New goals for learning in 2018

With the start of a new year, it’s a great time to set new targets for personal development.

There is always room for career progression, so why not take the time to set yourself an accomplishable goal this January, with a training course to further your knowledge and skills?

One great way to do this is with a free OpenLearn course from The Open University.
The courses are available immediately, with no timeframe, so you can learn at your convenience. There are options from just a couple of hours, or longer-term programs – choose something to suit you and work at your own pace!

Over 1000 courses have been expertly developed in a wide range of subject categories – of course the Education and Development section has caught our eye…. There are plenty of ideas that would  suit teachers looking to extend their employability skills, including areas such as child psychology and becoming a reflective practitioner.Doing fingerprints
Register for an Open University learning account – it’s free – and you’ll also be able to track your progress (ideal for measuring how you’re accomplishing your target!). Plus it will allow you access to a Statement of Participation upon completion of your course, and digital Badges demonstrating the achievements in core competencies. OpenLearn course

Be inspired and take a look at the courses available, today!

Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge Launched

Due to popular demand we have created a new free mental maths teaching resource called Daily 10. It spans all primary age groups, with levels corresponding to the curriculum requirements in England of year groups from 1 to 6. The resource is tablet friendly and lends itself to use on an interactive whiteboard. It’s ideal for starter or plenary sessions.




Topics covered are: addition, subtraction, ordering, partitioning, digit values (place value), rounding, multiplication, division, doubles, halves and fractions.

Questions are randomly generated and delivered in sets of ten. The questions can be stepped through manually or shown at a configurable timed interval. Although primarily a mental maths resource teachers may prefer to allow children to use written methods for some of the harder calculations.

Answers are displayed at the end of each set of questions, either all together or singly. Click on the ‘Q’ near each answer box to refer back to the question.


For the best experience press the full-screen icon in the top right corner of the game.

Facebook Messenger Kids

Facebook has launched Messenger Kids which is a video calling and messenger app designed for children to connect with friends and family on their tablet or smartphone. It looks like it could be a good way of keeping children safe as they can only connect with contacts that have parental approval.

There are fun features for video calls which have interactive masks, sound effects and reactions which children will love. We really like the fact that messages don’t disappear and they can’t be hidden, so parents can always check usage. We think this should help greatly in keeping children safe from cyberbullying.

Brilliant Maths Assessment Resources

White Rose Maths have released new free primary maths assessments, for Years 1 to 6, which are aligned to their excellent schemes of learning. They are designed to reflect the new SATs assessments in both content and style. By using them throughout the year teachers can monitor progress and gain information for formative planning.

The White Rose Maths assessments don’t have pass marks, as they are more for assessing what children can and cannot do rather than for providing a benchmark for Age Related Expectations. We really like the way each year group assessment has been designed to include objectives from other year groups. This is especially helpful for providing differentiation for varying ability levels.

We think these are high quality resources that are well worth downloading.