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Whilst on half term, it’s important to keep up to date with all of the latest technology that can improve your school. With thousands of Anomaly schools why not join our ever growing network of successful schools? In this blog post we’re looking at 3 reasons to use digital signage and how it can be beneficial to your school and how it can help improve your school. Digital signage looks better Winefreds - Ext Let’s face it. Video encapsulates students better than a static image. With video you can tell a story so much better than you would with a static image. With our vast content library you’ll never be left wondering what to display on your Anomaly screen. We’ve made it simple to drag and drop videos related to key subjects which will not only entertain but will also teach pupils without them even realising. In addition to the screens playing high quality video, they can be placed in key locations where they will be seen by pupils, parents and any visitors to the school. With the addition to update messages from any device there will be no issue with communication to anyone that is at your school. Encourage active learning  According to the department of education website, schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil, so for an average sized school with 200 pupils, the school will receive around £9,000. With Anomaly screens you can use the sport premium funding to invest in Anomaly technology. Our screens have content which is tailored to improve active learning at your school. Ongoing support  Unlike our competitors, we offer our schools ongoing support. That means when you have a problem or an issue, we’re there every step of the way to make sure you’re happy with the Anomaly service. In addition to our in-house support team, we regularly give you a call to see you’re happy with your Anomaly equipment as well as offering you any training as and when you need it, completely free of charge. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology and digital signage into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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During busy months, it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much around you. With exams in full flow in most secondary schools in the UK, stress levels are high. In this blog post, we’re looking at how students and teachers can be mindful. Tips to be more mindful mindfulness Mindfulness should be encouraged during the busy months. It’s easy to get tied down to a lot of different things and it is also easy to be stressed about things such as exams and/or deadlines. According to the NHS website, mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside oneself. Once you understand what mindfulness is, it’s easy to become more mindful. Below are some tips that are sourced both from Anomaly and the NHS article. Notice the everyday – “as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk,” says Professor Williams from the NHS article. “All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the ‘autopilot’ mode we often engage day to day, and to give us new perspectives on life.” Keep it regular – it can be helpful to pick a certain time to be more mindful than usual. The morning journey to school or a walk at lunchtime is ideal time to be mindful. During this time you could decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around. Once you get into a constant routine it can help you to become more mindful and help reduce stress levels during these busy periods. Free yourself from the past and future – unfortunately, you cannot alter the past or the future. What you can focus on though, is the present. Remind yourself that you can only try your best and worrying will not change the future. All you can do is your best. For more tips on being mindful, have a look at the NHS website. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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What’s on this June? Find out in this monthly feature which focuses on all the things you can expect this month on the Anomaly Content Manager. The Anomaly content manager is a tailored platform designed for schools to get the most out of their Anomaly screens. In this blog post find what will be displayed on our screens throughout June, as we power through some of the most important months of schools, especially for secondary schools throughout the UK. In addition to the content we have for secondary schools, we also have tailored content for primary schools all over the UK. Here’s a full list of content that is scheduled for the June month: trooping the colour, tips to stay safe when using apps, revision tips, a mind teaser with a map riddle, how mindfulness can ease exam stress, stress during exams, too much information, 5 a day fruit and veg, how skipping breakfast is bad for you, making vegetable stir-fry, saving energy, easing symptoms of hayfever, how to do step ups, boxing, how to do press ups, careers of vets on farms, careers of airport passenger services and advice about bullying. National Autistic Society Following the success of World Autism Awareness Week, we contacted the National Autistic Society to talk to them about what they were doing currently in schools. Following some very positive talks it seemed like it would be perfect to get them on board. We’ll be displaying their widely popular “too much information” campaign, as well as other content for our schools to enjoy. Below you’ll find the first of many videos that we will be displaying on our Anomaly screens. The content aims to reduce stigma around autism in schools and we think it’s perfect for our Anomaly screens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ Tips to stay safe In such a digital age, it’s often difficult to keep up with the latest trends and technology. With new technology comes a new understanding and it’s often difficult to keep safe with any new apps or technology. That’s why we’ve come up with content which aims to help teachers promote a safer environment online. We’ve created tips for teachers and pupils which aim to help in staying safe when using apps. