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International Day of Democracy and Anomaly Content Manager

In this blog post, we’re looking at new content we have on our Anomaly screens and with today being International Day of Democracy, we’re going to look at how our content is helping schools to highlight democracy within their school community. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe International Day of Democracy with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy. With this in mind, we’ve created content tailored to improve understanding of what a democratic society is, how Britain is run and how this differs from other governments around the world.

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We’ve produced content which aims to give students a better understanding of the values of democracy, respect and how Britain is run. The content covers everything from explaining what democracy is (with helpful examples related to the classroom) to examining the different types of government used to run other countries around the world.

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More content is planned around this subject of democracy and values and you can find current content available in the library on the Anomaly Content Manager. If you struggle to find the content or put it into your playlist to show on your screens, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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

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Anomaly Film and William Law CE Primary School

As part of our Anomaly customer service, we offer free of charge training on all of our Anomaly technology and follow up courtesy calls to check your school is happy with everything. One such happy school is William Law CE Primary School in Werrington, Peterborough.

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William Law CE Primary School

Anomaly has had the pleasure of working with William Law CE Primary School to constantly improve their existing digital infrastructure and help promote the school’s aims – to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

We recently visited the school to do a training session on their Anomaly Film kit, a portable green screen and filming kit for schools. After the training session, Tracy Mayhead said, “The training from Anomaly last month was excellent. The children loved it. They have been able to continue putting the training to good use and will be passing on their knowledge to some of our Year 5’s in the next couple of weeks.”

As a result of Anomaly Film and the training session, the Year 6 pupils managed to film and edit their own film, ‘Building for the Future’!

We love to hear how you’re getting on with your Anomaly equipment! Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to be featured, or alternatively phone the office for further training or information.

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

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Anomaly Content Manager – What’s on this September?

What’s on this September? Find out in this monthly feature which focuses on all the things you can expect this month on the Anomaly Content Manager. Anomaly Content Manager is a tailored platform designed for schools to get the most out of their Anomaly screens. In this blog post, find out what will be displayed on our screens both in Primary and Secondary schools throughout September, as we’re back to school and beginning a brand new school year.

Showing on screens:

  • A brief outline of Christianity (Primary only)
  • Tips to stay safe: Social Networking (Primary and Secondary)
  • Basic Spanish/French greetings (Primary and Secondary)
  • Explaining the different types of government (Primary and Secondary)
  • Basics of respiration (Secondary only)
  • Forms of sustainable energy (Primary and Secondary)
  • How c02 emissions are affecting the environment (Primary and Secondary)
  • The achievements of Alexander Bell (Primary and Secondary)
  • What is democracy? (Primary only)
  • Benefits of exercising at school (Secondary only)
  • Explaining the rules of dodgeball (Primary only)
  • How to do lateral raises and lunges (Secondary only)
  • How to throw a javelin (Primary only)
  • What to expect when you learn to swim (Primary only)
  • How to scoop the ball in hockey (Primary only)
  • Benefits of eggs (Primary and Secondary)
  • Why it’s important to have breakfast (Primary and Secondary)
  • Health benefits of oranges and broccoli (Primary and Secondary)
  • Advice about bullying (Primary and Secondary versions)
  • Homophobic bullying (Secondary only)
  • Looking into the careers of a photographer and a hairdresser (Secondary only)
  • What is Autism? (Primary and Secondary)
  • Anxiety and how to overcome it (Primary only)
  • Using the right toothbrush (Primary only)
  • Eczema and what it is (Secondary only)
  • Crowns and what they are (Secondary only)

The National Autistic Society

We’ve got another fantastic video from the National Autistic Society this month explaining exactly what autism is. We’re really excited at Anomaly to be continuing our work with the National Autistic Society and helping them to raise awareness and develop understanding of autism in schools.

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Activate Camps: Hockey

Over the summer, we teamed up with Activate Camps to produce various videos which can be used to promote active learning in your schools. This month, we’re highlighting the first of our Hockey series and showing an interactive sports lesson on how to scoop the ball. Keep your eyes peeled for further new sports content with Activate Camps!

