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.
This week saw our annual Hands On Purplemash. Lots of new staff attended that had not used Purplemash before, Phil from 2Simple, shared all that’s new in ‘mash’. Throughout the day there was lots of hands on – looking at resources to support English lesson , cross curricular writing and of course no session would be complete with out 2Code !
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.
Sports day @GilnowPrimary so when we went in to deliver computing support for year1s and year2s, of course, we used 2Code in Purplemash and programmed our own snail race.
Can you watch this video & not say ‘ahhh’ ?
Highlights from todays school visit. We were working with the reception class, we had a fun packed afternoon, a carousel of computing activities.
We used direction cards to plan the route for our BlueBots, we logged on to Purplemash and used 2Go, we used Kodable and BlueBot app and we had great fun with the remote control cars.
We think the adults had as much fun as the children!
A carousel of activities was planned, the aim being to develop the pupils programming skills.
We used Purplemash and software 2Go, we used two free apps Kodable & BlueBot. The children said they thought they were playing games , but the apps were a little tricky in places. To help practice left & right, using the remote control cars helped some groups made really complex pathways for their cars! The BlueBot app was used to focus the children on a particular coding focus – BeeBot had to land on a given end square – that was not always the case!
We all agreed that we learnt lots & had lots of fun as well!
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 massive thank you to everyone who sent in entries for our Schools ICT Design a Christmas Card competition. We had a great time in the office looking through all your wonderful entries. They were all fabulous and made it very hard for us to choose but after some serious conversations the winner has to be Finley’s entry from St Saviour CE Primary School – Well Done!
Finley’s card will be the official 2016 Christmas Card from the Schools ICT unit so look out for it coming to your school soon. Finley has won a morning of Scratch programming for his class in January.
Once again thank you for all your entries and hard work.
Bring on the mince pies!
Once again we see the return of our third Bolton Purplemash day.
Was good to see some familiar faces but great to see lots of new faces.
Below you can see some of the highlights – if you attended the day, share your comments about the day .
And the winners are ….
St Matthews Bolton – ‘Back of the Net!’
and SS Osmund & Andrew’s – ‘Escape the Choppa!’
Well Done to all the schools that entered!
If you click on the 2Code Display Board, you will be able to try your hand at some of the games that were entered.