Congratulations to Oxford Grove Primary School

When BoltonSICT first started to support Oxford Grove Primary School,  the head teacher Nadine Harvey said that one of her aims for the schools was to develop the use of IT through the school, to enhance teaching and learning, with a long term view of achieving the ICT Mark.

The ICT Mark is awarded to schools with good use of technology to support teaching, learning and school administration. Deservedly popular with schools wanting to demonstrate both effective and mature use of technology. Schools use this award to drive change and many are, or go on to be, outstanding.

Our unit is proud to have played their part in supporting the whole school on their journey of development. This has included infrastructure review, teaching and learning model lessons and observations, feedback from staff, parents and more importantly pupils.

After a rigorous assessment process, school are please to announce that they were successful in their application and were awarded the ICT Mark last week!

The video below show the highlights from the showcase tour of technology used across the whole school.

Well Done from all at SICT!

Deb’s own world …

Deb felt like she had missed out yesterday when our computing subject leaders had an out of world experience using Virtual Reality!

So, before the set returned to its rightful owner, Deb got her hands on the head set, she travelled through space and waved at the International Space station, we don’t think Tim Peakes has anything to be worried about !

This clip shows her entering the haunted house, much to the entertainment of the rest of the team (giggles can be heard in the background) as she ducks to avoid the flying bats, she bumps into a wall and then jumps out of her skin !!

A highlight to our Friday afternoon 🙂

 

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

We had a busy day planned, updates on our SLAs, after school club provision and education days. Discussed the launch of our new digital leaders workshops and in a Teach Meet style we share what works well, which included Class Dojo, code it, hour of hour minecraft resource.

We had Henry Platten from eCadets showing the delegates how eCadets can support schools in developing digital leaders support their online safety provision.

In the afternoon we had hands on workshops using Minecraft and looked at how it can enhance learning and the new InOBot from TTS . IMG_2177

Computer Science with Reception children from Holy Infants

 

Can you watch this video & not say ‘ahhh’ ?

Highlights from todays school visit. We were working with the reception class, we had a fun packed afternoon, a carousel of computing activities.

We used direction cards to plan the route for our BlueBots, we logged on to Purplemash and used 2Go, we used Kodable and BlueBot app and we had great fun with the remote control cars.

We think the adults had as much fun as the children!

 

And our winners are…

This is the third year Online Safety competition ran for our Bolton schools linked to #SID17

This year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations took place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. With a theme of “Be the change: Unite for a better internet”

This year we have specific categories – Media, Art & DT and coding. Each year the quality and range of entries continues to surprise us.

Our judging panel (no one from the curriculum team!) had an extremely hard decision – Ashleigh our new finance manager wanted to give every school a prize!

Our winners of this year Online Safety Competition:

Media category Eagley Junior School

Art & DT category – St Peters Smithills Dean

Coding – Oxford Grove Primary School

 

Well Done and Thank you

to all the schools that supported this year competition, save the date for next year 6th February 2018

 

An afternoon of computer science when BoltonSICT visited Holy Infants

What a great afternoon BoltonSICT had at Holy Infants this week working with their Year1s

A carousel of activities was planned, the aim being to develop the pupils programming skills.

We used Purplemash and  software 2Go, we used two free apps Kodable & BlueBot. The children said they thought they were playing games , but the apps were a little tricky in places. To help practice left & right, using the remote control cars helped some groups made really complex pathways for their cars! The BlueBot app was used to focus the children on a particular coding focus – BeeBot had to land on a given end square – that was not always the case!

We all agreed that we learnt lots & had lots of fun as well!

Brownlow Fold yr3s travel back in time

bfStand back everyone!

Be prepare for year3 bloggers at Brownlow Fold.

Today saw the children using their class blog for the first time – they shared their topic learning all about the Egyptians they particularly like the mummification process!

They can not  wait to share their very best writing with the whole wide world. Can you leave a comment of encouragement?

 

Online Safety & Scratch2 @Queensbridge

We were asked to go into Queensbridge to work with their year6’s, looking at how to use scratch to begin to program their multiple choice online safety quizzes. As it was Safer Internet Day #SID17  part of the morning session was use to plan possible question and discuss answers.

Hopefully some of these will be finished in time to enter our competition.

Good Luck