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Suggestions on how you can use digital signage is the topic of our most recent blog post. It’s important to make the most of your Anomaly screens as schools wind down for the summer months. Making sure you’re keeping on top of our monthly content and keeping active should be top priority during the month of June. In a previous blog post, we explained how schools can use their sport premium to explore new ideas and invest in Anomaly technology. Display relevant content As obvious as it sounds, displaying relevant content on your Anomaly screens is key to their success. It can often be difficult to constantly update the screens whilst keeping up with a busy school day. With the Anomaly content manager, it’s easy to update your Anomaly screens on the go. Got something specific you want playing? Browse and choose from hundreds of videos from our content library, or update your screens with messages relevant to what is going on at the current time. Can’t find a video on a certain subject? Get in touch with the office and our in-house graphics team can schedule to make it for you! As good as the Anomaly content manager sounds, it can also be difficult to keep up to date with it. That’s why at the end of every month we produce a blog post which outlines the content which is scheduled for the upcoming month. You can take a look at what’s been on in previous months in our blog. Promote active learning New plans by the government state that: “schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer”. In response to this, why not use Anomaly screens to promote active learning? We have content which is tailored to improve activity levels in schools. We’ve worked in partnership with UK Sports Coaching to display their content on our screens. The content is interactive so pupils can dance along with things that are happening on the screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VAvut42bNE If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post Anomaly focuses on one of its successful schools, Little London Primary School. Little London have been kind enough to write a few words regarding the Anomaly service. Improving confidence and enthusiasm in children is something that Little London are always encouraging at their school. In addition to this Little London promotes a happy place in which students can learn effectively. Little London Primary School Anomaly has had the pleasure of working with Little London Primary School to constantly improve their existing digital infrastructure and help promote all values that the school is currently promoting. Rachael Blacker, Year 4 teacher at Little London Community Primary School said: “A small group of my year 4 class were recently involved in a whole day workshop where they were exploring the use of green screen technology. From the very start of the session the children were highly engaged and loved exploring how the green screen was set up and the different pieces of equipment used. During the session, the children performed small pieces of mime which they had produced in a whole class activity earlier on in the week.” Rachael continued by saying: “Once they children had performed, they were then shown how to transform their drama into a visual piece of work. Matt encouraged the children to help with editing the piece of work. Throughout the whole day session, the children were thriving with enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to continue their workshop. When the final piece was shown to the rest of the class they were booming with pride and could not wait to show the whole school their achievement. As well as helping the children, the Anomaly team were able to involve the class teacher in this activity and give them the opportunity to use the green screen again. I and the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and we cannot wait for Anomaly to come back to our school next term.” If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post Anomaly are focusing on the exciting news regarding the sport premium for schools all over the UK. According to the department of education website, schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil, so for an average sized school with 200 pupils, the school will receive around £9,000. How to use the PE and sport premium Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. According to the government website, you should use the premium to make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. The website explains how you could use your funding, so for example you can use your funding to hire a qualified sports coach to work with teachers or provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively. How can Anomaly help? Anomaly is able to help with the sport premium in a number of ways. Instead of hiring someone to come in to your school, why not display our content which is tailored to get kids active and adopt a passion for sport? Below you’ll find a piece of content which is regularly used by schools already embracing Anomaly equipment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VAvut42bNE Got any sports mad pupils or budding P.E teachers on your hands? Why not use our green screen equipment to get your pupils to make their own exercise videos? Get the whole school involved by playing these videos on the external screens too! But don’t take our word for it how we could help. Gavin Evans, head teacher at Hilltop Primary School in Kent has praised Anomaly equipment and described how it has helped keep his school active. Gavin said: “Whenever I wander out onto the playground during a break there are always many children mirroring the exercises and activities that we have installed on the screen and programmed to be on at those times.” Gavin continued to say: “When the children are not running, stretching and jumping they are watching the second screen and getting excited about seeming themselves and their work. Thank you Anomaly!” If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post Anomaly focuses on one of its successful schools, North Ridge Community School. North Ridge have been kind enough to write a few words regarding the Anomaly service. Discouraging prejudice, discrimination and unequal opportunity is something that North Ridge takes very seriously. This, among other things had lead them to discover the Anomaly service. North Ridge Community School north ridge community school Anomaly has had the pleasure of working with North Ridge Community School to constantly improve their existing digital infrastructure and help promote all values that the school are currently promoting. North Ridge recently had some green screen training which was led by our trainer, Matt Ogden. Jade Goodwin, Teacher and ICT Co-Ordinator from North Ridge Community school said: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the green screen training. Matt was great. The kids really loved the session and were attentive throughout. Matt was very helpful all day and was very patient with our students. I had a lot of