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May 24th 2019

May Newsletter

Active English

Our Active English lesson plans are now available to existing customers!

To sample them for free, simply log into your MOTD dashboard and click on
‘Active English Samples’. There are 21 sample lessons, from FS to Yr 6.

To add Active English to your existing subscription at a discounted price, contact us: 01244 735110 or maths@motd.org.uk

 

Don't forget...

Your PE and Sport Premium – which will continue at the doubled rate for 2019/2020 – can be used to purchase our Maths and
English resources, along with staff training.

 

Our Active English lesson plans have been written in partnership with nationally recognised literacy consultants. With Active English, you can expect the following:

  • 750 lesson plans on how to teach English through physical activity
  • All lessons mapped to the primary curriculum
  • Every objective under the area of Writing covered (text, punctuation, handwriting, sentence, spelling and word work)
  • Foundation Stage to Year 6 covered
  • Launched in partnership with our charitable partner, the Youth Sport Trust

Read more about the background to Active English in our blog

 

Staff Training

Are Active Maths and English being used to their full potential across your school? Would you and your teaching team benefit from a refresher training session on the benefits of active learning?

We now offer Maths, English and Joint Maths and English Twilight Training Sessions, which can be tailored to your school’s specific needs. We’ll arrange for one of our experienced tutors to visit your school and deliver training to your whole staff, providing them with new strategies and practical ideas on how to deliver active lessons effectively across the school.

For prices and availability, please contact us:
01244 735110 or maths@motd.org.uk

 

Teach Active

Due to the addition of our Active English product, Maths of the Day will be rebranding as Teach Active in early June. Maths of the Day (as a resource) will still exist, however – now referred to as Active Maths – it will sit alongside Active English under the Teach Active umbrella.

You will notice new logos and updated branding being rolled out in the coming weeks but rest assured that nothing fundamental has changed. Our ethos and commitment to our schools remains the same, while operationally it is very much business as usual!

Read more about our transition to Teach Active in our blog

If you have any questions about our rebrand as Teach Active, please contact us: 01244 735110 or maths@motd.org.uk

May 01st 2019

Active English Plans

Our Active Maths resource ‘Maths of the Day’ started just over 3 years ago. Initially a ‘file’ of ideas supporting a cluster of schools, it has seen dramatic growth to its current online resource, providing 2000+ lesson plans and activities and being used in schools all over the UK.

During this time we have been praised by Ofsted, had case studies sent to DfE, appeared on the BBC and been included in the 2019 Parliamentary Review for outstanding practice in education.

Active learning is becoming more widely accepted and taken on in schools, as evidence and research shows us the impact that this approach can have, not just to levels of physical activity, but also supporting the raising of attitudes to and attainment in core subjects.

To provide a quality resource which stands out from the crowd and is used and respected by teachers and educational professionals has always been our aim – and to obviously impact on the end user who we are all in this journey for – the children.

We work tirelessly with our charitable partner the Youth Sport Trust to advocate and endorse our resource (more quality assurance) and through this work we are now delighted to be launching our ACTIVE ENGLISH resource.

Currently available to existing customers and currently sitting on the ‘Maths of the Day’ platform (see Teach Active blog post for important changes here) our ACTIVE ENGLISH provides you with hundreds of fun, engaging and high-quality activities (with resources) on how to deliver the English curriculum through physical activity.

Key Messages:

  • 750+ lesson plans and resources
  • Mapped to the primary English curriculum
  • Covers every objective under the area of ‘Writing’:
    (text level, sentence level, punctuation, handwriting, spelling and word work)
  • FS to Year 6
  • Written in partnership with ‘The Literacy Company’ (national Literacy consultants)
  • Endorsed by charity Youth Sport Trust

 

Youth Sport Trust and Maths of the Day have been in partnership for over 3 years and have seen the relationship go from strength to strength.  The power of the partnership lies in the fact that both organisations are committed to the same goal: improving lives and transforming education through sport and play.  Through their innovative approach, Maths of the Day allows teachers and leaders to put activity as the driving force behind the learning of mathematics.  We are proud to endorse, proud to champion and we continue to be proud to work with Jon and the Maths of the Day team.

