Making Christmas Games using Scratch

Maria has had a busy run up to Christmas delivering Christmas theme workshops – here are some highlights from St Brendan’s RC Primary.

We had a great afternoon making Christmas games on Scratch with Maria Temel from Bolton SICT. We added flying objects, changed variables such as the speed and added timers and scoreboards to our games. (Ref: St Brendan’s School Blog Yr6)

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.

Digital footprints @ St Thomas CE Primary

Had a great afternoon at StThomas Chequerbent working with Year3 and Year4 we looked at all the different websites, games and apps we used.

There was a lot of discussion about how, on some sites, strangers may try to start conversations with young people; we looked at the difference between compliments based on appearance and our personality.

Some children agreed that some of the games they were playing where not suitable and will talk to their parents about no longer playing such games, we all agreed to check the privacy setting of such apps as this will help to keep us safe as well.

 

Lights, camera action…

This week we went into Harwood Meadows to work with their year5 pupils. Together we had a full day of animation planned, the aim was to produce their only version of Walking through the Jungle written by Julie Lacome.

They planned their animation , tested the cameras and then started… they soon realised the secret was to keep the camera still and take enough still shots so then they can be edited.

We all really enjoyed the day already Mr Johns is already planning his next animation project.

Online Safety @heathfieldcp

It’s a record for us this week – seven schools supported in one week – three of which were full days!

Timetable was planned an hour sessions working with every class – our activities included looking at our digital footprint and discussing the vast array of games the children play on whilst online. Some classes looked the book Chicken Clicking and discussed good things we can share vs. things we should not share, which also included actually sharing and eating fruit at the same time!

In the afternoon there was some thought provoking discussions around GTA and COD – should our children heads really be filled with such content?

Our final discussion topic – Should children under the age of twelve take their mobile device to bed?  Some heat discussions but the school bell rang before we could really get to grips with this discussion, one for another day!

Busy Blogging

Last week was St Joseph’s year6 blogging workshop, this weeks its year5’s turn. They’ve not done alot of blogging previously and were keen to share their very best writing linked to their WW2 topic.  Click here to see their blog comments.

Looking at what we share in real world vs online

Fourth school of the week, @JohnsonFold to work with Key Stage One pupils looking at what we share in real world vs online, First we looked at all the good things
we can share liked toys, friends, food. We then went back to our groups to enjoy friut from our sharing bowls, we had to use our maths brians as we had to work how to share the oranges fairly!
We also read the book Clicking Chicken, Chicken Clicking likes to shop for all her friends  online. But not everything is what it seems…

Together we then discussed the sorts of information we should not share online, we liked the idea that our passwords are like our toothbrushes – not to be shared!
We fit alot of learning into our hour workshop … English, Maths, Online Safety, PHSCE & Writing.

Purplemash @StColumbas RC Primary

Spent a full day at St Columbas RC Primary school this week, working with year2 , year4 and year6s. The focus for the workshops was using 2Code – we programmed our own bubble game and Newton was attacked by far more than just an apple. In the afternoon we investigated what is a variable? what the job of the variable when coding and then used the Genie task to help us to have more of an understanding when using variables.

GDPR and schools

First off, GDPR what? Well for those that aren’t aware of this legislation as yet, in a nutshell

From 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – meaning that the way you manage all data and information within your school will change.

OK, so what does that really mean? Schools currently generate a wealth of information, the rules of this collection and storage of data are governed by the DPA and (hopefully) most schools already have a policy in place to adhere to this and are registered with the ICO (you can check here). So, at least we’ve got a starting point.

Whilst some of the changes are tightening up current regulations, there is an increased number of opportunities to fall foul of them and increased penalties if you do so. It’s worth noting that we have seen Ofsted involved in breaches of the DPA – we would have no reason to think that this will not continue to happen when the GDPR comes into effect. There are a few unexpected consequences too of the new legislation – such as you now need a formal contract with an accredited IT recycling service provider for disposal of old ‘data bearing’ kit, but on the whole, it’s about tightening up data security, who has access to that data and how it is used.

There are a few things you can do now with one eye on the future regulations. As a starting point, the ICO has produced a ‘12 steps to take now‘ guide – available here – which, as you would guess, gives a good platform to start the process from.

As always, please contact us or comment below if you need any more information

A carousel of computer science @HMCPS

Our kit was all packed up ready for a busy day at Harwood Meadows Primary School.

The plan for the day was to have a carousel of computer science activities with year3s in the morning and the year4 class in the afternoon. The activities included:

  • Logging on to Purplemash to use 2Code – remember you can use this at home
  • Using the BlueBots and iPads – using pauses and repeats in our programming
  • Using the free Kodable app on the iPads
  • Using the Beebots – to plan where the Beebots starts and finishes, plan the route, input the algorithm – did it work? If not we had to debug!

If you took part in these activities it would be great to hear about your favourite activities and why.

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