The list of students surpassing 10,000 answers on the Skoolbo platform just keeps getting longer which is definitely something to smile about. We’d like to say a massive ‘well done’ to everyone who has reached this milestone – a tremendous achievement and a huge step forward in securing those key skills in Literacy and Numeracy!
Here are some photographs of just some of the latest winners.
Matthew – Yr 4 student at St Aidan’s Church of England Primary School in the North East
Cian Jones and friends all from Tycroes Primary School in Wales
A fabulous effort – you are an inspiration to us all!
It is estimated that approximately 60,000 children are home educated in the UK (http://www.home-education.org.uk/) and at Skoolbo we are delighted to have so many home educated children on board.
We recently received a fabulous email from Lucy, the mother of Sky (aged 7) and Shannon (aged 6) who educates her children at home. In her email, Lucy gives us a wonderful glimpse of how Skoolbo fits in around their hectic family schedule.
I just want to say a massive thank you to the whole team for developing such a brilliant game and for deciding to keep it free! My 6 & 7 year old love it – we homeschool them and they play it on their iPads on their way to various activities and they think its amazing- so many brilliant ideas – I am so grateful that it is free- it is incomparable to any other free app I have found and it has meant that I am no longer doing research into which educational literacy/numeracy app to buy for them as this is more than sufficient for the time being. I also love that I can track their progress online and would love to see this furthered in the future with clear information on their progress in different areas and guidance on where they are weaker.
They also love the Spanish Skoolbo 🙂 Thanks again from a very grateful family!
Naturally we wanted to hear from the children and so we got back in contact with the family to find out what Sky and Shannon think of Skoolbo.
‘I like skoolbo because I have a colourful super hero costume I also like flying. I love my house because I love my new teddy bear and truck and cat and sofa and airplanes and the literacy and numeracy and I like my background.’ Sky aged 7
‘I like skoobo because i like maths and times tables and the people.My favorite person is Lottey and Ru. I like flying in my airplane and winning the rase. I like my house. Iv got lodes of things in my house like a teddy bear and a cat and a blue sofers.’ Shannon aged 6
We always appreciate hearing suggestions for future developments and we were delighted to be able to answer Lucy’s questions regarding progress tracking. This can already be viewed through the ‘results’ section of the dashboard but there is more to come! With the release the ‘reports’ feature on the platform, Home Educators, Parents, Teachers and Schools will soon be able to view more detailed information about children’s progress and attainment on Skoolbo. For example you will soon have access to a real time strength and weakness analyser along with the ability to compare progress and attainment with national averages so please keep a look out for these exciting new features.
Thank you Lucy, Sky and Shannon for sharing your experiences with us, we’ll be looking out for your avatars in the game so keep playing!
We were recently very excited to see a school from Scotland making their mark and storming up the leaderboards. Busby Primary School may only be a small school but they have been incredibly busy and recently found themselves 3rd on the school leaderboard, making them the top Scottish school!
There has been a terrific contribution from all the students who have collectively answered over 335,000 questions including 17,000 in one day alone! This meant that students have achieved an average improvement in Literacy and Numeracy skills of 33% but those in Class P7 have been particularly successful –
Of course these superstars are fully deserving of some recognition and Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth medallist Adrian Turner was on hand to congratulate them and answer their questions.
Adrian Turner versus Michael Phelps
We are always amazed at the amount of research that students do before interviewing one of our ambassadors and the children of Busby Primary School were no exception. You can find out about Adrian’s greatest opponent, what he would have done had he not been a swimmer and why he supports Skoolbo by watching the videos below. Adrian also has some fantastic advice for anyone who wants to achieve, no matter what their goals and aspirations are.
In the extended version you can hear the children’s wonderful suggestions for developing the game further. We have passed them all on to inventor Shane Hill so watch this space, you could find yourself zooming around on the back of a great dragon or riding a unicorn on a quest through a new magical world very soon!
Thank you Busby Primary School – you have really made our day!
Busby Primary School is a small non-denominational school catering for children from years P1 to P7. Based in East Renfrewshire, the school promotes a vision to empower and equip their young people to make their mark in the world.