- Ali Oliver, CEO, Youth Sport Trust

 

We have been inundated with teachers and school leaders singing the praises of the Maths of the Day approach to active maths. That’s why, due to the huge success of Maths of the Day, we are delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership by launching the ‘Active English’ resource to schools. Not only will this support schools in developing a more active school day, it will also drive up standards in English within your school.  As an English teacher for 20 years, this has a particularly important place in my heart.  We hope you love it as much as we do!

- Stuart Kay, Schools Director, Youth Sport Trust

 

We’d love you to do 3 things:

  1. Try the Active English sample plans – free for all existing MOTD customers
  2. Give us some feedback
  3. If you want to add the Active English resource to your subscription*, simply contact us: maths@motd.org.uk or call 01244 735110

* Special discount available to all existing MOTD customers

May 01st 2019

Teach Active

One thing we have learned over the past 3 years, is that as well as loving our resource, teachers also love the name ‘Maths of the Day’ (so do we).

Maths of the Day (the resource) will still exist, but with the launch of our Active English resource, we have had to make the decision to rebrand and rename our company.

Therefore, from June 3rd 2019, we will be called ‘Teach Active’. As a customer you will notice new logos and updated branding – but we have also taken this opportunity to once again reinvest in the ‘user experience’ of our resource.

Having spoken to schools and teachers about likes and dislikes, we have changes across the site (both the front end of the site and the back end once you have logged in). We have ensured the resource is still as easy to use as it has ever been (something teachers love and report on in terms of how much planning time it saves them) but have improved other areas to make your everyday use even better.

Between now and June 3rd we will be doing a big marketing campaign with our charitable partner, Youth Sport Trust, to ensure we keep you up to date with changes and developments as they happen.

 

How can you stay up to date?

  • Keep checking your existing MOTD dashboard for ‘latest news’
  • Follow us on Twitter @MathsoftheDay
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Instagram
  • Check your e-mail inbox (make sure we don’t end up in your junk!)

 

If you have any questions you can always contact us and one of our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

August 18th 2016

New Government Child Obesity Strategy

Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression.

To read more see: Childhood Obesity - A plan for action

March 18th 2016

Physically active maths, spelling lessons multiply academic success

Growing evidence supports physically active lessons while learning in class, researchers say

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/health/physical-activity-class-lessons-1.3460346

 

 

March 08th 2016

Funding for Projects that Raise the Attainment of Disadvantaged School Students (England)

The Shine Trust, which funds projects that help disadvantaged children and teenagers to recognise and then realise their academic potential, has announced that the Let Teachers SHINE competition will re-open for applications at the end of February 2016.

Further information: http://www.shinetrust.org.uk/what-we-fund/let-teachers-shine/

 

 

March 08th 2016

Grants to enhance the teaching of mathematics

The London Mathematical Society has announced that Mathematics Teachers in the UK can apply for grants of up to £400 to attend specific one or two day conferences/events organised by professional mathematical organisations.

Further information: http://www.lms.ac.uk/grants/teacher-cpd-grants

 

May 29th 2015

Maths of the Day promotion in support of Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sports Week'

National School Sports Week is where thousands of schools within the UK make a pledge to get more young people involved in physical activity, school sport and celebrate school achievement.

Read more: http://blog.mathsoftheday.org.uk

 

May 19th 2015

Why should you use 'active maths' lessons?

Motivated children retain information better, look forward to maths lessons and grow in confidence. This has resulted in some remarkable and outstanding progress at schools using Maths of the Day on a regular basis.

Read more: http://blog.mathsoftheday.org.uk/why-should-you-use-active-maths-lessons/

 

 

May 06th 2015

Parents have duty to play with children, says Hunt

Children are arriving at school unable to speak properly because parents are not playing and talking to them enough, Labour's Tristram Hunt has said.

Mr Hunt was speaking to journalists after addressing the National Association of Head Teachers' annual conference.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32551951