World cup champions for London – Stag Lane Junior School

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Stag Lane Junior school joined Skoolbo in July 2014, and have gone from strength to strength…

Eesha (the pupil with the most correct answers in 5H):
‘Skoolbo is a remarkable, exceptional and really exciting way of learning. There are fabulous ways of earning points by playing maths and literacy games, so that you can buy aeroplanes as well as other great toys. Skoolbo is great because you can compete against other children around the world which means you want to play it everyday to earn the points. What is your favourite game on it?’

Since joining Skoolbo literacy has improved by 22% on average and Numeracy by 16% across the school!

“I think it is fantastic – I tried it out on my 8 year old son at home first and because he loved it so much I just knew that our children at Stag Lane HAD to have it! It was so eye catching and fast paced. My staff particularly like the fact that it assesses the children as they go along so they don’t have to regularly set new work. The children are very enthused and it has taken off in every year group from Year 3 to Year 6. The sticker packs have been well received and it is lovely to see children walking around the school wearing them.”

Jo Kercher – Maths Subject leader Stag Lane Junior school

In the recent World Cup Challenge the school stormed the leaderboards and were the top placed London school, reaching 13th place in the world school leaderboard.

Class 5H were the highest placed London class in 23rd place in the world!

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Skoolbo has been taken on by the whole school, and to date the school have answered nearly 500,000 questions collectively! With all classes playing. An amazing feat!

‘Skoolbo is awesome due to the fact that as you earn points you can spend them on anything you want, that’s why I have a cool collection. Everyday is awesome when I am beating my opponent! It really is a fabulous game for all children’. Fatima 5H

‘Skoolbo is just so much fun. I love to play it and it helps me to learn.’ Khilan 5H

‘I love playing the maths games best as I get lots of points when I beat the other children. It really does help me to learn, without  making it look like normal work because it’s a game really.’ Jeevan 5H

 Built in 1935 the school is set in spacious grounds in Edgware, Harrow and borders the boroughs of Brent and Barnet. Stag Lane Junior School is a mixed school for children of 7-11 years old. There are currently twelve classes, three in each of the year groups 3 to 6.

The school provide an exciting and stimulating environment for learning within a happy and caring atmosphere and aim for every child to enjoy their time at school and reach the highest standards of personal, social and intellectual achievement.

Their vision, that their children will become confident, motivated, lifelong learners who are able to communicate effectively in an ever-changing multicultural world, is one we support wholeheartedly.

Well done Stag Lane Junior, top performing London World Cup school!

An interview with Denise Lewis – North Ormesby Academy

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 At the end of the Skoolbo World Cup Challenge, one class stood out above the rest.

Mr Nicholson’s Year 6 class at North Ormesby Primary Academy not only achieved 3rd place on the Class leaderboard and 1st in the UK, but  R.L a pupil from year 6 also topped the world pupil leaderboard!

Due to this stunning performance, they were given the opportunity to interview Denise Lewis and what a fantastic meeting it was!

Above you can see the ‘highlights’ or you can see the meeting in all its glory below, Enjoy!

Could this be your class after the next Challenge? 

St Alban’s Catholic Primary School show the rest how to take Skoolbo to another level!

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St Albans Catholic Primary School have taken Skoolbo on to another level…

Since joining Skoolbo in June 2014, the school have answered a fantastic over 150,000 questions with Mr Senior and Mr Barraclough’s Year 6 class (Rievaulx) answering an amazing 60,131 questions. Numeracy has improved by 17% across the school and literacy by a fantastic 25%.

“I piloted​ the software with my Year 6 class to see what the general consensus was. As I started to see how valuable the software was (and how much the children loved it), I rolled it out to all of KS2 and last week KS1 came on board.

Year 6 (Rievaulx) have been using Skoolbo as a guided reading carousel activity along with handwriting, spelling practise and comprehension. The children can independently (and quietly!) get on with no fuss whilst I hear a group read

Selby, our Year 2 class, love it so much that Miss Shipley has children playing on her iPhone and an old tablet from home as well as the classroom computer. Miss Shipley has said that children are keen to produce writing of high quality and standard in good time so that they can “choose” to go on Skoolbo. They have a Skoolbo-er of the week!”

Mr Senior – Year 6  (Rievaulx) Teacher

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Miss Shipley with Selby – Year 2 class. 

Recently the school have introduced a Skoolbo leaderboard to their website which has increased the motivation of everyone involved, pupils can now play each week and a leaderboard of the pupils in the school is shown on the site at the end of each week. Skoolbo certificates have been introduced to the top performers each week given out in Assembly.

