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Ben 10 Promotes Science and Engineering in Primary Schools E


xplore the Solar System with Ben 10 is a new and completely free primary teaching resource, with curriculum mapped lesson plans, for 5-11 year olds. As well as engaging lessons and state of the art interactive whiteboard material, the pack contains a fantastic Solar System poster for the classroom.


Namco Bandai, distributer of Ben 10 video games and Cartoon Network, producer and broadcaster of the Ben 10 animation series have created the new teaching resource using the power of Ben 10, superhero and galactic crusader, to promote science and technology to children in primary schools nationwide.


Ben 10 is a force for good, not just on games consoles and TV screens but as an important classroom ambassador, supporting teachers with informed resources that are an important first step towards engaging, enthusing and captivating children in science and engineering. Ben 10 guides pupils around the wonders of the solar system and gets them to think about the relationships between the planets as well as showing them how to make a balloon rocket! There is also a lesson for children to design a galactic go-kart for the superhero and enter it into a fantastic schools competition to win theme park tickets, computer games, books and more. The teaching project is completely free and available to 5,000 primary school teachers from November.


uAny teacher wanting to request the resource can email lukep@rapportgroup.com or phone 020 8973 0040. The resource packs will be available on a strictly first come, first served basis.


Look out for Ben 10’s new game…


Ben 10 Galactic Racing - is available on Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and 3DS, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Available from 25 November it’s the only racing game featuring the popular television hero, Ben 10, as he travels through the solar system and beyond in a wide range of state-of-the-art go-karts!!


Oxley Park offers support in THRASS implementation


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xley Park Academy is offering school-to-school support for schools in England that have already implemented or are thinking of implementing the THRASS keyword phonics programme (whole-school, part- school or for children with special educational needs).


Oxley Park is the Centre of Excellence for THRASS in England and head teacher Cathy Higgins has championed its importance within a balanced literacy programme. In their new status as training provider, schools are now able to approach Oxley Park for consultancy services related to THRASS – an open day is planned for this term for senior managers, coordinators and school governors.


“I have always believed in the power of THRASS and the impact it has on standards when it is taught by adults with a thorough knowledge of English phonics,” explains Cathy Higgins. “Children embrace the concept with ease. This is reflected in the quality of work they produce - the children have the tools and knowledge at their disposal to use more creative words from a very early age.”


u01244 323079 uwww.thrass.co.uk


10 www.education-today.co.uk Forth Valley College installs evacuation chairs T


he entire campus network of Forth Valley College (Alloa, Falkirk, Raploch and Stirling) is now fitted with specialist evacuation chairs supplied and installed by Evac+Chair International to provide a safer escape for students and staff with mobility problems in an emergency.


“The installation of evacuation chairs has been an important addition to our existing approach to emergency evacuation and training,” explains health and safety coordinator Fiona Duff. “Providing personalised support for students and staff with mobility problems is crucial, not only in terms of accessibility but also with regard to complying with necessary legislation.” The college’s personalised emergency evacuation plans incorporate thorough training, drills and consultation, ensuring the newly-fitted chairs serve their purpose in the event of an urgent situation.


Forth Valley College’s health and safety department has taken part in a Key Trainer Masterclass from Evac+Chair which allows participants to pass on their newly-developed skills to educate others and goes a long way toward ensuring procedures are properly retained.


u0121 456 3199 uwww.evacchair.co.uk November 2011


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