Media-rich on-screen exams. Meet us at the Bett Show, 22-25 January, Stand NB44, and learn more.

Particle6 Productions to create educational World War Two films for schools

London-based Particle6 Productions has been commissioned by BBC Teach to create a series of online short films about World War Two for teachers to use with pupils aged 7-11. Since August 2014, World War Two has not been a compulsory topic on the national curriculum in England however, many schools have decided to carry on teaching it as part of the history curriculum. After a rigorous selection process Particle6,

founded by physicist Eline Van der Velden, were chosen to create this extremely valuable educational content. Particle6 worked closely with the Imperial War Museum’s ‘We Were There’ campaign for schools – which offers school-aged children the unique experience to meet veterans and eyewitnesses to conflict. The production team also worked with experts

at the Imperial War Museum and made use of the IWM’s archive of World War Two film material and filmed first-hand content at IWM sites including IWM London, IWM North, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford, as well as interviewing veterans and eyewitnesses. Exploring their stories and creating a legacy proved an extraordinary experience for the film crew. Speaking about the making of the films Eline

said: “It was a unique opportunity to work with eyewitnesses and hear their experience of the war from an age similar to the children this is aimed at. We learn about the foods they got excited about and the homes they were forced into with the evacuation.”

YPO and Twinkl partner to support teachers

Two companies with a passion for education have joined forces to help teachers across the UK. Purchasing organisation YPO and the online educational publisher Twinkl have signed an exclusive partnership agreement to develop new opportunities to support schools and educators. The partnership combines YPO’s 45 years

in education, supplying classrooms across the UK with everything from stationery to sports equipment, with Twinkl’s expertise in educational resources and its vast range of digital teaching materials used by educators worldwide. The collaboration will deliver a wide range of classroom solutions for schools, as well as discounts and giveaways, to further a shared mission to support teachers and learners. In particular, the partnership will support

teachers with a joint approach to the new Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculums. Resources in YPOs online procurement product catalogue will be mapped with a PSHE scheme of work from Twinkl. Other activity will focus on these topics

and keeping children healthy and safe, as well as supporting schools as they look to meet their safeguarding obligations. Joint partnership activity will begin with a

focus on wellbeing for teachers in support of Twinkl’s newly launched (Sept 2019) Year of Wellbeing, a campaign designed to help create healthier and happier school communities. Throughout the year Twinkl will be sharing top tips, advice and inspiring stories to help teachers make their wellbeing a priority. Topics will include mindfulness, nutrition and self-care. Martin Armytage, Head of Education

Business from YPO, said: “Education is our heritage and so we are delighted to partner


Simon Hill, Managing Director at YPO

with Twinkl, an organisation that, like us, passionately supports the teaching community. Since 1974 we’ve been helping primary and secondary schools across the UK buy better with a range products and services. Partnering with Twinkl will bring more opportunities to extend this support.” Leon Smith, Chief Customer Officer at

Twinkl adds, “We are really excited about the partnership with YPO and hope to bring a range of solutions, opportunities and really useful resources to schools through this work. “The materials we are creating are all

based on the feedback we have received from the teaching community, who inform everything we do, and we will be continuing to engage with schools as we create them. “We also hope to deliver even more

Random Acts of Kindness with YPO this year, to show appreciation and thanks to the amazing schools and teachers we have across the UK.”

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Child safeguarding company National Online Safety has launched new and effective lesson plans that aim to educate children on the importance of online safety, featuring world known Peppa Pig star Emma Grace Arends. When it comes to children using the internet, it

Peppa Pig star fronts teaching plan to keep kids safe online As well as the videos, the lesson packs also

deliver, whilst the activities are engaging and encourage children to use their creativity and imagination as they learn. Video lessons that form part of the pack are

is a resource that has become second nature. However, with access proving to be effortless, it is also vital that children who have access to the internet understand how to stay safe whilst surfing the net. Carefully collated by teachers, this is a

programme that is designed to appeal to both children and teachers alike, offering educators a well put together lesson pack that is easy to

hosted by Emma Grace Arends, completely tailoring the sessions to children aged 5 and under in a way that brings the classroom to life and sets the stage for lessons to look forward to, rather than making them feel like a chore. Issues covered in the packs include self-image

and identity, online relationships, online reputation, online bullying and managing online information, as well as privacy and security, health, wellbeing and lifestyle and copyright and ownership.


come complete with bright and colourful resources that are paired up to each activity, as well as access to an exclusive and comprehensive e-learning hub. Teachers are able to tailor the plan to suit their

classes and the message they want to deliver, and once the pack is purchased, it is available to the whole school, not just one class. National Online Safety release free online safety

guides every Wednesday as part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign for carers and parents, which can be found on all social media channels.

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