“Our first Skoolbo Pupil of the week was given her certificate in this morning’s assembly. She was thrilled! This will be a weekly occurrence now. Top 20 pupils using Skoolbo weekly are displayed on our school website and top 10 displayed in the Computing Lab. Another incentive to use Skoolbo at home. Skoolbo offers a great opportunity for all our children to get involved and working together. The regular competitions that Skoolbo runs enables pupils from FS2 all the way to Y6 to work together cooperatively –they love to spur each other on!”  Mrs Ayres – Headteacher St Alban’s Catholic Primary School

St Albans have also recently started their first after school Skoolbo club. They have 17 PCs, 3 school iPads, three staff iPhones and two staff tablets in use. This has been a great way to give children who don’t have access to ICT/internet at home another opportunity to use Skoolbo.

Thank you St Albans Doncaster, you are true Skoolbo school Ambassador’s. They have even presented Skoolbo on their website for parents to see.

St. Albans Catholic Primary School in Denaby Main, are a one form entry school on the outskirts of Doncaster. The school has 182 pupils and caters for pupils from 4-11 years old. The classes within the school take their names from six Yorkshire Abbeys: Rosedale (FS), Roach (Y1), Selby (Y2), Byland (Y3/4), Fountains (Y5) and Rievaulx(Y6).

The school ethos is to equip each child with the skills to understand the world around them and make a positive contribution to the school and their local community.They aim to do this by developing pupils love of learning by introducing learning styles that encourage them to enjoy a thirst for knowledge.. Children then become fully engaged and are able to reach their full potential. Skoolbo fits perfectly with this ethos.

Well done and thank you St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School, Doncaster!

Biggleswade Academy – Flying the flag for Team GB!

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We may have only just welcomed Biggleswade Academy to the Skoolbo platform but they did not waste any time at all in getting involved in our latest challenge. They were the highest performing school in the Skoolbo World Cup, beating all other UK schools to secure 6th place on the Schools’ Leaderboard answering over 117,000 questions during the 7 day challenge!

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Perhaps we should not have been surprised as the children of Biggleswade Academy have shown tremendous enthusiasm and commitment to their learning with Skoolbo from the outset. Within two days of playing their first game, Biggleswade were 3rd on the UK leaderboard…

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…and 13th in the world!

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Perhaps most astonishing of all is the fact that these results have been achieved by just two year groups, Years 5 and 6. With the rest of the school due to come on board very soon, we can expect to see Biggleswade Academy making regular appearances on the leaderboards.

We asked Academy Principal, Stephen Phillips, what he thinks about his school’s success in the Skoolbo World Cup and why Skoolbo appeals to teachers and students.

‘It’s great to see how enthusiastically our children have taken to using Skoolbo to help them improve their literacy and numeracy skills. The friendly competition is driving them on to bigger and better things and the results are being seen in their classroom work as well as on the Skoolbo leader boards. Long may it continue!’

IMG_0792 Fantastic to have you on board Biggleswade!

‘I love using Skoolbo at home and in school. It’s so much fun and it helps me learn!’ Mustafa, Sybourn Primary School

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Sybourn Primary launched Skoolbo in their classes only a matter of weeks ago, and they are going from strength to strength:

‘Skoolbo is amazing, I love it!’ Brandon

‘Skoolbo really helps me with my Maths, even my brother uses it!’ Andreea
‘I love doing my times tables on Skoolbo – I love being able to choose what I want to revise.’ Ling
 
‘Having only launched Skoolbo a number of weeks ago, it has been an instant success. Children from EYFS up to Year 6 are fully engaged and enjoy mastering their skills through the interactive games. Skoolbo has helped to raise the profile and enjoyment of Maths across the whole school. The impact on learning has been extremely positive.’ 
Paul Acheson – Maths Lead
thumbnail sybournSkoolbo has been a real hit at Sybourn, the school currently have 23 classes playing and have answered a stunning 509,649 questions overall at the school.
Ms Magiera’s year 6 class have answered 54,201 questions alone. Numeracy has improved by 15% on average and literacy by a fantastic 25%.ClassDuring the recent World Cup Challenge ,Year 6 Red class achieved a top 50 class place answering over 17,000 questions! With M.A coming in 9th place on the pupil leaderboard!Well done to you year 6 Red’s!

 

The school finished in 33rd place in the world, a cracking performance from our first featured London school!

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Sybourn Primary is a three form entry co-educational primary school and operates as part of the Lion Academy Trust. The age range at Sybourn is 3 – 11 years of age and the school have 670 pupils on roll. Within Sybourn Primary School there is also a Nursery provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage and in addition daycare facilities for 0-3 year.

Located in a community that benefits from being culturally diverse, the school population consists of 27 ethnicities and benefits from 30 languages spoken by the pupils at their school.

