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.
Britannica has gone live to all our broadband schools. Britannica School is aligned to the National Curriculum and is updated daily with new articles and multimedia elements curated by the world’s leading content and editorial experts. Britannica School supports the UK National Curriculum expectations and aims in all subject areas.
Britannica School also enables students to increase their fluency in the English language, an essential foundation for their success, while improving their ability to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. To see what Britannica School offers, click here
for a quick overview
How to access : a link can be found in the favourites of your Internet Explorer. If your school has an onsite you may wish to ask them to add a desktop shortcut for all users
For schools using the Bolton 365 broadband service, your Computing lead should have received login details. Please contact us if you have not had yours
As well as access to the vast array of Britannica content, your school will also have access to Britannica ImageQuest – a range of high quality copyright free image bank which you and your students can make use of to make those displays dazzling!
The focus for the day was:
Updates from BoltonSICT – Office365 migration and Computing Assessment package
- Presentations from the teaching & learning team from TTS – Computing from EYFS through to Yr6 which included lots of hands on BeeBots, BlueBots, ProBots & looking further on using Pi2Go.
In preparation for an INSET I have been looking at the new 2Connect launched last month in PurpleMash.
I am often asked what could I use for pupils to produce their own branching datebase – well I think this could be an option; in true Blue peter style – here’s one I prepared earlier.
Developing my animals idea, I then used the one of the writing frames in 2Connect to produce an plan for a persuasive writing task.
Very easy to use, pupils are able to add own images and notes.
Bolton Schools ICT Unit recently ran an Esafety Competition for all Bolton Primary Schools linked to Safer Internet Day 2015.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.
Safer Internet Day 2015 was on Tuesday 10th February 2015, with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet.
This is the first inter-school competition that Bolton Schools ICT unit has organised for schools. It was felt that with changes in the new computing curriculum and the access children have to the internet and social media this was the ideal opportunity to raise the awareness and importance of safeguarding and esafety learning.
Schools entries could take the form of any format – video, collage, posters or even computer games. Bolton Schools ICT unit was astounded with the quality and quantity of entries, clearly schools have taken this opportunity to raise the esafety learning in their schools and are now looking to make this an annual event.
Thank you and well done to the schools that submitted entries, to see the highlights and the list of winners, click on the image below.
These links take you to videos from one of the winning schools:
What are Bolton’s Schools doing to promote SID2015?
In this blog share ideas, photos and possible videos …
I decided to do enrol on the Espresso Summer Coding Camp, #ECcodingcamp. Now up to week2 – looking at how espresso coding approaches the computing curriculum and the resources to support it . I found this video particularly useful.
Here a few examples of Bolton schools that have started blogging. Take a look and do leave a comment, its always great to get a comment from the ‘out side world’ St Thomas’s of Canterbury – Year6 The Ferns Academy – Year 2 St Brendan’s – Year 5 St Johns Kearsely – Year 6 Lord Street – Year 3 St Barts – Year 1 St Peters Farnworth – Reception