Category Archives: Primary

Stimulating the intellect

What is the most effective way of enhancing children’s intellectual development without cost?

There is no doubt that children who are encouraged to use their imaginations develop intellectually at a faster rate than those who simply receive information alone.

Our imaginations allow us to hypothesize, to hold the concept of number, to solve problems without actually doing them, and to think what might be alongside what actually is.

Indeed children whose imaginations are stretched tend to achieve far more intellectually than might otherwise be expected.

For example, when children listen to a story, ​they can become enthralled not just by the words but by what their imaginations do to the story.  The imagination provides extra details to make their own personal vision of story.​

From listening to stories a lot it is but a tiny step to reading stories and so the process continues. The child’s intelligence is enhanced as the child becomes more able to engage in the world around them.

Which only leaves one question: how can we develop this skill?

The answer turns out to be quite simple and it doesn’t have to cost the school anything.

It involves a two-part activity in which children learn to tell stories to each other in small groups, and which then also encourages parents to take part in the activity at home.

We have set out the whole project in a free report explaining how the project can work, step by step, without any need to spend anything on equipment or other resources.

For a free copy of the report, “Enhancing reading, problem solving and writing through storytelling at school and at home” please email stories@snailtales.org. If you could write “Enhancing reading report” in the subject line that would be helpful.

If you would like to know more about what we do, there are details on our website or you can call us on 020 328 76245.

Literacy and the summer

When children are most likely to slip back in terms of literacy – what can be done about it?

It is something that can often be observed: children who are already struggling somewhat in terms of literacy can slip back even further during the school holidays.

Unfortunately this “slippage” can have an even greater impact on some children when it occurs during the Easter break, as the arrival of better weather in the summer term can encourage more time to be spent outdoors, leaving less time for doing any literacy support work at home.

In such cases the best solution is one that is totally geared around each individual child’s specific needs; an approach which can be utilised both at home and at school.

Being an approach based totally around the child’s current literacy level, our solution means that the gaining of literacy changes from being a struggle into something that is enjoyable.  Enjoyable both because of the nature of the materials and because the progress can be witnessed by the child every day.

In study between March and summer 2016, at-risk pupils across nearly 3,000 schools made substantial progress using our approach. During this time, the percentage of pupils working two or more years below their expected level was reduced by almost half (54% to 28%).

To achieve such success, our approach starts with a highly accurate and rapid system of placing pupils according to their current literacy ability, and which precisely notes the progress they are making day to day.

This auto-placement approach analyses individual ability levels and reveals exactly what each pupil needs to be focussing on in order to ensure progress is achieved.

Then, if the pupil can have one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging and responsive to her or his immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget, the issue is resolved.

All of this can be done using Core5 from Lexia.  The analysis, the comparisons with other pupils, the progress, the remedial work – each and every element of a student’s learning journey is tracked and evaluated by Core5.

If you would like to read the case studies involving UK schools which are already using the system please click here. You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, we have all the information you’ll need available here. Alternatively, if you would like to talk first, call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk.

Making sure it’s not Pantomonium this Christmas

A unique educational entertainment event direct to your school, completely hassle free.

Why book a pantomime play?

  • A perfect way to celebrate towards the end of the winter term
  • Brand new pantomime performances based on key educational themes.
  • Enhance your students learning and wellbeing with interactive pantomime performances that link to the curriculum.
  • Teacher resource pack full of classroom activities free with every show.

Entertainment & Education

By incorporating aspects from the curriculum (literacy to PSHE) in each magical story you get to treat your students and at the same time justify it within the school budget. Your pupils get to experience a one-of-a-kind pantomime that both entertains and educates.  (Exact curriculum links are available on request).

For all ages

The shows are fast paced, funny and visually exciting for all ages. Older years are kept involved by the adventures, tasks and plots, whilst the physical comedy and colourful characters and costumes appeal to the younger years. The educational elements in the shows cover both KS1 and KS2 topics.

A performance to suit you

The whole school will get involved as there is constant audience interaction and the pupils even get to take part in the performance.  We are happy to perform up to 3 performances a day for up to 240 pupils per show.

Informing, Involving, Inspiring.

Pantomimeplay.co.uk is part of Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company who have been delivering award winning theatre in education for over 10 years.  We take great pride in creating productions of the highest quality whilst ensuring a memorable educational experience.

Take a look at our website here:

https://www.pantomimeplay.co.uk/shows

You will find a price guide on the teachers’ page along with further information.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an exact quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Schulberg (Creative Director)

Email tourbooker@tipoftheiceberg.biz or info@pantomimeplay.co.uk

Tel: 01707 527140 or 07519593711

Britain’s Best Story-Telling Show

http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

Top Traditional Story-Teller Jim MacCool is on tour throughout this Summer Term. He’ll be performing in Primary Schools all over Britain.
Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners enrich and entertain all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.
If you’d like to have Jim MacCool and his Traditional Story-Telling Shows come to your school, please telephone me, Joy Atkins, on 020 8688 6951, or you may prefer to email:
The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts organises
The National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running now till Friday 21st July 2017
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/
Dates of Interest
National Poetry Day Thurs. 28th Sept 2017
October is National Poetry Month
Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
15 Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk

Improving pupils’ learning through gamification

The number of young people becoming involved in gaming is ever increasing. This is often concerning for educators, who see games as distracting pupils from their studies, when this is not necessarily the case.

Our aim at EDArcade is to promote and support pupils’ learning through fun and engaging games. Rather than trying to cut down pupils’ gaming hours, we instead harness its educational potential.

Our platform provides 85 educational games, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from any National Curriculum. We cover a range of core and non-core subjects including English, maths, science and internet safety.

Read more

We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.

Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.

Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

All of our games are available in additional languages on request

For more information about how EDArcade can help students through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com.

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDArcade
T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350
E: mail@edarcade.com
W: www.edarcade.com

Assessment ‘without levels’

Another review of Primary assessment? Maybe it’s time to devise your own system?

Last year, like most schools, you were probably feeling your way into the new curriculum and assessment without levels.

Now you probably have enough experience to set up an assessment system which will meet your school’s precise needs.

With support from our Primary Progress toolkit it’s perfectly possible. Here’s what you will probably need to do.

Adopt a manageable set of statements, which will help your teachers to know what their pupils need to know and be able to do.

Devise a set of grades, which define pupils’ steps on the way to mastering the curriculum.

Have a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments.

Agree Age Related expectations for each term.

Analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track.

When Ofsted come won’t they be impressed when you show them how you are managing all this?

Our Online Primary Progress toolkit has been built with flexibility as its main aim. We believe it can support any school’s assessment needs.  It’s also a modern online database system, professionally programmed, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining it.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com or ring me on 01279 652183.

We can also give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

Is your school ready for the General Election on 8th June?

Lets vote on it front cover

Introduce your pupils to the ideas of democracy with these products from Gresham Books

Let’s Vote On It! book – written for KS2 Let’s Vote On It! is an introduction to democracy and the workings of Parliament explaining how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process.

Democracy in Britain class poster – a bright and lively British Values poster for your classroom. The poster picks out the key elements of our British democracy.

Aiming High book – a critical thinking guide written for parents and teachers explaining how the techniques of critical thinking can help pupils learn to evaluate evidence and make up their own minds.

For more details visit our WEBSITE

Key Stage 2 Composing for Non-Specialists

KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is an exciting classroom resource for teachers delivering composition lessons in the primary school. This detailed and easy-to-understand book was written by a well-known composer who has researched and piloted new methods designed particularly for non-specialists. However, Music Co-Coordinators will also welcome the background information, practical advice and project ideas in the book.

