The program uses the colour-coded book banding standard which is widely used in UK schools and libraries, and which has been developed by the UCL (University College London) Institute of Education. We wanted to share the news that there’s been a new spring release of titles to the Maverick Early Readers range – specifically of books in the Purple, White and Gold book bands.
As for all the Maverick Early Readers, all 10 of the new releases are bright, lively stories with charming illustrations to really help engage youngsters. The titles are sure to appeal to both girls and boys.
Being in the Purple, White and Gold book bands, these new releases are all in the upper bans of the scheme. This means they feature more complex sentences, more varied punctuation and broader vocabularies. There are still visual clues in the delightful illustrations for those trickier-to-decode words.
The list of newly launched stories to look for is: Purple – Max the Sheepdog; The Little Green Monster White – Picnic Planet; The Detective Club: Buried Treasure!; The Great Pants Robbery; The Time Train Gold – The Spooky Sleepover; The Magic Music Box; The Chicken Knitters; The Coach, the Shoes and the Football.
Are your children going to be tested under the new Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) assessment? Make sure you take advantage of Topmarks’ Hit the Button game to help get them ready!
The government’s new MTC test has been introduced to ensure Year 4 primary school children in England can fluently recall multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12. Whilst it’s available this year as a voluntary test, it will be mandatory from June 2020, so now’s the time to ensure pupils will be up to speed. (Especially Year 3 children who will be progressing!)
Topmarks’ Hit the Button web game is designed for mental maths learning, including times tables, so it is a must-have tool for classroom and after-school practice. The Times Tables mode includes levels for all tables up to ×12, either as individual tables or a mixed table mode. Hit the Answer and Hit the Question options are available for all.
However, the Topmarks Hit the Button App version has additional features that will be even more useful. Further levels are included to practise mixed tables, especially one for ×2-5, ×8 and ×10 tables – ideal for Year 3 learners who will be at this stage. This will be perfect for teachers to use now, making sure their pupils are on target for next year’s MTC.
For Year 4 children who are participating as a dummy run this year, use the Hit the Button App for extra help with their ×6 and ×7 times tables, which are playable as separate modes, again as Hit the Answer and Hit the Question.
No ads, no in-app purchases, no internet connection needed – play either with or without the minute countdown against the clock, enjoy trophy high scores, and full player tracking as you can add up to 30 pupil user IDs!
Make the most of a new set of open-access resources developed to encourage children to engage with the world around them, learning about different faiths.
These free resources have been produced by a team at the University of Warwick, in collaboration with the St Mary’s Centre. They are for widespread use in schools, following studies on diversity and what it feels like for children growing up amongst many different religious groups, often in a largely secular society.
It is hoped they will be useful for schools when creating informed and safe environments, with positive and respectful attitudes.
Two series of books and accompanying activity worksheets and downloads have been developed: ‘Exploring Why’ and ‘Exploring Our World’.
Each book is based on two central characters, Alex and Sian, and their friendships and widening experiences.
Several versions of each title have been produced, allowing maximum flexibility – such as, ‘short version’ story books aimed for group reading, or ‘extended version’ stories for more advanced pupils. Deeper learning can come from the ‘key questions’ books, which encourage more focused observations. Teachers are also encouraged to respond to a voluntary feedback survey on the resources, which can be completed anonymously.
Special Offer this week! There’s a great promotion on for the learning app, Teach Your Monster to Read.
If you have children who are learning to read then don’t miss the Teach Your Monster to Read app which is on offer this week only, from Monday 4 March to Sunday 10th March. The good news is that this is not just a free trial so you can continue to use the app after the promotion period. The app is normally priced at £4.99.
The app is available to play on iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire. It perfectly complements different phonics schemes used in schools, with three game levels for differentiation and progression. Read more about what the game teaches on the game home page here.
Take a look from now until Sunday 10 March 2019 for your free download – it’ll stay free to play even after this time!