Ysgol Gynradd Ty-Croes – an interview with Adrian Turner

SA18 3QDTycroes School motto is ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ and one class in particular have been demonstrating that they know exactly what this means. Students from Blwyddyn 4 (Year 4) have all been incredibly active on the Skoolbo platform and their reward was a recent 1st place spot on the UK class leaderboard!

Ysgol Gynradd Ty-Croes Class

Every single student in the class has contributed to their amazing ‘questions answered’ total of over 137,000 and they have earned themselves a place on our 100K Honours Board in the process –

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Tycroes TrophyThere have been some amazing individual performances as well – Bethany was the first to receive the Super Champ trophy for answering in excess of 10,000 questions. An awesome effort, well done Bethany!

 

Furthermore, this amazing achievement helped the whole school secure 10th place on the UK schools leaderboard recently –

Ysgol Gynradd Ty-Croes School

This superb effort deserved a reward and so we asked Skoolbo Ambassador and former Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer, Adrian Turner to join the class for a Skype session.

Bronze versus silver

Watch the video below to find out why Adrian Turner is more proud of his Commonwealth bronze medal than his silver. You can also learn about Adrian’s other favourite sports and which football team he is completely passionate about. Can you guess which it is?

Keep your eye on the prize!

You can hear all of the well researched questions Year 4 asked Adrian by watching the full interview here. Adrian has some excellent advice on how to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential, whatever your aims in life. Adrian also talks about studying to be an actor, proving that it is possible to excel in different things.

Thank you Tycroes – you are wonderful!

Tycroes School is a small primary school situated in Carmarthenshire in South Wales. The school aims to bring each pupil into a welcoming and secure atmosphere where the self-esteem of everyone involved with the school is developed so that they can feel positive about themselves, about what they do and about the school.

Celebrating our 10K Trophy Winners

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We think that answering over 10,000 questions on the Skoolbo platform is something to shout about, which is why we have been busily sending out our giant inflatable ‘Super Champ’ trophies.

Schools with students who have surpassed this incredible 10K milestone were recently offered the chance to receive one of these trophies and we have had no shortage of takers!

We love an opportunity to showcase great learning and these students from Filton Hill Primary in Bristol have been leading the way, with students almost queuing up for their turn with the trophy. Mrs Thomas’s class is building their own wall of fame of  ‘Super Champs’  and judging by recent performances, they may need a bigger wall!

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Not to be outdone are High Ham Church of England Primary School in Langport. Students have been presented with their trophies in school assemblies, receiving some much deserved recognition for their achievements in front of their friends.

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Please look out for more photographs of trophy winners appearing on our website very soon and if you have any photographs of your winning students you would like to share with us, please send them to us at –

info@skoolbo.co.uk

Keep up the great learning!

Peter’s Hill Primary – over a quarter of a million answers!

We have been very excited to see a new school appearing on the school leaderboards during the last few days.

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Peter’s Hill Primary School in the West Midlands are storming their way towards the top and have collectively answered over 264,000 questions so far! One class answered 6000 questions in a single day! They reached as high as fifth on the school leaderboard last week and have achieved an average improvement of over 30%

Leaderboard

All classes are active on the platform but it is class 6NP who are the current school leaders having ranked up an answer total of over 32,000 questions. They had better watch out though because class 6KH are snapping at their heels with more than 26,000 answers. Here at Skoolbo, we love a bit of friendly competition. Could these two star classes inspire the rest of the school to equal or beat their totals? How long before one of the classes join our 100K club?

Were the parents of Denise Lewis athletes?

The students of Peter’s Hill have shown tremendous dedication to their learning. Denise Lewis knows all about dedication and was delighted to speak with class 6NP and answer their questions. Find out if Denise’s sporting prowess was inherited from her parents, why she chose the heptathlon and what she would have done had she not made it as an athlete by watching the edited highlights of the interview below.

We also had some questions for the children about their experiences of learning with Skoolbo.

“Its really fun, whenever I go on Skoolbo I can play against other people. I play on the laptop, the graphics are really cool. You have to be quick!” Shiza, aged 10

“I love changing my avatar and getting new vehicles for races. It helps my Maths and English in a fun way” Xavier, aged 11

“Its fun because you feel really involved and the time limits make it really exciting” Katie aged 10

We also asked the teachers why they felt Skoolbo was having a positive impact on learning in their school.