A complete primary school composing resource

KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING presents a creative course covering the entire KS2 composing curriculum in a way which is easy for non-specialist teachers to understand and use, and fun to deliver in the classroom. Detailed and timed lesson plans are complemented by thorough explanatory notes; no previous music knowledge is required. The book can form a complete year’s work, or be a resource for all the composing elements in KS2 music lessons.  It could also form the basis for an entire Key Stage 2 music syllabus.  It is based on the methods David Stoll developed when asked by the DfES to look into helping non-specialist teachers deliver composing lessons.

Suitable for music coordinators

The Introduction discusses music lessons and composing, and gives links to the primary school music curriculum.  This is followed by a term’s worth of timed and very comprehensive composing lessons, described in full detail with background notes.   There are then four projects which are likely to take a half-term each to complete, and six one-off short workshop projects for occasional lessons.  All necessary worksheets are included and copyable.

The book concludes with further guidance on inventing new projects, using rooms and equipment, giving performances, and answers to common questions from non-specialist music teachers.

The download price for KEY STAGE 2 COMPOSING is £17.40, including VAT.  This includes a licence for printing, copying and using the product in a non-commercial way within schools.

For more information, or to purchase the book as a download, please go to: https://www.davidstoll.co.uk/product/educational-key-stage-2-composing

Why Change to an Interactive Touchscreen (ITS)?

 

There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens. These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a warranty of up to Seven Years. GeneeWorld offers a warranty on all its touchscreens of between five and seven years.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee.

Arkel Computer Services is a specialist Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

For orders placed during April, prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from: £1217

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” De Luxe with built in Android: £1217 (Special Offer Price while stocks last)

G-Touch Slim 65” Classic: £1773

Larger Screens are also available from 70” up to 86”. Prices on application.

We also offer a full installation and fitting service in your area. Please call 01858 432495 for prices which will vary according to quantity and size of the boards.

Genee Visualisers From £128

All prices are subject to delivery charges and VAT.

Arkel also offer all other forms of IT hardware and technical support. For a better idea of the scope of how we can help, go to: www.arkel.co.uk or call us on 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

Arkel Computer Services Ltd, 38 Granville St, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9EX

Quality and affordable teaching supplies to support the curriculum

Early Years Resources is a reputable supplier of cutting edge educational resources for Nurseries and Primary Schools throughout the UK and worldwide for 25 years.

Our team consists of experienced teachers and specialists buyers who have sourced innovative and “hard to find” products designed to aid in the delivering of the curriculum and the development of pupils’ skills in the classroom.

Our extensive range of curriculum based resources includes:

  • English – focusing on communication; equipping pupils with a strong command of spoken and written language and nurturing a love of literature
  • Mathematics – teach the key mathematical aims; problem solving, fluency and reasoning in a fun and exciting way
  • Science – broaden pupils’ scientific view of the world through exploring, asking, analysing and observing

To view our range of products visit our website or view our digital catalogue .

Great reasons to shop with us

  • Over 6000 resources to choose from including Art and Craft, Furniture and Outdoor Equipment
  • Resources selected by our team of experienced teachers and specialist buyers
  • 25 years of supplying educational resources to primary schools and early years settings
  • Educational establishments in Ireland can now order directly through our website.
  • Easy ways to order – online, phone, email, fax and post

For further information, feel free to contact us on (+44) 161 865 3355 or email sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk.

Thank you soooooo much!

We just wanted to say an enormous thank you to all the primary schools who are putting on our new production ‘Superstar School’ – we’ve been overwhelmed by the response!

We’re so excited about our brand new musical for end of year/leavers and we’re delighted that so many schools are too!

If your school would also like to have an end-of-year celebration like no other, don’t forget – for a limited time, all summer shows include a £10.00 Amazon voucher! But time’s running out, so don’t delay! Full details here.

Need to ask us something?  Don’t hesitate – we’re always happy to help!
Rob
T: 0333 014 5855

PS: Books and CDs will be posted out shortly, but in the meantime, you can get the children practising the songs with these karaoke videos on our website!

Why do we teach children how to read?

Why do we teach children how to read? And how can we use this knowledge to improve our pupils’ level of reading?

Too often it is thought that a fluent reader is a good reader but if your pupils have no or very little understanding of what they are reading, their ability to read (fluently or not) is essentially useless.

Which is why Topical Resources has produced the Comprehension Series – to help your pupils to comprehend the texts that they can read but not necessarily understand.

Each activity book in the Comprehension Series includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts based on a range of themes with missing word activities, open ended questions and open ended written challenges for more able pupils.

What’s more, pages are displayed with a landscape orientation to make maximum use of the space on an interactive whiteboard.

For more information and to see sample pages, please  go to   www.topical-resources.co.uk/category/comprehension  and click on the individual resource links.  Alternatively, you can email sales@topical-resources.co.uk.

You can download The Comprehension Series for just £70+Vat (£10+VAT per PDF workbook) by visiting:
www.topical-resources.co.uk/category/comprehension

A secret, fun, and effective maths teacher at every meal?

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This is what Times Table Plates provide at a one off cost of less than £2 per item.

There is much interaction between the children, even those with no previous interest in their tables, and instant recall is  very strong both in the classroom afterwards and for the rest of their lives.

Why not look at the website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or phone  to ask questions or request a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950
rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Bringing PSHE off the page and into real life.

Coping with change. Banter vs Bullying. Connected Britain. We’ve got it covered.

With 10 million children heading back to school after the holiday break and recent reports announcing 3 children in every classroom have a mental health problem is it possible to cover sensitive topics in a fun, nurturing and exciting format?

Tip of the Iceberg Theatre company have spent the last 15 years developing shows and interactive workshop experiences alongside schools, teachers and pupils to improve well being and promote positive behaviour and relationships.

The projects are involving, informing and inspiring as they entertain and engage the audience and our follow up sessions make the full experience relevant and memorable.

Our productions encompass a range of characters so that every audience member can find someone or a storyline to connect with and our follow up activity based workshops continue to actively encourage the pupils to explore their own lives, thoughts and actions.

Empowering pupils to find their own solutions and supporting them to consider all aspects of an issue gives them a foundation to develop healthy approaches to manage their mental health and behaviour, especially as they grow, mature and take on more personal responsibility.

Tackling sensitive issues can be difficult to bring to life in the classroom.

We have 3 productions on tour in the coming months, all of which look at the risks and the rewards, the realities, the influences and the feelings that young people experience.  Examining the heart and soul of topics and not just the nuts and bolts. The projects include performances and follow up workshops. The delivery is adapted to suit your group sizes and timetables.

Changing Britain – On tour throughout June and again in the autumn 2017. Exploring physical, emotional and life changes. Suitable for year 6.

Bullied Britain – On tour during the autumn and supporting Anti-Bullying Month in November. Bullying vs Banter. Understanding the different forms that bullying takes and getting to the root of where it may come from and therefore creating real change.  Different options available for years 3-6.

Connected Britain – On tour through June and again in the autumn 2017.  Delving into the many networks we have in our lives, accepting the reality and benefits that being connected brings whilst being aware of the dangers and risks. Promoting positive e-citizenship and developing healthy relationships with and through technology. Different options available for years 3-6.