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Mental Health: Anxiety

As September is a time for big changes and new experiences, it can make some children feel anxious. To tackle this, we’ve made a video all about anxiety and tips to overcome it. This is the first of our brand new mental health series for primary age pupils, which aims to help children understand their feelings and encourage them to speak to an adult about their emotions.

E-safety

With e-safety a constant concern within schools and a popular topic choice to drop into playlists, we’re here to help with more engaging content explaining the dangers of sharing too much information on social media accounts. You can find other videos on e-safety and online gaming, emails and apps.

In addition to pre-existing content we have on our screens, schools can also request new content to meet their needs; please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s something you would like to see!

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

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We’ve teamed up with Activate Sport…

In this blog post Anomaly are focusing on the exciting developments regarding Anomaly equipment and the Sport Premium. Over the summer we’ve teamed up with Activate Camps to produce various videos which can be used to promote active learning at your schools. In this blog post we’ll be looking at the work Activate do. Anomaly had the pleasure to speak with Dom Taylor, Operations Manager at Active to see what he had to say.

Could you give us a bit of history about Activate?

“Activate started 11 years ago, we started as a very small company in Derbyshire. Since then we’ve grown and we’re now working with over 200 camps across the UK, we operate at over 50 different venues across the country. With some of our more high profile camps, we often have top professional sports players come down which is really good. We also specialise in several different areas of sports, for example, tennis, hockey, lacroix and so much more.”

What kind of work are you doing with schools already?

“We do a variety of different things with schools all over the country really. We have a good background of coaching and teaching schools so we can offer a solution to schools who may struggle with PE at their school. We work with over 300 coaches across the country so this allows us to pick the right staff to go into schools and offer support to teachers who made need it.”

What are the aims of Activate?

“In terms of our aims, our main aim is to get kids active. We try to inspire kids to get involved in sports by using top brands and sports personalities. For example we’ve worked with Andrew Flintoff, Louis Smith and so many other high profile names. Inspiring kids with these top athletes, it normally encourages them to take sport more seriously.”

What are the future plans for Activate?

“We have some big plans, we’re always looking to expand our camps program. We’re always looking to expand that and make it more inclusive. We’re looking to increase the coaching awareness, so for example risk management, health and safety and more. We just want to keep going and keep providing a top quality service.”

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

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You NEED to read this before you use your Sport Premium

In this blog post Anomaly are focusing the exciting developments regarding Anomaly equipment and the Sport Premium. Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium and because of this we’re writing about all the ways you can utilise this in relation to Anomaly equipment. Keeping active and promoting healthy eating are always top priority at all schools in the UK, at Anomaly we understand the difficulties some schools may face.

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. This could mean adding to the addition sports material you have in school or bringing in new equipment for pupils to enjoy.

The website explains partially 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 will Anomaly help?

Anomaly is able to help with the sport premium in a number of ways. Instead of hiring someone to come into your school, you’re able to display interactive sports lessons on your Anomaly screens. We’ve been working really hard over the summer to organise partnerships with local organisations to provide some Sport Premium content for our screens in September. The content will feature top professionals demonstrating how to perform different sports activities. The content will be easy for anyone to follow along with regardless of skill level.

In addition to the pre-existing content we have on our screens, schools can also request new content to meet their needs. So for example if you think we should have some more content related to a certain sport, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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

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Encourage digital learning with inspiration from the Olympics

With the Olympics in full flow, why not embrace digital at your school? The Olympics have just started and we’ve been looking at how schools can embrace both the Olympics and Anomaly equipment over summer. In this blog post we’re taking a look at active learning in schools and how schools can use the event to improve activity levels. But how can you use the upcoming tournament to teach key subjects at your school?

Encourage active learning 

Encouraging active learning is something we always promote at Anomaly. With every blog post related to keeping healthy we try to suggest to our schools what they can do to ensure they’re promoting an active environment. With the Olympics starting over the weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the positive impact that exercise can have in school in relation to utilising Anomaly equipment.

