Hit the Button App Updated!

We’ve listened to your feedback and updated our popular Hit the Button App to make it even better. The updated version is available for free if you already own it on iOS, Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

Every game mode can now be optionally practised without the pressure of a clock, to help boost the confidence of players who feel intimidated by the countdown timer. Just hit the button with the timer crossed through on the game intro screens to get started.

untimed-mode

By popular request we’ve added an additional game mode in the Number Bonds section called ‘Subtraction within 10’.

Hit the Button maths app, new version

You tell us your children particularly love to use Hit the Button App for Times Tables practice. We’ve added a whole new section in both the Times Table and Division sections which focus on Times Tables up to 10, for those users where this is the norm. We’ve also added extra ‘Mixed Tables’ levels  which correspond with the order in which tables are taught in England. We’ve also added similar ‘mixed’ levels to the Division section too.

Hit the Button maths app, learning game new version

Hit the Button maths app, learning game new version

We’ve also increased the number of player profiles you can have on one device, from 15 to 30! So now each device with a Hit the Button App has the option of storing the results of up to 30 children.

If you prefer you can still ‘Play as Guest’, and we’ve added the option to reset ‘Guest’ scores under Manage Players.

We have occasionally been asked to adjust the trophy boundaries on various games and again we’ve listened and re-adjusted some levels to make them slightly more achievable.

Why not hold a classroom contest to encourage friendly competition? We’d love to hear how your pupils get on!

If you haven’t tried our Hit the Button game you can always try our free web version to get an idea of what the app has to offer, although the Hit the Button Maths App has additional features.

Go direct to make sure you get the newest, fully updated Hit the Button app today!
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Change4Life – ways to cut down on sugar

Topmarks has been exploring a new set of teaching resources, Sugar Smart World, from Change4Life, set to inspire teachers, parents and children to eat less sugar. Healthy living is easy with simple swaps!

New year, new beginnings… this launch is ideally timed when we’re all increasingly conscious of healthier lifestyles and how to make the right choices for our diets.
Public Health England (PHE) exists to help support the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. Survey research by PHE shows that children are consuming 2,800 excess sugar cubes each year, that’s around eight extra cubes per day. Enough to wrap around the world more than three and a half times!
With the fun new classroom resources from the Change4Life team, developing healthier habits will be simple.

Change4Life SugarSmartWorld, healthy eating

These dedicated English, Maths and Science resources are perfect for encouraging kids to learn about sugar content of different foods and drinks, then to make the right choices for healthier lifestyles.

Change4Life SugarSmartWorld, healthy eating

The average 10 year old has already consumed at least 138 kilos of sugar; if children were to keep their consumption within the maximum recommended sugar intake after the age of 2, it would take them until they are at least 18 years old to reach this figure.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “Educating children on the importance of a healthy balanced diet in their early years can help them avoid serious illness in future.
“By making simple swaps each day, children can have healthier versions of everyday foods and drinks, while significantly reducing their sugar intake.”

Change4Life SugarSmartWorld, healthy eating

Cllr Sabia Hussain and teacher Rebecca Glanville show pupils from Penn Wood Primary School in Slough how to make healthier choices using Change4Life’s new Be Food Smart app from PHE

The resources are flexible to use and tailored for Reception, Key Stage 1 and upper and lower Key Stage 2 pupils. They’re developed with teachers, complementing the national campaign encouraging parents to “make a swap when you next shop”.

  • The new English lesson plans introduce pupils to the characters of ‘Sugar Smart World’ through fun, interactive PowerPoints, pupil-led activities, recipe ideas and a new video.
  • Change4Life Maths lesson plans will reinforce healthier swaps, while including important problem solving skills using addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Change4Life SugarSmartWorld, healthy eating
Change4Life SugarSmartWorld, healthy eating

Visit now to see what’s available, use the social media hashtag #makeaswap and look out for the Sugar Smart World take-home packs (great for beyond-the-classroom working!) arriving in schools from mid-late January. Sign up to the Change4Life School Zone newsletter too, to keep up-to-date with more resources that are constantly being added.

Maths worksheets for Christmas

Topmarks is excited to announce our brand new collection of maths worksheets, especially created with Christmas themes. Great to use in the run-up to the holiday season!

Find high-quality sheets on a wide range of subject areas:
Maths worksheets for Christmas by Topmarks
Most are suitable for use by Reception and Key Stage 1 age groups, though Key Stage 2 pupils could enjoy the fun problem-solving addition puzzles and the symmetry category.
Maths worksheets for Christmas by Topmarks
Click now to see them and download for FREE! (Look out too for the ones with handy answer sheets, for marking!)
Don’t forget to tell us how you get on with all our worksheets, via Topmarks’ social media channels – Facebook or Twitter. Plus let us know what other worksheets you’d like to see from the Topmarks team.

RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch is coming!

Are you joining in with the Big Schools’ Birdwatch project, early in the new year? It’s a fabulous conservation science scheme by the RSPB that’s perfect for inspiring youngsters, all over the UK!

Every year the Big Schools’ Birdwatch does great work in helping to track bird population numbers across the country.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a charity whose scientific work is vital for looking after our feathered friends. The Big Schools’ Birdwatch is just one such initiative, and can be run with any age group of children.

All you have to do is spend one hour counting the most birds seen together, of each species that comes to your school. No special birdwatching knowledge is required! Registration for the event is open now, and final survey counts have to be submitted to the RSPB, online, by 22 February 2019.

RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch 2019

Watch this handy video from the RSPB to what is like to take part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch!

There are direct links with National Curriculum learning objectives, and lots of free resources are supplied by the RSPB to support the Birdwatch programme. Send off for your registration pack now, which includes a FREE bird identification poster.

RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch 2019Plus, on the RSPB site, you can download easy-to-use counting sheets for pupils to record their bird count findings (find several versions, tailored for different age groups!), and why not try craft activities, bird-themed games to play, recipes for bird treats and more?! Click now to
make the most of all the downloads here.

And don’t forget too to watch out for the results of the Birdwatch later in the spring – if you’re registered to receive the newsletter, you’ll be notified of the results to follow up in class.
Be sure to plan now for this event in your lessons for the new term, and join the fun!