You can take a look at some more details on our website:

http://www.tipoftheiceberg.biz/work/inside.html

Prices start at £550 + VAT for a half  day and £750 + VAT for a full day.

For more information on a bespoke delivery and an exact quote for your school please get in touch.

Email tourbooker@tipoftheiceberg.biz or lisa@tipoftheiceberg.biz

Tel 01707527140 or 07519593711

“Since Tom started using Education Quizzes, he has really started to sparkle.”

We have made Education Quizzes free for a whole year so that students like Tom can sparkle too

Despite all the revision tips, tricks and techniques, the best way to help your pupils to retain the knowledge that they have learned in their literacy lessons is by presenting them with the opportunity to use this knowledge on a regular basis.

However, since there is more than one topic area to cover in the English Programmes of Study, it can sometimes be a long period of time until a topic is revisited, by which time your pupils will have forgotten much of what they had previously learned.

Which is why we have produced an extensive library of literacy quizzes and made them free to use for a whole year, so that your pupils can test and revise their knowledge as frequently as they need and want to.

What’s more, Education Quizzes is ideal to set as homework tasks as it involves little to no PPA time – giving you more time to focus on planning and preparing future lessons and assessing the work of your pupils from lessons which have gone before.

To get a better idea of what Education Quizzes is all about, simply visit www.educationquizzes.com. And to sign your school up for Education Quizzes for free for a whole year, go to www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/.

If you have any queries, you can easily contact us by sending an email to admin@educationquizzes.com.

What is the most effective way of approaching Multi Faith issues in school?

Of course children can read about and indeed watch films about different faiths.

But there is no doubt that an inspirational speaker, who is an active member of a faith and used to working with primary school children, can in one session transform the children’s understanding of a particular faith.

And there can also be no doubt that such an event can be of great long-term value.  For time and again one can see that even a modest amount of personal knowledge can dispel ignorance and assumption, and instead encourage respect, leading to a more harmonious society.

With this in mind, Rabbi Douglas Charing, Director of the Leeds-based Jewish Education Bureau, has been visiting schools throughout the country for many years.

He offers lively and informative presentations on many aspects of Judaism, including Festivals such as Passover and Chanukah, and life-cycle events. Story and song are also included.

Your pupils will be engaged and stimulated and enjoy a lasting experience by an inspiring educator.

To make a booking or for further details of cost and availability, phone our hotline on 0345 567 4071 or email rabbi@jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

Rabbi Charing is also available for school-based Inset.

www.jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

What are you doing about the effects of domestic abuse?

It’s most probable that some of your pupils are suffering from seeing abuse at home.  Their learning capability is impaired.

A minimum of 750,000 British children and young people a year are witnesses to domestic abuse.  Also 62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others.

Every case of domestic abuse is different and children are affected in lots of different ways, depending on their circumstances, personality, the severity of the situation and availability of appropriate support. It is recognised that some children are resilient enough to recover quickly from exposure to domestic abuse; while others may react adversely and require therapeutic intervention to help deal with the trauma and prevent any long-term negative effects.

Children learn from what they experience. They may learn that it is acceptable to use violence or other forms of controlling behaviours.  Children’s immediate reactions include overall anxiety and worry, separation anxiety,  excessive worry about their safety and that of the non-abusive parent/ carer, sleep problems, nightmares, difficulty with concentration, increased hyperactivity, increased anger/aggression, withdrawal, low self-esteem, and confidence.

Play therapy helps to alleviate these conditions.  Between 77% and 84% of children receiving therapy from a Play Therapy UK registrant show a positive change.

If you want to know more about how play therapy works, the training required for a member of  your staff to become a registered Play Therapist, please email Monika at mokijep@majemail.com

www.playtherapy.org.uk  and www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

What is Fake News?

Recently Andreas Schleicher OECD’s Director of Education and Skills and leading international education expert said children should be taught in schools how to recognise fake news, “Distinguishing what is true from what is not true is a critical skill today”.

Use our What is Fake News? Poster to show your students what to look out for and how to distinguish between fake and real news.

Fake News poster

 Order any Gresham Books poster or poster bundle and get 10% off! Enter coupon code poster10 on the checkout page to claim the discount.

To read more about the posters and to place an order visit our website here, you can also place an order by calling 01983 761389.

Are Jesus’ teachings relevant today?

What is the single most effective way to engage your pupils in assemblies that are explicitly Christian in nature?

It can be difficult for children to understand the relevance of Jesus’ teachings in their daily lives.

Children may struggle interpreting stories from the Holy Bible and their deeper meanings – which form the core of Christianity as a religion – as the stories are not set in a society to which the children can relate.

It is for this reason that we have produced Modern Christian Assembly Stories.

This resource contains 50 modern Christian assembly stories with characters, scenarios, themes, and everyday dilemmas which your pupils will be able to relate to. Children will come to realise that Jesus’ teachings are still relevant today and will understand how Christian beliefs and values play a part in their lives.

Some of the stories will make them, and you, laugh, whilst others will prompt you all to reflect deeply.

For example, in one story your pupils will meet Billy who loses his trunks whilst swimming at school – how embarrassing! What will he do? And in another story your pupils will meet David who is missing his best friend who has left school. Then he meets Arthur, the new boy. Arthur is different. He is autistic: he canʼt speak. How can David make friends with him?

Furthermore, accompanying teacher’s notes will enable you to make the most of each story, providing information on the background, story and theme, as well as a brief summary of what Christians believe and a short prayer related to the story.

For more information about Modern Christian Assembly Stories for £17.99 simply visit: http://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/modern-christian-assembly-stories-710

As always, you can order this resource in a variety of ways, such as:

• by visiting the website

• by phone on 01449 766629

• by fax on 01449 768047

• by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk

• or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Would a £10 Amazon voucher be useful…?

When it comes to Year 6, the challenge is coming up with new ways to give your students the most memorable send-off ever. It’s not easy, is it?

We passionately believe our brand new “End Of Year” musicals are the answer!  Meticulously written with teachers and children in mind, they offer the perfect blend of contemporary songs and scripts that are guaranteed to be easy to teach.

If you haven’t tried us before, you’re in for a treat. And, for a limited time, all summer shows include a choice of a £10.00 Amazon voucher or £10.00 discount! Full details here.

Any questions? Just contact us – we’re always happy to help!
Rob
T: 0333 014 5855

Click here to see the full “Amazon Voucher” Summer Collection.

That’s summer sorted!

 

Full terms and conditions apply. Click here for details.

For, and on behalf of, Easy Peasy Plays.
Easy Peasy Plays is a trading name of Popcorn School Ltd, a limited company registered in England and Wales under number 8534985 and whose registered offices are located at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU.

Support English and Maths through game-based learning

Support English and Maths through
Game Based Learning
Dear Colleague,

Computers and consoles are becoming a central part of pupils’ lives, and so game based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Our platform features 85 educational games, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from the National Curriculum.

Our content covers a range of core and non-core subjects, including:

English – covering spelling, grammar and sentence structure.
Maths – including topics such as addition, subtraction, time tables, shapes and angles.
Science – explaining the basics of the solar system, speed, time and elements.
Internet Safety – internet security, viruses and staying safe online.
Game based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification. The large selection of games allows pupils to learn at their own pace and in their own way.
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We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:
Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
Social elements to encourage interaction between students and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.
For more information about how EDArcade can help students through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com.

Kind regards,

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Sam Warnes
Creator of EDArcade
T: 01909 776 915
F: 01909 568 350
E: mail@edarcade.com
W: www.edarcade.com
Email EDArcade    Follow @ED_Arcade on Twitter

What is the single most effective way of utilising pupil premium funding?

