2Code Summer Competition… and the winners are….

Code TagxedoOur summer 2Code competition in partnership with the team @2Simple, was open to all our Bolton schools that subscribe to Purplemash.

And the winners are ….

St Matthews Bolton – ‘Back of the Net!’

and SS Osmund & Andrew’s – ‘Escape the Choppa!’

Well Done to all the schools that entered!

2Code NoticeBoard

If you click on the 2Code Display Board, you will be able to try your hand at some of the games that were entered.





The Gates parent iPad project

TheGates LogoThe Gates Primary Schools was recently successful in obtaining some Lottery funding to promote family links within school,  I was asked to deliver a block of after school parent & children sessions where the focus was – using iPads to support their child at home.

I have demonstrated how teachers use Purplemash in their lessons, recapped how to log on and save. We have used lots of computer science app like LightBot, Kodable and beeBot apps. Last we were using apps that made puppets and photos talk – iFunface, Morpho  and Yakit Kids – there has been lots of hands on, nervousness and much laughter!

Esafety Competition Winners – Gaskell

Earlier this year BoltonSICT ran an Esafety competition for all Bolton Primary Schools.

With the changes to the curriculum and the raised importance of children learning how to stay safe on-line. We felt that by encouraging schools to get involved with Safer Internet Day or SID2015  this was an ideal opportunity to raise the awareness and importance of safeguarding and on-line learning.

Our overall winners were Gaskell Primary & Eagley Juniors – part of their prize was a trip to our training centre for a fun packed day of Computer Science.

Here are the highlights of Gaskell’ trip.

Eagley Juniors trip highlights will follow later in the term !

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

CurriculumLogo The focus for the day was:

Updates from BoltonSICT – Office365 migration and Computing Assessment package

    • Presentations from the teaching & learning team from TTS – TTSComputing from EYFS through to Yr6 which included lots of hands on BeeBots,  BlueBots, ProBots & looking further on using Pi2Go.

Computer Science and Blogging

Well first day back after a half term and off on a school trip!

Today saw the fouth class visits from one of local schools – it was the turn of the year 5 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software.

In the afternoon their focus was an introduction to blogging, click here to see what they though of their day

Lots of learning as you can see from the Animoto video below.

Forward Centre @BoltonSICT

IMG_2149News is continues to spread to our schools here in Bolton, regarding our computing trip. This time is was the turn of The Forward Centre to come to our training centre.

Using Lego WeDo kits, to build the Goalkeeper, programmed it. The children soon discovered why changing the speed was important – slower for  Mrs Lyons so she could score a goal and  faster when it was Mr Mills turn!


2Connect Braching DatabaseIn preparation for an INSET I have been looking at the new 2Connect launched last month in PurpleMash.

I am often asked what could I use for pupils to produce their own branching datebase – well I think this could be an option; in true Blue peter style – here’s one I prepared earlier.

2Connect persuasive Writing frame

Developing my animals idea, I then used the one of the writing frames in 2Connect to produce an plan for a persuasive writing task.

Very easy to use, pupils are able to add own images and notes.

Summer 2Code Competition

Code TagxedoOpen to all Bolton Schools that subcribe to Purplemash

The prizes are being donated by the team at 2Simple :

  • A year’s subscription to Serial Mash or
  • A choice of one of the Premium Packages

There will be two categories:

Chimp for KS1 & Gibbon for KS2 school entries

When submitting your entries, make it clear as to which category the game is to be entered, including a game overview and instructions.

To support this competition staff can find plans and teaching resources in the Teacher section of Purplemash and a 2Code Game Planner can be found in 2Code

The winning schools will be announced early July and displayed on BoltonSICT Blog site.

A Full Day of Computer Science

IMG_2034Today saw the third class visits from one of local schools – it was the turn of the year 4 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software.

They then used ScratchJr to storyboard their own games – the teachers really liked this app and can’t wait to used it back in school. We finally finished the day with a session using 2Code on their schools Purplemash site.

Lots of learning as you can see from the Animoto video below.

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