Computer Subject Leader Day

It was great to see over forty schools attending our end of year Computer Subject leader day. The focus for the day was looking at how we have revamped our Computing long term overview and developed a clearer progression path to support the teaching of computing throughout school. The delegates particularly liked how we have developed the teaching of online safety using Education for a Connected World, Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.

The afternoon session was the launch of our STEM project loan boxes – these STEM boxes are full of resources, which will enable staff to deliver quality STEM lessons across school.

Lots of fab computing lessons at Gilnow

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working closely with all the KS1 and KS2 classes at Gilnow.

This was the first time that the year1s had used 2Code – Fun with Fish and Bubbles activities in PurpleMash. They were also recapping directional language as well as learning new tricky words such as algorithm, programming and debugging.
Year2s were also focusing on their computer science skills, again using 2Code – Guard the Castle activity in PurpleMash. It was great to see the children independently logging on and straight into their learning. Together we recapped CS tricky words and towards the end of the lessons, the majority of children were trying the Gold and Silver Coding Challenge cards.
Year3 wanted to focus on the children’s online profile; we discussed possible nicknames and designed their own avatar. Mrs. Lyons also read her current favorite book – Troll Stinks by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross – this book tells the story of two Billy goats that decided to play a trick on a troll. Because all trolls are horrible … aren’t they?
Their second session focused on developing their computer science skills, again using 2Code – Guard the Castle activity in PurpleMash.
Year4 also wanted to look at their online relationship & communications. There was lots of discussions around ‘friends online’ and are these real friends. Lots of the class agreed that they do share lots of their photos and have lots of friends online – following this lesson many agreed to look at deleting some of the ‘friends’ they really didn’t know. The second session was looking at their most popular vloggers – YouTubers – parents it might be worth a look, as when we looked some are questionable.
Year5 focus was to start using blogs to develop their writing skills and write for a wider audience
Year6 started their computing session doing some unplugged activities – Crazy Algorithm Character they soon found out how important clear and precise instructions are needed to give a particular outcome. They then used Scratch2 to code their own knock knock jokes. Many of the children were planning to download this free resource especially as they will be using this at their new secondary school.

Well done to this years Online Safety Competition Winners – 2018

Each year Bolton SICT run an Online Safety Competition for all our schools, once again we had a fabulous response from all the schools that entered – just glad the curriculum team are not on the judging panel 🙂

Well done to our Online Safety Competition Winners

Programming category – Beaumont Primary School

Media category– The Valley Primary School

Art & DT category – Sunning Hill Primary School – their art work can be seen on our displays in our training rooms, as well as some of the other schools.

Remember, put next year’s date in your diary for #SID19 – Tuesday 5th February 2019

To see all the work our schools did for #SID18 click here

Lots more online safety learning @stthomascep

Following last week’s workshops with year3 & year4 pupils, lots more online safety learning going on at St Thomas Chequerbent with year5 and year6. Looking at the types of apps & games we play & the game’s suitability.   

Following workshops with yr5 & yr6 classes, we then had workshops for staff & then an evening session with parents.

Lots of support & interesting discussions.

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