Official opening of our brand new European Headquarters in Chester

Yesterday we had the official opening of our brand new European Headquarters in the historic city of Chester.

Councillor Herbert Manley, Sheriff of Chester

Councillor Herbert Manley, Sheriff of Chester

It was a fantastic evening and we were honoured to be joined by Councillor Herbert Manley, The Sheriff of Chester, amongst many other guests.

The formal office opening at our new Longus House residence, in the Heart of the UK, gave us the chance to give local teachers, pupils and members of the Chester community the opportunity to experience the magic that happens behind the doors of the World’s most powerful brand, LEGO.

LEGO Education Europe’s Managing Director, Dr. Rene Tristan Lydiksen celebrated the opening by sharing his passion for the power of playful learning. “We are all very excited by the opening of our new office. I am looking forward to meeting the local people and watching them experience for themselves the power of LEGO and the impact it is having on kids in the classroom.”

Dr Rene Lydiksen with a pupil from Highfield Primary School

Dr Rene Lydiksen with a pupil from Highfield

Joining LEGO Education at their opening were the pupils and teachers from local Highfield Community Primary School. Highfield Year 4 pupils have been using LEGO Education WeDo in the classroom to deliver the new Computing Curriculum.

It was a great event and we are very proud of everyone that helped make it a resounding success!

How do you create confident Maths problem-solvers?

MoreToMathsDesigned with teachers and educational experts, MoreToMaths challenges young learners to work independently and collaboratively through a series of progressive problem-solving tasks, using LEGO bricks as the tools through which Maths exploration takes place.

By igniting pupils’ confidence, this resource provides an innovative way of teaching a wide range of essential skills, including:

– Problem-solving
– Comprehension
– Collaboration
– Communication
– Technology

To find out more and to request your free MoreToMaths sample kit visit www.legoeducation.co.uk 

MoreToMaths receives it’s 1st Award Nomination

It has only been on the market for 6 weeks so we are delighted to find out today that MoreToMaths has been nominated in the ‘Primary-ICT’ category at the Education Resources Awards 2015.

Both StoryStarter and EV3 have already won ERAs so we’re hoping MoreToMaths will make it 3 in a row for us!

The Awards ceremony takes place on Friday 20th March 2015 in Birmingham and we can’t wait.

Thank you ERAs – we’ll see you there :-)

FREE STEM activities plus win a half class pack of EV3 worth over £3,000

new EV3Are you looking for a new and exciting way to engage your pupils in Science, Design & Technology, Computing and Maths?

LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 combines a hands-on experience with intuitive, user-friendly software and curriculum-based activities that enables pupils to understand and grasp different STEM topics quickly and easily.

We have created four beginner activities videos that show just how easy it is to get started with robotics in the classroom.

We are also running a competition to win an EV3 half class pack worth over £3,000 for your school. Simply enter your details here before 15th March 2015 and you will be entered into the free prize draw. Full competition details are available on our website.

Good luck!

 

 

New StoryStarter Expansion Sets! Tweet us your questions

The three new StoryStarter Expansion Sets – Fairy Tale, Space and Community – link into National Curriculum standards with the corresponding Curriculum Pack, placing a focus on enhancing pupils’ writing skills.

They were created and tested with input from teachers and developed in line with the National Curriculum. If you have any questions about StoryStarter or the new Expansion Sets, you can tweet us @LEGOeducationUK using the hashtag #askLEGOed.

Click here to find out more about how the new Expansion Sets challenge the great writers in your classroom. From just £32.99, they offer great value too!

BETT Review and the launch of #askLEGOed

It’s hard to believe that only 48 hours ago we were wrapping up another year of BETT.

BETT 2015 was the busiest BETT we have ever seen! It was great to meet so many people – both old and new faces – and share some of our new and exciting developments for 2015.

We were honored that The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP was able to visit our stand and get hands-on with our WeDo crocodile.

We were delighted to be joined by special guest speakers Miles Berry of Roehampton University, Hugh Myott, Headteacher at Birchfield School and our own President Emeritus of LEGO Education, Stephan Turnipseed.

There was huge interest in our dedicated Maths resource MoreToMaths and we are pleased to announce you can now download a preview of the Key Stage 1 curriculum pack from our website.

We showcased our new EV3 App which will be available for download from our website in March 2015 and we launched our brand new StoryStarter Expansion Sets that offer extended writing opportunities in Community, Space and Fairy Tales.

The most fulfilling outcome of BETT for us was to see just how many people use LEGO in the classroom in so many different and creative ways. As we saw in The Guardian last week, teachers are using LEGO to teach anything from coding to modeling texts for literature analysis-the possibilities are endless.

We are very lucky to have such amazing teachers in the UK and we really want to support you all and encourage the sharing of ideas in the classroom.

From today, we’re starting our Twitter campaign #askLEGOed

We want to give you the opportunity to ask us questions about any of our resources, our pedagogy or teaching techniques – anything at all! We also want to encourage you to share your experience with LEGO in the classroom.

Simply Tweet us your question @LEGOEducationUK using #askLEGOed

We look forward to answering your questions.

