Making Christmas Games using Scratch

Maria has had a busy run up to Christmas delivering Christmas theme workshops – here are some highlights from St Brendan’s RC Primary.

We had a great afternoon making Christmas games on Scratch with Maria Temel from Bolton SICT. We added flying objects, changed variables such as the speed and added timers and scoreboards to our games. (Ref: St Brendan’s School Blog Yr6)

Lots more online safety learning @stthomascep

Following last week’s workshops with year3 & year4 pupils, lots more online safety learning going on at St Thomas Chequerbent with year5 and year6. Looking at the types of apps & games we play & the game’s suitability.   

Following workshops with yr5 & yr6 classes, we then had workshops for staff & then an evening session with parents.

Lots of support & interesting discussions.

STOC @SCIT – Computer Science Days

This we had week saw the two year6 classes visit for their annual Computer Science trip.

Using Lego Mindstorm they worked in groups to build their robot. Once it was built we discussed how detailed programming needs to be because if steps are missed out, it just won’t work! We looked at when programming the motors in at different speeds will effect how the robot moves.

The Table Challenge:

  • Using the colour sensor to sense a black line, reserve slight and change direction.
  • Using the Ultra Sonic Sensor, to detect an object using a great than / equals to command.
  • Using the Touch Sensor – use this sensor to start the robot.

Below can see the days highlights, through the building process and then at the challenge table.

Digital footprints @ St Thomas CE Primary

Had a great afternoon at StThomas Chequerbent working with Year3 and Year4 we looked at all the different websites, games and apps we used.

There was a lot of discussion about how, on some sites, strangers may try to start conversations with young people; we looked at the difference between compliments based on appearance and our personality.

Some children agreed that some of the games they were playing where not suitable and will talk to their parents about no longer playing such games, we all agreed to check the privacy setting of such apps as this will help to keep us safe as well.

 

Writing for the whole wide world!

This week saw our first ever Digital Leaders – Blogging Workshop.

This workshop was attend by five schools that each brought at least three pupils destined to be their digital leader for blogging in their school.

 

 

The digital leaders will be sharing school news, debates, they will listen to what our peers want us to blog about and they will lead the blog posts in their own specific Digital leaders area. They are going to use blogging as a tool to improve English skills. They know we will have to try our very best with their writing as the audience is the potentially the whole of the world wide web.

 

The feedback from the pupils and staff was fab and they were all looking forward to going back into school to share their knowledge.

Lights, camera action…

This week we went into Harwood Meadows to work with their year5 pupils. Together we had a full day of animation planned, the aim was to produce their only version of Walking through the Jungle written by Julie Lacome.

They planned their animation , tested the cameras and then started… they soon realised the secret was to keep the camera still and take enough still shots so then they can be edited.

We all really enjoyed the day already Mr Johns is already planning his next animation project.

Online Safety @heathfieldcp

It’s a record for us this week – seven schools supported in one week – three of which were full days!

Timetable was planned an hour sessions working with every class – our activities included looking at our digital footprint and discussing the vast array of games the children play on whilst online. Some classes looked the book Chicken Clicking and discussed good things we can share vs. things we should not share, which also included actually sharing and eating fruit at the same time!

In the afternoon there was some thought provoking discussions around GTA and COD – should our children heads really be filled with such content?

Our final discussion topic – Should children under the age of twelve take their mobile device to bed?  Some heat discussions but the school bell rang before we could really get to grips with this discussion, one for another day!

Busy Blogging

Last week was St Joseph’s year6 blogging workshop, this weeks its year5’s turn. They’ve not done alot of blogging previously and were keen to share their very best writing linked to their WW2 topic.  Click here to see their blog comments.

Looking at what we share in real world vs online

Fourth school of the week, @JohnsonFold to work with Key Stage One pupils looking at what we share in real world vs online, First we looked at all the good things
we can share liked toys, friends, food. We then went back to our groups to enjoy friut from our sharing bowls, we had to use our maths brians as we had to work how to share the oranges fairly!
We also read the book Clicking Chicken, Chicken Clicking likes to shop for all her friends  online. But not everything is what it seems…

Together we then discussed the sorts of information we should not share online, we liked the idea that our passwords are like our toothbrushes – not to be shared!
We fit alot of learning into our hour workshop … English, Maths, Online Safety, PHSCE & Writing.