March 2, 2023
Each month we will be putting together a handy roundup to show you the very best of what’s new across the 2Simple range. Here's what's new for March:
It's World Book Day on 2nd March, and schools all over are celebrating! We've been very busy creating lots of lovely activities for you and your class to enjoy. We've created Book Review display boards, where your class can share a review of a book they love. Then, they can search for some recommendations of new books.
Read all about our World Book Day activities in this blog.
From 11th March, it's British Science Week! You may not know but we have lots of stellar science resources all within Purple Mash! Take a look at our dedicated blog here for more ideas. We also have the DK Learning non-fiction content pieces which link brilliantly to science topics.
Comic Relief is just around the corner, falling on Friday 17th March. You may still be teaching as normal, but there's always time for a bit of fun! Why not get your class to contribute to a Joke Leaflet that you could share with another class, or get the children designing their own Comic Relief t-shirts ahead of time?
Lots of schools will be teaching the Easter story this term, and we have lots of activities and videos to help you out. Our Easter blog goes through all the different activities, including those which are more spring-themed.
The competition closes next month (6th April), so make sure we've received your entries! Within this competition, your pupils will bring a part of learning to life - from history, geography or science – using our 2Animate tool. Once submitted, they will be in with a chance of winning a £200 2simple voucher for the school, DK Learning books for the school library, and a £20 Amazon voucher and 2simple goody bag for themselves!
In case you missed it, 2Code has been given a fresh, clean interface, making the command buttons more consistent and in-line with those in our other tools in Purple Mash. This means that both teachers and children can build familiarity across our range. Our fantastic Education Team have been hard at work updating all of the documentation in the Computing Scheme of Work, but don't worry - all the lessons will remain the same (but they will include the new look)!
You can find out all about the changes to 2Code in our update blog here.
New writing resources for popular classroom novels
The Education Team here at 2Simple have been busy making lots of resources which complement popular classroom texts. These include describing activities, retelling the story in their own words, answering comprehension questions, writing newspaper reports and much, much more! The activities have been organised into age groups and we'll be adding more in the future based on the books that you ask us for - fill out this form to let us know which books you're using in class.
Check out just some of the books we've created resources for below. You can find all of the resources here.
We have recently started a print publishing company! Our focus is on inspiring children’s books that have a positive and important message. In addition to being great reads, our titles help to raise money and awareness for charities and good causes.
As a Purple Mash subscriber, we’re giving you free online access to all our print titles, plus themed activities.
We offer brilliant discounts on print copies to all schools (up to 40% on class sets), but we believe the very best deals should be reserved for loyal customers. That’s why, for a full year, all Purple Mash subscribers get an exclusive 50% off on any size order!
To order just visit purplemashpublishing.com and use code PURPLE-SCHOOL at the checkout for your exclusive discount. Alternatively, for invoiced orders just email us.
We have two books available now, Redcap - adventure-filled stories of a boy who lives with his mother in the enchanted Wildwood, and Kobe Ketchup and the Food Bank Adventure - an exciting story about a boy whose tummy starts rumbling after his mum loses her job... Both books have corresponding teaching resources to enable you to create your own lessons from them.
We hope you enjoy all our updates, remember to keep an eye on our CPD section for new webinars, and our blogs for updates throughout the month!
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