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.

New resource- STEM electricity circuits

Did you know we’re constantly checking and updating the Topmarks’ database of learning resources? Fully searchable, you can find a wealth of material across every curriculum area. Like this new STEM idea…

One of the latest additions we’re loving is this Circuit Construction Kit. It’s part of the PhET Interactive Simulations project by the University of Colorado, Boulder. It is tablet friendly, but we think it’s easier to use with a mouse.

PhET project, electricity circuit builder

PhET simulations are designed to engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where they learn through exploration and discovery.
This circuit builder is aimed for experimentation by KS2 and KS3, though teachers of younger KS2 ages may prefer to make the most of it as a reinforcement tool, like a plenary activity after practical work.

Be Prepared! Numeracy conversions

Here to help! We know the pressures of lesson planning, so we’re starting a feature here on the Topmarks blog to help make your planning easier. Look out for our regular updates, “Be Prepared!”

We’ll be covering ideas for all age groups, and today, we thought we’d mention one if you’ve years 3 or 4 who are currently busy with, or have upcoming, numeracy lessons on metric conversions. Our Coconut Ordering maths game… it is a great way to practice ordering and sequencing skills, including understanding of distance, mass and volume measurements.

Topmarks: Coconut Ordering Game

Our Coconut Ordering game is ideal for children aged 5-11, since there are various levels available to progress skills.
It’s both tablet- and whiteboard-friendly, like all of our original games.
Topmarks Tip: this one’s perfect to give as a homework task, too!

Topmarks: Coconut Ordering game
All in all, it’s another useful way we aim to help you as teachers – and therefore, children – ‘Be Prepared!’ for effective classroom learning. 
Click now to play the Coconut Ordering maths game, and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too, so you won’t miss out on more ‘Be Prepared!’ blog posts.