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 meets the Mayans

Minecraft Monday … it could catch on!

Today we welcome St Ethelbert’s yr6s for their Minecrafting Day linked to their Mayans topic.

The morning sessions was focusing on getting everyone skilled up with master building skills.

Following lunch Mrs Temel set various Mayan building challenges: building Mud Huts, designing Mayan headdresses and jewellery.

The final challenge was to build El Castillo – a stepped pyramid built by the Mayans. El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulcan, the Mayan Feathered Serpent God.

If you attended this trip, share your highlights.

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.

A busy day for Yr1s from St Josephs RCP Lego – BeeBots, Blue Bots, 2Go & iPads

When year1s arrived at our centre, we could tell it was going to be a good day.

Like all the other classes from St Joseph’s they were a credit to the school, they listened work collaboratively and total absorbed in their learning. they even forgot their morning snack!

You can see some of the highlight from their trip.

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.

 

 

Online Safety winners choose a Minecraft Day

This was the third year SICT have ran our Online Safety competition 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.

The Art & DT category was won by : St Peters Smithills Dean

Their prize: An education day for a class of children at our centre.

Here you can see year4s enjoying their Minecraft day the focus for the day was using Minecraft linked to their geography topic – Greater Manchester.

 

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