Jonathan Davies MBE – Skoolbo Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Davies, the well known sports personality, will provide the voiceover for Skoolbo in Welsh.

The retired dual-code rugby player will become a Skoolbo Ambassador, joining us in the quest of helping children improve their learning.

Jonathan is one of the BBC’s key commentators and analysts for Rugby Union and Rugby League, his distinctive voice, insightful intelligent opinion and genial demeanour are loved and admired by millions of viewers.

The Welsh language version will be available in the new academic year.

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Topping The Welsh Class Table – Year 3 From St Helens Catholic Primary School!

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St Helens-2St Helen’s Catholic Primary School is currently top in the Class leaderboard in Wales with Ms Zamudio’s Year 3 class answering a fantastic 63,507 questions so far on Skoolbo!

 

 

The school currently has 11 classes active on Skoolbo. Since joining us in June this year, Year 3 have increased literacy by 21% and numeracy by 26% to date! There have been some great individual performances in the class with Wiktoria and Keira C mastering a number of numeracy and literacy elements.

Here’s what Teachers, Parents and Pupils say about Skoolbo……

Skoolbo holds everything you could learn‘ – Holly Year 4.

It’s so fantastic! It covers all topics‘ – Leo Year 4.

It is a fun, educational learning system‘ – John Year 4.

You can learn in an imaginary world‘ – Cari Year 4.

It helps me with my Maths and English and it helps me learn better‘ – Noah Year 3.

There are loads of activities to help you learn‘ – Kaytlin Year 4.

It helps me learn in a fun way‘ – Jewell Year 3.

I enjoy regularly sharing the scores with the class and seeing the progress my class are making, especially in their mental maths‘ – Mrs Zamudio – Teacher

One of the school aims is to ensure that children are nurtured through rewards and celebrations of their achievements, so Skoolbo is a great platform to support this.

Have a look at a St Hellen’s pupils giving the new Zippy Shake a go and having lots of fun …

Well done to all at St Helen’s from a great start to your Skoolbo journey. We look forward to sending on a further motivational pack to you soon!

St Helen’s is a Voluntary aided Catholic school with a small nursery and 317 pupils currently on role. It draws it’s pupils from the Caerphilly basin in the south to New Tredegar in the North from the Senghenydd Valley in the west to Machen in the East. 

The school has approximately 3.7 acres of ground, including several sports grassed areas and three hard surfaced areas. The school also has access to its own pond area, two wooded areas with log circles, a meadow, a sensory garden and two areas of play equipment. The school even has its own castle!

Wales and West Midlands fighting it out mid table today!

Mid table is dominated by schools from Wales and the West Midlands today, and its very close indeed…..

Good performances from Ysgol Hendre Residential and Bodnant in Wales, both with pupils featuring on the leaderboard too.

Well done to Ysgol Hendre who are currently today’s top performing Welsh school.

Greenwood Academy, Drakes Broughton St Banabas, Limberick Wood and Peters Hill are fighting it out for the highest mid table position today. Will any of you reach the heady heights of the top performing West Midlands school St Margaret’s sitting in 10th?

 Wales or the West Midlands who will win the mid table battle today????

Castle Hill Junior School sweeping the boards!

Congratulations today to Castle Hill Junior school in Basingstoke.

The school are sweeping the board, achieving 1st place in the pupil, class and school UK Leaderboards!

A special mention to Miss Wyers class who are storming ahead on the class leaderboard,

Headed up by Kamara the star pupil of the day!

Not content with sweeping the board in the UK, Miss Wyers class are  8th on the World leaderboard!

Go Caste Hill!  –  A stunning performance!

Quarter of a billion answers worldwide!

Skoolbo children around the world have smashed through their first quarter of a billion answers with no signs of slowing down!

There are now over 21,000 schools using Skoolbo to help boost reading and literacy skills and with over 160,000 instances of skills improving by 100%, we couldn’t be happier with these amazing results.

