Keep the kids busy during the school holidays - FREE PRINTABLES

The school holidays are here, why not put your printer to work with these FREE printables to keep the kids busy.

If your house is anything like mine then there is a mountain of left over Easter chocolate and kids climbing the walls, stuck inside due to the weather!

While we may not be able to neutralise the sugar high, we can help keep them occupied with some free printables. Just download, print and let the little monsters angels wear themselves out with an afternoon of craft.
Our friends over at FreePrintables.net have a great selection of activities to keep kids of all ages engrossed. We've selected a few of our favourites for you to download below.

Just Click, Print and grab a well earned cuppa!




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How schools can set up a printer recycling initiative

How schools can set up a printer recycling initiative

Want to set up a recycling initiative at your school but not sure how to get going? Well we've put together a little guide that gives you some pointers.


Why recycle?

Why recycle at all? Simple: it's great for the environment. And it's a particularly good idea for schools to encourage recycling because it instils some green practices in young people from an early age.


Getting started

Get people involved

A project such as a recycling programme requires support from all over the school – from senior management, to chefs, to parents and pupils.

Find out who's passionate about recycling in your school and hold an initial meeting. From there, a good idea is to assemble a core team and assign them specific roles.

A great way to get pupils involved is to appointing recycling 'champions' – say one pupil for each year group who can be the mouthpiece of the project.

Think about involving parents too – you could promote the scheme to them via a newsletter and encourage pupils to tell their mums and dads about it.


What will you recycle?

Decide what you can recycle. Think printers, ink and toner cartridges, other plastics, paper, batteries and clothing.


Get some equipment

Now you need some kit. Recycling bins can be bought quite cheaply and you might even be able to negotiate something with your council or waste management provider.

Some signage and posters would be good too, and you could even consider some branded clothing for your recycling champions?


Roll it out

OK  - you've got your team, you know what you can recycle and you've got the equipment to do it – it's action stations.

Consider either a recycling point in every room or, if resources are a little tight, placed at key parts of your school. There will be places where the number of bits for recycling are high – such as computer and printer room and, of course, classrooms.

Another good idea is to put both rubbish bins and recycling bins together – to encourage people to recycle at the same time they come to throw something away.


Timetable

Ensure you set up a rota so that your recycling bins are emptied on a regular basis. One idea might be to ask your recycling champions to organise a team of recyclers to do this – another great way to get pupils involved.

You could even consider a month-long trial to gauge the success of the project. This way, you'll be able to work out if you need to make an changes – such as more recycling bins or better promotion of the initiative.

Implementing a recycling programme in school requires a bit of initial hard work, but the benefits really pay off. You'll go from a school that throws away most of its rubbish to one that recycles almost everything it can.

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Colour prints 'could boost student learning'

Colour prints 'could boost student learning'

OK, bit of an odd question to kick this one off. 

When you were at school, how many of the print-outs you used as part of your classroom were in colour? 

Told you it was bit of an odd one. 

We can't remember either to be honest – but we're asking because we stumbled across some new research that makes an interesting link between colour printing in schools and the attainment levels of students. 

However the study, commissioned by Xerox, found colour is surprisingly absent in classroom handouts.

 

Which certainly is surprising, given the mass take-up of printers and ink and toner cartridges by educational institutions, businesses and individuals around the world.

The study, undertaken by Harris Interactive for Xerox, found seven in ten pupils in grades three to 12 (it's a US study - we guestimate that it's from early middle school to end of sixth form), found seven in ten pupils said that very few or none of their handouts have pictures or charts or graphs that are produced in colour. 

But schools are missing a trick here – Xerox said that colour has been shown to have an impact on comprehension, something the students polled agreed with.
 

Most (77 per cent) said word or pictures in colour would make schoolwork more interesting, and 70 per cent said it would make their homework more fun to do. 

What's more, the students said they found colour materials especially effective when it comes to learning complex subjects – 58 per cent said they thought they would learn more in science if the accompanying materials were in colour. 

"With shrinking budgets, colour printing does not have to be cost prohibitive," said Leah Quesada, vice president, marketing, enterprise business group, Xerox.

"With the right tools in place, colour can be maximized in the classroom to the benefit of the students."  

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