There is of course one fundamental issue that affects every other aspect of every child’s education: the child’s level of literacy.

The problem is that once a child at primary school starts to slip behind it can be difficult to tailor instruction towards individuals within a group.  What each child then needs is help and support in his/her specific areas of difficulty.

At this point a highly accurate and rapid system of placing pupils according to their current literacy ability is required, which precisely notes the progress they are making day by day.

But every school needs this analysis, without it taking up more of that most precious resource: time.

One particularly effective solution to this problem is to implement an auto-placement approach which analyses individual ability level and reveals exactly what each student needs to be focussing on in order to ensure literacy progress is achieved.

Then, if the pupil can have one-to-one tuition in a way that is utterly engaging and responsive to her or his immediate literacy needs and within the school’s budget, the issue is resolved.

All of this can be done using Core5 from Lexia.  The analysis, the comparisons with other pupils, the progress, the remedial work – each and every element of a student’s learning journey is tracked and evaluated by Core5.

If you would like to read the case studies involving UK schools which are already using the system please click here. You will then also find on the right of the page the route to having access to the full program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, we have all the information you’ll need available here. Alternatively, if you would like to talk first, call 0191 482 1939, or email info@lexiauk.co.uk.

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant

Have you got your activity days and summer fete sorted?

With the summer term approaching fast our circus fun days are extremely popular as well as our drop in workshops at fetes and fairs. Fantastiko circus skills sessions are brilliant fun for all ages and abilities and offer an excellent educational experience, whether exploring the “circus topic”, exploring forces in science, as an activity day, a reward, or part of your school fete or fair.

Looking for something fun, educational, and inclusive?

Fantastiko’s workshops are designed to help pupils, teachers and parents feel energised and positive as they work together and learn new things, we also offer personalised certificates to add to a sense of achievement.

Skills range from simple feather balancing and bucket stilts to the more advanced tight wire and unicycle, we even have a trapeze rig that we can bring along.

Want something tailor made without a lot of fuss and hassle?

We adapt our workshops to suit different settings and events for reception all the way up to year 6 – and adults love in joining too.  Fantastiko provide a complete circus package and our offers include everything from; a one hour visit, circus days, ongoing schemes of work, circus science sessions and even a range of themed entertainment.

Prices start from £210+Vat for a half day.

The founders and facilitators at Fantastiko Circus Workshops have been sharing their skills for over 15 years and pride themselves on delivering the best circus package to suit each school and their pupils.

If you would like to bring the magic of circus straight in to your school (or our circus tent marquee) then take a look at our website:

www.circusworkshops.biz

Contact us for more details about the different workshops and entertainment we offer.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Drew Hewett  (Creative Director)

E: drew@circusworkshops.biz

T: 01707 527160 or 07539229256

Interactive Story-Telling and Song Workshops for Primary Schools

http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

Top Traditional Story-Teller Jim MacCool is visiting Primary Schools throughout the Summer Term 2017.

Bards in the true sense, Celtic Yarn-Spinners enrich and entertain all ages with interactive stories, poems and songs.

Mr MacCool’s tried and tested workshops are a wonderful cross curriculum activity mixing music, literacy, speaking and listening skills in a fun learning experience for pupils and staff.

Should you be interested in having Jim MacCool and his Traditional Story-Telling Workshops come to your school, please telephone me, Joy Atkins, on 020 8688 6951, or you may prefer to email: celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk  for more information.

The Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
organises
The National Tour of Traditional Celtic Story-Tellers
running from
Mon. 20th March through to Friday 21st July 2017
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk/

DATES OF INTEREST
National  Poetry Day Thursday 28 Sept. 2017
October is National Poetry Month
National Story Telling Week 27 Jan.- 3 Feb.2018

Joy Atkins
Stratford Festival of Salon Arts
15 Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YW
Tel. 0208 688 6951
celticyarnspinner@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.stratfordfestivalofsalonarts.co.uk
October is National Poetry Month

What is the most effective way of inspiring outdoor play in a world filled with gadgets?

A recent survey of 12,000 parents showed that around 75% felt that their children preferred playing digital games as opposed to active outdoor play.

Many parents agree this is not ideal: which raises the question, what is the most effective way of encouraging children to engage in more active play before school, during breaks from class work, and after school? And indeed what approach is most likely to be seen and appreciated by parents?

“With so much focus on academic attainment, there can be pressure on teachers to stay in the classroom which means children are missing out on so many experiences that will benefit them through their lives.” – BBC environmental report.

“There is a clear play imbalance emerging… children need to be exposed to varied stimulus. Allow a child to be free outside with no structure and no gadgets and you will marvel at what they can achieve.” (Educationalist, Sir Ken Robinson).

This imbalance is a problem we have faced head on, and as a result we have designed a variety of resources and play equipment to inspire active play for pupils in KS1 and KS2.

With a variety of imagination play resources, strategy games, playground and after school activities, our range supports schools in the challenge to inspire active play.

By encouraging activity outside the classroom, PE and games are not relied upon as the sole source of active play.

Imagination play resources, including dens and playhouses, offer enchanting and comfortable spaces for children to play together in boundless make-believe worlds. Team games bring exciting strategy to the playground, promoting motor skills and improving communication.

Play is a wonderful revitaliser, helping pupils to feel more eager and ready to learn.

Big Game Hunters‘ selection of high quality outdoor games and equipment includes Giant Chess and Draughts, Giant Tower games, Giant Snakes and Ladders and unique wooden playground games.

If you would like to learn more or view the range, visit us at biggamehunters.co.uk.

Ordering for your school is quick and simple; simply sign up, log-in and you’ll have the option to checkout and pay later on invoice. You can also email purchase orders to sales@biggamehunters.co.uk

For guidance on choosing play equipment for your school, contact Big Game Hunters at: sales@biggamehunters.co.uk

Hannah Hemsley
Big Game Hunters
t:  +44 1865 392 439   dl: +44 1865 392 439
a:  Chadwick Farm, Garford, OX13 5PD

w: biggamehunters.co.uk

e:  sales@biggamehunters.co.uk

w: sportsballshop.co.uk

Assessment “without levels”

Has your solution to assessment ‘without levels’ been to develop your own set of Excel spreadsheets?

Lots of schools have taken this route, because it gives them the sort of flexibility and control, which they want: but it’s not without its own problems.

Your own Excel spreadsheets can involve a lot of time consuming manual work, if you don’t have someone who can write appropriate macros or progam the worksheets using VBA.

Your school will usually be very dependent on the person who set up the spreadsheets, and vulnerable if that person leaves.

So, wouldn’t it be great to have all that flexibility and control without the associated problems?

Our Online Primary Progress toolkit has, we believe, enough flexibility to support almost any assessment policy. It’s also a modern online database system, professionally programmed, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining it.

We have designed it with two simple aims – to create a tracker which is easy to use and which can be customised to a school’s precise needs.

For instance, you can import your own curriculum, edit the National Curriculum Programme of Study statements or use the NAHT model. You can give statements different weightings or set some as KPIs or non-negotiables.

You can you set your own assessment grades, assess pupils at either Statement or Subject level or both; enter assessments at any time and set your own reporting dates.

You can filter results by groups such as boys/girls, pupil premium, SEN, first language, ethnicity or create your own groups and filter results by these.