“Skoolbo is a fantastic way to engage pupils and improve their basic skills, they hardly notice they are learning. A huge motivating factor is the quality graphics and the competitive element. We use Skoolbo as a reward, for homework and as part of lessons. It’s brilliant!”

“Skoolbo has transformed our home learning into something the children enjoy! They love competing and having some control over the design aspect, the high quality graphics is a real motivator! The children and staff are loving working with Skoolbo.” T Curnin, Acting Headteacher

Skoolbo around the globe

Skoolbo operates in many countries around the world but did you know that Skoolbo is working with community schools in Uganda where there is only one teacher for every 100 children? Find out more about this and Skoolbo’s work in the Philippines and rural Thailand by watching the full interview with Denise here.

Well done Peter’s Hill, we’re looking forward to seeing your 10K Super Champs on the Winners Board very soon!

Peter’s Hill is  a large 4 form entry primary school situated in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. They are committed to the provision of a caring, safe, healthy, exciting and well structured learning environment and the promotion of high standards and achievement for all.

2014 Class Honour Board – 100 K

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Congratulations to the 22 classes who achieved the Skoolbo 100 K Award in 2014. This is a major achievement and requires sustained effort across the class. Brilliant job!

Class Answers Average Improvement
Class Year 5 – Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, YH 185769 41.4%
Class Year 6 – Filton Hill Primary School, SW 181797 41.8%
Class Althorp – St Andrew’s CofE VA Primary School, EM 180991 29.3%
Class Year 6 – North Ormesby Primary Academy, NE 154632 42.7%
Class Year 2 – Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, YH 149774 47.5%
Class Glasgow – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 147766 42.4%
Class 3 Lime – Knutsford School, EA 145621 39.9%
Class Year-3 – Maple Cross Junior Mixed Infant and Nursery School, EA 129295 39.8%
Class Year 5 – Christ Church, Church of England Junior School, Downend, SW 119534 45.2%
Class Year 3 – Christ Church, Church of England Junior School, Downend, SW 119048 56.6%
Class Year 6 – Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, YH 118856 40.6%
Class Westminster – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 118196 38.1%
Class 6S – Alderman’s Green Community Primary School, WM 118126 39.4%
Class Swallows – Oxley Park Primary School, SE 115107 36.8%
Class 4 Beech – Knutsford School, EA 114902 37.7%
Class 6 – All Saints Church of England Primary School, WM 109222 37.6%
Class Year-4 – St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, WM 107325 37.7%
Class Year-5 – Limbrick Wood Primary School, WM 107123 40.4%
Class 3 Birch – Knutsford School, EA 106529 40.1%
Class Year 4 – Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy, NW 105344 43.9%
Class 4Ja – St Margaret’s CofE (C) Junior School, WM 104035 51.4%
Class 4 – All Saints Church of England Primary School, WM 101576 40.5%

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Well done also to the 126 classes who achieved the Skoolbo 50 K Award in 2014. Fantastic effort!

