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.

Fab, fun day of learning

Over then next few months we are going to be having regular visits from one of local schools – the first class to visit was their imageyear 2 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software. In the afternoon the ipads were out, they used purplemash to create out rainforest creepy crawlies,  learnt how to search and save images safely and then used the app – Book Creator .

If you were on this trip,  we would love to hear your comments from the day

Our Computing School Trip

Today saw the first school computing trip to Bolton Schools ICT Centre.

St Osmund & Andrew School came for a whole day  of computing activities. In the morning children worked in pairs building Lego robots and then used the computer to program the robot. In the afternoon there were two activities –  using specific control and programming apps on the ipads –  Bee-Bot, LightBot, Kodable and the new Scratch Jr. The other activity was to use new log in details to PurpleMash and again concentrating on developing their programming skills the children used the program – 2Code.

It was a long day but before the children knew it, it was time to go home, you can see fro the video it was a fun packed learning day !

If you attended this day, it would be great if you could share what you enjoyed and learnt from your trip .

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