It’s important to encourage active learning all year round, especially with the announcement of more funding being allocated in relation to the sports premium for schools. According to the department of education website, with the sports premium, schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil. For an average sized school with 200 pupils, the school will receive around £9,000. Why not use Anomaly equipment to put your additional sport premium to good use to improve the quality of PE? We have a lot of sports content on our screens which can be used to improve the existing sports equipment at your school.

Below you’ll find an example to some of the content that is displayed on our screens which aims to improve activities levels of students in the playground.

As well the content from UK Sports Coaching, we have vast amounts of sports related videos for our schools to enjoy. If you can’t find something that suits your needs, please do not hesitate to give us a call and request some different content.

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

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Anomaly Hi-Vis changed a construction industry leader

Following the successful provision of unique external Anomaly Screens for thousands of schools in the UK, Anomaly has expanded to a brand new division. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the work we’ve done with a construction industry leader. We’ve worked very closely with Willmott Dixon for the past couple of months to completely transform several of their sites all over the country.

Read in detail about the Anomaly Hi-Vis service and how it can improve on-site health and safety. Anomaly Hi-Vis is a flexible digital signage solution which allows you to communicate instantly with your entire workforce and general public with the use of indoor and outdoor screens. After noticing the work that we did at Anomaly Hi-Vis, construction leaders Willmott Dixon were keen to get involved. We have installed our system on a number of Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing projects across the country.

Willmott Dixon

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We pride ourselves on the fact that we can deliver a high quality service to the best in the business. Having worked with Wilmott Dixon for a number of months it soon became apparent how much Anomaly Hi-Vis was helping. Since installing Anomaly Hi-Vis on their sites, attitude towards health and safety has improved and since we have installed our system on a number of Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing projects all over the UK.

An Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon said: “This truly is a great way of delivering quick and accurate information to the workforce and the general public using state of the art technology. Aside from publishing general project information to the public and health, safety and welfare information to our operatives, we are able to publish weather alerts and daily site traffic movements etc, instantly to all concerned. Having this kit installed has made communication easier and quicker.”

To read more and discover Anomaly Hi-Vis you can do so by clicking here.

If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace, 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

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We’re changing Anomaly Film, you need to see this…

Following the successful provision of unique external Anomaly Screens for thousands of schools in the UK and changing several construction market leaders, we’re now taking a look at a preexisting division at Anomaly. In this blog post, we’re looking at Anomaly Film and the work we will be carrying out over the next couple of weeks. Our approach has changed, we’ve come up with a new solution which aims to improve film studies in schools and introduce a new digital alternative.

Creating film is very popular with a lot of our schools. Anomaly Film offers a complete film kit for schools. Anomaly Film is a film kit which embraces the use of green screen technology. Over the next couple of weeks we’re revamping our support material in addition to creating a brand new website.

Anomaly Film YouTube channel 

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Over the summer we’ve been looking at some of the challenges that face schools when using digital technology in schools. Over the summer we’ve created a number of videos for our schools to enjoy. These videos are all tutorials which should help schools make the most out of their digital technology. You can expect to see these videos at the back end of August, just before schools go back. From that point, videos will roll out monthly.

In addition to these videos, we’re always happy to help with any problems or queries you may have about the Anomaly system so please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Anomaly Film website

We revamped our current Anomaly Film website at the end of the last year after we had established that schools needed to know more about the service. Our website aimed to inform schools all about the Anomaly Film service in addition to showcasing the achievements of our hundreds of schools who have opted for the service.

A couple months down the line and we realised we needed a revamp of our platform to better showcase the work that our wonderful schools have done. We’re aiming to have the website ready and waiting for schools just before everyone goes back for September.

If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace, 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

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You won’t believe what Anomaly Hi-Vis have done…

Following the successful provision of unique external Anomaly Screens for thousands of schools in the UK, Anomaly has expanded   a brand new division. In this blog post, we’re looking at Anomaly Hi-Vis, our construction solution which has changed the construction industry over the past 6 months. We’re going to be exploring what we’ve been up to, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short amount of time and we want to share that with you.

