We were asked to go into Queensbridge to work with their year6’s, looking at how to use scratch to begin to program their multiple choice online safety quizzes. As it was Safer Internet Day #SID17 part of the morning session was use to plan possible question and discuss answers.
Hopefully some of these will be finished in time to enter our competition.
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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!
A 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 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!
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.
Open 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.
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.
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.