Teacher features designed just for you!
Through a wide variety of activity types and a range of new features we aim to help you make your classroom a happy and rewarding place to be - for you as well as the children!
We use a regular team of advisors to ensure that we're making content that is truly useful to you – and we listen to suggestions and comments from all teachers who are using Busy Things in their classrooms.
It's easy: 5 clicks and you’re away!
Simply login, and then click to select a curriculum level; a second click takes you to a year setup; you choose a subject with a third click; a fourth click will take you to the field you are interested in. Here you will see the resources of different types you can use to support your teaching on the various topics in the field you’ve chosen – all will have been automatically customised for the children in your class.
If you want to keep any of the resources for later use you can store them in a Favourites area.
Personalise educational content to meet the needs of YOUR classroom
A particular feature we think you'll appreciate is the ability to switch the site into what we call ‘teacher mode’. This enables you to set up the site exactly as YOU want it: to choose which activities and tools children can access at a particular time, set their level of difficulty, keep a record of what the children have done and save or print out their work. More...
We have made it as easy as we can for you to create customised collections of resources to match the abilities and meet the needs of individual children or groups in your class and to keep them all fully engaged in what they are doing.
And there's a nifty button to lock children into a specific area to ensure they keep focussed on the job in hand!
Speed up your lesson planning with easy to find curriculum aligned content
Use our powerful curriculum search tool to go straight to resources matching your curriculum objectives and save time constructing lesson plans.
The vast array of Busy Things content is fully mapped to curriculum learning objectives – the English, Scottish, and Australian versions are currently available. You can switch the site from one curriculum to another with just a couple of clicks.
"The key to Busy Things is that the children love it, the characters, sounds, humour etc that make the learning fun and engaging. The flexibility of the activities is really useful. I can use an autumn term phonics activity, then use the same activity but more advanced for the summer term."
Rebecca Johnson, Fernvale Primary School
Have fun with assignments!
Within the Assignments area teachers can assign worksheets, topic work and quizzes for pupils to complete in class or at home. By viewing the results teachers can quickly gain an understanding of how their class is progressing as well as review individual strengths and weaknesses!
Gather evidence of and create a record of children’s topic work
You can save and record children’s topic work for individual portfolios - activity descriptions, screen shots and curriculum information can all be exported as a PDF.
Why not print out children's topic work to make a fantastic classroom display!
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Inspire your pupils with a variety of technology!
You can access our full range of resources across any device in your classroom; Interactive whiteboard, laptop, desktop computer and tablets – Busy Things works on them all!
This adaptability makes Busy Things ideal for a variety of teaching scenarios; individual learning, small group work or a full front of class lesson.
Spark engagement with all styles of learner
As every child learns differently and at their own pace...you will find a wide variety of activities to challenge and advance knowledge and understanding in all types of learners.
From traditional structured games with a clear level progression to the more open-ended, experimental and thought provoking activities with no right or wrong answers.
Ready-made tools to introduce, demonstrate and revise topics
It also gives you a selection of ready-made tools you can use to introduce subjects, check children's understanding and spark a thought-provoking dialogue - perfect for a lesson plenary.
Widgets: Demonstration tools for tricky concepts to invite discussion and encourage experimentation.
Demos: A bit like a video, with a touch of animation and humour to really bring a topic to life! Play controls allow you to stop, recap and get feedback.
Printables: Worksheets on many subject areas to print and reinforce learning away from the screen.
Create custom phonics resources in a jiffy!
Use our Resource Maker to create a wide variety of paper-based games and worksheets - from letter formation to captioning and much more!
It comes with tips from one of our teacher advisers on how to implement these templates in the classroom!
This flexible tool supports phases 2, 3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics and also the Jolly Phonics programme.
Plus 100s of PDF resources across the curriculum - just press print!
There are reams of print-ready PDF resources supporting our activities across the curriculum too, from colouring pages to worksheets and things to make.
You can also access to an extensive library of clip art featuring our lovely characters to save, print and use as you wish! You could make a fantastic classroom display!
Sound like something you'd like to have in your classroom?
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