Class Answers Average Improvement
Class Dundee – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 98757 48.9%
Class Year 5 – St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale, NW 97106 36.5%
Class Year 4 – Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, YH 96855 32.1%
Class Year 3 – St Helen’s Catholic Primary School, WAL 94633 36.2%
Class 2 (1G) – St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, WM 94501 42.3%
Class 5Eh – Aldermoor Farm Primary School, WM 94095 44.1%
Class Oxford – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 92372 30.3%
Class Year 6 – Sheringdale Primary School, LD 91948 25.6%
Class 3Lib – Aldermoor Farm Primary School, WM 90126 52.6%
Class 5H – Stag Lane Junior School, LD 88968 34.4%
Class Year 3 – St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale, NW 87663 40.8%
Class Kingfishers – Oxley Park Primary School, SE 87348 36.9%
Class 4M – Stag Lane Junior School, LD 87337 26.1%
Class Rowan – Tanners Wood Junior Mixed and Infant School, EA 87188 36.4%
Class Walsingham – Swaffham CofE VC Junior School, EA 86679 32.0%
Class 4C – Gaywood Community Primary School, EA 82994 35.6%
Class Winchester – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 82811 39.3%
Class Ms Willmouth – Castle Hill Junior School, SE 81495 33.3%
Class Year 3 – Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, YH 80882 39.9%
Class Year 5 – Virginia Primary School, LD 80138 35.0%
Class Year 2 – St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale, NW 79462 54.8%
Class 4Ns – Aldermoor Farm Primary School, WM 79155 48.2%
Class Year 5 – Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary School, WM 78440 27.0%
Class 6B – Gaywood Community Primary School, EA 78242 36.0%
Class Winchester – Charing Church of England Aided Primary School, SE 76603 36.7%
Class 14 – St Thomas’ CofE Primary School, Leigh, NW 76529 27.9%
Class 4Jb – St Margaret’s CofE (C) Junior School, WM 76411 37.0%
Class P6 7 – Canmore Primary School, SCO 75946 35.0%
Class Blwyddyn 4 – Ysgol Gynradd Ty-croes, WAL 75442 39.0%
Class Y6 – Blackshaw Lane Primary & Nursery School, NW 74883 37.2%
Class Red 6 – Sybourn Primary School, LD 73533 36.0%
Class Liverpool – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 73519 50.1%
Class Year 5 – Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy, NW 72983 39.7%
Class 6C – Spon Gate Primary School, WM 72889 35.5%
Class Fountains – St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, YH 72746 39.4%
Class Willow – Hartford Community Junior School, EA 72216 31.7%
Class Year 6 – Christ Church, Church of England Junior School, Downend, SW 71507 44.1%
Class Year 2 – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, SW 70799 40.3%
Class Year 5 – All Saints CofE Primary School, WM 69950 29.9%
Class Rievaulx – St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, YH 69778 33.7%
Class 2 (1C) – St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, WM 69296 50.0%
Class 2 Pine – Knutsford School, EA 69146 37.4%
Class 13 – St Thomas’ CofE Primary School, Leigh, NW 67696 27.1%
Class 5Th – Biggleswade Academy, EA 67413 36.4%
Class Year 4 – High Ham Church of England Primary School, SW 66633 36.9%
Class 5E – Spon Gate Primary School, WM 66452 46.7%
Class 4 Beech – Kempshott Junior School, SE 65714 36.5%
Class 6 – Saint Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, YH 65154 34.2%
Class Miss Cocker – Castle Hill Junior School, SE 65009 33.4%
Class Year 5 – Leigh Church of England Primary School, WM 64843 43.2%
Class Year 3 – High Ham Church of England Primary School, SW 64823 35.8%
Class Miss  Wyers Class – Castle Hill Junior School, SE 64807 34.5%
Class Year 3 – Sheringdale Primary School, LD 64794 43.3%
Class Walnut – St Stephen’s Junior School, SE 64604 32.6%
Class Year 4 – St Peter’s CofE Primary School, NW 64045 67.2%
Class Gloucester – Charing Church of England Aided Primary School, SE 63733 39.9%
Class Year 4 – Christ Church, Church of England Junior School, Downend, SW 63723 34.6%
Class Dragonflies – Oxley Park Primary School, SE 63662 37.0%
Class Year 4 – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, SW 63066 37.9%
Class Squirrels – Oxley Park Primary School, SE 63002 35.5%
Class Miss Rossiter – Castle Hill Junior School, SE 62732 28.2%
