Celebrate Roald Dahl Day 2019!

Who doesn’t love the fabulous stories of Roald Dahl? Young and old alike adore these rich stories to fire the imagination, so join in the celebrations for Roald Dahl Day on 13th September!

Marking the anniversary of Roald’s birthday, Roald Dahl Day is held on the 13th September every year, with story-telling fun, classroom activities and interactive ideas that children will love. It’s aimed at primary children aged 7-11 and BBC Teach will tie in with the event too, with a special lesson program that youngsters can watch.

The lesson will be produced in partnership with Puffin Schools with extracts from his books, read by famous people, who’ll be inspiring children to think about characterisation, storytelling and using persuasive language.

Matilda is introducing this year's Roald Dahl Day 2019

The theme for this year’s Roald Dahl Day is bravery, and leading the celebrations will be Matilda – all set to outwit Miss Trunchbull! Children will be asked to think about a time that they’ve been brave, and use that inspiration to create their own characters and stories. You can be part of the fun, as ideas from children all over the country will be shared on the BBC Teach site. Find out how to join in and how your school might get a mention on the program!

There’ll be lots of resources to enjoy – look out for activity sheets and a lesson guide for teachers.

Plus there is more inspiration and downloadables on the Roald Dahl website.

Don’t forget to sign up to the BBC Teach newsletter to keep updated with information about the Roald Dahl Day 2019 interactive lesson.

Try the 10 Minute Shake Up

Change4Life and Disney inspire a new campaign called
10 Minute Shake Up to boost physical activity levels during the school day.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

A recent Public Health England report has the evidence to back up what we might already ‘know’ – a strong link between being physically active and academic performance, learning and attention, within a school setting.

Change4Life is run by PHE to help families eat well, move more and live longer, to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.
A new survey from Change4Life and Disney found that children believe they need to be ‘fast’ (49%) or ’strong’ (41%) to be active, and just a quarter see themselves as ‘sporty’ (25%). The new 10 Minute Shake Up program is designed to challenge these ideas!

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

It encourages children of all abilities to be more active, beyond PE classes and especially over the summer break. The campaign hopes to show that everyone can enjoy getting active and benefit from improved wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

The new ideas that inspire youngsters to get moving for fun – just for 10 minutes, and throughout the school day – will hopefully foster positive attitudes towards exercise that’ll last beyond the classroom.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

Each Shake Up activity is modelled on a Disney character as a fun incentive, and entry point for those who don’t feel sporty. Head to the 10 Minute Shake Up homepage for activities inspired by characters from Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2 as well as Frozen and The Lion King, and more besides.

10 Minute Shake Up initiative, encouraging physical activity for children

There are lots of free, quick-to-learn and simple games to try.
Plus… find activities including an ‘Active assembly’, ‘Active school day ideas’, ‘Active role play lesson starters’ and ideas for children and parents to use during the holidays.

Click now to find out more and to order your packs, with activities, stickers and certificates!

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!

Have you tried our Topmarks font yet?

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.

sample of Topmarks font typeface, free resource ideal for classroom use

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.

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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.

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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!

Hurry now to download them for yourself, and do let us know how you’re using them via our social media channels at Facebook and Twitter!