Monthly Archives: March 2015

Bee-Bot Software

This week we moved onto using the Bee-Bot Software to continue our coding work. The children had  lots of hands on work with the physical Bee-Bot before we tried programming on screen. We are using Focus on Bee-Bot: Lesson Activities 1.3 from Focus Education and it is a great resource for teaching control, directional language and programming. It can be used on the IWB or on individual laptops.

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Initially they found it quite difficult to follow through a series of instructions, especially left and right turns as these were hard to visualise. The program does however let you take this one step at a time and many of the children began to get the hang of it by the end of the afternoon.

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Partnerships with Parents and Families

After yesterday’s successful ‘open afternoon’ in Early Years, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my positive experience of good working partnerships with parents and families. After all, the Early Years Foundation Stage tells us that ‘over 70% of children’s lives are spent, not in a setting, but with their family and the wider community’. Therefore, the support of families can play a vital role at all stages of education and we believe that building good home-school links when a child first begins school is vital. At AIS I am lucky enough to work with many fantastic parents and families, whose support is invaluable.

Last half term it was great to have so many parents offer their skills and expertise as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic. The children thoroughly enjoyed visits to a local post office, fire station, dental surgery and police station. Even several weeks later, I continue to receive feedback from families whose children still talk about these visits with excitement and interest.

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As a teacher, it is great to receive positive feedback from parents. At AIS we have been using ‘Wow Moment’ cards with our Early Years families, which recognise special moments captured at home. These moments are added to each individual child’s Learning Journey and help us to plan next steps and provide appropriate resources or experiences. The children are always so proud to show their parents their work and in turn it is so nice to see so many parents so proud of their children.

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I’d like to end my post with a big THANK YOU to all of our parents and I look forward to seeing you all at our next Early Years open afternoon soon!!

Discovering Chromville

Recently I came across this great colouring app that I knew my class were going to love. Chromville is a free app that brings children’s colourings to 3D life using augmented reality and eventually lets them use their creations in on-screen games. You print off the pictures from the site and download the app onto a smartphone or tablet. The children colour the picture and then use the app to scan the picture. The app then recognizes the coloring pages, and brings them to virtual life on the screen, complete with 3D animations incorporating the children’s designs into the story. The children loved this activity and so did I. The only problem was with 5 and 6 year olds it was difficult to keep the tablet still and correctly positioned so it became quite adult intensive. Having said that, we had great fun and I would still recommend it.

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Have a look at this video to see the full process – have a go, it’s great fun!