Shakespeare Day 27th April 2017

What a fantastic day we have had today remixing Shakespeare. We were joined by year 9 students from Jarrow School and Hebburn Comprehensive School.

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The students have studied sections of Macbeth with a focus on the three witches scenes.

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We had an immersive storytelling experience in Story World.

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Students have made some fabulous Lego animations using ipads, interpreting the scene in new and imaginative ways.

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The students also performed “Live Tweets” in our media studio where they identified with their favourite Shakespearean character in 140 characters or less.

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Reading Hack

We are working with South Tyneside libraries staff to run this years Reading Hack.

Reading Hack turns reading on its head. Create your own hacks, meet new people, get skills and inspire others to read. If you’re aged 12 to 16 get involved, make hacks and do some volunteering.

A hack is an activity with reading at its heart. This could be anything from a poetry-themed DJ set or novel-inspired Minecraft, to book-related film making or helping others to read.

This launches on Thursday 17th November 2016 at 4:00pm.

Check out the Reading Hack website for more details and to book your place contact Pauline Martin at The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word. 

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Play your part for a better internet!

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 9th February 2016

Play your part for a better internet!

For this years e-safety competition, we would like students to enter a 30 second animation or movie themed around playing your part in a better internet.

Entries can be individual, group or class entries. There is no age limit.

We would like completed entries to be shared with us via Google Drive.

There are lots of resources that can help with E-Safety on our website. Including a Brainpop video

Brainpop has an e-safety section with activities and videos to give you some inspiration too.

Brainpop have very kindly sponsored our E-safety competition this year and the winning entry will win a Classroom subscription to Brainpop for 12 months (Please note this is up to 3 teacher accounts not individual student logins).

Brainpop Trial

Please remember that we have secured a lengthy trial period for our schools with Brainpop and remember to check out the wealth of resources available to you.

In addition we have a CPD session @ Openzone on 12th January 2016 4:00-5:5:30.

If you need any further help using Brainpop, Rob will be on hand to take you through it.

Any of our schools who have missed out on the trial or perhaps have not be able to access it yet please contact Robert Richardson

Important Information

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 9th February 2016@4:00pmNB Please make sure that all students have permission for their image to be used on websites as the winning entrant will be posted on ICT in Schools as well as Brainpop websites and social media channels

Pupil E-safety Survey – updated


A big thank you to those students  across the borough who have completed my online survey. Thanks so much to the schools for sharing.

I would love to get some more responses from all of the young people across South Tyneside, from both primary and secondary schools.

I have lots of replies from Primary schools many thanks to those staff who have allowed students time to complete the survey.

Please continue to share the link with students.

If time is an issue perhaps you could share the link with students via the school VLE or school email system.

Many thanks



Primary Survey responses  total has reached 1516!

This is an absolutely fantastic response and will give us some great data to work with. Thank you all VERY much 🙂



Lego Storytelling Animation

IMG_4231We had a great session this morning with Park View School. We were doing Lego animation with a Witches and Wizards theme. Getting spooky in advance of Halloween!

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We have made our short scenes and photographed them using I Can Animate and in next weeks lesson we are importing and editing in iMovie. We will be adding voice overs and a movie soundtrack too. Can’t wait!

South Tyneside Secondary Schools

Why not bring your class along for a similar session? These sessions are FREE.

If you can’t make it to OpenZone I can come to you!

Contact me to book in your class.



Summer Reading Challenge – Record Breakers!

We are working in collaboration with South Tyneside Library Service on this years Summer Reading Challenge. The theme for this years reading challenge is Record Breakers.

We’d love you all to get down to your local library and join in. We will also be delivering some fun Lego robot and programming sessions over the summer holidays.

You can watch a short video to show you what it’s all about.

Let’s break some records!

Safer Internet Day 2014

South Tyneside Schools E-safety Competition

Safer Internet Day 2014

The 11th Safer Internet Day will be celebrated worldwide on Tuesday 11 February 2014. The theme for the day is: “Let’s create a better internet together”. We hope that all schools will join with us in marking the day and enter our competition to show how working together can help build a better internet for all, but particularly children and young people.

Our competition  is open to South Tyneside Primary and Secondary schools.  There are 3 age categories – for children in either Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3.

All entries must be made using ICT technology, for example a video, podcast or animation.

Entries may be submitted by individuals or by teams.

Fantastic prizes will be awarded in each age range.

Entries may be submitted by post to the ICT in Schools Team or via e-mail to by:

4pm on Friday 21st March 2014.

As part of the competition all entries will be hosted online.

All entrants must have permission for their work to be displayed in this way.

 For more information go to:


Download the entry form here:

Entry Form 2014