What’s on this November? 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 November, as the nights get longer and winter is on it’s way! BullyingUK We are proud to be supporting BullyingUK and working with them to produce some fantastic content surrounding bullying. Bullying is a subject which Anomaly takes very seriously. According to a BBC report, children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later – that’s why we are proud to stand with BullyingUK, who are helping to tackle bullying. Catch our recent video with BullyingUK, all about why you should #choosekindness. BullyingUK WW1 and Remembrance Day It’s important for us to remember those that died in the World Wars and also to think of those that are still in service for our country, this is why this November we’ve created two videos. One about why poppies are used to remember and another about what roles children took upon themselves during WW1. ww1 Fake News (Secondary only) Fake News is Collins dictionary word of the year, so we made a video about it. What is it and how can you spot it? This video encourages young people to question what they read and sort fact from opinions. Fake news Our new What’s On guides are available on your content library, for you to download and take a look at if you want to know what’s on this month! Just search ‘month’, ‘playing’, or guide’ to find them. You can download the guides here too: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 Twitter | Facebook
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Using Anomaly screens to promote a healthy lifestyle is one of the main aims of Anomaly. With figures revealing that a third of children leaving primary school are obese, our graphics department have been working pedal to the metal over the summer to create some fresh, new and engaging pieces of content, that aren’t quite your traditional ‘follow an instructor’ exercise videos.

These videos immerse pupils into game shows or even a whole new world, which will get them moving around – without them even realising. Through the gap is a series of videos asking the viewer to get their body into a position that matches the gap in the panel. This tests viewers flexibility, balance and strength to be able to hold the positions. 5 levels are currently available, with more planned including levels in pairs and
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Monster Moves: Why do normal yoga when you could do monster moves yoga? This series asks the viewer to mirror the moves of the monsters and tests their memory at the end to see if they can recall the moves they have learnt. MM 2 Curious Manor: Can you help with the strange events going on at the Curious Manor? This series enlists the help of the viewer to perform physical activities to test the whole body and help rid the manor of the curious happenings. Viewers can be asked anything from helping to karate chop flying plates (improving hand-eye coordination) to ducking down to avoid the swinging lights (strengthening the lower body by squatting).CM 1 With new series planned and more in the pipeline on current series in terms of levels, difficulty and duration, pupils can get healthy by recording which levels they can complete and which they need to work on. They can even build on teamwork and co-operation with the levels that require pair work or small teams. Keep an eye out for more of these videos throughout the year!

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 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 the school year begins! Sugar Boy Do you know how much sugar is lurking in the food you’re eating? This video informs you how to check on how much sugar there actually is in the drink you’re drinking or the food you’re eating and how to swap to a less sugary version.

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Anagrams Our mind teaser videos are always a popular choice to dot around playlists, especially at break times where pupils can ponder the question put to them. That’s why we’ve devised more curriculum based mind teasers and created a new series with anagrams, asking pupils to unscramble the letters to find a word based on a theme. These videos help towards pupils’ spelling and mental agility. This month we’re showing one all about colours, but there are more in library!  