At Sybourn Primary School they believe that all children and students have a right to have an excellent education in order to give them the best life chances irrespective of race, colour, creed or circumstance. They have high aspirations for our children, staff and communities. At the heart of the school, is a dedicated team of staff who are committed to being part of a school that is equipped to enable all staff and students to make outstanding progress.

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They believe that that obstacles and barriers both real and perceived can be overcome by clear, strategic and targeted support that creates culture change based on sharing good and outstanding practice, collegiality, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. This underpins their high expectations and actions, and drives all the staff to provide opportunities for the children in order for them to reach the highest possible levels of attainment and achieve exceptionally well in all walks of life.

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The school challenge and develop their children to become curious, autonomous learners who are inspired and stimulated through a rich and varied curriculum that is appropriate to individual needs.Skoolbo works hand in hand with this philosophy.

Sybourn develop children’s learning skills and by setting high expectations and exacting standards, they prepare their children to flourish, have high self-esteem and self belief.

The school expect their to leave the school as the best possible Thinkers, Achievers and Innovators imaginable. A sentiment we at Skoolbo support wholeheartedly.IMG_0201

Well done Sybourn Primary School!

North Ormesby Academy’s Year 6 – World Cup leaders in the UK!

The World Cup challenge is over, and one class stood above all the rest in the UK.

A huge, well done to Mr Nicholson’s Year 6 class who achieved 3rd place on the Class leaderboard, answering an amazing 85,317 questions overall.

The school made it into the top 10 too, getting to 9th place overall answering 90,777 questions.

 A pupil from Mr Nicholson’s class R.L also topped the pupil leaderboard!  A fantastic achievement – well done. Top of the world!

To date, Mr Nicholson’s class have improved literacy on average by 34% and numeracy by 24%.

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The children of North Ormesby enjoying Skoolbo during their lunch break.

Well done North Ormesby and particularly Year 6 – a great performance!

Congratulations Team USA but Team Skoolbo are the real winners!

Well it was a closely fought match but Team USA put in an outstanding effort on the final day of the Skoolbo World Cup to finish as overall winners. Congratulations to all the children in the USA and to the the children of Team GB who made it such a close race.

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Over 8 million questions answered during the challenge – wow!

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Skoolbo is your Team…

Everyone we have spoken to has told us what enormous fun they have had participating in the challenge. As Henry Winkler has said “Skoolbo is your team” and it has been wonderful to see everyone pulling together to make the challenge a success. We shouldn’t forget that all this fun has resulted in children in the UK and the USA making fantastic progress towards securing key literacy and numeracy skills, which is what we’re all about.

Back to the competition…Four UK schools finished in the top ten – Biggleswade Academy, Eastern Green Junior School, North Ormesby Primary Academy and Oxley Park Primary School.

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These schools made an amazing contribution to Team GB’s race, collectively answering over 300,000 questions!

We saw three UK classes finish in the top ten on the class leaderboard, Year 6 from North Ormesby and Years 6M and 6P from Eastern Green, perhaps getting in some practise before the SATs?

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We were delighted to see six children from the UK finishing in the top ten on the UK leaderboard with the number one spot bagged by R.L from North Ormesby Primary Academy – well done!

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We have all enjoyed watching the competition unfold over the last few days, we hope you have too and remember get your friends onboard with Team Skoolbo. Together we can be amazing!

Dickie Davis – Skoolbo Supporter -Go Team GB Go!!

Another rousing rallying cry from one of our great Skoolbo supporters,TV Sports Presenter Dickie Davis.

 

We can do it! Lets show the US what Team GB are made of!

Over 5 million questions answered, and Team GB are in the lead!

A cracking day in the World Cup Challenge!

We have overtaken the 5 million mark and the totaliser is still racing along.  We have also taken the lead, but will need to work pretty hard to make sure we stay there!

We also have 6 classes in the top 10 on the leaderboard, all with over 27,000 questions answered! It would be great to see a GB class at the top of the leaderboard, can we do it by tomorrow?

We also have 6 schools in the top 10 of the leaderboard, it would be great to see some more rise into the top 5 (well done Biggleswade!)  …… it’s very possible.

We’ve also seen some new schools entering the leaderboard with some great results, well done to Eastern Green, Hawthorn Park, Greatstone Primary, White Rock, St Mary’s Catholic (NW), The Twyn School, Woodlands View, Clifton Upon Dunsmore, and Hartford Junior.

Great to see Team GB really pulling together!

More classes playing within your schools could see us soar up the board.

Also REMEMBER the challenge runs until 10pm tomorrow and you can play at home too!

GO TEAM GB GO!

Holly and Harry from London are playing for Team GB are you?

Holly 7  (Year 3) and Harry 4 (Reception) from London,  Inspired by our wonderful ambassadors and Megan, they thought they should show their support for Team GB, which they do,  rather enthusiastically!   And we’re currently in the lead – GO TEAM GB GO!!