Learn to tell the time – Teaching Clock

Topmarks is excited to announce a brand new resource, called Teaching Clock. It’s great for primary age children, who are learning how to tell the time, in analogue and digital format.

Teaching Clock is a versatile and open-ended teaching resource, which is ideal for use in full-screen mode on an interactive whiteboard.

Teaching Clock, children's resource for telling the time, Topmarks

Teachers will be able to easily demonstrate the relative movements of both the hour and minute hand, when using the analogue clock.

Teaching Clock, children's resource for telling the time, Topmarks

Two digital clock options are available, to assist with exploring time in 12-hour or 24-hour format.

Teaching Clock, children's resource for telling the time, Topmarks

Play today!
– Set each of the clocks to show the current time, or any given am or pm time.
– Children can use the clock to read or set various times.
– Pupils can be asked to show various times, such as an hour earlier or later.
– Teaching Clock works equally well on desktop and mobile devices.

Click now to try Teaching Clock, and don’t forget to let us know how your young learners get on… we’d love to hear! Share your experiences on our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter.

Brand new maths game – Multiples and Factors

Ready for more fun learning with Topmarks? All aboard
for a great new children’s mental maths game that’s called
Multiples and Factors!

We’re excited to announce another new game to add to our range. This one focuses on mental maths helping children find the Lowest Common Multiple (LCM) or Highest Common Factor (HCF) of pairs of numbers.

Multiples and Factors train game, children’s maths learning, by Topmarks

Colourful graphics, engaging actions and reward sounds all will be sure to keep young minds engaged, while they play this multiple choice game.
Ideal for youngsters aged 9-11, begin by selecting from the two game modes, either Multiples or Factors.

Multiples and Factors train game, children’s maths learning, by Topmarks

Questions in Multiples and Factors are fully randomised, and designed to increase in difficulty depending on accurate results. So it’s great for progression as children practise finding the LCM and HCF.

Multiples and Factors train game, children’s maths learning, by Topmarks

As usual for Topmarks’ games, it is perfect for use on different devices, being fully tablet-friendly as well as suited for use in the classroom on an interactive whiteboard.

Multiples and Factors train game, children’s maths learning, by Topmarks

Click now to play and use the ‘full-screen’ icon in the top right of the game page for the best experience!

Get involved with the Big Butterfly Count 2018

Nature needs our help! Here’s a real-life science project that everyone can help with – the big butterfly count is on now, running until 20 August, so don’t miss out

More than ever before, it’s important for everyone to be aware of the environment and take care of nature around us. The big butterfly count is a UK-wide survey, organised by the charity Butterfly Conservation, and sponsored by B&Q. It aims to assess the health of our environment by counting butterfly and day-flying moths.

Big Butterfly Count, survey 2018

These marvellous insects are ideal indicators of how the ecosystem is doing – they react very quickly to changes in their environment, and so any declines in their population numbers are often an important early warning for other wildlife losses. Counting butterfly numbers like this is like taking the pulse of nature!
We can help scientists and naturalists understand changes and trends in butterfly populations, plan for protecting them in future, and understand more about climate change and habitat destruction.

Big Butterfly Count, survey 2018

How to get involved!
You can easily join in as a big butterfly count only takes 15 minutes, on a bright (preferably sunny) day! Use a downloadable identification chart to record how many butterflies and day-flying moths you see in those 15 minutes. Then upload your findings to the big butterfly count website or app. Simple!
Find out more about how to count your butterflies here.

For more inspiration, see what naturalist Sir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation, has to say about the big butterfly count:

Topmarks’ tip: This is a great activity to do with children, especially if they’ve been learning about minibeasts, butterfly life cycles and their habitats!
Click now, and get out in the fresh air to join in the big butterfly count today!

New updates for learning! Helicopter Rescue

Topmarks is excited to announce all-new ideas to help young children with identifying and working with numbers. We’ve added more levels to our Helicopter Rescue game to suit!

Helicopter Rescue is a mental maths game that’s designed for 4-8 year olds. We’ve added easier levels that make it perfect for little ones just learning to recognise their numbers to 10 and to 20, as well as for those who are learning up to 100.

Helicopter Rescue, maths learning game for children, by Topmarks

There are two different, fun activities, Find a Number and Count On & Back. Each level features a grid of numbers, up to the selected maximum.

Helicopter Rescue, maths learning game for children, by Topmarks

In the Find a Number mode, pupils must find a number on the chart, either directly, or identify the number lying between two others. Each of ‘Direct’ and ‘In Between’ modes has 5 difficulty levels.

Helicopter Rescue, maths learning game for children, by Topmarks

Count On & Back is ideal for children getting to grips with different vocabulary of addition and subtraction – such as count on, count back, more than and less than. There are now five difficulty levels for each of ‘Within the 10s’ and ‘Across the 10s’ in the Count On & Back activity, too.

Helicopter Rescue, maths learning game for children, by TopmarksHelicopter Rescue, maths learning game for children, by Topmarks

Helicopter Rescue is tablet-friendly and great for classroom use on an interactive whiteboard, like all Topmarks’ games. (Find our others, and more featured games here.)
Try it today!