Having already experienced great success in the Early Years field, highly-acclaimed developer Busy Things has expanded their horizons and have now launched a brand new site which includes a host of Key Stage 1 resources with a much more teacher-led focus.
“It became apparent that tablets were going to become the classroom technology of the future, so we needed to undertake a massive conversion project,” said Rachel Hall, Busy Things MD. “To ensure Busy Things remained relevant and useful in the classroom, we took the opportunity to review the site as a whole, expanding across more subjects, extending into Key Stage 1 and 2 and developing new teaching tools.
“We wanted to raise the bar in teaching tools, there are so many dull presentations around! Lovely design and engaging content make teaching and learning a far more enjoyable experience for all.”
Busy Things have grown their online site to include a great range of features to help teachers improve engagement and attainment levels. The company’s early years free-play roots are still very much apparent throughout the new site too, delighting and inspiring children with fun gameplay, high-quality graphics, animation and sound effects.
The platform is designed to make concepts come alive for children and help teachers make light work of turning learning objectives into engaging subject matter. The new teaching tools include front of class demos and widgets to introduce, demonstrate and revise topics and encourage discussion.
Andrew Shields of Gilmorton Chandler CofE Primary School said: “It is the ability to differentiate not just for a year level but also for groups within a class or even an individual. Now, there is the new interface with items linked to subject/topic areas and the move. The whole thing is easy to use and comes with a range of resources but the bottom line is that the children think it is great and every day they want to use it. It looks great on our interactive screen, the children share what they are doing, work collaboratively to get through levels and they laugh.”
Teachers can also enjoy a dedicated teacher mode which provides an area full of tools to help in planning, personalising content and gathering evidence.
Rachel added: “We take great pride in creating high-quality content which is fun to play and has clear educational objectives. As with all our resources we aim to create something that children will really want to play and teachers will really find helpful.”
Busy Things are currently offering a free 28-day trial of their whole resource including hundreds of games, activities and teaching tools.