Much similar to our existing service, in addition to installing our famous Anomaly screens in schools, we have now branched out to meet the needs of the construction industry with 28 sites currently installed nationwide. Anomaly Hi-Vis digital freestanding pods deliver up-to-the-minute health and safety content to an entire work force to reduce unforeseen charges from the HSE or internal inspectors whilst improving day to day communication on site.

Northern Hub Alliance

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One of our flagship sites is part of a major railway upgrade in conjunction with Skanska, BAM, AmeySersa, Siemens and Network Rail.  We’re proud to say that we have installed 5 external portrait screens across the various compounds that make up the project. In addition to these portrait screens, we also have 2 internal screens in reception and the canteen.

Since having the screens installed the site has seen a drastic improvement on attentiveness and attitude towards health and safety, whilst improving communication between the various partners involved. They are also able to use the external pods to communicate with the public about the upgrades and how they will benefit the region.

Balfour Beatty

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After making a solid impression on the construction industry, we’ve attracted some of the top names in the business. Industry leader Balfour Beatty has Anomaly Hi-Vis digital H&S pods installed on one of their high profile highways projects.

 

Willmott Dixon

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We pride ourselves on the fact that we can deliver a high quality service to the best in the business. Wilmott Dixon soon discovered that they needed Anomaly Hi-Vis on their sites and we have installed our system on a number of Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing projects across the country.

An Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon said: “This truly is a great way of delivering quick and accurate information to the workforce and the general public using state of the art technology. Aside from publishing general project information to the public and health, safety and welfare information to our operatives, we are able to publish weather alerts and daily site traffic movements etc, instantly to all concerned. Having this kit installed has made communication easier and quicker.”

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Berkeley Homes

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Anomaly Hi-Vis is also prominent across many high profile developments in London areas through our work with the Berkeley Group. Combinations of internal and external freestanding screens have been installed to suit varying needs on each site. Berkeley Group are also using the pods as a marketing tool to showcase their properties to a wider audience whilst maintaining their strong corporate image.

Interserve

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Interserve are using Anomaly Hi-Vis on a high profile hospital project to improve on site health and safety and also broadcast information directly from their client to the general public. The Anomaly team worked hard to produce a screen layout and series of content consistent with their company branding to ensure that all health and safety instructions adhere to their policies. We also installed an internal system in the staff canteen and using our wealth of experience in the health sector we were able to schedule men’s health and wellbeing content from our archives during lunchtime.

To read more and discover Anomaly Hi-Vis you can do so by clicking here.

If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace, 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

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Frequently asked questions by Anomaly schools

In this blog post we’re looking at some frequently asked questions we fact at Anomaly.  Discover questions that a lot of our schools always ask. If you enjoy this blog post, we encourage you to share it around your existing social media channels. Whilst we’ve just kicked off into the summer holidays use our blog as an inspiration during these quiet months.

Are there any tutorials for the Anomaly service?

This is a question we usually get asked about the Anomaly service. Whilst there are no tutorials regarding our Anomaly screens, we have begun developing a YouTube channel which is catered towards the filming and editing side of the Anomaly service. Our YouTube channel will take a look at Anomaly Film which is a portable green screen studio designed for schools.  Each video explores a different issue that schools may face whilst using the system as well as offering an appropriate solution to that problem. In addition to taking a look at our YouTube videos, we have plenty of resources on the Anomaly blog which should help tackle any minor issues or schools may face.

What support is involved with Anomaly?

One of the main things we pride ourselves on at Anomaly is our ability to offer first class customer support. This is one of our more frequently asked questions and we feel that customer support is something we pride ourselves on at Anomaly. At our Salford office we have an experienced team who regularly check up with our schools to ensure that they are making use out of their Anomaly equipment.

If you’re ever struggling with the service you’re receiving or you’d just like a general chat, give us a call as soon as possible.

How can I use my Anomaly Film kit?

We understand that it may be hard to keep up to date with trends and news. With that in mind we also understand how hard it can be to keep inspired when using our kit. To combat this we have various amounts of resources to help you keep inspired. Combining both our blog and YouTube channel you’ll never be struggling for content again.

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

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