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Busy Things

Busy Things

Subject: Art Citizenship Design English Geography History ICT Languages Mathematics Music PE Religion Science

Key stage: Foundation KS1 KS2

Award-winning numeracy, literacy and creative activities spanning Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2.

Live now: major upgrade from January 2016 to the whole Busy Things platform

LGfL is delighted to announce a major update to Busy Things – live now for teacher and pupil use in school and at home (USO login required at home, and recommended for improved experience in school). The new version sees a total refresh of the interface, the addition of various new functionality, over 100 brand-new resources and tablet compatibility for nearly all activities. The best way to get to know the new Busy Things is to explore the live resource by clicking 'launch' above. (if you are not an LGfL teacher, a case-study video is available at busythingsinfo.lgfl.net), but here is a rundown of the latest features licensed by LGfL on behalf of London schools:

  • New content: over 100 more resources across a range of curriculum subjects from Early Years to KS2
  • New teacher mode: an area for planning, customising, gathering evidence and general organisation
  • New teacher bar: always visible, this is your hub to customise Busy Things as you need it
  • New curriculum browser: search the curriculum-aligned content, which is fully-mapped to EYFS and NC learning objectives
  • New and demos: front of class demonstration tools to invite discussion, create engagement and encourage experimentation
  • New mobile optimisation: now nearly all activities work on tablets, as well as interactive whiteboards, desktop and laptop computers
  • New My Files area for gathering evidence: save and record children's work for individual portfolios
  • Teachers can alter difficulty levels and create custom collections of content to make lessons engaging for all types of learners at different ability levels
  • 100s of printable PDF resources, including new worksheets linking to new interactive activities
  • Phonics Resource Maker Tool: an existing feature that is highly popular. Create custom phonics paper-based games and worksheets - from letter formation to captioning, and much more
  • Extensive clipart library featuring the Busy Things characters to save, print and use as you wish (new classroom display anyone?)

It is no coincidence that Busy Things is LGfL's most heavily-used resource, with over 1 million page turns by London teachers every month. So much more than the sum of its parts (although with so many sections, it would be quite a sum!), it is a wonderfully quirky online educational resource, featuring hundreds of award-winning curriculum-linked games, activities and downloadable resources.

This is a learning resource that quickly engage young minds and retains their interest through quality animation, vibrant colour, wacky sounds and a good injection of Busy Things humour!

A clear favourite among EYFS and KS1 teachers, where the importance of play is never underrated, there are already many activities for ages 7+ (Key Stage 2) with lots more being added as part of the update, including resources with a more teacher-led focus.

In case there is any doubt regarding the rigorous pedagogy that underpins the world of Busy Things, it is important to stress that each and every activity is explicitly designed to support individual descriptors from the revised 2014 Primary and EYFS curricula across the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 & 2 (with curriculum mapping throughout).

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Why does it ask me to log in when I am not in school?

You will need to use your LGfL USO log in to access this premium resource if you are not on an LGfL school broadband connection.

Current form use only

No modifications permitted; LGfL user-access only; all resources to be used in the form they are presented by LGfL

No editing permitted

No editing permitted

No commercial use

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No public access

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Permitted uses:

  • Downloading and editing of photographs and text for educational use within the school community, including viewing by students' parents
  • Downloading and editing photographs and text for educational use within the school community, including viewing by students' parents – but with access restricted to the school community, controlled by LGfL USO login
  • Creation of new educational material using elements from this and other LGfL learning resources

Not permitted:

  • Downloading and re–editing of video resources
  • Republishing of any material in a different hosting environment or format
  • Removal of any LGfL branding embedded within assets
  • Removal of any content-provider branding embedded within licensed resources
  • Any commercial use of the resource
  • Sharing of log in credentials with an unauthorised person to gain access to LGfL licensed resources*

*An unauthorised user is defined as a child or adult who does not attend an LGfL-connected school. Parents of children in LGfL schools are exempted from this definition to the extent that and only in so far as parents are encouraged to log in with their children to view resources that support home learning.

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