New Number Fact Families Maths Game

We’ve been busy making more maths games this summer and our latest Number Fact Families, is aimed at 6 to 11 year olds. Like all Topmarks’ games it is tablet friendly and it works brilliantly on an interactive whiteboard in full-screen mode.


It can be used as a teaching tool and as an individual game for children to learn the fact family relationships between addition and subtraction or multiplication and division. Three numbers are given and children are required to find all four number facts.

Addition and Subtraction: Up to 50

Addition and Subtraction: Up to 50

Multiplication and Division: 2 to 5 Tables

Multiplication and Division: 2 to 5 Tables

In both Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division modes there are two alternative layouts, to meet National Curriculum requirements, involving the different position of the equals sign.
e.g. 1 + 3 = 4 or 4 = 1 + 3. The Addition and Subtraction mode the number selections may include zeros, again in line with curriculum requirements. All number selections are randomly generated so that the game can be replayed many times.

We would love to know what you think to the game if you have a couple of minutes to drop us a line. Try the game now.

Super Holiday Learning Activities

If your children quickly get bored during the summer holidays then
The Children’s University site may be just the ticket. They have a range of free inspirational activities that support children’s independent learning from a number of different sources.

The Children’s University Summer Challenge 2016 has interesting and creative activities which can be completed by individuals with the support of a parent such as taking part in a Halfords Bike Workshop, making up a dance routine and taking part in a Forest Trail. There are simply too many to list here so we recommend taking a look at what is on offer.


It’s the Big Butterfly Count

If you’re in the UK how about joining in the the Big Butterfly Count which runs from 15 July to Sunday 7 August? It is a great educational activity and it provides an opportunity for everyone to contribute to important scientific research. Sadly the dreadful wet summer weather is putting butterflies at risk and numbers of the UK’s once plentiful butterflies have dwindled with some species even becoming extinct.

All you need to do is choose a place such as your garden or park and see how many butterflies you spot in 15 minutes. You can download a useful butterfly chart or a free iOS and Android app which can help you identify and record your findings.


Q-Files Online Children’s Encylopedia

Q-Files is a superb, illustrated online encyclopedia for children. It is published by Orpheus Books Limited, a publishing company based in Oxford.

Q-files is an ideal reference tool in primary schools as it is written in child friendly language and covers a wide range of subjects: Prehistory, History, Culture, Geography, Space, Technology, Science, Life and Earth. It is easy to navigate, has excellent illustrations and is advert free. The information has been verified by experts and carefully put together so that it is consistent within and across topics.


Last year we featured a similar fabulous children’s online encyclopaedia called DK Findout and both of these resources provide excellent non-fiction research opportunities for children either at school or for homework.