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We’ve also got some brand new series’ of exercise content which isn’t your traditional ‘follow the instructor’ type of video – keep an eye out for our blog post on that tomorrow or keep an eye on your screens for two of them! Our new What’s On guides are available on your content library, for you to download and take a look at if you want to know what’s on this month! Just search ‘month’, ‘playing’, or guide’ to find them. You can download the guides here too: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 Twitter | Facebook
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What’s on this May? 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 May, as we’re in the throes of revision and exams. SATs Stress Playing only in Primary schools, this video aims to ease any exam stress that pupils may be feeling. A recent report found that 8/10 school leaders say that fear of academic failure has lead to an increase in mental health issues around exam time. This video takes a look at simple ways to revise to ease any pre-exam nerves, encourages young people to do things they enjoy to avoid getting stressed and to talk to an adult if they are feeling any pressure. SATs Sleep In May, we have a version of this playing on both Primary and Secondary channels, to cater for the fact younger children need more sleep than teenagers. These videos have been made to show during the exam/revision period so that young people understand the importance of sleep and how lack of sleep can affect their mental health and well being. The videos also offer tips of how to get prepared for bed and make the most out of a full nights rest! May content - sleep video Our new What’s On guides available on your content library, for you to download and take a look at if you want to know what’s on this month! You can download the guides here too: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 Twitter | Facebook
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What’s on this April? 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 April, as we’re approaching SATs week. Cheating Playing only in Primary schools, this video takes a look into why pupils may feel the need to cheat and how in the long run, it will not benefit them. This is part of our series to encourage younger children to get into the good habit of talking to their parents/carers/teachers if there is something that may be bothering them. Cheating   Maths in a Minute Mind teasers are really popular videos within our library, so with the SATs quickly approaching, we thought we’d combine these types of fun, interactive videos whilst testing pupils arithmetic skills! These quick fire videos challenge pupils to reach the target by using only 6 numbers and their numeracy skills. How many solutions can pupils find in a minute?! Video still from Maths in a minute, which tests pupils arithmetic skills. Bullying – ‘Frenemies’ SAT’s week can be stressful in itself without pupils feeling like their friends are subtly being bullies – but how would pupils know that playful banter was bullying? This video takes a look at habits a bully disguised as a friend are likely to do. Frenemies We’ve now got brand new What’s On guides available on your content library, for you to download and take a look at if you want to know what’s on this month! You can download the guides here too: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 Twitter | Facebook
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What’s on this October? 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 October, as we’re back approaching half term and those colder, darker winter days! Showing on screens:
  • How did parliament begin? (Primary and Secondary)
  • Terrestrial planets – info on Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars (Primary and Secondary)
  • Maths and Money – working out basic transactions with money (Primary only)
  • Biology anatomy – looking at the major muscles (Secondary only)
  • Saurischia dinosaurs – facts about this sub-group of dinosaurs (Primary only)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic achievments (Primary and Secondary)
  • Laura Trott – Mind teaser facts with this Olympian (Primary and Secondary)
  • Advice about bullying (Primary and Secondary versions)
  • Recipe to make your own pizza (Primary and Secondary versions)
  • Health benefits of eating cinnamon (Primary and Secondary)
  • Importance of protein in a balanced diet (Primary only)
  • Chicken – why it’s a good source of protein (Secondary only)
  • Eco-friendly TVs and other electricals (Secondary only)
  • Reducing carbon footprint (Secondary only)
  • Explaining climate change (Primary only)
  • Encouraging pupils to put litter in the bin (Primary only)
  • Washing hands properly to prevent spreading infection (Primary only)
  • Colds and how to prevent spreading infection (Primary and Secondary versions)
  • How to build positive self-esteem (Secondary only)
  • Hockey: Dribbling with the ball (Primary only)
  • Netball: Shooting the ball (Primary only)
  • Benefits of walking to school (Primary and Secondary versions)
  • How to do tricep dips (Secondary only)
  • Benefits of dancing (Secondary only)
  • Why basketball is good for you (Primary only)
  • Explaining the uses of braces (Secondary only)
  • Importance of brushing your teeth (Primary only)
  • Looking at the career of airport security (Secondary only)
  • Looking at the career of a swimming instructor (Secondary only)
Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics With Team GB having so many successes in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, we thought it was only right that we create a video celebrating these achievements and in doing so, inspire pupils to try a new sport themselves. Olympic/Paralympic Achievements As our ‘Who am I’ fact videos are a popular addition to playlists, we’ve made special Olympic and Paralympic versions, with facts about Olympic and Paralympic heroes. These videos are available instantly in the library, just search ‘Olympics’ or ‘Paralympics’ to see the selection. Drop these videos into your playlists to inspire pupils to follow in the footsteps taken by these individuals to become Olympic and Paralympic heroes! Laura Trott WAI Activate Camps: Netball 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 Netball series and showing an interactive sports lesson on how best to shoot and get a goal. Keep your eyes peeled for further new sports content with Activate Camps! Netball shooting skills Mental Health: Self-esteem It can be tough tackling your emotions as a teenager, but a positive self-esteem can work wonders. With this in mind, we’ve created a video with tips about building and maintaining a positive self-esteem. This is the first of our brand new mental health series for secondary age pupils, which aims to help teenagers understand their feelings and encourage them to speak to an adult about their emotions. Attendance – parent reminder Attendance is important and our video about this is always a popular choice to put in playlists. Now we’ve got a version aimed at parents to relay how important it is that their child attends school and that they could face a fine for unexplained absences. Just schedule this to play during drop off/collection time! 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 Twitter | Facebook
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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. Anomaly Content 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. Different Governments    Democracy 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 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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Increasing parental engagement in schools can be a difficult task; with Anomaly services you can improve parental engagement whilst displaying key messages. Following the recent news to turns all schools in the UK into academies, there has been certain doubts regarding the communication between schools and parents – with Anomaly services this will never be a problem. There has been a mixed reaction from teachers and parents all over the UK after David Cameron announced plans for all schools to become academies by 2020. In recent weeks the plans have come under a bit of fire. One main concern from teachers and parents is that the plans will potentially reduce parental engagement in schools, claims which David Cameron has passionately denied. Following a recent BBC article, Mr Cameron was quoted: “Parents have a great role to play, but no school should think that simply by having parent governors you’ve solved the problem about how to engage with parents.” So how can schools improve engagement between themselves and parents? Anomaly screens anomaly screens It has been proven that Anomaly screens do in fact improve parental engagement. Having Anomaly screens positioned in key areas such as where parents drop off their children, makes interacting with parents a simple task. Not only do we have a content library full of content that pupils can enjoy, we also have content that is designed for parents. Our schools can time this content to play at the end of the school day, to catch parents picking up their children. As well as this, our screens also have the ability to display key messages for parents/visitors to your schools to enjoy. Update messages from a computer or your tablet or smart phone with ease and let parents know what’s happening around your school. Anomaly Film In addition to Anomaly screens, we also offer various different services. One of which being Anomaly Film. Anomaly Film is a portable green screen studio which allows pupils and teachers to produce high quality films in relation to the current curriculum. Anomaly Film encourages students to make use of green screen technology in the classroom. Combining a film kit with green screen technology, Anomaly Film encapsulates students and works towards improving achievement and attentiveness. Using both Anomaly Film and Anomaly screens together, we make it possible for schools to showcase pupils work to parents – parents are constantly in the loop with what their child is learning in school. 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, Ranelagh Primary School. Read their testimonial which highlights their experiences whilst using the Anomaly services, in particular, the use of Anomaly Film. Having been one of our stand out schools for as long as we can remember, we wanted to highlight the commitment and achievement displayed by the school. anomaly film Anomaly had the pleasure of working with Ranelagh to improve their existing digital infrastructure. Ranelagh have wrote several pieces about the Anomaly services, in their most recent, Ranelagh said: “On Thursday 21st January Ranelagh Primary School was delighted to play host to a contingent of ten Dutch teachers from the Hague. The group traveled from Holland to observe the teaching of computing in an English primary school and the incorporation of technology in the classroom.” Ranelagh went on to say: “The most recent technology incorporated into the school timetable is ‘Anomaly Film’, which enables green screen filming and editing. The ‘studio in a box’ is compact, portable and user friendly. These factors ensure that the pupils are involved in the whole film production process, from creative collaboration to recording and editing the final film, providing them with newly acquired skills and at the same time giving them a useful insight into the movie industry.” Class teacher Mr Jenkins, who organised the film demonstration, said, “It’s fantastic that the pupils at Ranelagh have the opportunity to use such challenging technology. Not only do they experience performing in front of a green screen, producing some amazing results, they have also learned to set up the equipment, work the camera and direct their peers. The children then complete the whole process by editing the footage themselves. It’s a great way for the pupils to build a solid technology skill set and, at the same time, show their wonderful creative talents.” Adapting to new technologies is key to improving learning in the classroom. Anomaly Film introduces a digital and interactive film studio for the classroom which encapsulates students with the school curriculum. Anomaly Film is an expertly crafted custom film kit for schools created by Anomaly Interactive. If you want to find out more about Anomaly Film, you can do so by clicking here.  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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