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Archive: October 2013

Dress Your Teacher or Parent as a Monster!

We’re launching an exciting new competition for the best, most monstrous costumes – just in time for Halloween!

We would love to see some terrible teachers, repulsive parents, terrifying TAs and horrible Headteachers dressed up in all manner of scales, teeth, warts and claws!

We’re obviously hoping that our wonderful teachers and parent fans will involve the children in the design of their monster costume too (eek – this sounds scary!).

Send in photos to [email protected] or enter via Facebook using this link.

The winner will receive a £150 bundle of Usborne books for their school or home and two runners up will each receive a £75 bundle of Usborne books.

How to enter.

1. Take a picture of you wearing your monster outfit

2. Send in a photograph with your name and school to the following address [email protected] or enter via our Facebook page.

4 Closing date 7th November 2013

Entries will be judged by Ceri Williams. Ceri Williams is a specific learning difficulties tutor for Torfaen LEA and Jazz musician. Thanks Ceri!

Terms and Conditions for the competition can be found here: Competition Terms and Conditions

Good Luck! We cannot wait to see those monster costumes!

Competition Winners – Catch Up!

Long before the summer days kicked in (the best summer the UK has had in years it must be said!), we ran a competition to design a monster for the new game ‘Fun With Words’.

We received a whopping 500 monster entries to the competition, and after some hard deliberation by our judges, it was decided that the monster ‘Garbage’ drawn by Tanzina (age 10) would be featured in the new game.

Here’s Tanzina’s drawing next to the finished ‘Garbage’, illustrated by the fantastic Rich Wake. Wow! This monster can now be made by adding all these various body parts together at the beginning of the game.

Here’s a short time-lapse video of Rich bringing the monster to life. It’s fun to see the monster take shape!

Runner-up news!

Our competition runner-up Devlon has also been busy. Devlon created the brilliant monster Ogo (one of my personal favourites).

Here’s what Devlon said about the competition:

“I am really proud to be a runner up. My friend helped me to choose the books and Mrs Stephens (The Head Teacher) was really pleased as we need books for our new library. I can’t wait to play the new game!”

Here’s Devlon with Ogo and with his friend Angus – reading their winning books! Hooray!

To view all our amazing competition monsters then take a look at ‘The Monster Gallery” on Flickr.

We’ll be launching a new competition next week – just in time for Halloween. Watch this space!

I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away.

Matt Lovegrove, Cippenham Primary School

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Why Play?

  • Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
  • Designed in collaboration with leading academics.
  • Computer version is 100% free.

FAQ

Why is the computer version free?

The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

Our mission is to help as many children learn to read as possible. The computer version is 100% free and we put profits from the app back into the Usborne Foundation, to continue to create new and exciting ways for children to learn.

The charity was founded by Peter Usborne MBE and his children, Nicola and Martin, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye.

What age is it for?

The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. Read more details about the three games.

How do children learn from the game?

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Find out exactly what the game covers.

Will it work on my device?

The game runs on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs) and the app works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle tablets.

Who are The Usborne Foundation?

Peter Usborne is the founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and was recently awarded an MBE for services to publishing.

Testimonials

"I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away."

Matt Lovegrove,
Cippenham Primary School

"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"

John Hole,
Wray Common Primary School

"This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!"

Sarah Fox,
mum to Leon aged 5

This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!

Sarah Fox, mum to Leon aged 5

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