It was all about Computing

It was all about Computing in Year 3 at Holy Infants yesterday.

Year 3 learnt lots of tricky technical words such as algorithm, debugging and sprite. Using Purplemash the pupils learnt how to make fish move, make snails race and even create giant or tiny snails at a moment’s notice!  Mr Eccles thought he’d seen a six pack of sprites in Asda, but apparently that’s a different thing!

 

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 .

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!

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

CurriculumLogo The focus for the day was:

Updates from BoltonSICT – Office365 migration and Computing Assessment package

    • Presentations from the teaching & learning team from TTS – TTSComputing from EYFS through to Yr6 which included lots of hands on BeeBots,  BlueBots, ProBots & looking further on using Pi2Go.

Summer 2Code Competition

Code TagxedoOpen to all Bolton Schools that subcribe to Purplemash

The prizes are being donated by the team at 2Simple :

  • A year’s subscription to Serial Mash or
  • A choice of one of the Premium Packages

There will be two categories:

Chimp for KS1 & Gibbon for KS2 school entries

When submitting your entries, make it clear as to which category the game is to be entered, including a game overview and instructions.

To support this competition staff can find plans and teaching resources in the Teacher section of Purplemash and a 2Code Game Planner can be found in 2Code

The winning schools will be announced early July and displayed on BoltonSICT Blog site.

BoltonSICT took ScratchJr to St Catherine’s

Have you used ScratchJr on your iPads?

In this video you can see highlights from an afternoon spent at St Catherine’s, this was the first time they had used ScratchJr. First they practiced using some prompt sheets, then planned their own program, next the fun bit … programming!

At the end of the video look out for the ScratchJR baseball game.

Well Done to eveyone a fab afternoon.

BoltonSICT a day @Lostock Primary

Today we sent Mrs Lyons and Mr Mills from BoltonSICT to Lostock Primary . Their mission was to introduce reception, year1 and year5 classes to programming. They took their iPads so the pupils could use Purplemash -the younger pupils used 2Go and year 5 used 2Code, they spoke new computer science language – algorithm, blocks of codes and debugging. The lessons went too quickly, everyone enjoyed the lessons..

In the video below you can see us all hard at work.

Cluster9 – embedding Kodu programming skills

Today was the follow up cluster9 Kodu workshop. In the summer we learnt about features of games we liked and then started to look at how we can start to program these features in our game. Together we storyboarded our game – our Kodu character had to follow a path to reach the treasure that was protected by a evil character in the castle at the top of the hill, of course there were dangers along the path. Mr Mills helped us to write our program and we then have to go back to our school to share our learn. The photos show the highlights of the morning.

Bolton SICT Blog Site

Bolton schools are well known for blogging, indeed Heathfield Primary School hit the headlines and featured on national television due to the impact that blogging had upon their SAT results. As a result of this, we have worked with many more schools who have all taken up the blogging challenge.

A little late to the party, but better late than never, the Schools ICT Unit have launched our very own blogging site. Here you will be able to keep up with the latest topics, services and training packages we offer. In the first of what we hope will be many updates, we have a quick introduction to our new site, we hope you enjoy it. The new site has been designed very much with training in mind, and will enable us to offer more varied courses and more of them.

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