Class 5Kg – Aldermoor Farm Primary School, WM 62618 37.2%
Class Holly – Hartford Community Junior School, EA 61535 40.0%
Class Year 4 – Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary School, WM 61258 40.1%
Class 6M – Eastern Green Junior School, WM 61038 23.8%
Class Year 4 – Maple Cross Junior Mixed Infant and Nursery School, EA 60979 35.9%
Class Blwyddyn 5 – Ysgol G.G. Bronllwyn, WAL 60609 28.8%
Class Blue 6 – Sybourn Primary School, LD 60469 30.0%
Class Year 3 – St Peter’s CofE Primary School, NW 60464 52.7%
Class Y3456 – Tonmawr Primary School, WAL 60021 44.5%
Class Class 3 – Whittlebury Church of England Primary School, EM 59510 27.9%
Class 5 – All Saints Church of England Primary School, WM 59065 35.2%
Class Discoverers – Ormiston Herman Academy, EA 58975 38.0%
Class Year 3 – Filton Hill Primary School, SW 58964 43.4%
Class 4S – Clifford Bridge Primary School, WM 58789 37.2%
Class 6P – Eastern Green Junior School, WM 58617 24.7%
Class Brixworth – St Andrew’s CofE VA Primary School, EM 58128 46.0%
Class Class 2 – Cockwood Primary School, SW 58065 41.3%
Class Year 6 – St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, WM 57996 26.3%
Class Class Bm – Otterbourne Church of England Primary School, SE 57853 32.0%
Class 6A – North Primary School and Nursery, EA 57730 35.4%
Class 6Nw – St Margaret’s CofE (C) Junior School, WM 57677 40.5%
Class 4Green – Barclay Primary School, LD 57597 47.8%
Class Year 5 – High Ham Church of England Primary School, SW 57474 27.4%
Class 3Li – Aldermoor Farm Primary School, WM 56832 44.5%
Class Year 4 – Sheringdale Primary School, LD 56738 34.7%
Class Year 6 – St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale, NW 56619 31.0%
Class 3P – Stag Lane Junior School, LD 56343 36.7%
Class Wrens – Oxley Park Primary School, SE 56026 42.7%
Class Year 6 – Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary School, WM 55945 31.8%
Class 4 Elm – Knutsford School, EA 55659 31.5%
Class Durham – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 55575 42.0%
Class Yr3 – Kingsfleet Primary School, EA 55370 34.9%
Class 6C – Stag Lane Junior School, LD 55232 37.5%
Class Y4 – St Francis Catholic Primary School, WM 55167 34.0%
Class 5T – Boringdon Primary School, SW 54707 29.0%
Class Year 4 – St Helen’s Catholic Primary School, WAL 54701 41.2%
Class Blue 5 – Sybourn Primary School, LD 54478 37.1%
Class Snowy Owls – Oxley Park Primary School, SE 54381 33.1%
Class Byland – St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, YH 54353 34.7%
Class Pine – Hartford Community Junior School, EA 54141 31.4%
Class 4 – Yardley Wood Community Primary School, WM 53910 34.4%
Class Class 4 – Huish Primary School, SW 53728 34.5%
Class 5N – Rainow Primary School, NW 53487 30.1%
Class Aberdeen – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 53455 36.3%
Class Sycamore 14 – Hawthorn Park Community Primary School, EA 53342 39.9%
Class Selby – St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, YH 52877 45.6%
Class Crusaders – Ormiston Herman Academy, EA 52830 43.2%
Class Sycamore – Hartford Community Junior School, EA 52662 33.4%
Class 6 (5H) – St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, WM 52375 35.1%
Class 2Rj – Oakington Manor Primary School, LD 52359 45.8%
Class Cambridge – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 52067 35.1%
Class Year 6 – Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy, NW 51926 28.6%
Class 5J – The Twyn School, WAL 51715 23.6%
Class Year 6 – St Paul’s C.I.W. Primary School, WAL 51674 44.7%
Class Exeter – ARK Oval Primary Academy, LD 51405 38.3%
Class 2009 – Itchen Abbas Primary School, SE 51400 33.1%
Class Giraffes – Peasmarsh Church of England Primary School, SE 51384 40.9%
Class Oak Year 5 – Hever Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, SE 51283 38.4%
Class Year 5 – St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, WM 51189 35.4%
Class 3 Ash – Kempshott Junior School, SE 51188 40.5%
Class Year 1 – St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, WM 51110 46.7%
Class Year 6 – Oasis Academy Foundry, WM 50884 62.1%
Class 4K – Stag Lane Junior School, LD 50498 42.8%
Class Green 6 – Sybourn Primary School, LD 50460 35.0%
Class P7 – Busby Primary School, SCO 50439 33.5%

