New game – Let’s Compare

Have you seen the brand new learning game by Topmarks for early years’ children? Let’s Compare is out now!

Let’s Compare is specially created to help children with comparative vocabulary. It’s FREE and ideal for 3- to 5-year-olds, learning to compare the relative sizes of objects and animals.

Let's Compare - Topmarks learning game

With two fun themes, At the Beach and Animals, young learners will focus on comparisons linked to the measure strand of numeracy, in which length, height and width are estimated: biggest, smallest, longest, shortest, tallest.

Let's Compare - Topmarks learning game

Like all Topmarks’ games, it is fully whiteboard- and tablet-friendly. The simple animations featured will engage children, to enjoy the interactive learning experience!

Let's Compare - Topmarks learning game

Click to play Let’s Compare today

Big Battery Hunt campaign

The Big Battery Hunt is a new initiative hoping to make a positive difference to our planet and the way that young people think about recycling batteries. 

Schools in the UK are invited to join the challenge in this campaign, from the National Schools Partnership, compliance scheme Battery Back and Duracell.

Big Battery HuntDid you know?
> It takes at least 100 years for a battery to decompose
> The UK has one of the lowest battery recycling rates in the EU, as we throw away over 600 million batteries a year (source: Recycle More).

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment. Each battery placed in a recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials will be used to make something new, rather than the fragments of toxic metals draining from landfill sites into water sources.
Thanks to the Big Battery Hunt, children can learn about the importance of recycling and get involved with their wider communities.

Big Battery Hunt
Teachers can sign up for a free kit, supplied by Duracell, including educational resources (KS2) such as an assembly presentation and curriculum-linked maths tasks, plus a battery recycling container, which will be emptied without charge, when full.
The 2018 campaign aims for four million batteries to be recycled, and over 1000 schools are already registered, with 420 000 pupils taking part so far. Why not join them?!

Big Battery Hunt
One pupil (above), Talia from Glendower Prep School, collected over 2000 batteries on her own after being inspired by a TV episode of BBC’s Blue Planet. When she realised she could do something to help the environment she asked friends, family, neighbours and local shop owners to give her any used batteries. Talia said, “I’ve enjoyed talking to people about the Big Battery Hunt and asking them to help. I just want to make the environment a cleaner place.”

BIGBATTERYHUNT2All participating schools and individual pupils can enter a fabulous competition too, with the chance to win educational prizes for the schools, such as science equipment vouchers, iPads and more! (T&Cs apply, closes 26 April 2018.)

Register today, and join in the recycling to help save our planet!

Be Prepared! Place Value for Year1 numeracy lessons

Handy classroom ideas – here’s a new update to our regular ‘Be Prepared!’ series to inspire you while lesson planning. We’re here to help when time is scarce, so this idea’s about upcoming numeracy lessons for Year 1 on place value….

We know that lots of Year 1 teachers will be working on place value lessons over the coming weeks, so here are a couple of ideas to assist.
First, be sure to check out our recently launched Place Value Basketball maths game.

Place Value Basketball counting game

The first three levels of this game are ideal for Year 1 students, so use these as a great way to help when differentiating for pupils of varying abilities.

Place Value Basketball learning game
Our next tip for Year 1 maths lessons on this subject is our
Place Value Charts game.
The ‘Teaching Mode’ is ideal for learning, as although the ‘tens’ do go up to 90, teachers can tailor the usage, focussing on the required lower levels at first.
Tasks can later be set in the ‘Practise’ mode, with numbers up to 99 in the ‘tens and units’ section, as children’s skills develop and more advanced learners can be stretched.Place Value Charts maths game by Topmarks
Place Value Charts maths game by Topmarks
Like all Topmarks’ games, both the Place Value Basketball and Place Value Charts games are FREE. Both are tablet- and whiteboard-friendly, too, so just click to play.
Let us know how your little learners get on – do tag us in your social media updates… #PlaceValueBasketball and #PlaceValueCharts and on Twitter, using @topmarksed

And keeping following for more ‘Be Prepared!’ posts, for all age groups, to help make the most of precious planning time.

Safer Internet Day 2018: 6th February

Online security is a hot topic and Safer Internet Day will be celebrated worldwide on 6th February 2018.

With the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”, we couldn’t agree more!
Coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and national centres across Europe and beyond, the aim is to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Over 1000 organisations will be getting involved, nationally.Safer Internet Day 2018

How can we all join in? Here are some Topmarks Tips…
– Make sure to register as a supporter on the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) site. You’ll be able to download a campaign tool kit with messaging and information. And follow them on social media.

– Enjoy the specially created animation and education resource, for teachers and young people, created in a collaboration between children’s charity, Into Film, and the Industry Trust. Designed to be used in schools, with children aged 7-14, it’ll help underline how to stay safe online when viewing film and tv content. “Meet The Malwares” animation highlights the different types of virus that can affect a user’s computer or personal device.

– Look out for the SIC’s education packs tailored especially for use with different age groups. In English and Welsh, these free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more, so are great for school use or by parents and carers.

– Take the Safer Internet Day quiz, for 8-13 year olds! Focussing on online relationships, how will you score?
– Try the Safer Internet Day pack from the team at Teaching Ideas. It’s full of cross-curriculum learning activities, supporting year-long eSafety messages.

Click here for the British Council’s kids’ learning pages with videos, games and discussion ideas around cyberbullying.