To keep up to date with the very latest Skoolbo statistics, be sure to take a look at our main website.

Coming up:

The Skoolbo Word Cup, starting 3rd December, will help students answer even more questions, as Australia takes on New Zealand and the US takes on the UK.

Make sure you join in the fun and support your team!

20 million answers – a landmark day!

We’re taking our hats off to UK children today as they have answered an incredible 20,000,000 Literacy and Numeracy questions since September.

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That’s over 59,000 instances of children improving a skill by 10%, almost 25,000 instances of 50% improvement and over 14,000 instances of improving a skill by an impressive 100%!

Improving educational outcomes is at the core of everything we do at Skoolbo. It is our reason for being and we are nothing short of obsessed by it and so reaching this fabulous milestone has had us all smiling here in the Skoolbo UK office.

Children of the UK – you are amazing!

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Skoolbo Champions – St Andrew’s CEVA Primary!

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St Andrew’s CEVA Primary have just topped the table for schools in the East Midlands!

St. Andrew’s CEVA Primary School has a strong Christian ethos and relocated from the village of Great Billing to Ecton Brook in the summer of 2005.

It is situated in a pleasant location with a super playing field and playground. The School currently has 270 children on roll and is expanding from one form to two form entry. Building work carried out at the school has provided excellent additional accommodation of new classrooms, another hall, a food & technology room and fenced ball game area. Since September 2014 the school intake changed to 60 children.

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St Andrew’s value each individual and believe that working in partnership with parents and carers, and involving them in all aspects of the child’s development will ensure children progress as they should and that parents become part of the learning process for their own child. One of the schools values is “to work in partnership with parents and carers, involving them with all aspects of the child’s development and progress.” Skoolbo has been a perfect platform for St Andrews as it allows teachers and parents to follow individuals progress.

St Andrew’s also support practical, relevant and enjoyable learning experiences for their pupils and Skoolbo has been a great hit in this respect with both pupils and teachers alike.

The children, and teachers had this to say about Skoolbo:

Children:

“We love doing Skoolbo. It’s a great way to improve our Maths and English skills as well as having fun.”

“I really enjoy doing Skoolbo, I like the fact that I can compete against children from other schools.”

I really like it when I see my name or St. Andrew’s on the leaderboard.”

Teachers:

“Skoolbo has been a fantastic addition to our school. The children are really engaged and motivated to take part and they can really see the benefit to their learning.”

“It has been fantastic to see so many children wanting to take part in Skoolbo. The children are really keen to see where they are on each of the leaderboards and the Premier League challenge was great too!”

“At our recent Parent evenings there were lots of positive comments about Skoolbo with many parents saying that they had never seen so many children keen to do their homework! Skoolbo is a great way to keep parents involved in their child’s learning.”

st andrews pupils image2Since joining Skoolbo in September this year, St Andrews have answered an amazing 260,208 questions, with Althorp class answering over 136,000 alone. The school performed particularly well in the recent Premier League Challenge reaching 5th place on the school leaderboard , with Class Althorp, headed up by Mr Sarbutts achieving 4th place on the UK class leaderboard. Bobby from Althorp class managed to bag a spot in the top 30 pupils in the UK supporting Team Arsenal.

 

The class have particularly enjoyed Zippy Shake……..

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Well done St Andrew’s CEVA primary school!

They think it’s all over…it is now!

What an amazing 10 days it has been. Almost 3,500,000 Literacy and Numeracy questions answered and the three teams all earned their place in the top spot at some point during the challenge. In the end Team Arsenal proved to be just too strong and finished overall league champions with Team West Brom and Team Norwich City finishing second and third respectively.

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There were some wonderful individual performances and a few battles between students from the same school. We all enjoyed following Malcolm and Joshua from St Margaret’s CofE Junior School as they vied for the title but it was Vaughan, a Year 4 student from St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School who pipped them to the post and finished first on the pupil leaderboard. A huge well done to him! His class mate Joshua finished fourth while Lewis and Robert of Walsingham class at Swaffham CofE VC Junior School made up fifth and sixth places.