Biggleswade Academy, Denise Lewis and those Strictly Come Dancing dresses!

We have already been overwhelmed by the children of Biggleswade Academy’s contagious enthusiasm for learning. Despite being new to the Skoolbo learning platform, they were the highest performing school in the recent 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! The end of the challenge did not result in a slowing down of the children’s efforts either and they have answered an incredible 323,156 questions to date!

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 “What would you prefer to wear a strictly dress or tracksuit bottoms?”

There was therefore never any doubt that the children from Class 6KW would come up with some truly great and innovative questions for Skoolbo Ambassador Denise Lewis OBE for their recent interview with her. As well as shining a light on the tough training regime necessary to become a top heptathlete, Denise answered questions about what she thought of her Strictly Come Dancing wardrobe, what is was like to compete in the Invictus Games and what her favourite subject was at school.

The children couldn’t wait to share their experience of interviewing Denise and you can take a look at the interview in full below:

We were really excited to meet Denise Lewis but we could only see her in the afternoon (due to technical difficulties.) We finally got to see her at 2:00 and we had lots of questions about Strictly Come Dancing and the Olympic Games. Denise talked about her medals including her Invictus games medal.  She had competed in the wheelchair basketball during the Invictus games that Prince Harry had organised to inspire the Service men and women who had been injured when fighting and protecting our country. We found out that she always wanted to be an athlete and she liked English as a child. We also found out that she was 9 or 10 when she first competed in Athletics competitions. In Strictly Come Dancing she was put with a guy called Ian Waite. She prefers strictly come dancing dresses to tracksuits! – Catriona, Joshua, Beth and Dan 

Meeting Denise Lewis was great.  It was fun talking about her dancing and athletics. Also we talked about her achievements. We were impressed about her MBE and OBE. Some of us were surprised that she would rather wear a strictly dress to a track suits! She told us how hard it was to do the 2000 Olympics on a hurt ankle. She started athletics club when she was little. Her gym teacher was her inspiration. I think she is an inspiration because she competed on a hurt ankle. It was very cool that she did the wheelchair rugby during the Invictus Games. She said it was weird going from running to being in a wheelchair. She said she found it fun working with a group in wheelchair rugby. She found the Olympics great! – Lauren, Archie, Krystian and Steph

We got to talk to Denise Lewis the athlete via a Skype call on Friday 9th January. First the reason why we got this treat is because we came 6th out of all the classes in Britain on Skoolbo. Denise was a gold medal athlete in 2000 Olympics, she got many other awards like a MBE and an OBE that was awarded by the Queen. We also got to talk to one of the people from Skoolbo, Colin Brown.  Their goal is to get 5,000,000 children to play on it. Denise Lewis told us that she had to train twice a day, six days in a week. Her PE teacher inspired her to start athletics and she first wanted to be in the Olympics at age of 8. We also ask how different it felt changing from sports to dancing and she answered it wasn’t much of a change because it uses energy and you need to be healthy. It was such a great experience and a real honour to talk to Colin and Denise.  Thank you so much Skoolbo. – Sadie R, Jack, Ben and Thomas

It was the best opportunity ever, to speak to Denise Lewis.  We asked her lots of questions like, “How much training did you have to do, to be in the Olympics?” and “What would you prefer to wear a strictly dress or tracksuit bottoms?” and lots more.  She has a gold medal, which is really impressive! When she was in the Olympics she hurt her Achilles tendon, but she carried on going because she’d come too far to give up and she didn’t want any regrets. – Tara, Ryan, Sadie B and Kacey

Thank you Class 6KW – you rock!

Eastern Green – inspired by the challenge!

Eastern Green Junior School in Coventry were one of the star performers in last year’s World Cup Challenge answering a total of 99,750 questions and finishing 7th overall in the UK. We felt that this performance deserved some proper recognition and so we asked Skoolbo Ambassador, Denise Lewis OBE, to personally congratulate them.

Eastern Green

The children of classes 6M and 6P thought of some wonderful questions to ask Denise but we also wanted to find out about why they thought they were so successful. The children told us that they were inspired by the World Cup Challenge and the strong streak of competition that runs through Year 6. The children enjoyed competing against other schools but we also heard about some serious inter-year group competition as well. We loved hearing from this school about the positive aspects of friendly competition and how every child was motivated to participate and improve.

Could you beat Jessica Ennis?

This was just one of the questions put to Denise by the children. You can hear her answer and the rest of the interview by watching the edited highlights below.

 

The staff and children of Eastern Green are already preparing for future challenges with some serious practise (and learning) on the Skoolbo platform.  Next time they will have the whole school on board and quite a few siblings. Could your school take them on?

You can see the full interview here.

 

Eastern Green’s aim is to ensure that everybody develops and achieves their full potential. They aim to provide a rich and varied curriculum in which children are nurtured, thrive and are encouraged and supported to develop into mature, independent learners. They aim to encourage and teach the values of honesty, tolerance and respect. Eastern Green is a two form entry junior school situated on the outskirts of Coventry.