— StPetersSD (@StPetersSD) June 3, 2019
What a fantastic day our @SAMLabs STEM kit at @StPeterPaulPri we’ve made pianos to play twinkle twinkle on, we’ve created mood lighting and intruder alarms and year 5 and 6 have made their own remote control cars using Bluetooth. Phew what an amazing day! pic.twitter.com/tRN6T03Zu4
— BoltonSICT (@BoltonSICT) 14 February 2019
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.
Panic, the school minibus has broken down; school may have to cancel the yaer6 trip! Without further ado, we packed our equipment in our cars and off we set off to school. Masefield had a full STEM day planned using Micro:Bit and InOBots neither of which they had used before.
Throughout the day, the children were set a range of computing challenges using both devices, they particularly enjoyed the Micro:Bit as were pleased to know that they would be using these at their secondary school. Below you can see highlights of the day.