BSME Learning Festival
BSME Learning Festival 2021
Running from 5-7 October 2021, the BSME Learning Festival is an exciting 3-day event aimed at middle school students in the BSME school network. It aims to encourage engagement and learning within English, Mathematics & Science through friendly competition and an array of fun, interactive learning activities.
When is the BSME Learning Festival?
The Festival will be open from Tuesday 5 October (8am GST) until Thursday 7 October (5pm GST) 2021 and involves English (first language), Maths and Science.
Students can choose to participate on one, two or all of the days.
Who can get involved?
All BSME schools are warmly invited to participate.
The Education Perfect content included in the challenge is best suited to learners in Years 7-9, so this is the age group we’re recommending. However, younger and older learners may also enjoy the challenge, and are very welcome to take part!
You can register your students HERE.
How much does entry cost?
Entry to the competition is completely free! You just need to ensure you register here.
How do students take part?
Students simply log into EP, and complete any of the online, interactive English, Maths and/or Science topics and activities that EP has carefully selected for the competition. They can choose to complete activities from 1, 2 or all 3 subject areas.
To get log-in details, your students will need to be enrolled on the EP platform (if they aren't already). You can do this by following this simple guide.
How does the competition ‘work’?
Students earn points for every correct answer, regardless of lesson difficulty or subject. The more questions they complete, the more points they earn!
At the end of the 3-day event, there will be prizes to celebrate the most engaged students and schools. We will also offer participation certificate templates for schools to populate and distribute if they wish.
What type of lessons will students complete?
Students will have access to a range of our carefully-curated EP lessons for English, Mathematics and Science. They can choose to do activities from one, two or all 3 of these subjects. No pre-teaching of prior knowledge is required or expected.
All lessons include interactive components, instant feedback and model answers. This helps to ensure students are continually learning, regardless of academic ability or current attainment levels.
What content is included?
Our specialist English, Maths and Science teams here at EP have carefully curated a range of topics designed to be both enjoyable and engaging for students in Years 7-9/Grades 6-8. Please note that we have updated the content since our last Global Learning Festival in March - so there will be new material for your students to access, even if they have participated in a GLF before!
Each topic contains a number of interactive lessons with a variety of question types, instant feedback & model answers (where appropriate). As a teacher, you could either guide your students toward particular topics - or let them independently choose what content to engage with!
|Reading Practice: Non-Fiction, Poetry & Prose Texts||Applications of Maths|| Energy & Forces in everyday life
(including new PhET simulation lessons)
|Digital Citizenship - Evaluating Media||Mean, mode, median & range||Types of cells|
|Digital Citizenship - Fake News||Problem Solving|| Microorganisms & Disease
( including new Covid-19 lessons)
|Speaking||Real-world investigations||Structure & Properties of Matter|
|Listening to informational, inspirational & persuasive texts||Mathematical Skills: Patterns||Science in the News|
|Types of Communication||Algebra Skills||Global Events & Exploring Space|
|Sentence Structures & Grammar||Maths with Desmos!||Chemistry in Society|
|Word Types||Problem Solving - Challenge Exercises||Interactions in Ecosystems|
As a teacher, where can I find the BSME Learning Festival content?
Simply log into EP and open up the 'Content Library'.
Choose your chosen subject - English & Literature, Maths or Science - and look for the ' Global Learning Festival' folder within the Featured section of each subject.
You can then explore the different competition topics, and click on any lesson to preview it.
How do students find the BSME Learning Festival content?
Students simply log into EP, and click on the ‘Competitions’ tab on their student homepage. If they have been registered for the event, they will then be able to see the ‘BSME Learning Festival’ button.
When the Festival begins (8am SGT, 5 October 2021), they will see a green 'Compete' button.
By clicking on this, they will be able to view the English, Maths and/or Science topics and activities included in the event, and choose which ones they'd like to complete. They can complete activities from 1, 2 or all 3 subject areas.
Please note that students won't earn points for any Festival content completed outside of the 5-7 October event window.
Full rules for EP international competitions are available here.
How long will this event take?
Students can spend as little or as much time taking part in the Festival as they wish - though access to the competition is capped at 8 hours per student, per day.
You might choose to integrate the event into your lessons, or you could encourage students to participate for homework. It’s designed to be flexible, so your students can participate in a way that works for you.
How should my students prepare?
They don’t need to prepare anything, as they can choose to do the topics/lessons that interest them. All correct answers earn the same amount of points, regardless of difficulty, making this an inclusive event suitable for all learners.
How can I support my students?
Simply encourage them to get involved! All EP activities are designed to be completed independently, so you won’t need to prepare any additional lessons.
The best way to support them is to help them to log onto EP, keep an eye on the BSME Scoreboard and cheer them on!
Who else will be participating?
The Festival is open to all BSME schools who would like to take part! If you have a colleague at another BSME school who you think might be interested, feel free encourage them to register.
How can I promote this event to my students and school community?
You can also download & share this ‘ Competition Tips for Students’ flyer with your class here.
What certificates and prizes are available?
Participating Students: We will send certificate templates (via email) to all participating schools. These can be distributed to participating students via email, or printed and given as hard copies.
Top-Scoring Students: In addition, we offer personalized certificates & prizes for top-scoring students (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). These prizes are based on engagement. All correct questions completed are worth the same amount of points, regardless of difficulty or challenge, ensuring that this event is inclusive for middle school students of all ability levels.
Prizes for the top 3 students of each subject in the Festival (Science, Maths, English) will be as follows:
- 1st place - $100 Amazon voucher
- 2nd place - $75 Amazon voucher
- 3rd place - $50 Amazon voucher
Teachers of the winning students and those from the winning schools will be notified via email in the week beginning 11 October.
Top-Scoring Schools: The top 3 BSME schools with the highest average points will be awarded a digital badge that they can display on their school website!
To be able to participate in the BSME Learning Festival, your school must be REGISTERED for the event AND your students will need to be enrolled on the EP platform. For help with the enrolment process, or to ask any questions, please don't hesitate to reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.