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Busy Things

Busy Things

Subject: English Mathematics

Key stage: Foundation KS1 KS2

Award-winning Numeracy, Literacy and creative activities for Early Years.

The BETT award-winning 'Busy Things' content provides activities that give as much emphasis to nurturing creative development as to providing opportunities for exploring, discovery, experimentation and sensory development. They also support the more formal requirements of the Early Years curriculum.

All the activities in Busy Things link to the Early Learning Goals and other Development Matters objectives within the Communication Language and Literacy, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, and Creative Development areas of learning and development.

Busy Things has consistently been one of the most popular LGfL content resources for London schools.

In January 2016 the whole Busy Things platform will be upgraded and will feature a significant increase in quantity of material for cross curricular coverage for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. All the new resources are created within HTML5 and therefore should be accessible across all types of online devices.

In April 2014 - the resources were updated with the following addtions:

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.

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.

Letters and Sounds Phases 4 and 5

  • Phase 4 - 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.
  • Phase 5 - 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.

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).

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.
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