Take some time out of the sun with our fun activities

StoryStarter2It’s great to see the British weather is surprising us all and the summer is well and truly in full swing! If your little ones are wanting a little bit of time out of the sun then why not let them have a go at some of our StoryStarter activities. You only need a handful of LEGO bricks to get started on some fantastic adventures.

Our website has got loads of fun stuff to keep them occupied so take a look at our StoryStarter Instant Success Guides for some fun activities that will keep the kids entertained for hours …

https://education.lego.com/en-gb/preschool-and-school/lower-primary/6plus-storystarter/instant-success/introduction

Our 10th and final StoryStarter Instant Success video

So here it is, the last in our series of StoryStarter Instant Success videos. We hope you have enjoyed following them in the classroom as much as we enjoying filming them!

This last video ‘The Capture of Princess Mary’s Heart’ asks students to build and tell a story using a fight between two knights as the middle section of the story. Create a beginning and an end to the story! Then use the StoryVisualizer software to document your story of the Capture of Princess Mary’s Heart!

You can view all 10 StoryStarter Instant Success videos on our website and you can still order your FREE StoryStarter sample set.

Our #myStoryStarter video competition will be running until the end of 2014 so don’t worry if you can’t fit it in before the summer holidays, there’s plenty of time when you get back.

For now, we wish you all a very happy Summer and we look forward to seeing your #myStoryStarter videos in the new school year!

StoryStarter Instant Success Video 9 – The Ancient Treasure

Welcome to our penultimate StoryStarter Instant Success video. Here we’re asking students to read a book or article about how archeologists work. Focus on what is important, what they can find and how that may have an impact on life today. Talk about some of the findings when discovering mounds, pyramids and more.

This Instant Success video meets the following learning objectives:

  • Express and develop ideas through collaborative discussions
  • Use imagination and facts to tell a story with relevant detail based on what is drawn from texts
  • Use vocabulary and syntax to communicate clearly

We hope you enjoy it!

If you haven’t already ordered your FREE StoryStarter sample set, do it now.

We have already announced our competition winner for June but don’t worry, we will be announcing one competition per month until the end of 2014 so you still have 6 more chances to win a complete StoryStarter set for your classroom.

South Wales welcomes another LEGO Education Innovation Studio

On Thursday 3rd July, we were very proud to be at the launch of another LEGO Education Innovation Studio in South Wales.

The Studio is housed within the Eden Education Centre in Aberbeeg, Blaenau Gwent – an educational facility accessible to local students that encourages children to create, engage and be inspired to pursue a career in technology and engineering.

Huw Lewis AM, the Welsh Minister for Education & Skills attended the launch and called it “an exciting new facility that is designed for 21st Century learning and will benefit so many learners.”

This is certainly not the first time South Wales has been impacted by LEGO Education.

We have been working with a group Primary Schools in Barry – Barry Island Primary School, Cadoxton Primary School and Romilly Primary School – for over 3 years to show children just how exciting learning can be and motivate them to become truly passionate about STEM subjects.

Teachers and students from these Primary Schools have worked with The Big Learning Company to conduct a piece of research around the impact of LEGO Education on STEM learning in the classroom. The results ‘Learning Brick by Brick’ can be downloaded for free via the iTunes app store.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/learning-brick-by-brick/id781517386?mt=11

On Wednesday this week, our MD Rene Lydiksen will further build on our Welsh relationships by speaking at Digital Innovation Week Wales in Cardiff about the classroom of the future and how you can be part of that change.

Exciting times ahead!

Our June StoryStarter competition winner is …

Hamsey Green Primary School!

Congratulations to Hamsey Green Primary School who win a half classroom pack of StoryStarter with their story “There’s a space suit in my wardrobe”.

We had some fantastic entries which you can see on our YouTube page – thank you to all the schools who took part. We hope you enjoyed using StoryStarter! Take a look and be inspired by some of the other great entries; and don’t forget, there’s also an opportunity to win a classroom pack of StoryStarter every month in 2014, so you can create a new story with your kit and be in with another chance to win!

Our 8th Instant Success Video – My Poetry Reading

This Instant Success video helps students prepare and read poems out load to the class.

The teacher could set the scene by reading a poem out loud to the class and asking them to talk about it in more detail. Once you’ve set the scene, the students can then build and discuss the poem …

Download our 8th FREE ‘Instant Success’ teaching guide to help students:

  • Prepare a poem to read aloud, recite and perform
  • Analyse and identify patterns of rhythm, rhyme and sounds in poems and their effect
  • Identify the meaning of words and phrases such as literal and non-literal

If you haven’t already requested your FREE StoryStarter sample pack, do so now and have a go at ‘My Poetry Reading’ in your own classroom.

Don’t forget to take a video of your students telling the story and enter our competition to win a full StoryStarter classroom kit worth £650 and the chance to get your story made into your very own LEGO animated movie!

Our 7th Instant Success Video – Calling Earth!

On the planet Maya, the little robot Mayans are planning a big day; a day when they will welcome visitors from Earth. They talk about what events are going to be on, what Earth people will look like and how they communicate and discuss what is needed to set up this big get-together. There are only a few Mayans and they really could do with some help in planning the event!