By the end of the challenge 66 students had exceeded 3000 answers, an outstanding effort!

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, those individual performances helped Year 4 from St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School top the class leaderboard but they would not have managed it without the rest of their class being very active so congratulations to everyone who participated. Other top scorers were Walsingham and Holkham (Swaffham CofE VC Junior School), Years 2 and 5 (Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe) and Althorp (St Andrew’s CofE VA Primary School)

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Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe amassed an incredible 152,905 answers which saw them rocket to the top of the school leaderboard. This was a tremendous whole school effort with every class from Reception to Year 6 active during the challenge and we mustn’t forget what this means for children’s learning. The school’s participation in the challenge has contributed to amazing improvements in Literacy and Numeracy. The average class improvement on Skoolbo in Year 2 is 27% for Literacy and 32% for Numeracy. Year 6 saw similar improvements of 30% in Literacy and 21% in Numeracy. Fantastic!

It was also great to see that our top performers came from a range of UK regions.

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Here a Skoolbo we have been delighted by the levels of engagement in the challenge and the improvement students have shown in key literacy and numeracy skills. We hope you all enjoyed wearing your team kit and flying your team planes and we look forward to seeing you all in the Skoolbo World Cup on the 3rd December – Go GB Kids Go!

A twilight session with Biggleswade teachers

BiggleswadeIt seems that it’s not only children who enjoy learning with Skoolbo. Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to Biggleswade Academy in Bedfordshire to work with teachers from Years 5 and 6.

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Biggleswade teachers will be bringing Skoolbo into their classrooms in the next few days and wanted the chance to explore the game for themselves. Everyone was very enthusiastic (aided by superb cake kindly supplied by Mr Eveleigh’s wife) and before long there was some serious competition developing.   Biggleswade photo 2

 

Mr Henson had the ‘best dressed avatar’ on the night!

It was fantastic to hear teachers discussing the different ways they will be using Skoolbo to accelerate improvement in Literacy and Numeracy skills with each teacher considering a range of approaches from small group work to early morning whole class sessions. Mr Eveleigh explained “Our aim is to establish Skoolbo in the Year 5 and 6 classrooms then roll it out to the younger children.”

We are really looking forward to seeing Biggleswade students appearing on the leaderboards very soon and if the children are as enthusiastic as their teachers then they can look forward to some fantastic fun learning on the Skoolbo platform!

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Biggleswade Academy Trust is an independent, state funded Academy providing truly comprehensive education and wrap around care for children aged 2-13. Based within the facilities of the previous Brigham pre, Southlands lower and Holmemead middle schools the Academy is set across 24 acres and combines the ‘through’ philosophy and ethos of a single school with the facilities, more commonly found within Bedfordshire, of the three tier system.

Get ready for the first Skoolbo World Cup!

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It’s time to unite, UK!

Having successfully played for different teams in the Premier League Challenge its time to come together as a country.

The Skoolbo World Cup challenge begins Wednesday 3rd December and goes until Tuesday 9th December.

UK children will take on US children to see who can answer the most questions in Skoolbo.

This is a great way to motivate students as we unite together to answer as many maths and literacy questions as we can. The World Cup will begin automatically, no sign up or registration is required. Participation from Wednesday 3rd to Tuesday 9th will count towards our grand total.

Join Team GB in their friendly match up with the USA! You can keep track of the leader board on our website for live results.

How to join in on the fun:

On Wednesday 3rd of December, when your students log in to Skoolbo, they will see their avatar decked out in their team uniform. To make it fair, the points from the top 1,000 students from each country will be added to an overall tally.

If you don’t yet have a Skoolbo account, you can register for free right here: http://dashboard.skoolbo.co.uk/register

You can also print the World Cup Challenge poster for your school from here.

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