You can report on subject attainment and progress, percent attaining an agreed level in Reading, Writing & Maths combined, or meeting your own Age Related Expectations, plus percent of statements achieved, if you assess at that level.

In addition to the standard reports by year group, class and individual pupil, we can extract data from the database and create free customised reports to your own specification.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com or ring me on 01279 652183.

We can also give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

A time for change

In this ever changing world is it possible to meet the growing needs of year 6 pupils in the limited time available in the timetable?

“Adolescence is a critical period in human development – we must provide our young people with all the support they need to ensure a smooth transition to adulthood.” Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes University of Birmingham

There is no doubt in the teaching and research communities that the vast amount of physical, emotional and life changes that a year 6 pupil goes through in the build up to leaving primary school and starting secondary school has an enormous effect on their future lives and learning.  Supporting pupils through the transition is essential; however it can be difficult to bring sensitive issues and topics to life in the classroom.

A few of the PSHE association guidelines for KS2 suggest covering the following topics:

Examining what affects physical, mental and emotional health.

Exploring and critiquing how the media present information and how the media impacts our judgements and self esteem.

To be aware of the different types of relationships and recognise those which can be unhealthy.

Understanding the differences and similarities between people and considering the factors that influence these.

How their bodies may change.

To listen and respond respectfully to a wide range of people.

We believe it is possible to cover these areas and more by utilising a creative format.

“In 80% of primary schools, outside speakers made a valuable contribution to the PSHE education programme.” OFSTED Report on Personal Social and Health Education.

The team at Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company have been delivering theatre in education projects for 20 years. The ethos has always been to respect every young person as an individual and to empower them to learn about themselves and then relate that to the world they live in, therefore developing a foundation for a healthy mental attitude for life. Each show and the follow up workshops are developed alongside schools, teachers, pupils and experts on the topics to ensure that the experience is informing, involving and inspiring to those that take part.

“Changing Britain” is designed to explore all aspects of life changes that year 6 pupils have highlighted as key issues and that they requested support with. Our infamous vlogger “Big Sister” presents tonight’s episode which follows the life of a range of year 7 pupils as she delves beyond the surface asking “How do changes really affect us and what can we do about them?”.

Download a flyer with further information here:

http://www.tipoftheiceberg.biz/pics/Changing%20Britain%20Year%206%20Flyer4email.pdf

Tip of the Iceberg weave topics into the lives, experiences and personalities of the characters so they don’t appear too didactic for the audience, however, there are many areas that can then be drawn on further in our workshops and discussions.

At the heart of great PSHE and pupil support is looking at self-esteem and strategies to develop positive mental health and wellbeing. Our follow up workshops help pupils to relate the topics to their own lives and experiences in a fun, nurturing environment.

The play lasts 30 minutes and the workshops are adapted in length to suit the number of pupils and the school timetable.  We offer half and full day packages, however our delivery is bespoke to your needs and requirements.

For more detailed information and how we can work in partnership with you please don’t hesitate to contact us.

E: tourbooker@tipoftheiceberg.biz or admin@tipoftheiceberg.biz

Tel: 01707 527140 or 07519 593711

What is the most effective way of helping children to develop their problem-solving skills?

It could be argued that the possession of good problem-solving skills is all that it takes for pupils to achieve high attainment across the subjects, not least because every subject area requires pupils to use problem-solving skills at some point or another. Yet, despite this, the curriculum doesn’t cater for lessons specifically in problem-solving.

Which is why we have developed CRAMES – creative games that will help children to develop their problem-solving skills in only five minutes a day, making them ideal to use at the start of the day, between lessons, at the end of the day, and whenever else there might be a spare five minutes.

CRAMES are user-friendly activities that get children thinking creatively, ranging from ‘What if?’ and ‘How many ways …?’ questions to ‘describing things from a different point of view’ and ‘choosing which you would rather be’.

Furthermore, CRAMES focuses on a variety of themes and thinking methods, from fluency, synectics, flexibility, imagination, originality, and risk taking, to elaboration, curiosity, lateral thinking, problem solving, and evaluation.

You can order CRAMES for just £13.99 in a number of ways, including:

• on our website

• by phone on 01449 766629

• by fax on 01449 768047

• by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk

• or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.
Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

How schools are responding to the budget cuts in education and…

…why now is a better time than any to get 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance

According to an article in the Guardian, schools are being forced to do things that they would prefer not to do in order to save money, from axing a subject and closing the library, to stopping all school trips and asking parents to help with tidying up and maintaining the school.

Which is why now is a better time than any to get 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance.

With 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover, not only can you claim back the huge costs of supply cover, but it also offers the additional benefit of making cashflow forecasting easier. Giving you complete budget certainty!

What’s more, Staff Absence isn’t all that is covered under this policy. Our 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover also includes cover for Staff Wellbeing, Occupational Health, Maternity and HR & Management. Thus it is likely that with our insurance you will be able to release funds into your budget for services that you are already paying for.

Scroll down to see a summary of what’s included in the policy or simply fill in this form to get an Instant Staff Absence Quote and join the 800+ UK schools that already have 5 in 1 Staff Absence Insurance Cover. Alternatively, please do call us on 0113 2161144 or email sales@schoolsuk.com.

What’s covered in the policy?
1) Staff Absence Insurance: Stress Cover, Paternity Cover, Adoption Leave Cover, Jury Service, Compassionate Leave, Stranded Cover, Carer Cover…
2) Staff Wellbeing: eye tests and replacement glasses, extensive Employees Assistance Programme, cash back on therapies, 24 hour GP helpline, diagnostic scans, Personal Accident Cover up to £100,000, Critical Incident Support, booklets for staff and a Wellbeing App download.

3) Occupational Health: occupational health reports, face to face consultations, nurses visit, counselling services, pre-employment screening and a full referral service (at no additional charge).

4) Maternity Cover: our Standard Cover will provide up to £3,500 per claim however we’ve also created a freestanding policy that allows you to select the level of coverage that you need from zero to over £15,000.

5) HR & Employment: unlimited telephone and email support, advice for HR and Employment Law issues, attendance at hearings and appeals where dismissal is a possibility, regular updates on changes to the law, free places for the Head and School Business Managers at our Education and Employment Law seminars, the equivalent of one days’ attendance on site each year from an HR specialists or employment lawyer.

 

The Story of Mallory Twitch

A story written by Carolyn Kelly, a Play Therapy UK registrant, for a little boy who just couldn’t ask for help. It starts:

Once upon a time there was a sailor called Mallory Twitch who lived on a little red boat in Pebbletown.  Mallory Twitch was a very talented sailor and his skills were admired by everyone who saw him.

All the sailors moored their boats in the safety of Pebbletown Harbour.  But Mallory Twitch kept his boat anchored outside the harbour because Mallory Twitch did things his own way.  He spent every morning sailing and every afternoon eating cheese and chutney sandwiches. 

But there’s much, much more to play therapy than being able to tell a story.  Every child is different so different therapeutic stories must be produced individually.  Some children in therapy will choose sand tray or clay or puppets or music or other media so the therapist must be trained to communicate with the child (not just observe) in all of these.

It’s essential that schools only employ or contract Play Therapists that are on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and clinically supervised, to quality assure their work. www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Otherwise the school is taking a big risk.

Overall 20% of the UK’s children have issues that are effectively treated by play therapy.  Investing in training a member of your teaching staff will soon be repaid through less disruption in classes, motivated pupils, better learning, reduced staff stress, happier parents and a better deployment of the pupil premium funding.

