I am often asked if I can let people know of new additions to Topmarks. I think an ideal way to do this will be to write a monthly blog post featuring a selection of the recent additions. I know this one is a little late, but in the future look out for my 'The Best of Topmarks' posts at the beginning of each month.
Interactive Whiteboard Resources
We have redesigned our Interactive Whiteboard section, adding more than 700 new sites, and more subjects and age groups. We'd love to know what you think.
A new introduction in September was of course this blog, which aims to give teaching ideas, highlight fantastic resources and let you know about Topmarks' news. Feel free to use the comments facility to share your views and ask us questions.
Additions to Our Search Engine
English - Key Stage 1, P2 - P3, Ages 5 - 7
The Three Little Pigs
A well animated story with text of the traditional tale 'The Three Little Pigs'. In this version the first two pigs get eaten and the wolf is boiled in the cooking pot. This site is a useful teaching aid as the animation can be paused.
Teaching Synthetic Phonics Phase 3
Video excerpts of a teacher delivering a 'Letters and Sounds' phase 3 Synthetic phonics session.
History - Key Stage 2 and 3, P4-S3, Ages 7 - 14
Making Mummies and Sarcophagi
A workshop designed to introduce children, from 6 to 12 years old, to simple sculpture processes. It involves making a Plasticine model of a mummy, wrapping it in modroc and then making a cast of the mummy to form the sarcophagus.
World War II
An amazing collection of interactive whiteboard resources about the Second World War. They have been created for use in Scotland but they are appropriate for other areas of the UK. They include topics such as evacuation, food rationing and more.
An archive of amazing documents and photographs where you can find out what it was like to be really poor in Victorian and Edwardian times. Target age range 10 to 15 years.
Art - Key Stages 1 - 4, P2 - S5, Ages 6 to 16
BRUSHster is a painting machine for all ages. It has more than forty brushes, different stroke options and special effects. You can use it to draw pictures but the idea is to create Abstract art. This is a really powerful resource, which can be quite addictive. You can save your work and print out the best. For ideas scroll down the page to watch the slideshow.
Geography - Key Stages 1 - 4, P2 - S5, Ages 6 to 16
Geography Image Bank
Great copyright free images from Worcestershire LEA. Categories include: Human Geography, Physical Geography, Buildings (homes), Culture, Seaside and Transport. The photographs would be useful teaching aids on an interactive whiteboard. They could be used by pupils to illustrate their topic work or assignments.
Geography - Key Stages 2, P5 - P6, Ages 8 to 10
A useful mapping teaching aid on grid references. This resource also covers basic Ordnance Survey symbols. It works well on an interactive whiteboard. Access the different sections through the drop-down list or download the lesson pack and use offline.
Biology/Science - Key Stage 3, S1 - S3, Ages 11 - 14
A Flash lesson about populations, organisms of the same species that live together in the same habitat, and the factors such as space, disease and predators that can affect the size or survival of a population.
A website which outlines the facts about smoking, how it affects the human body and the benefits of not smoking. Great on an interactive whiteboard and there are interactive diagrams on the respiratory system. There is a more detailed version on the Topmarks Search Engine for Key Stage 4 students.