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8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

Exciting learning aids that will encourage pupils to get involved

  • 8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

There’s undoubtedly a time and place for direct instruction, but sometimes what you need is a resource that gets children up, involved and engaged – and this selection does just that. And because they all won a Teach Primary Resource Award in 2018, you can guarantee that you’re using the very best. Enjoy!

1. Connectors from Scholastic Ltd

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

Connectors is a reciprocal reading series for peer-to-peer learning which helps to narrow the attainment gap. Children work in small groups of up to six, each taking turns to be the leader as they read and debate a book together. Clear prompts show the leader how to focus the discussion and work with their team to predict outcomes, clarify issues, ask questions and evaluate content. See more here.

2. ActivPanel from Promethean

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

The ActivPanel provides a tablet-like experience at the front of the classroom and enables teachers to utilise digital learning tools such as educational apps, instant whiteboarding, device mirroring and the connection of third party devices, including coding robots and musical keyboards. Designed specifically for education environments, the ActivPanel comes with highly-accurate touch detection and a digital pen which help pupils to practise handwriting skills with no time lag. Supplied with a choice of software, the ActivPanel puts thousands of primary resources in your hands, making the preparation and delivery of technology-enabled lessons much easier. Find out more here.

3. Skoog 2.0 from Skoogmusic

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

Skoog 2.0 is an easy-to-play, accessible instrument that enables children with special needs to feel included when it comes to making music. When connected via Bluetooth to iPad software, the colourful, tactile cube can be used to control and create different musical sounds without the need for physical dexterity. The software is also compatible with other apps such as GarageBand and Swift Playground, meaning Skoog can also be used to teach coding. Visit here for more.

4. Wedo 2.0 core set from LEGO Education

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

This set features 280 LEGO bricks, a motor, motion and tilt sensors, sorting trays and labels. The accompanying software provides an easy-to-use programming environment and includes the WeDo 2.0 Curriculum Pack, which covers life, physical, earth and space sciences, as well as engineering. The accompanying eLearning programme helps teachers become confident users of the WeDo 2.0 Core Set. There are eight modules to work through, all designed to help children develop their computational thinking techniques. See here for more.

5. pBuzz KS1 Music Teaching Resource from Warwick Music Group

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

The brightly coloured pBuzz is a unique instrument designed for little hands that is designed to introduce children to early brass playing and making music. The instrument has been created to be used as a resource by any teacher – musician or not. The pBuzz music curriculum for KS1 is a step-by-step guide and support system to help you introduce pBuzz to Y1 and 2. The pBuzz classroom bundle also contains lesson plans, assessment trackers, videos, specially composed music, teacher development materials and cross-curricular activities. An impact study by Dr Elizabeth Stafford, undertaken in 13 schools, showed that 86% of respondents agreed that pBuzz was a good resource for non-­­specialist primary teachers without a musical background. More info here.

6. Numicon Breaking Barriers from Oxford University Press

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

Breaking Barriers is specifically designed for teaching children who experience particular difficulties learning maths, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. The teaching resources provide expert advice for teachers on making the fundamental ideas of number accessible and addressing children’s underlying difficulties and a coherent teaching progression for fundamental ideas in mathematics, with support for planning and assessment. The resource includes clear, easy-to-follow activities with guidance on the smaller steps some children may need to take, as well as suggestions for extension, plus helpful illustrations that demonstrate how apparatus can be used to support children’s reasoning and ideas for putting the activities into context, helping children to apply their understanding and to think and talk mathematically. Visit here for more.

7. Jimbo Fun from Dyspraxia Education

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

Jimbo Fun helps children who are struggling to master handwriting to develop their motor skills through exercises, games and by using multi-sensory letter formation. It comes with a downloadable training film and everything needed to deliver the programme is provided in a ‘grab’n'go’ case which children take ownership of. Progress is measured using the assessment tool. All profits from the sale of Jimbo Fun are used to support children with dyspraxia. Purchase here.

8. Reading Gladiators from Just Imagine...

8 Award-Winning Hands-On Primary Resources

Since launching in 2015, the Reading Gladiators reading programme has helped prepare over 6,000 pupils for the rigorous requirements of the reading framework in an engaging way, within the context of reading for pleasure. Gladiators are encouraged to read widely and make adventurous reading choices. They also collaborate with teammates and undertake individual challenges. Participating schools are clustered in informal regions and participate at the end of the year in a challenge day, pitting their wits against opposing teams in a contest of knowledge, performance and creativity. School book selections are renewed on an annual basis and the scheme can be used within guided reading or at after-school or lunchtime clubs. Visit here.

Find out more about the winners of the Teach Primary Resource Awards 2018 here.

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