Rocket Rounding – head to the launchpad of a new game!

It’s time for another new learning game from Topmarks… Not only did we release Mental Maths Train a few days ago, but by popular demand, now here’s our Rocket Rounding game too. 3…2…1…Lift off!

Rocket Rounding is a multiple-choice maths game which focuses on rounding numbers to tens, hundreds and whole numbers. It is aimed at
7 to 11 year old children.

Rocket Rounding - maths game

It’s designed with two alternative game modes, helping with progression and differentiating for children of mixed abilities.

The first mode features a counting number line, which provides an excellent introduction to the concept of rounding either up or down. This mode provides a useful teaching aid on an interactive whiteboard.

Rocket Rounding - maths gameThe second mode is more challenging as children are asked to round numbers without any visual indicator.

For each mode, there are six levels, progressing from rounding “Up to 99 to the Nearest 10” to “Up to 9.9 to the Nearest Whole Number”. And children will love the rewarding visuals!

Rocket Rounding - maths game for children

As with all of Topmarks’ games, Rocket Rounding is tablet friendly. So just click or tap now, to play.

We hope you enjoy it and find it useful in your classroom – don’t forget to let us know how you get on via our Facebook page or on Twitter.

New game to play! Mental Maths Train

Topmarks is excited to add a new game to our growing collection of learning resources – this one is called Mental Maths Train.

This new interactive game is designed for 5-11 year olds to practise numeracy skills of the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – specifically focussing on the varied vocabulary around the calculations.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

It’s important for pupils to recognise the different language used for expressing the same maths functions, such as take away, reduce and subtract, all within the subtraction operation.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operationsTo reinforce the language used around basic numeracy, none of the questions use the symbols +, -, x and ÷. Since Mental Maths Train is fully randomised, you’ll find it’s versatile and highly re-playable! Not least with the wide range of levels within each operation offering excellent progression opportunities.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

Each question features a multiple choice of answers, and the fun scheme, colourful visuals and non-distracting sounds all make for an engaging learning experience for the children.

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

Like all Topmarks’ games, it is suitable for use on interactive whiteboards, thanks to the full-screen capability, or on tablets and other devices – Mental Maths Train is designed for wide compatibility!

Mental Maths train game - numeracy operations

Visit here to start playing today! And don’t forget to let us know how you get on when you play. Share your comments and photos on our social media channels, here at Facebook, and Twitter.


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!