If you want to know the rest of Mallory’s story, how play therapy is already working in over 2000 primary schools in the UK and the training that is available in 13 centres all over the country, please email Monika at mokijep@majemail.com

www.playtherapy.org.uk

A secret, fun, and effective maths teacher at every meal?

This is what Times Table Plates provide at a one off cost of less than £2 per item.

There is much interaction between the children, even those with no previous interest in their tables, and instant recall is  very strong both in the classroom afterwards and for the rest of their lives.

Why not look at the website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or phone  to ask questions or request a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950
rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Support your pupils’ learning through gamification

Computers and consoles are becoming a central part of pupils’ lives, and so game-based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Game-based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification.

Our platform provides 85 educational games, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from any National Curriculum and covering subjects including:

English – covering spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.

Maths – including topics such as addition, subtraction, time tables, shapes, and angles.

Science – explaining the basics of the solar system, speed, time, and elements.

Internet Safety – internet security, viruses, and staying safe online.

All of our games are available in additional languages to help EAL students on request.

We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

  • Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
  • Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

Read More

For more information about how EDArcade can help students through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com with the subject “GBL2017”.

Kind regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDArcade

T: 01909 776 915
F: 01909 568 350

E: mail@edarcade.com

W: www.edarcade.com

Why (I feel as if) I know everything there is to know about Hepatitis A

The reason that you should get a noticeboard for your school is the same reason that (I feel as if) I know everything there is to know about Hepatitis A

At my local doctor’s surgery there is a notice which says “Please switch off your phone!”, so when I am waiting to see the doctor, keeping my brain occupied can be something of a challenge. In hindsight, I should probably bring a book along with me, but each time I forget.

This aside, it doesn’t take long for my eyes to start wandering around the waiting room and before I know it I’m reading anything and everything that my vision will allow – from posters about the risks of contracting an illness abroad, to the surgery’s ‘out-of-hours’ policy.

The thing is, the notices in the surgery’s waiting room never change, so for the past ten years (at least) I have been reading the exact same poster about Hepatitis A.

Long story short, when one waits, one reads. Which is precisely why you should get a noticeboard for your school – because parents will read anything and everything in their sight while waiting to pick their child up from school – making it a highly effective school-to-parent communication system.

Indeed, if your school is thinking about buying a (new) noticeboard, Greenbarnes has a range of styles which you can see on our website. Alternatively, please do call us on 01280 701093 and we’ll be pleased to discuss our boards, send you a brochure, and give any advice and guidance that you may require.

Every Classroom Needs A BabbleGuard!

Don’t you just love it when you see a simple idea and you think to yourself – ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ That’s what teachers and education professionals have told us when they see the new BabbleGuard from Connevans.

BabbleGuard is a beautifully simple solution to encourage all students to keep the classroom noise at a comfortable level, promoting concentration, listening and learning.

Using an attractive LED bar which fits neatly on top of an interactive whiteboard and a sophisticated sound sensor, BabbleGuard changes colour depending on the level on sound in the Classroom. Using the traffic light pattern of green, amber and red it is simple for even the youngest children to understand.

BabbleGuard can be used in a wide range of learning environments, is quick to set up and easy to use. The teacher doesn’t need to do anything, the students can see for themselves.

More information on the brand new BabbleGuard is available here … http://www.connevans.co.uk/product/14457645/

To arrange a free trial, either phone me on 01737 247571 or email to phil@connevans.com  and leave the rest to us!  (Please don’t delay, early indications show that BabbleGuard is going to be very popular!)

We look forward to hearing from you.

Phil Boswell

Director – Connevans Limited – supplying schools since 1961

PS: My wife is a Primary School Teacher and being my wife she tells me what she really thinks and she loves the BabbleGuard 🙂

As of 2016 we are very proud to be … by Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Manufacturer and Supplier of Audio Equipment https://www.royalwarrant.org/directory?query=connevans

Moral dilemmas at Mill Lane Junior School

What is the single most effective way to help your pupils to develop their emotional intelligence?

It is vital that children work to develop their emotional intelligence, for emotional intelligence is what guides thinking and behaviour and enables one to adjust emotions to different environments, people and circumstances.

Yet emotional intelligence can be incredibly difficult to teach to children, which is why Brilliant Publications has produced 50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2.

50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2 covers a range of topics, from listening, cooperation, and learning from experience, to determination, courage and honesty.

This wonderful collection consists of 50 assembly stories (set in Mill Lane Junior School – a fictional school), each of which provides a moral dilemma for the character(s) to consider or tackle. The impact of the way in which the character deals with the dilemma is significantly greater as pupils are able to relate to the character and the character’s dilemma.

Thus, children will be interested to find out what the characters do in different situations, whether it is confronting a bully or admitting that they have made a mistake.

The stories can be used at specific times of the year, when issues arise, or whenever you are suddenly called upon to do an assembly. They can even be introduced into the curriculum where appropriate.

To order 50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2 for just £17.99, simply visit our website.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Assembly Book Bundle for just £59.96 which consists of 50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2,  Brilliant Class-led Assemblies for KS2, Brilliant Stories for Assemblies, and More Brilliant Stories for Assemblies.

Other ways to place an order with Brilliant Publications include:

  • calling us on 01449 766629
  • sending a fax to 01449 768047
  • or by sending your order in the post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

What is the single most effective way of enhancing respect for each other in the school?

The answer turns out to be very simple: respect for the views and ideas of others is enhanced primarily through understanding.  Prejudice and antagonism thrives where knowledge is lacking.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with religious differences.  Even a small amount of knowledge gained in a 45 minute session can work wonders in dispelling ignorance and encouraging respect.

But, most powerfully of all, such understanding tends to last not just through school days, but a lifetime. Years of potential prejudice can be wiped away in just one session.

It is to enhance respect and understanding that Rabbi Douglas Charing, Director of the Jewish Education Bureau, has been visiting schools throughout the country for many years.

He offers lively and informative presentations on many aspects of Judaism, including Festivals such as Passover and Chanukah, and life-cycle events. Story and song are also included.

There is no limit to the number of young people who can attend the session, but experience shows that the session works best with between 50 and 100 children present. Separate presentations are available for key stage 1 and key stage 2 children.

The cost of the visit depends on your school’s location and whether you require one or more sessions with different groups; however, for most schools the cost of a KS1 session and then a KS2 session is around £95 per hour plus travel costs.

To make a booking or for further details of cost and availability, phone our hotline on 0345 567 4071 or email rabbi@jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

Rabbi Charing is also available for school-based Inset.

www.jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

From decoding texts to reading comprehension and critical thinking

Activity books that will support your pupils on the journey: from decoding texts to reading comprehension and critical thinking

In order for your pupils to become confident in their comprehension abilities, they must first be confident in their ability to decode texts. Indeed, once decoding has been mastered they will be well on their way to becoming confident in their reading comprehension abilities.

Towards the end of primary school an ability to think critically about texts will also be established where pupils will be pondering questions, such as: “what does the writer really mean?” and “why has the writer chosen to use these words?”

With Brilliant Publications’ Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series for Years 1 to 6, you can support your pupils on this journey, all the way from decoding and comprehending texts to thinking critically about those texts.

The passages in the Reading Comprehension series provide children with a variety of engaging texts, ranging from newspaper articles and dialogues, to plays, stories and poems – all specially written for the purpose.

Activities range from simple factual recall and vocabulary work to open-ended questions – enabling the reader to provide a more personal response. There are also detailed suggestions for integrating writing, speaking and other literacy tasks with the passages.

