1. Three NEW setups for children in KS1 and early KS2!
Busythings now has a selection of resources for children in KS1 and early KS2. LGfL users will find three NEW setups for children between the ages of 7 and 9. These lead to the existing activities that are already suitable for the older child as well as to a selection of brand new content.
2. A completely NEW Projects area!
Busy projects is a brand NEW area which invites children to create work linked to a variety of school topics. Using the busythings paintbox and publishing tools children can add their own work to a project and they (and their teachers) can view all the contributions made by their own school. Teachers can also save and print work for classroom display.
There are over seventy Busy projects arranged across over thirty topics and themes. Topics include areas such minibeasts, pirates, Ramadan, space and Easter. Whilst many of the projects are suitable for KS1 and KS2 there are plenty of projects which can be enjoyed by early years staff and children.
3. Letters and Sounds Phases 4 and 5
The existing Phase 2 and 3 phonics activities now support Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds. There are lots of new settings to play with that support CVCC, VCC, CCVC, CCV, CCVCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words. Previously the phonics games only supported CVC words.
This update has involved the addition of 453 NEW words and 266 pictures.
LGfL users can now access a brand NEW area addressing Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. There are currently twelve new games in this area. They draw upon over 100 alternative graphemes and phonemes and over 1000 words.
Phase 5 introduces new alternative spellings and pronunciations such as the /ai/ in 'day' and 'gate' and the /ee/ in 'fairy' and 'ski'. We even include advanced GPCs such as the various ways to pronounce 'ough'. There are pre-sets available which correlate to the 2014 National Curriculum.
4. Mobile access
LGfL users can now log in from mobile devices! There are over 70 games available. Game settings and curriculum information is also available on the HTML5 site. iPad users can log in in the usual way via the Safari web browser. Users with Android tablets will need to make sure they have the latest version of Google Chrome installed (a free download from the Google Play store).
5. Links to the New Primary Curriculum
Busythings activities are now linked to the new Primary Curriculum. Links for each activity can be viewed via the Teacher Things button.
Activities can also by searched according to the new objectives by clicking the ‘Alter Content’ button and then selecting the ’By learning objective’ tab.