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 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.
Childnet – Introducing ‘Snap maps’
Childnet – How to Report In Snapchat
UK Safer Internet Centre – Snapchat
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
What a busy day we had today, we had both year1 classes from Horwich Parish. Each class visited for half a day, we used Lego WeDo2 to build our Milo robot, we had to follow the instructions really carefully we programmed Milo to move forward and backwards we then added an object sensor – this meant that when we put our hands in front of Milo he stopped.
Both the pupils and teachers all agreed they had a fab day.
If you attended this trip, it would be lovely to hear what your favourite bit of the trip was?
Today day saw the year4s from The Valley primary school visit us for their computer science trip. This class used Lego WeDo2 to building their robot.
First, they built Milo, he was simple to build but this then gave the children the opportunity to investigate how the program worked and to develop and build on given code, use loops & coding challenges.
After lunch, we built a robot that was more complex to build and when programmed could move objects.
As you can see from the photos, we all had a great time!
We have seen lots of classes from The Valley Primary School, visiting our training centre to take part in our education days. Today was year5s turn, they said they seemed to have been waiting for ages!
Below are highlights from the trip, an excellent day all round 🙂