St Gregory’s RC Primary claim their Online Safety prize!

Earlier on in the year we ran our Online Safety competition for primary schools linked to Safer Internet Day  We were please to announce that St Gregory’s RC primary won!

Their prize was a trip to our training centre for a day of computing using Lego. We had a selection of children from year3 – year6, some used Lego WeDo2 and some used Lego Mindstorm.

Here are our highlights.

Let’s get ready to Lego Mindstorm

As well as The Valley primary school we also has a visit from the year6s from St Joseph’s RC Primary . This was their second visit to SICT for a Computer Science day and the challenge was set:

  • Build the Mindstorm robot,
  • step up to the challenge table,
  • program the robot to sense the black line and change directions
  • then extend the program – if the robot senses an object again change direction.
  • Take a look at their video highlights

Gilnow yr5s @BoltonSICT

IMG_0594We were very excited about Gilnow year5s coming to see us. Their focus for the day was to use  the new Lego Mindstorm – building Lego robots and then completing the programming challenges.  When the children started to program there were lots of aspects to consider: programming use of sounds, programming loops or repeats, directions and how speed could make the challenge easier or hardier for whoever was playing.

The children from Gilnow had a great day and we @BoltonSICT said that they were great ambassadors for their school .

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And the winners are ….

Online Safety Competition VeeMakinOnce again a fantastic response from Bolton schools.
Thank you to all schools that supported this years Online Safety competition.

There were posters, collages, Power points, board games, coding games, raps and songs, stop motion videos, models and even an edible e-safety cookie!

Here are some of the highlights.

What did you do for Safer Internet Day 2016 ?

This year I was asked to go to a school and deliver a school assembly and then work with upper KS2 children.

We decided that we would work in the hall, no chairs or tables just flip chart paper and felt tip markers what more could we have asked for!

The first task was to look at all the different websites the pupils visited. We then collated data on the most popular sites and discussed implications of sharing images, why site have recommended age restrictions; this data is going to be used in maths lessons during the week.

Here are my morning highlights …

What were yours? it would be great to see what Bolton got up to for #SID16

Don’t forget… Our Online Safety Competition for Bolton Schools. The focus for our competition is 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

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

ONLINE SAFETY COMPETITION

SID2016_logoOPEN 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.

Cluster7 schools day @BoltonSICT

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 !

St Peter’s Farnworth visit BoltonSICT

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.

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