Ready to train like a Jedi?

This new programme, Train Like a Jedi, from Change4Life is sure to inspire everyone to be more active – feel the force, with our favourite Star Wars characters!

Perfectly timed to coincide with National School Sport Week, we’re highlighting the launch of this fun campaign by Public Health England and Disney UK, called Train Like a Jedi.
With only 23% of boys and 20% of girls aged between 5-15 meeting the national recommendations of 60 minutes physical activity every day, here’s a great way to encourage kids to move more.

Train Like a Jedi, Change4Life campaign

A 2018 survey by PHE and Disney UK found that more than 4 in 5 children would be inspired to move more if their saw their favourite characters being active.
Previous years’ PHE programmes have seen more than 2million children getting active, so following the ever-popular Star Wars characters is a fabulous way to continue the healthy living commitment, in answer to these new findings.

Mark Hamill, the Star Wars actor playing Luke Skywalker, offers his support to children: “If you want to become a Jedi like Luke Skywalker or Rey, then you need to be fit, healthy and strong.
This summer Change4Life can help you Train Like a Jedi. May the Force be with you.”

Train Like A Jedi, Change4LifePhysical activity is well known for helping young people with better academic results, mental health, as well as social interaction, so there’s no reason not to get behind this idea!

Teachers can find a host of resources to support PE and PHSE curriculum activity on the Train Like a Jedi site. These include lesson plans for KS1 and KS2, playground challenge ideas, and much more besides.
Not forgetting the specially created videos so those of all abilities, even wheelchair users, can learn their all-important Jedi moves to be fit, active and healthy. Just 10minute bursts, they’re ideal for use during the school day or at home. (There’s even a video for the teachers, so you’ll be equipped to train your Jedi wannabes!)
Train Like a Jedi, Change4LifeGuided by Jade Jones, a double gold Olympic medal winner for Team GB in taekwondo, everyone will love joining the resistance against the Dark Side as they get active this summer! Jade says: “Inspiring kids to get active is something I’m really passionate about.”

Train Like A Jedi, Change4Life

Visit now to see what’s available, and sign up to their School Zone newsletter too, to keep up-to-date with more resources that are being added throughout the summer term.

Stay active with BBC Super Movers

The FIFA World Cup is on everyone’s lips right now, so the message of getting active and staying healthy is fun to get across. But how can teachers keep that up? Take a look at the
BBC’s Super Movers campaign

Here at Topmarks, we’re liking the idea of the Super Movers programme to help get kids active. The benefits of exercise breaks to boost concentration and mood are well known, so make the most of this campaign, partnered with the Premier League.

BBC Super Movers - active learning

Launched earlier this year, the Super Movers initiative provides a series of fun and FREE resources, including educational videos designed to get kids moving! Featuring stars from the worlds of football and TV, the quick-to-use videos are sure to inspire. Use them for wet play, PE warmups as well as supporting classroom teaching.

BBC Super Movers active learning

With ideas tailored for both KS1 and KS2, the curriculum-linked song and movement routines called Brain Boosters are set to keep pupils motivated and engaged for learning around numeracy and literacy subjects (Flash player required).

BBC Super Movers - active learning

No equipment is required and there is a section of the site with
teachers’ tips, for extra support. PLUS: enjoy downloadable printables
to track your Super Movers’ progress. And why not sign up up to the Super Movers newsletter to keep updated about new video uploads?

Look out for the extra Super Movers ‘Just For Fun’ videos linked to BBC brands such as Springwatch and Blue Planet II, too.

BBC Super Movers - active learning

Be a Super Mover school and supercharge kids’ learning, with fitness! And watch for bonus footy-themed incentives like the monthly prize draw for the chance to win a visit from the Premier League trophy or Scottish Professional Football League Premiership trophy to your school.
(T&Cs apply.)
BBC Super Movers - active learning

Be a Super Mover school and supercharge kids’ learning, with fitness!

Recycle today with the Glass Guardians

Get children passionate about looking after the environment, with the help of this fabulous new recycling project called the Glass Guardians! 

This cross-curricular resource is aimed at educating 7-11 year olds on the importance of glass recycling, and comes from The National Schools Partnership, in partnership with British Glass and Friends of Glass.

National Schools Partnership - Glass GuardiansGlass is one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly materials we have, so this programme is a great way to add to your materials’ science lessons.

It’s free for teachers to register, so visit now if you’re not already a member. The downloadable activity pack is sure to inspire exciting classroom learning, helping get the crucial message of recycling across.National Schools Partnership - Glass Guardians recycling

The pack includes a Powerpoint presentation, teacher notes, an engaging video and activity worksheets. If you’re one of the first 150 schools to register for the initiative, you’ll also receive a free printed set of resource materials too – hurry!

National Schools Partnership - Glass Guardians recycling

Don’t miss the chance to enter a fun competition… pupils can come up with their own creative ways to get everyone recycling lots of glass, for the chance to win their own Amazon Fire 7 tablet and £500 worth of equipment vouchers for the school.
(Runner’s up prizes available, closing date 13 July 2018, t&cs apply).
Find the entry form inside your resource pack.

Be eco-friendly with Roots & Shoots

It’s vital we do more to save planet Earth, and the issue of single-use plastic is a hot topic. Topmarks is loving the education programme at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots site, helping to raise environmental awareness.

Roots & Shoots is a programme set up by the Jane Goodall Institute in the UK, guided by Jane’s founding principles and vision.
A renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian, Jane‘s belief is to inspire, educate and drive hope in young people so they can make a real difference.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

The Roots & Shoots scheme is really flexible and fun, so anyone – kids, teens, teachers, parents and club leaders – can come together to inspire young people in making a positive environmental change. It’s what the world needs! Read about how Roots & Shoots works here.

There are ideas galore for projects, many of which can be easily customised to suit different age groups. Plus, we found many are curriculum-linked, so can easily fit into your teaching plans. Find
lots of downloadable resources including teacher notes on the site, as
well as updates from other groups about their projects, all sure to jump-start your imagination.

Jane Goodall's Roots & ShootsTaking care of the world around us is so important, and the ‘Mission Possible’ of learning about how to reduce, reuse and recycle is an perfect place to start. Single-use plastic is something we should all be avoiding so why not devise a project on how you can affect a real, and positive difference in your school and its local community?
Check out the activities here.

Three ideas Topmarks really love are:

  • Avoid using plastic bags, by designing and decorating your own fabric totes to take shopping instead
  • Have a litter pick in your local area, making charts on the types of waste collected, and discuss the impact of rubbish on plants, animals and humans, both near and far, including our oceans
  • Organise a school-wide campaign getting children to write letters asking local suppliers to cut down on plastic use, making sure everyone uses the recycling bins around the building, and more besides!

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Make sure your school or group is registered at Roots & Shoots today, and join in the fun.
Plus, enter details of how your project is making a local difference to your local environment and community. All of the writeups will be considered for a Roots & Shoots Award, which include prizes and the chance for you and your pupils to meet Dr Jane Goodall herself.

All resources on the site are free, but Roots & Shoots is a charitable enterprise, so donations to keep it running that way are gratefully received.