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 Biggies have been making Scribble bots.
They need to use the knowledge and circuit building skills they had learnt during our electricity lessons in term 1. Some Teamwork, practical skills and problem solving lead to success.
All the children in the school have been learning about Clever never goes about the dangers of ‘going off’ with someone.
The Biggies made resources for the younger children in the school to help teach them. We made 3 videos and an animation and sent them to the younger classes. They gave us some great feedback.
watch the videos
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:
Most of the Biggies have now finished their marvellous machines. They took the basic cams and added some artistic flair.
Some of the class needs to go to the Kilsyth Academy Maths competition this morning so they need a wee bit more time to finish (now added to the video).
We also took some short videos on the machines in action.
We now have some moving machines, hopefully get them all running and make them beautiful this afternoon.
The Biggies are spending the day tinkering and engineering. Already we have used our maths skills, measuring, dividing and knowing about the properties of shape; Our problem solving; practical skills and helping each other when two hands are not enough. Our next steps will involve more problem solving and practical skills to get our cams and cam folders sorted and finally we will use some creative thinking to finish our models off.
We have been working hard on creating news programs for some of the main events in the Scottish Wars of independence.
This has involve, research, writing, finding images and audio to use (and attributing those), filming against a green screen and editing. We think we have used many different categories of skill.
Today we took a break and made some mindmaps of some of the skills we used. We used the Kilsyth Academy Skills Framework to help us thing about these skills.
There are a few more to finish and add to the gallery above…