As the technological world is constantly changing, at Oxclose Primary Academy we feel that all children need to be prepared and able to use their computing skills in everyday life, with confidence. Children have a weekly computing lesson where a mix of basic skills and National Curriculum objectives are taught.
As a school we use a scheme of work called ‘Switched on Computing’, where the children learn such things as: how to stay safe online, using the internet effectively, computer programming, digital images and music, word processing and desktop publishing. Pupils also have the opportunity, during other curriculum subjects, to use tablets for research purposes.
This year, 10 of our Year 6 children were given the opportunity to participate in ‘The First Lego League’. This is a world-wide competition, with the finals being held in America this year. The local finals were held at Nissan, with schools from all over the North-East participating over 3 days. Children from the ages of 9-16 were able to take part.
On the competition day, the children had to compete in 3 ‘Robot games’, where the robot they had built had to complete as many challenges as possible in two and a half minutes. They also had to prepare a presentation, where they had to consider issues which astronauts face in space, and develop a solution to the problem. Our children designed ‘The Bath Bag’ – an efficient way for astronauts to take a bath whilst in space. The children also had to speak to the judges about their robot design and complete a ‘Core Standard’ challenge, where they needed to work as a team.
Our children were outstanding on the day and despite facing a number of difficulties they held their heads high and showed resilience. At the awards ceremony at the end of the day, we were all gobsmacked when Oxclose Primary Academy won ‘the best project award’. Well done to all involved!