The texts and activities gradually increase in difficulty as your pupils progress through the book (and through the series), encouraging children to develop their ability to read for meaning and use a range of strategies to engage with the text.

You can order the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series for just £95 at https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/brilliant-activities-for-reading-comprehension-series-pack-2nd-edition-518.

Alternatively, you can buy the books separately as printed versions (£19.99 each) or as e-book versions (£13.99 each), letting your pupils start their journey straightaway, at the following links:

Or, if you’d prefer, you can order any of these resources by:

  • calling us on 01449 766629
  • sending a fax to 01449 768047
  • or by sending your order in the post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

Why Change to an Interactive Touchscreen (ITS)?

There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens. These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings.

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a SEVEN YEAR warranty. GeneeWorld  offer a guaranteed seven year warranty.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee.

Arkel Computer Services is a specialist Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

Prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from: £1340

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” De Luxe with built in Android £1340 (Special Offer Price while stocks last)
G-Touch Slim 65” Classic £1884
Heavy Duty Wall Mount £45
H Frame and Wall Mount (for floor mounting) £150
Larger Screens are also available up to 86”
Special March Offer on 80” De Luxe £2995

We also offer a full installation and fitting service in your area. Please call 01858 432495 for prices which will vary according to quantity and size of the boards.

Genee Visualisers                                                          From £128

All prices are subject to delivery charges and VAT.

Arkel also offer all other forms of IT hardware and technical support. For a better idea of the scope of how we can help , go to: www.arkel.co.uk or call us on 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

Arkel Computer Services Ltd., 38 Granville St., Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9EX

English, Maths and Science through Game Based Learning

Dear Colleague,

With technology becoming an important part of pupils lives, game based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Our aim at EDArcade is to promote and support pupils’ education through fun and engaging game based learning.

Game based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification.  EDArcade features 85 educational games, with more in development, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from the National Curriculum.

We cover a range of core and non-core subjects, including, but not limited to: Maths, English, Science and Internet Safety.

Read more

We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

  • Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
  • Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

For more information about how EDArcade can help pupils through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 776 915 or by email at mail@edarcade.com with the subject “EDArcade17”.

Kind regards,

Sam Warnes
Creator of EDLounge
T: 01909 568 338
F: 01909 568 350

E: contactus@edlounge.com

W: www.edlounge.com

What show are schools raving about?

There’s a theatre show touring the country that schools are raving about!

“Absolutely brilliant – it kept very close to the book and was even better in parts. Everyone was truly amazing, with brilliant characterisations. You brought the West End to Nottingham!”

Highfields School in Newark was enthusing about David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny that’s now touring through until July prior to its West End summer season. It’s your chance to for your pupils to enjoy what Viscount Beaumont’s school in Coalville called “Excellent – much funnier than the book and very clever. The children loved it!”

GANGSTA GRANNY is the most popular book by the UK’s bestselling children’s author, David Walliams. It is now an acclaimed new play suitable for pupils at infant, junior and middle school level (ages 4 to 12) and it will help you cover part of the National Curriculum.

See venue details, photos, reviews and a trailer of the show plus download free teachers notes at www.birminghamstage.com

Special school ticket prices apply at all tour venues and many give free tickets to teachers on duty. Schools can also claim back the VAT on their pupils’ tickets to reduce costs further.

“How do you entertain a thousand deafening under ten-year-olds for two hours? The answer is this cracker of a show, brilliantly adapted and directed, which comes with a smashing cast. It’s totally grantastic!” * * * *  The Mail on Sunday

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be so boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

“Kids adore David Walliams’ books and they loved this show. It has an infectious exuberance that answers the writing’s zest and theatricality. Every comic opportunity is grasped!”  * * * * The Daily Telegraph

Gangsta Granny follows Birmingham Stage Company’s hugely popular shows including Horrible Histories, Tom’s Midnight Garden and James and the Giant Peach.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing children’s adventure!

STOP PRESS: David Walliams writes “The BSC’s Gangsta Granny is truly brilliant, so I’m hugely excited that next they’re bringing Awful Auntie to the stage. It promises to be a thrilling show and a total hoot – Wagnar and I can’t wait to see it!” BSC’s new tour of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie starts this autumn full details at www.birminghamstage.com

£300 worth of complimentary books and career resources for your school

We are contacting you regarding our free books for schools offer: http://www.BooksForEducation.co.uk.

How2Become Ltd, an award-winning careers and educational specialist, is currently working in partnership with over 100 schools, colleges and universities across the UK, including the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Kent, to provide free KS1 and KS2 books of your choice for students and your school.

As a careers and educational publisher of 12 years, we have a vast range fo books we feel will help your students:

  • KS2 Maths Revision Series
  • KS2 English Revision Series
  • KS2 Science Revision Series
  • KS1 & 2 History Revision Series
  • 11+ Kent Test Revision Series (the UK’s only publisher)
  • Plus 100s more

We are offering to send you £300 worth of FREE books:

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There is no catch – over 100 schools have already taken up our offer – simply select £300 worth of books and we will send them to you (we even cover the postage costs); we are simply trying to grow the awareness of our books amongst students, parents, and teachers.

To take up this free offer, or to find out more, simply contact our education coordinator, Gemma Butler, at: mailto:g.butler.how2become@gmail.com?subject=I would like to claim my free books and resources

Full details of all our resources can be found at http://www.BooksForEducation.co.uk.

Kind regards,

Joshua Brown
Operations Director
How2Become Ltd

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Do you need a tracker which will match your own ‘no levels’ assessment policy?

Many schools have found it difficult to get to grips with the new Primary assessment system and the numerous changes imposed by the Government haven’t helped.

But if your school has grasped the challenge that there are almost no rules and that how you assess is largely up to you, are you now finding that your current tracker doesn’t let you implement your assessment policy as you would like?

For instance, can you import your own curriculum? If you want to use the National Curriculum Programme of Study statements or the NAHT model, can you edit the statements, deleting some and re-wording others? Can you give statements different weightings or set some as KPIs or non-negotiables?

With no levels to rely on, can you set your own assessment grades, allowing less able pupils to show progress while letting the ablest shine?

Do you have the flexibility to assess pupils at either Statement or Subject level; enter assessments at any time but set your own reporting dates?

Do you want to be able to filter results by groups such as boys/girls, pupil premium, SEN, first language, ethnicity or create your own groups and filter results by these?

Now that you have realised how much flexibility you can have under the new regime, won’t you need a tracking system which is equally flexible and will fully support your assessment policy?

Our Online Primary Progress toolkit can, we believe, support almost any assessment policy.

We have designed it with two simple aims – to create a tracker which is easy to use and can be customised to a school’s precise needs.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current tracker, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com or ring me on 01279 652183.

We can also give you free access to a demo site where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

Helping Your School’s Budget

Play therapy not only helps pupils with emotional, behaviour and mental health issues, it reduces stress on teaching staff caused by disruptive or ‘difficult’ pupils.

Our trainee placement scheme could help with your budget because your school can have up to 100 hours of therapy for your pupils at virtually no cost.

About 1700 primary schools are already using Play Therapy UK therapists to support pupils with emotional, behaviour and mental health issues.  Between 75% and 84% show a positive change.

Is there a snag?  Of course, there always is.  We have about 300 trainees from 13 training centres in all parts of the UK this year. So it depends upon one being available in your area.  But it’s worth applying.

