Busy Blogging

Last week was St Joseph’s year6 blogging workshop, this weeks its year5’s turn. They’ve not done alot of blogging previously and were keen to share their very best writing linked to their WW2 topic.  Click here to see their blog comments.

Looking at what we share in real world vs online

Fourth school of the week, @JohnsonFold to work with Key Stage One pupils looking at what we share in real world vs online, First we looked at all the good things
we can share liked toys, friends, food. We then went back to our groups to enjoy friut from our sharing bowls, we had to use our maths brians as we had to work how to share the oranges fairly!
We also read the book Clicking Chicken, Chicken Clicking likes to shop for all her friends  online. But not everything is what it seems…

Together we then discussed the sorts of information we should not share online, we liked the idea that our passwords are like our toothbrushes – not to be shared!
We fit alot of learning into our hour workshop … English, Maths, Online Safety, PHSCE & Writing.

Purplemash @StColumbas RC Primary

Spent a full day at St Columbas RC Primary school this week, working with year2 , year4 and year6s. The focus for the workshops was using 2Code – we programmed our own bubble game and Newton was attacked by far more than just an apple. In the afternoon we investigated what is a variable? what the job of the variable when coding and then used the Genie task to help us to have more of an understanding when using variables.

Hands On Purplemash #boltonpurplemash

This week saw our annual Hands On Purplemash. Lots of new staff attended that had not used Purplemash before, Phil from 2Simple, shared all that’s new in ‘mash’. Throughout the day there was lots of hands on – looking at resources to support English lesson , cross curricular writing and of course no session would be complete with out 2Code !

Our first ever … Digital Leaders – Esafety Champions Workshop

This week saw our first ever Digital Leaders – Esafety Champions Workshop. This workshop was attend by ten schools that each brought at least three pupils destined to be ESafety Champions in their school.

The digital leaders will offer support for their friends and throughout the workshop shown how to identify possible e-safety issues arising around school.

They will be encouraged to understand that they are a very important set of “eyes and ears” as sometimes their friends will not share things with their teachers but discuss things that are worrying them with their friends.

The feedback from the pupils and staff was fab and they were all looking forward to going back into school to share their knowledge.

 

Our first trip of the academic year

Our first trip of the year , and what a fabulous days we have had.

Using Lego Mindstorm we worked in groups to build our robot, building the robot took most of the morning as it was rather tricky!

Once it was built we discussed how detailed programming needs to be because if steps are missed out, it just won’t work! We looked at when programming the motors in at different speeds will effect how the robot moves.

The Table Challenge:

  • Using the colour sensor to sense a black line, reserve slight and change direction.

In our photos you can see us through the building process and then at the challenge table.

GDPR and schools

First off, GDPR what? Well for those that aren’t aware of this legislation as yet, in a nutshell

From 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – meaning that the way you manage all data and information within your school will change.

OK, so what does that really mean? Schools currently generate a wealth of information, the rules of this collection and storage of data are governed by the DPA and (hopefully) most schools already have a policy in place to adhere to this and are registered with the ICO (you can check here). So, at least we’ve got a starting point.

Whilst some of the changes are tightening up current regulations, there is an increased number of opportunities to fall foul of them and increased penalties if you do so. It’s worth noting that we have seen Ofsted involved in breaches of the DPA – we would have no reason to think that this will not continue to happen when the GDPR comes into effect. There are a few unexpected consequences too of the new legislation – such as you now need a formal contract with an accredited IT recycling service provider for disposal of old ‘data bearing’ kit, but on the whole, it’s about tightening up data security, who has access to that data and how it is used.

There are a few things you can do now with one eye on the future regulations. As a starting point, the ICO has produced a ‘12 steps to take now‘ guide – available here – which, as you would guess, gives a good platform to start the process from.

As always, please contact us or comment below if you need any more information

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.

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