This week we had year3 and year4 from Gilnow Primary School. They had a fun packed of Computer Science they used Lego WeDo to make a hungry crocodile and goal keeper.
In the afternoon year3 started to use Kudo and year4 used scratch and 2Code in Purplemash. Here you can see some of their highlights.
OPEN TO ALL BOLTON PRIMARY SCHOOLS
To raise the awareness and importance of safeguarding and online learning, Bolton Schools ICT are running an Online Competition for our schools.
The focus for this competition is for schools to show their learning linked to this year’s SID2016 theme – ‘Play your part for a better internet!’
Entries can be in any format – video, collage, posters, and the wackier the better!
Closing date for entries is 1pm Friday 26thFebruary 2016
There will be a prize for KS1 and KS2.
The winning schools will be announced early March and displayed on BoltonSICT Blog site.
What a great way to finish the week!
Our cluster 7 schools – Blackrod Primary, Blackrod Chruch, Chorley New Road, Claypool, Horwich Parish, St Catherine’s and St Mary’s Primary Schools; each sent a group of year2 children.
Their focus for the day was to use Lego WeDo – building Lego robots and then completing the programming challenges. They made Tweeting Birds and the trickier mechanical Goalkeeper. When the children started to program there were lots of aspects to consider: programming sounds on a continuous loop, directions and how speed could make the challenge easier or hardier for whoever was playing.
I know the team here @BoltonSICT had a great day – cluster7 were pupils were great ambassadors for your school, you must be so proud.
Well Done !
Today we were really looking forward to our trip to St Peter’s Farnworth visiting Bolton Schools ICT, they had a little extra excitement on our way to Smithills, as they called off via Bolton Science Technology Centre first!
So once the 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 move in a straight line (but not over the black line) turn at 90° then program the robot to get as near to the wall but not touching. The pupils had to consider distance travelled, speed and wheel rotation, they could only have three attempts. You can see in the videos how successful the groups where.
Challenege two – was a little trickier, the groups now used the colour sensor and then had to program their robot to stop on at designated colour and turn 90°, straight on and the turn again.
If you attended this trip, share your highlights.
A great way to start to the new academic year – with a computing leads update.
A busy day was planned: having rolled out our new Office365 email we heard from Ian Mills about the other features that schools could start to think about using. We spent time sharing good practice across each others schools and had time to look at resources to support computing.
We heard an inspirational talk from Devonshire Road school about their blogging success and the importance of giving the children a real purpose to write for -thank you.
In the afternoon we heard from Mark Capaldi the head of computing at Sharples Secondary as to what their expectation would be from our year6s.
Then the fun began: Collaborative learning using office365 online apps; games based learning and Lego WeDo & Mindstorm .
If you attended this session would be great to hear your feed back .
Once again we see the return of our third Bolton Purplemash day.
Was good to see some familiar faces but great to see lots of new faces.
Below you can see some of the highlights – if you attended the day, share your comments about the day .
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 Eagley Juniors‘ trip.
Finally, it was the turn of the Year 6s to have their trip to Smithills and a day of computer science. We were really looking forward to this trip especially as Mrs Lyons had rang us to see if we want to get the big boxes of Lego out … Lego MindStorm !
The class worked in teams to build their robots together in teams, WOW … when the kits were opened what a serious amount of Lego pieces!
Mr Mills set programming challenges – take a look at the video and see what they got up to.
Our 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!
If you click on the 2Code Display Board, you will be able to try your hand at some of the games that were entered.