If you have any budget left over this year for training, a good investment would be to fund a member of your staff to train as a Registered Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills. You’ll recover the cost very quickly.

Email me personally at mokijep@majemail.com  for details of both opportunities.

More information on play therapy at: www.playtherapy.org.uk and www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott
Chief Executive Play Therapy UK

An effective, enjoyable way of tackling Multi Faith issues in the school in one simple presentation

There is tremendous pressure on the curriculum these days, but in our Multi-Faith society it is essential to know what makes others tick religiously.

Even a small shot of knowledge can dispel a little ignorance and encourage respect, leading to a more harmonious society.

Rabbi Douglas Charing, Director of the Leeds-based Jewish Education Bureau, has been visiting schools throughout the country for many years.

He offers lively and informative presentations on many aspects of Judaism, including Festivals such as Passover and Chanukah, and life-cycle events. Story and song are also included.

Your pupils will be engaged and stimulated and enjoy a lasting experience by an inspiring educator.

To make a booking or for further details of cost and availability, phone our hotline on 0345 567 4071 or email rabbi@jewisheducationbureau.co.uk

Rabbi Charing is also available for school-based Inset.

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Better health and well-being can support learning

youcansay provides schools with insights that help in finding ways to improve aspects of pupils’ health and well-being.

  • desirable behaviours such as activity and exercise
  • avoiding negative influences like lots of unhealthy snacks
  • building emotional well-being, self awareness and regard for others

Take children who have nothing to eat before their first lesson. A bad start to a day of learning. I do not know what your school might find, but surveys suggests that between none and a third have nothing to eat before their first lesson.

Evidence from youcansay surveys.
Pupils missing breakfast are more likely to: feel poorly, feel angry, loose control, self harm, worry about not fitting in, worry about home life, spend a lot of time looking after a disabled parent, think they are too fat, and to have tried cigarettes.

Pupils NOT missing breakfast are more likely to: have a positive attitude about themselves, feel they will be successful, say they can think clearly, have someone to talk to, enjoy school work and look forward to secondary school.

Surveys are immediately available or can be tailored; we have a large questionnaire resource.

They are done online so are easy to implement and control.

Each school participating in a youcansay survey is fully supported.

It is usually repeated annually so that trends can be recognised and the outcomes of your strategies can be measured.

We use powerful methods to process and analyse the results with relevance, accuracy and speed, making them available without delay.

Results can be built into PSHE lessons, or similar, in which pupils are accustomed to dealing with sensitive issues.

You could be getting results about your school well before Easter.

youcansay surveys are affordable, costing as little as £125 for a primary school survey

To see more information on surveys which could be used in your school please click here

If you would like to talk about the questionnaires, their benefits and how they work please do call on 0118 978 1078, you can also contact us by emailing service@youcansay.co.uk

Adam Dotchin

The maths curriculum favours the methodical thinker

Since the beginning, the maths curriculum has favoured the methodical thinker. So, what does this mean for our creative children?

It is apparent that maths is not as suited to our creative thinkers as it is to our methodical thinkers – particularly when we consider that there can only be one answer to a maths question, and the steps taken to get to this answer are often stringent and methodical.

Which is perhaps why some pupils find mathematical concepts incredibly difficult to grasp.

Fortunately, with the Open-ended Maths Investigations series you can now both inspire and engage your creative thinkers by introducing an optional element of creativity into their maths lessons.

The activities in the series encourage pupils to apply higher order mathematical strategies creatively and effectively – enabling pupils to develop proficiency in a wide range of problem-solving strategies.

Indeed, the investigations are designed to allow pupils to bring their own thinking and learning strategies to the task. Some pupils will work systematically and logically. Some will draw pictures to make sense of situations and yet others will plunge in using a trial and error approach, fixing up any mistakes and refining their thinking as they go along.

Furthermore, the Open-ended Maths Investigations can be used in isolation, in sequence, or dipped into as teachers require, providing a great supplement to every maths scheme of work.

The Open-ended Maths Investigations series is matched to the following strands of mathematics: number, money, measurement, space, chance and data, and patterns and algebra.

You can order the Open-ended Maths Investigations for Primary Schools Bundle for just £40. Or you can buy the books separately as printed versions (£15.99 each) or as e-book versions (£10.99 each), letting you start your pupils investigating straightaway, at the links below.

Open-ended Maths Investigations for 5–7 Year Olds

Open-ended Maths Investigations 7–9 Year Olds

Open-ended Maths Investigations 9–11 Year Olds

Alternatively, you can order Open-ended Maths Investigations:

• by phone on 01449 766629

• by fax on 01449 768047

• by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk

• or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Promote Internet Safety through Game Based Learning

Computers and consoles are becoming a central part of pupils lives, and so game based learning – the integration of gaming into learning – has never been more popular in schools.

Our platform features 85 educational games, each featuring a range of puzzles and questions that have been designed based on criteria from the National Curriculum.

Our content covers a range of core and non-core subjects, including:

English – covering spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

Maths – including topics such as addition, subtraction, time tables, shapes and angles.

Science – explaining the basics of the solar system, speed, time and elements.

Internet Safety – internet security, viruses and staying safe online.

Game based learning encourages active engagement from pupils through interactive learning and instant gratification. The large selection of games allows pupils to learn at their own pace and in their own way.

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We can help your establishment in promoting and supporting learning through our platform by enabling:

  • Instant tracking of pupils’ answers, understanding and progress, allowing you to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Customisable multiple choice questions, giving you the ability to quiz individuals on specific topics, match our content with your lesson plans, or edit a game’s difficulty levels based on pupils’ needs.
  • Social elements to encourage interaction between pupils and creating an incentive for learning to beat the class’s high score.

For more information about how EDArcade can help pupils through game based learning, please contact us on 01909 568 338 or by email at mail@edarcade.com with the subject “Arcade17”.

Punctuation and Grammar Activities for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6

It is perhaps a pupil’s understanding of punctuation and grammar that indicates their readiness to progress in literacy. Not least because punctuation and grammar are the keys to a well-polished end product.

Which is why Topical Resources has devised the Punctuation and Grammar Series for Year 1 to Year 6 pupils – so that (if you wish) you can create a whole-school Punctuation and Grammar Programme.

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The Punctuation and Grammar Series consist of punctuation and grammar activities which will enable your KS1 and KS2 pupils to gain a comprehensive understanding of Grammar and Punctuation.

Simply visit our website to download the Punctuation and Grammar Series for just £60+VAT (£10+VAT per PDF workbook). Or, for more information and to see sample pages, please email sales@topical-resources.co.uk or visit the individual resource links below.

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Dynamic interactive whiteboard lessons and activities

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How do you make the most of your interactive whiteboard technology to aid teaching and learning?

How do you support the busy teacher when delivering the curriculum?

Ready to use interactive whiteboard lessons and activities… designed, aligned and written by Primary School teachers.

 

  • Phonics 1, Phonics 2 and Phonics 3 – for the Promethean board and the SMART board. Fully editable. A versatile resource which supports any phonics programme. The resources support Initial Sounds, Digraphs and Phonics to Spelling.
    http://www.edpax.com/phonics/uk/

 

What are the benefits? The lessons and activities …

  • Promote quality teaching and learning
  • Are easy to use
  • Colourful and fun
  • Incorporate all educational targets
  • Provide depth, breadth, continuity and progression
  • Encourage all learning styles
  • Increase pupil/teacher participation and motivation
  • Maths, Phonics and Grammar fully editable.

 

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