Marvellous Minecrafting from StPetersSD

Our final school trip till September…

Using Minecraft to enhance their USA topic. The morning was focusing on developing building skills, once skilled up we were ready for our USA building challenges.

In the video below you can see us in action, everyone agreed it was great using Minecraft linked to topic learning.

If you attended this school trip, share your highlights of the day.

Minecraft meets the Mayans

Minecraft Monday … it could catch on!

Today we welcome St Ethelbert’s yr6s for their Minecrafting Day linked to their Mayans topic.

The morning sessions was focusing on getting everyone skilled up with master building skills.

Following lunch Mrs Temel set various Mayan building challenges: building Mud Huts, designing Mayan headdresses and jewellery.

The final challenge was to build El Castillo – a stepped pyramid built by the Mayans. El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulcan, the Mayan Feathered Serpent God.

If you attended this trip, share your highlights.

Minecraft & the Egyptians with The Ferns Academy

Today we travelled back in time with Yr3 and Yr4 pupils from The Ferns Academy to the time of the Egyptians.

We used Minecraft to build our own Egyptian artefacts.

We designed and built our own Cyanotic jars, Egyptian jewellery, pyramids and the trickiest challenge was to build our own Sarcophagus.

Here’s some interesting facts you may not know:

Canopic jars

Imsety had a human head, protected the liver.

Qebehsenuf had the head of a falcon and guarded the intestines.

Hapy had a baboon head protected the lungs.

Duamatef had the head of a jackal, and guarded the stomach.

The word ‘sarcophagus’ is derived from Greek words “sarx” meaning “flesh”, and “phagien” meaning “to eat” derived from a Greek word for “flesh-eating.

If you attend this trip, please share you highlights of the day and why.

Online Safety winners choose a Minecraft Day

This was the third year SICT have ran our Online Safety competition for our Bolton schools linked to #SID17. This year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations took place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. With a theme of “Be the change: Unite for a better internet”

This year we have specific categories – Media, Art & DT and coding. Each year the quality and range of entries continues to surprise us.

The Art & DT category was won by : St Peters Smithills Dean

Their prize: An education day for a class of children at our centre.

Here you can see year4s enjoying their Minecraft day the focus for the day was using Minecraft linked to their geography topic – Greater Manchester.

 

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

We had a busy day planned, updates on our SLAs, after school club provision and education days. Discussed the launch of our new digital leaders workshops and in a Teach Meet style we share what works well, which included Class Dojo, code it, hour of hour minecraft resource.

We had Henry Platten from eCadets showing the delegates how eCadets can support schools in developing digital leaders support their online safety provision.

In the afternoon we had hands on workshops using Minecraft and looked at how it can enhance learning and the new InOBot from TTS . IMG_2177

Minecraft in the Classroom!

We are really excited about one of our new education days – Minecraft in the Classroom!

This action packed education day will see your class, regardless of their ability, use Minecraft to work collaboratively towards an exciting common goal developing their team work and thinking skills.

Here are highlights from our first class  experiencing one of these days, we think the focused looks on their faces and smiles say it all, who knew the Victorians could be so much fun!