Hour of Code 2017

We are huge fans of the resources available on Code.org and are excited to see what new things they come up with for this year’s Hour of Code.

In recent years, we have been particularly impressed with the Star Wars themed activities and find that children really enjoy controlling BB-8.

There are two Minecraft units; Minecraft Adventurer is designed for beginners and Minecraft Designer is slightly more advanced.

Most of the Hour of Code activities use Block based programming but you can also use Java if you prefer to do text programming.

The programming is similar to scratch and as students work through the unit they are supported by help videos and explanations of new blocks.

If you have not used the materials before, don’t worry! It is very straight forward to get started and you can get working straight away without the need to sign in. Please note all resources are FREE!!

This year’s event runs from 4 -10th December. 

” In 6 weeks, we will kick off the largest learning event in history … for the fifth time. December 4-10th, during Computer Science Education Week, tens of millions of students will gather all around the world to participate in the annual Hour of Code. For many, it will be their first introduction to computer science, but for others, it has become an annual celebration of computer science and the movement to expand opportunity.
Join us and sign up your classroom today for the Hour of Code!”

” If computer science isn’t offered at your school, the Hour of Code is a great way to build excitement and support to start a new program.

And schools already offering computer science find the Hour of Code an ideal way to celebrate CS Education Week, raise awareness of their programs, recruit students into courses, and explore expansion. There are one-hour activities for both beginners and experienced coders. Consider reaching beyond your classroom this week. Host a school assembly, a parent’s coding night, or an activity in your community.

Get started with our easy how-to guide. You can even do an Hour of Code without computers or an internet connection!

12 Free Posters! As a special thank you, we’re giving one free set of 12 inspirational posters to teachers hosting an Hour of Code while supplies last (shipping not included). You’ll receive a discount code to use in our online store after you sign up.

And, we’ve upgraded our servers. As always, you don’t need to create accounts or log in to participate in the Hour of Code. But, if you want to, Code.org and many other partners support classroom management throughout the Hour of Code. In the past, we disabled this because we weren’t prepared for so many users. This year, we’re prepared. Teachers can set up a classroom, assign a Code.org activity, and track student progress in their dashboard. You can also continue to use our other courses such as CS Fundamentals and save progress throughout the week.

Spread the word. Technology is changing every industry on the planet, and computer science has become relevant to a wide range of careers—even those outside technology and engineering. For millions of students, the Hour of Code will be an inspiring introduction to crucial 21st century skills. Help us reach even more people by forwarding this email to another teacher. Or forward it to a principal to get your whole school on board! “

WORLD OF STORIES

Content:
How using StoryWorld can enhance writing
John Gardner, in his book The Art of Fiction, wrote, “… whatever the genre may be, fiction does its work by creating a dream in the reader’s mind.” In other words, the writer’s task is to keep the reader under his or her spell. Descriptive imagery helps the reader visualize the context for the story, whether it be a poem, novel, short story or a play. StoryWorld @ The Word captures the creativity by immersing the audience in a world of their imagination. By using the room to write in, children will be inspired and demonstrate how imagery can enhance their creative writing.
This course leads on from the resources developed by South Tyneside Literacy Advisors of the Creative Text Literacy training and Teaching Sequences. You will have the chance to experience StoryWorld @ The Word and consider how the resource could be used to accelerate attainment in writing.

Expected impact on schools:
Participants will:
 Develop new approaches to accelerate attainment in writing
 Use immersive technology as a stimulus for writing

Who should attend:
KS1 and KS2 Teachers and Literacy Subject Leaders
Date:
21st September 2017
OR
23rd January 2018
Time:
16.00 – 17.30

Summer Events

We are hosting some exciting activities for young people over the summer break in OpenZone and Fab Lab.

Pirate Scratch

Suitable for ages 9-12

Design and code your own pirate themed game using Scratch. this coding session will

Wednesday 26th July 10am – 12

Wednesday 2nd August 1:00- 3:00

£10:50 per person

Pirate Comic

Suitable for ages 9-14

Use green screen and iPads to create your own pirate digital comic book with you as the star!

Wednesday 26th July 1:00- 3:00

Wednesday 16th August 1:00- 3:00

Wednesday 23rd  August 1:00- 3:00

£10:50 per person

Pirate Animation

Suitable for ages 7-11

Create a swashbuckling digital animation. you will shoot, edit and enhance your animated movie using iPads in this interactive session where you are the creator!

Wednesday 23rd  August 10am – 12

£10:50 per person

In the News

Suitable for ages 9-14

Make the headlines in a hands on moviemaking experience using green screen and virtual set technology that put you right at the centre of the action!

Wednesday 2nd August 10am – 12

Wednesday 16th August 10am – 12

£12:00 per person

Laser fun for children

Suitable for ages 9-14

Laser cutting sessions for children.n Use your imagination and design skills to make keyrings, coasters or badges.

Wednesday 9th August 10am – 12 and 1:00- 3:00

£12:00 per person

 

To find out more and to book your place please visit

www.theworduk.org

Kate Fox – Inspiring Poetry Writing

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Kate Fox ran a highly interactive and enjoyable session for the students, from which they all benefited.  Students who might not normally participate in spoken activities really shone.  After a series of warm up activities the students constructed a collaborative performance poem, which they then filmed in the Media Studio.  They also wrote their own poem, which Kate scaffolded, these were also filmed.  These poems really gave an insight into the personalities of the writer.  All the movies were then shared with the schools.

Virtual Reality Experience Day

We had a very busy day recently working with 110 students from a range of Primary and Secondary Schools in South Tyneside.

We were joined by Zoe Verrall from Aventis who kindly delivered sessions to students using Class VR headsets.

Students also worked with Google Spotlight Stories, Aurasma and Quiver augmented reality apps.

Everybody had lots of fun!

Spelling Bee 2017

Many thanks to all of the teams who competed in our 2017 video conference Spelling Bee.

We had 20 year 5 teams taking part from schools across South Tyneside.

Teams of 4 children competed against each other via Google hangouts in several days of heats. The top scoring three teams went through to the live final hosted at The Word.

Our finalists were

  • St Mary’s RC – Jarrow
  • Simonside Primary – Jarrow
  • St Aloysius –  Hebburn

It was an exciting final that we beamed back to the rest of the classes back in school.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the competition and we needed to go to the quickfire knockout round to decide a winner as St Mary’s RC and Simonside were tied at the end of the rounds.

After a tense few minutes the team from St Mary’s claimed the title of

Spelling Bee Champions 2017.

Well done!

All teams did very well and I hope you all enjoyed the competition.