It was all about Computing

It was all about Computing in Year 3 at Holy Infants yesterday.

Year 3 learnt lots of tricky technical words such as algorithm, debugging and sprite. Using Purplemash the pupils learnt how to make fish move, make snails race and even create giant or tiny snails at a moment’s notice!  Mr Eccles thought he’d seen a six pack of sprites in Asda, but apparently that’s a different thing!


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And so we have our winner …

A massive thank you to everyone who sent in entries for our Schools ICT Design a Christmas Card competition. We had a great time in the office looking through all your wonderful entries. They were all fabulous and made it very hard for us to choose but after some serious conversations the winner has to be Finley’s entry from St Saviour CE Primary School – Well Done!


Finley’s card will be the official 2016 Christmas Card from the Schools ICT unit so look out for it coming to your school soon. Finley has won a morning of Scratch programming for his class in January.

Once again thank you for all your entries and hard work.

Bring on the mince pies!

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NQTs & Computing

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Ipads and programming

IMG_1791Today we had Ian Wilson delivering CPD, the focus for our day was using apps for programming. We looked decomposition of  songs using a flow diagram (Steve Bunce) lots of hands on a range of apps from BeeBot, Daisy Dinosaur, ALEX & Scratch Jr to some newer ones we had not come across like The Foos, Run Marco, Kids n Code and a platform game app call Bloxels Builder.

In the afternoon we used Tickle to program a range of drones… great fun, sorry learning !


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Christmas card shortlist designs…

We  invited all schools to design our unit Christmas Card.

We had a great response, thank you to all the schools that entered.

In no particular order, here are the designs that have been shortlisted. The winner will be announced next week . Good Luck!

Which one is your favourite?

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Minecraft and Mayans!

MineCraftToday we had the pleasure of welcoming Spindle Point’s Year 6s. Their focus for their trip was using Minecraft as part of their learning and links with their Mayans topic.

Here are some of the highlights from their day.

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Welcome St Peter’s Farnworth to Bolton Schools ICT

img_1764Today we had the pleasure of welcoming St Peter’s Farnworth to Bolton Schools ICT. What is it with St Peter’s, last year they stopped off at BSTC, this year one of the mini busses wouldn’t start!

So we started the session focusing our computational minds using the ALEX app to program the robot to move across arrange of floor design.

Once our robots were built, Mr Mills gave us a brief overview of the Mindstorm programming software, let the challenges begin.

Challenge one – to program the robot using the line sensor down attachment to sense the black line, once that works to then pause , reverse and change directions … oh did we mention we want it to move continuously !

Challenge two – so as well as looking for the black line by using the ultrasonic sensor, when it senses an object in front of it, to pause, reverse and change directions don’t forget we want it to move continuously !

Good Luck!

To see more photos from todays visit, visit the Yr6 school blog page

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Can you design our SchoolsICT Christmas card?

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Good Luck Everyone !

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Minecraft in the Classroom!

We are really excited about one of our new education days – Minecraft in the Classroom!

This action packed education day will see your class, regardless of their ability, use Minecraft to work collaboratively towards an exciting common goal developing their team work and thinking skills.

Here are highlights from our first class  experiencing one of these days, we think the focused looks on their faces and smiles say it all, who knew the Victorians could be so much fun!

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Our first school trip of the autumn term

Welcome back to all our schools , hope you all have a fab summer.

So here are the highlights from our first school trip of the autumn term – Lego Mindstorm with the year6s from St Josephs RCP.

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