Marvellous Minecrafting from StPetersSD

Our final school trip till September…

Using Minecraft to enhance their USA topic. The morning was focusing on developing building skills, once skilled up we were ready for our USA building challenges.

In the video below you can see us in action, everyone agreed it was great using Minecraft linked to topic learning.

If you attended this school trip, share your highlights of the day.

Minecraft & the Egyptians with The Ferns Academy

Today we travelled back in time with Yr3 and Yr4 pupils from The Ferns Academy to the time of the Egyptians.

We used Minecraft to build our own Egyptian artefacts.

We designed and built our own Cyanotic jars, Egyptian jewellery, pyramids and the trickiest challenge was to build our own Sarcophagus.

Here’s some interesting facts you may not know:

Canopic jars

Imsety had a human head, protected the liver.

Qebehsenuf had the head of a falcon and guarded the intestines.

Hapy had a baboon head protected the lungs.

Duamatef had the head of a jackal, and guarded the stomach.

The word ‘sarcophagus’ is derived from Greek words “sarx” meaning “flesh”, and “phagien” meaning “to eat” derived from a Greek word for “flesh-eating.

If you attend this trip, please share you highlights of the day and why.

Snapchat latest updates

Snapchat latest updates enables users to see exactly where their friends are, so detailed that if you zoom in you can even see the street location.

This obviously raises safety concerns for children who use the app.

Many children tend to import all their random contacts when they set up their Snapchat so unless they or you check their settings it is possible that all these random strangers will now see an accurate location.

As a matter of urgency, we would ask all parents to check their child’s Snapchat settings, we would strongly advice, that Snapchat is changed to ‘Ghost mode’ so that location isn’t shared with friends.

 

Useful Links:

Childnet – Introducing ‘Snap maps’

Childnet – How to Report In Snapchat

UK Safer Internet Centre – Snapchat

A carousel of computer science @HMCPS

Our kit was all packed up ready for a busy day at Harwood Meadows Primary School.

The plan for the day was to have a carousel of computer science activities with year3s in the morning and the year4 class in the afternoon. The activities included:

  • Logging on to Purplemash to use 2Code – remember you can use this at home
  • Using the BlueBots and iPads – using pauses and repeats in our programming
  • Using the free Kodable app on the iPads
  • Using the Beebots – to plan where the Beebots starts and finishes, plan the route, input the algorithm – did it work? If not we had to debug!

If you took part in these activities it would be great to hear about your favourite activities and why.

Bringing Digital Literacy to life through Animation

This week saw the launch of our first Animation Day in school.

We packed our laptops, webcams, backdrops and props and off we set to @stmattsbolton We worked with year4s, the plan was that they would produced their own 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.

This is a new day we offer to our computing curriculum support schools. If you want further details do not hesitate to contact us

Snails racing on sports day

Sports day @GilnowPrimary so when we went in to deliver computing support for year1s and year2s, of course, we used 2Code in Purplemash and programmed our own snail race.

 

 

New Blogging Digital leaders from St Andrews Over Hulton

Today we held the second of our Digital Leader workshops – the focus today was blogging. St Andrews are early awaiting their new school blog and attended todays workshop so then they will be prepared to start blogging once their site goes live, in the meantime they are practicing in our training blog.

First we discussed why it is good to blog, to share school life and improve their writing.

As a blogging digital leader they will be setting the example of what excellent blogging looks like. They will also be able to set up blog posts for children to comment on, this could be on anything from fundraising events, special learning days, really any event that happens in school or on the news.

Below are some screen shots of their first blogs, keep an eye on what they are blog about here and maybe you could leave a comment. All comments are moderated before going live.

Digital Leaders Workshop – Stop Frame Animation

Welcome to the newly appointed Digital Leaders from St Andrews Over Hulton & St Peters Farnworth.

Lights, camera action… our digital leaders produced their 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 workshop, that they can’t wait to wear their new digital leader badges in school,  and start to share their new skills in their class.

We are pleased to announce the rollout of Britannica School across Bolton schools

Britannica has gone live to all our broadband schools. Britannica School is aligned to the National Curriculum and is updated daily with new articles and multimedia elements curated by the world’s leading content and editorial experts. Britannica School supports the UK National Curriculum expectations and aims in all subject areas.
Britannica School also enables students to increase their fluency in the English language, an essential foundation for their success, while improving their ability to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. To see what Britannica School offers, click here for a quick overview
How to access  : a link can be found in the favourites of your Internet Explorer. If your school has an onsite you may wish to ask them to add a desktop shortcut for all users
For schools using the Bolton 365 broadband service, your Computing lead should have received login details. Please contact us if you have not had yours
If you can not wait for the workshops and want to know more about Britannica sooner, here is a quick introduction video and a guided tour
As well as access to the vast array of Britannica content, your school will also have access to  Britannica ImageQuest – a range of high quality copyright free image bank which you and your students can make use of to make those displays dazzling!
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