Download our 7th FREE ‘Instant Success’ teaching guide to help your students plan this big day whilst:

  • Identifying, analysing and describing characters, events and settings in fiction
  • Explaining how scenes fit together to provide a smooth transition and how they form the fundamental structure of a story
  • Demonstrate the correct use of English grammar when speaking and writing

If you haven’t already requested your FREE StoryStarter sample pack, do so now and have a go at ‘Calling Earth’ in your own classroom.

Don’t forget to take a video of your students telling the story and enter our competition to win a full StoryStarter classroom kit worth £650 and the chance to get your story made into your very own LEGO animated movie!

Dr Rene Lydiksen heads to Downing Street

Dr Rene Lydiksen

Dr Rene Lydiksen

A message from LEGO Education Europe MD Dr Rene Lydiksen:

“Heading off to Downing Street where LEGO Education Europe has been invited to join a national board of advisors as one of many means to increase children and young students’ interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Currently the UK labour market is short of 100,000 qualified engineers. That is a grand meaningful project. I am humble.”

Read more about the campaign

The football is over and the winner is …

Firstly, can we say we are very sorry to all the England football fans that have just winced at that headline!

Let’s try and put that behind us and keep the spirit of the World Cup alive in our classrooms by getting the children involved in this fun and creative learning activity using LEGO Education StoryStarter.

‘GOAL’ puts students in the position of news reporter and encourages them to think about who they’ll interview after the match, what questions they will ask and which photographs they will need to take.

Watch this little video to find out more …

If you haven’t already ordered your FREE StoryStarter sample set, you can still get one.

Once you receive your sample set, use it to build a story of your own, then video your pupils telling the story and send it to us for your chance to win a full class StoryStarter set. We will be drawing one winner per month so there are lots of chances to win! PLUS all of the winning stories will be made into a book and one lucky overall winner will get to have their story made into their very own LEGO Movie!!!

Breaking News: LEGO Education and Pearson collaborate to offer customised solution for early literacy

LEGO Education StoryTales

LEGO Education StoryTales

We are delighted to announce today our partnership with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.

This is the first time we have collaborated with the company to launch a joint solution and we are all really excited with the results.

Together, we have specifically designed a module of Pearson’s Wordsmith online resource to create an integrated solution for early literacy educators.

The module, called ‘Language Booster’, combines LEGO Education StoryTales with a series of lesson plans that have been specifically designed to help Key Stage 1 children who need a little extra help with their language development.

The module uses those all-important traditional tales for effective, motivating lessons that work on:

  • Storymaking and telling
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Creating and sequencing stories
  • Confidence

Pearson currently have a ‘Buy Wordsmith FREE for the Summer‘ campaign – if you buy it before the end of July 2014, they will extend your subscription until September 2015 so it’s worth looking into it before the end of the school year!

To find out everything you need to know about Wordsmith Language Booster or StoryTales, visit the Pearson website uk.pearson.com/primary 

Here’s the official press release:

LEGO® EDUCATION AND PEARSON COLLABORATE TO OFFER CUSTOMISED SOLUTION FOR EARLY LITERACY

COMBINING LEGO EDUCATION’S HANDS-ON LEARNING TOOLS WITH PEARSON PRIMARY’S NEW LITERACY SERVICE. PROVIDES EDUCATORS WITH A SOLUTION TO HELP STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH EARLY READING AND WRITING SKILLS –

LEGO® Education and Pearson have announced an integrated solution for early literacy educators. The offering is part of the Pearson Wordsmith solution and is available to schools as part of the service. This is a specialised combination of new Wordsmith lesson plans that are specifically designed for use with LEGO Education StoryTales.

The integrated solution, which is available throughout the UK, is designed for use with children in Key Stage 1 who may have started school with delayed or underdeveloped language skills.

“Both companies understand the importance of early literacy success and want educators to have the best opportunity to help those students struggling with reading and writing in order for them to be successful in their school years,” said Jesper Just Jensen, Senior Director, Preschool and Primary Marketing at LEGO Education. “With LEGO Education’s long tradition of using the LEGO brick as a strong hands-on learning tool to increase engagement and Pearson’s renowned credibility and strong foothold in the education market, we know this solution will help educators with students who need extra support.”

When schools order the Language Booster kit, they will receive:

  • LEGO Education StoryTales, an engaging and easily managed LEGO® DUPLO® brick set that promotes creativity and the imaginative telling and retelling of stories. This set has been designed to teach the principles of storytelling and to help with language development. It can be used in many areas of the curriculum.
  • The Wordsmith Language Booster lesson plans, written specifically for this package. This provides 10-weeks of core instruction with 20 detailed online lesson plans, plus additional resources, designed for teachers or teaching assistants to use with small groups of children.

These resources help with:

  • Vocabulary development
  • Oral language (saying sentences)
  • Storytelling and structuring
  • Listening skills

“We are excited to collaborate with LEGO Education to bring this powerful offering to early educators,” said Kath Donovan, Director of UK Primary Learning at Pearson. “Both brands have a strong worldwide reach, emphasise the importance of the learner at the centre and want to provide educators with a solution that will encourage confidence in their students.”

Customers can order the integrated solution as part of the Wordsmith programme from Pearson uk.pearson.com/primary