great feedback from both the students and staff. It has now given me further ideas for future with my class.” Jade also went on to say: “The kids were really enthusiastic and engaged which was a fantastic result. As we were rehearsing for our Alice in Wonderland production in the afternoon, Matt used that time to show me how to edit the video and add text and sound. We almost finished the entire video so this allowed me to show the students the finished version today which was great. Thank you again and hopefully we can work with Matt again in the future.” If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Using Anomaly screens to promote various subjects is always encouraged at Anomaly. The ability to push out any content with the click of a button makes this task very easy. In this blog post, we’re talking about the content we have related to mental health. With the exam period in full flow, it can be difficult to keep control of your mental health and keep a positive outlook on life. National Autistic Society national autistic society In addition to our content regarding mental health awareness, we will be pushing out content on behalf of the National Autistic Society. The content will show on our screens very soon. Chrystyna Chymera, Marketing Manager at the National Autistic Society said: “For autistic children, school can be the source of huge anxiety. The lights, the chatter, the hundreds of faces, the smells of the dining hall, the instructions – it can all be too much information. It’s vital that schools, pupils and parents all understand autism so that autistic children can get the best out of their education. We hope that by raising awareness of autism, the challenges it can present to autistic children and what The National Autistic Society does we will help more people to understand autism and make a huge difference to the lives of autistic children and their families.” We’re really excited at Anomaly to be working with the National Autistic Society and can’t wait help them raise awareness about autism – keep an eye out for content over the next few months! Five steps to mental wellbeing We’ve been producing content through the month of May which aims to help students, pupils and parents keep in charge of their mental health. With countless numbers of blog posts, make sure you keep up to date with content from Anomaly. We have created content based off of the five steps to mental wellbeing as demonstrated on the NHS website. The content is split into five parts: Connect – Anomaly encourages people to connect with others who make them happy. Whether it be your friends, family, colleague and neighbours. Be active – increasing your activity levels can be key to improving your mental wellbeing. The NHS have provided a whole section on their website which talks about reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. To read more about the content we will be pushing out, you can take a look to a full list of the top tips on the NHS website. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Following the successful provision of unique external Anomaly Screens for thousands of UK schools, Anomaly have now extended their reach to meet the needs of the construction industry. Anomaly Hi-Vis provides the familiar service as Anomaly but is catered to improving health and safety awareness on site. Since launching we have managed to secure partnerships with several construction companies all over the UK; market leaders such as Willmott Dixon, Interserve and many more. Considerate Constructors Scheme hi-vis-screen Recently we have been featured in one of the top UK construction news outlets, Considerate Constructors Scheme. Following our screens being installed at one of Willmott Dixon’s sites, we reached out to the Considerate Constructors scheme to tell them about our screens. The piece went in detail to explain the work that Willmott Dixon have been doing in relation to the Shrewsbury Street housing development in Trafford, Manchester. The Considerate Constructors Scheme also explained how the Anomaly screens worked. The piece said: “Working with leading private TV network providers, Anomaly, they have become one of the first construction sites in the UK to install their latest Hi-Vis system developed specifically for the construction industry. The site opted for a 47” freestanding portrait pod near the entrance turnstile to relay Health and Safety information to workers as they enter/leave the site. They have also placed a 47” freestanding landscape screen facing outwards through a purpose-built hole in the hoarding to engage the public, showing how this project will benefit the local community.” You can read the full piece by looking at the CCS best practice website. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Prepare for SATS this week with Anomaly UK. In our blog post, find out how to prepare for SATS week. Whether you’re a pupil, parent or a teacher, this blog post will list key tips to help with revision and help with dealing with stress that can be cause by upcoming tests. Promote a healthy lifestyle  life-tyle-444x296 With all the stress of exams, it’s easy to get into a bad routine. Whether you’re a pupil, teacher or a parent you should try to promote a healthy lifestyle. This means focusing on your diet and your sleep. Eating good food in the run up to exams can help decrease stress and help you focus on the task ahead. On the morning of your exam you should eat a good breakfast, cereal or brown bread toast is always a good option. In the run up to the exams, it’s important to do things which help you reduce stress. You should take time out of revision or planning to do something you enjoy. This applies to everyone, teachers, pupils and parents. Make sure on the week of exams you are getting plenty of rest, you should aim for 8 hours of sleep. On the day of the exam As explained in the previous paragraph, even if you don’t normally eat much for breakfast, during SATS week, make sure you do. On your way to school, you could go over a few last minute revision pointers to help jog your memory and put you in the right state of mind. It’s always important to remember that you can only try your best. As important as SATS are they do not define you as a person and it’s OK if you don’t do as well as you thought. In the run up to SATS we’ve been displaying content which is crucial to helping reduce stress during these busy months. If your school has Anomaly equipment, make sure to look out for key messages on our screens. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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