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.

Lego MindStorm with Devonshire Road

What a great way to finish this half term, we had both year6 classes visit from Devonshire Road Primary.
Class 6H had extra excitement as their bus broke down on the way to our centre! The classes were split into groups of four, their first challenge to overcome was to build both the sides of the robot simultaneously.
After lunch the programming challenges began:
Challenge1 a brief overview of the Mindstorm programming software and the aim was to 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.
Challenege2 was a little trickier as the groups added a colour sensor and then had to program their robot to stop on a designated colour.
Both classes worked collaboratively, learning new skills from each other – both the pupils and staff agreed that they had a great day.

Computing Subject Leaders – Autumn Update

CurriculumLogoA 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 .

Here’s our 2nd Esafety Competition winners – Eagley Juniors

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.

LegoMindStorm with StJoseph’s RC Primary

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.

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 !

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