Computer Science with Reception children from Holy Infants

 

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!

 

An afternoon of computer science when BoltonSICT visited Holy Infants

What a great afternoon BoltonSICT had at Holy Infants this week working with their Year1s

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

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!

 

And so we have our winner …

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!

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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!

2Code Summer Competition… and the winners are….

Code TagxedoOur summer 2Code competition in partnership with the team @2Simple, was open to all our Bolton schools that subscribe to Purplemash.

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!

2Code NoticeBoard

If you click on the 2Code Display Board, you will be able to try your hand at some of the games that were entered.

 

 

 

 

2Connect

2Connect Braching DatabaseIn preparation for an INSET I have been looking at the new 2Connect launched last month in PurpleMash.

I am often asked what could I use for pupils to produce their own branching datebase – well I think this could be an option; in true Blue peter style – here’s one I prepared earlier.

2Connect persuasive Writing frame

Developing my animals idea, I then used the one of the writing frames in 2Connect to produce an plan for a persuasive writing task.

Very easy to use, pupils are able to add own images and notes.

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.

A day of Lego & Purplemash

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Today saw the second class visits from one of local schools – it was the turn of the year 3 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software.

In the afternoon they used Purplemash linking to their literacy theme – Traditional tales – today we asked the question :

Witch or Wizard, which are you?

They design shelves full of potions, Spooky castles and the highlight was using the MashCams to speech and record their voices as their character!

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.

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