LEGO Education Presentation Timetable at BETT 2015 – Stand E128

10.00 – 10.20          Delivering the Computing Curriculum with WeDo – Key Stage 2
10.30 – 10.50          Delivering the Computing Curriculum with EV3 – Key Stage 3
11.00 – 11.20          Engaging children in writing with StoryStarter
11.30 – 11.50          Teach Maths problem-solving with MoreToMaths – Key Stage 1
12.00 – 12.20          LEGO Education Innovation Studio – inspiring learning environment
12.30 – 12.50          Dr. René Tristan Lydiksen – The Power of Playful Learning 
13.00 – 13.20          Delivering the Computing Curriculum with EV3 – Key Stage 3
13.30 – 13.50          Engaging children in writing with StoryStarter
14.00 – 14.20          Teach Maths problem-solving with MoreToMaths – Key Stage 1
14.30 – 14.50          LEGO Education Innovation Studio – inspiring learning environment
15.00 – 15.20          Delivering the Computing Curriculum with WeDo – Key Stage 2
15.30 – 15.50          Delivering the Computing Curriculum with EV3 – Key Stage 3
16.00 – 16.20          Engaging children in writing with StoryStarter
16.30 – 16.50          Teach Maths problem-solving with MoreToMaths – Key Stage 1
17.00 – 17.20          LEGO Education Innovation Studio – inspiring learning environment

Take the StoryStarter challenge

StoryStarter ChallengeIt was an ordinary day… Josh and Emily were playing with their cat Henry. Henry was a naughty cat who liked to run off and hide. Josh and Emily spent a long time looking for him. When all of a sudden something caught their eye. A gateway they had never noticed before. Emily dared Josh to go through it …

How the story ends is up to you!

Good stories create great writers – take the StoryStarter challenge now to win a StoryStarter set for your classroom.

The Guardian asked. LEGO and Maths: building blocks for an education? We think so!

Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian

Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian

What a great way to start the week! Fantastic article in The Guardian showcasing Birchfield School in Shropshire, the first school ever to use our first dedicated maths resource, MoreToMaths.

Before we even started to develop MoreToMaths we talked to teachers about their challenges with maths and what sort of resource they were looking for to help them.

Problem solving was the area that came up time and time again. Word problems in particular were a big challenge where young children are typically unable to think about what needs to be done in the problem or hold an abstract idea in their mind for a sufficient period of time. Here is where the familiar LEGO brick can make a real difference.

As the article states, our goal is for pupils to experience that there is more to maths than facts.

MoreToMaths has been designed as a supplementary resource targeted at reinforcing the mathematical practices taken directly from the national curriculum. Its purpose is to expose children to mathematical problem solving for the first time. Judging by our first set of test schools, it seems to be working. We have seen a lot of children absolutely desperate to get to their next maths lesson!

As with all of the LEGO Education resources, MoreToMaths followed the curriculum development process and was created by teachers, for teachers and ultimately for pupils. Curriculum standards play a central role throughout the development process to ensure our final solutions make the biggest difference possible.

According to research by Carbonneau in 2013, manipulatives used for teaching maths need to be “just right” in perceptual richness in order to be most effective. If the manipulatives are too rich in detail, they will have a tendency to disrupt and disturb learning. Alternatively, if they have too little detail, they lose the motivational effect.

The LEGO bricks chosen for MoreToMaths enable students to create solutions for maths problem solving using simplistic models, with just the right amount of perceptual richness to inspire learning – whilst still clearly showing the maths in focus through real-world connections. Every brick in the set was chosen to support maths learning. From the colour selection, to the shapes, sizes and number of studs, each brick serves a purpose and lends itself to the solutions modelling and problem-solving process.

Of course, the MoreToMaths set doesn’t just consist of a box of LEGO bricks. You get a full curriculum pack that contains 48 one-hour lesson plans that teach the practices of mathematical problem solving as aligned to the national curriculum. The pack includes pupil worksheets with tasks that are progressive and differentiated, with an extension activity for those children that require an extra challenge. You also get teacher training videos and the MathsBuilder Interactive WhiteBoard Software with built-in assessment tools.

One set can be used across multiple classes, right across Key Stage 1 and with the renowned quality of the LEGO brick, it will be a resource used for many years. We have a number of different classroom solutions at different price points, so when you start to look at it like that, it looks great value for money!

Stuart Swann, a primary school teacher and one of our external curriculum developers featured in the article will be with us at BETT next week. If you want to talk to someone who knows everything there is to know about MoreToMaths come and visit us on stand E128.

We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy New Year

Welcome back everyone and a Happy New Year to you all!

We have seen most teachers and pupils head back to school over the last 2 days telling stories of magical Christmases and fun New Year parties.

It’s an exciting day for us today as our brand new Maths resource, MoreToMaths 1-2 is finally available for shipping. If you still haven’t heard of MoreToMaths head over to our website for loads of information or come and visit us at BETT later this month where you can get hands-on with our new product.

With only a few weeks left to go we’re busy preparing for BETT. We’ll be publishing our presentation schedule in the next couple of weeks and we’re putting together some great new special offers just for the show so be sure to come and visit us on Stand E128.

We hope your first week back at school is a good one!

Happy New Year from the LEGO Education Team.