Exploring BlueBots & Coding with EY-G5

Last month our school received a new shipment of BlueBots…the 2015 version of the former BeeBots. These bots have only just been released and provide the added feature of being programmable via an iPad (using BlueTooth). The bots also have a transparent cover, allowing children to see the computer inside as it works. Otherwise, it…

Coding with 3 year-olds & BeeBots

This week, as a belated #hourofcode (which we hosted in December), the Early Years 1 classes explored BeeBots for the first time. BeeBots is basically a programmable robot where arrows and a ‘GO’ button tell the BeeBot where to move. Introductory Video from Youtube: What is it? How does it work? The class teacher decided to take…

Finding Out: Advertising through 6 Hat Thinking

UOI: How We Express Ourselves People can create or manipulate messages to target specific audiences. Finding Out: The Function of Advertisements This week students used a series of visible thinking tools to find out more about how messages are manipulated and created to target audiences. Student-chosen adverts As a homework tasks to get them thinking…

1000s Project Final Reflections

Student Reflections & Sharing This week students finished their 1000s project and presented their findings with the class.Everyone completed a rubric & a group reflection(see below) on their project that explained the thinking behind their maths and also the challenges they faced throughout. Students then gave their first presentation to the class, and had classes…

Inquiring, Deconstructing & Reconstructing 1000

Day 3 of school, day 2 of 1000s Project… [Continued from previous post] Today students brought in what materials they were able to collect for their 1000s project. Most remembered and one group actually went over 1000 when they counted out their flowers and leaves!  ORGANIZING their MATERIALS 1) Students had the opportunity to meet…

Inquiry-Based Maths & more… Day 2

Today we started a 3-day project called the 1000s Project… The project has been modified from the resource book by Julie Pier Brodie called “Constructing Ideas about Large Numbers” by Creative Publications. We started the lesson by watching a keynote presentation that prompted students to ask questions about the images they saw: Some comments they…