The Primary Sevens along with Caelan from p6 have been working really hard this term on the First Lego League Challenge :
FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams are introduced to a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on. The robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. The students work out a solution to a problem related to the theme (changes every year) and then meet for regional, national and international tournaments to compete, share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.
Their team is called the Cog Cats.
The challenge has involved an incredible amount of hard work. Along with the robot challenges went an innovation project where the children had to design a solution to the problem of keeping people active.
The group were also judged on their core values of:
- DISCOVERY – Team explored new skills and ideas.
- INNOVATION – Team used creativity and persistence to solve problems
- IMPACT – Team applied what they learned to improve their world.
- INCLUSION – Team demonstrated respect and embraced their differences
- TEAMWORK – Team clearly showed they had worked as a team throughout their journey.
- FUN – Teams clearly had fun and celebrated what they have achieved
The group have worked on this all term working very independently and show an amazing amount of resilience. Both in the robot challenges and the innovation project the children have had to repeatedly iterate on their work, improving and testing each time.
They have exemplified the school values of Respect, Responsibility Resilience & Compassion
On Thursday 17th June we went along to the virtual South of Scotland heats. The group had to run their robot through the challenges, present on their innovation project and answer questions on their core values.
Although we did not win our heat, we were delighted to be the winners in the Core Values section. I think this victory show what we already know about this primary seven they are pretty decent kids!
The Primary sixes have been working on programming their micro:bits to follow a line. We added a bit of creativity to the coding by designing tracks to give the bots some character: disco dances, dogs and more.
The class also were creative in their movie making:
We will add the rest of the videos when they are finished.
We took our Micro:bit games a little further today. Working on Game Over animation (we had Y-M-C-A, dancing and dying) and code for losing lives as opposed to counting touches.
The Class also started to think about designing games using the same ideas.
We didn’t have a full week but the Biggies have had a creative one.
On Tuesday afternoon we went on a tiktok photowalk round the playground. We tried out some of the techniques we have been learning from Dave’s Tiktok Photowalks site.
Later in the week we have been working on material to help the younger children in the school understand “Clever Never Goes”, a way of staying safe. The class were brilliant at working together, showing leadership, cooperation, act, problem solving and creative skills. Most of the class worked in video but one group used scratch.
We hope to publish the video and animation next week.
As usual the dens in the playground continue to develop and change:
Over the last couple of days we have been learning about Vedic squares.
We started by making a times table square and then working out the digital root of each answer to get a vedic square. When the experimented with the patterns made on the squares.
Next we repeated the square using numbers on our iPads. We used conditional highlighting to make each number a different colour. We took screenshots into pages and keynote to duplicate and make symmetrical patterns.
A couple of the class decided to animating the patterns, and then we all tried. There are a few more to be finished off next week.
We used a ton of skills this morning.
A week ago we looked at the poem Sweetieraptors which as a lot of Scot’s words and is great fun. The biggies wrote their own verses, being careful to rhyme and follow the rhythm of the original.
We put together the movie to show our poems. Each pupil made a keynote slide to cary the text and used the green screen feature of iMovie to add that text onto of their movies. They then added the voice.
Everyone AirDropped their movies to Aaron who put them altogether into one longer video.
A while back the Biggies created some Christmas Art on their iPads for the NLC Christmas Art Competition. We had a Winner. But here are all our entries. The Class are getting really skilful at using the Brushes App for painting. Many show great understanding of layers and how to use them.
We decorated our “Tree of Gratitude” with some micro:bit bobbles. We programmed them to animate when receiving a signal from another micro:bit!
Last week we had our Banton Halloween Party. The costumes showed some great creativity. This week we are adding some digital creativity too.
We took pictures of the pupils in front of a green screen, the class used their picture in Keynote. They removed the green background using the instant alpha feature and added a suitable background.
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