help children, from 4 – 11 years of age, to understand UK money. There are two game modes; the first where children use coins to make up varying amounts to buy the toys and the second where they work out change. There are varying levels of difficulty and the easiest levels involve working out amounts with coins of the same denomination. The activities progress from counting out amounts with mixed coins to working out change from up to a £10 note.

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There are also USD and AUD versions of the same game.

Remember to check for those old £1.00 coins in pockets and down the side of the sofa because shops will no longer accept them after 15 October 2017. The old coin is being replaced because approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit. Below is a statement from the Royal Mint.

“The legal tender status of the round £1 coin will be withdrawn on 15th October 2017. From this date shops will no longer accept these coins, but you will still be able to take them to your bank. We would encourage you to use your coins or return them to your bank before 15th October.

Toy Shop Money Game Launched

EDIT: Now available in USD and AUD currencies

We’re delighted to have just our new primary money game called ‘Toy Shop Money Game’. It’s suitable for 4 – 11 year olds and like all our maths games it’s tablet friendly.

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There are three different game modes. The first involves counting out money using single coin denominations. The second mode is similar but uses mixed coinage. In the third game mode children are required to work out change from differing amounts up to £10.00. Each mode has varying levels of difficulty so that children can build upon their money handling skills.

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The game features UK, AUD and USD currencies.