St John Fisher battling for the top spot!

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One school has been standing out recently in the North West of England. St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School in Rochdale have answered over half a million questions on the Skoolbo platform so far.

 

Three classes recently joined the 100K club – Years 2, 3 and 5, which is exceptional.

 

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The battle rages between Years 2 and 3!

Two classes in particular have caught our attention as they seem to be having a very close battle. Year 2 have answered 122,013 questions while Year 3 just have the lead with 122,883 answers! Year 2 however lead in the improvement tables having made a whopping 53% improvement in numeracy and 42% in literacy which is simply outstanding!

So…

Who will be the top performer in the school tomorrow?

Will Year 5 put in a concerted effort and snatch the lead away?

Will the other classes in the school be inspired to reach the 100K milestone and put in a challenge for the top spot in the school?

Snow White loves Skoolbo too!

It’s clear that these students are dedicated to their learning on the Skoolbo platform. Even the excitement of the recent World Book Day didn’t distract them from improving their skills as these wonderful photographs show –

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Delighted to have found an app that has been an absolute success in our school. Our children really have thrived using Skoolbo. The results table for each child is invaluable. Pssst don’t tell anyone, but its free!!!   Mrs Fadeyibi

 

 

 

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It’s really brilliant! I love the learning games and getting bo coins. Cameron

I love changing my avatar. I like playing against other people. I like getting lots of coins for coming first. Max

 

 

 

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I like playing against each other. Owen

 

 

 

 

IMG_3339You get to challenge other players while learning. I like getting my own house and furniture. Joshua

 

We were very happy to receive these lovely handwritten quotes from students. We’d like to thank them for taking the time to write them. We absolutely love hearing from students.

 

 

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We are delighted to have these students on board with Skoolbo. Please keep up the excellent work!

St John Fisher RC Primary School is a one-form entry school based in Stanycliffe Lane.

 

Netley students share their swimming technique with Adrian Turner

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Netley Primary School in Camden have been proving that they are passionate about Skoolbo with some outstanding performances on the Skoolbo platform. We are always keen to help schools celebrate their successes but on this occasion Netley beat us to it with a wonderful animation they created to congratulate their Skoolbo stars. You can take a look by clicking the link below –

http://netley.camden.sch.uk/skoolbo-awards/

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With three classes exceeding 100,000 answers already (4NC, 5PK and 6DO), it is unsurprising to learn that the school have answered over 772,000 questions, bringing them tantalisingly close to the one million milestone. This storming performance also earns them regular appearances on the leaderboards.

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We invited Maths Subject Leader Gareth Morris to put together a panel of Skoolbo star students to interview Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer Adrian Turner. Adrian is a passionate supporter of Skoolbo and always relishes the opportunity to talk to children about their learning on the platform. The children of course had plenty of questions for Adrian about his time as a swimmer and they really demonstrated how much research they had carried out. The great questions they asked included ‘How hard was it for you do do all four strokes?’ ‘What was your favourite subject at school?’ and ‘What emotions go through your head while you are swimming?’

Watch the videos below to hear the answers to these questions and more. You can even see the children give Adrian a land-based demonstration of their front crawl!

 

Well done to these intrepid interviewers and to all the students at the school who have contributed to this amazing joint performance, we salute you!

Netley Primary School is a diverse and inclusive school, exuding a warmth and generosity of spirit that comes from happy children and school community. They cater for 430 children, including in the Woodlands, an outstanding resource base unit for children with Autism.

The school’s primary aim is to encourage every child to be curious, creative and challenged. Staff provide stimulating and meaningful lessons, often working with specialists, entrepreneurs and artists to make learning a rich experience.

Limbrick Wood – reporting on Adrian Turner

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We were delighted to welcome a new class to the prestigious Skoolbo 100K club recently. Year 5 from Limbrick Wood Primary School were the first class in their school to reach this milestone. Since then they have powered on to reach 210,000 answers on the platform showing an average improvement in Literacy skills of 36% and 24% in Numeracy so far!

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Of course this has been a tremendous team effort but one student has stood out head and shoulders above the rest. A young man by the name of Rhys has answered over 133,000 questions, making him a regular on our UK pupil leaderboard.

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This fantastic performance from Rhys together with amazing support from his peers earned Year 5 the chance to question Olympic and Commonwealth Swimmer Adrian Turner. The children were learning how to write reports and so this was the perfect opportunity to formulate questions that would fill in the gaps in their research about Adrian. They were also keen to hear some anecdotes to help make their reports really special.

Take a look at their fantastic learning displayed proudly in their classroom. They asked Adrian some wonderful questions such as who inspired him the most during his swimming career and whether he is still a swimmer at heart or if he now prefers acting.

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We are amazed at the quality of this beautiful writing, some budding sports journalists in the making perhaps?

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Thank you Year 5, you have inspired the rest of your school to get active on Skoolbo. Your whole school total currently stands at 428,810, very close to the half a million mark! We look forward to seeing what you do next on the Skoolbo platform.

Limbrick Wood is a one-form entry primary school based in Tile Hill, Coventry. Their core purpose is “to ensure that every child achieves their full potential, and then more.” They are very proud to have recently made it onto the Sunday Times top 200 primary schools list.

Class 4Green are first past the post to meet Denise Lewis!

Class 4Green of Barclay Primary School in Leyton, East London have been showing their true colours by becoming the first class in their school to reach 100,000 answers on Skoolbo.
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This wonderful class of 8 and 9 year olds have made astonishing progress on the Skoolbo platform resulting in a fantastic 40% improvement in Literacy and 27% in Numeracy. Their teacher, Miss Richardson, has a very good idea about how they were able to achieve this.

“We have so many children who are really motivated to improve their learning. Much of this is completely independent with children taking it upon themselves to play Skoolbo at home.”

One million and rising!

Barclay, it seems, is a school full of super achievers as, while class 4Green may have been the first to reach 100K, 5Blue and 5Green have now joined them on the 100K leaderboard. Students from other classes as well deserve credit as together they have helped Barclay answer more than a million questions!

It’s obvious that these children love learning and we thought they deserved some extra recognition by giving them the chance to interview Olympic gold medallist, Denise Lewis OBE. She had some wonderful advice for the children about the importance of standing out for the right reasons.

You can see both the highlights and the extended version of their interview below. Find out the answers to some fabulous questions devised by the children.

In this extended version you can also learn why Denise finds local athlete Christine Ohuruogu so inspirational and why she was embarrassed to stand up in assembly as a child.

Class 4Green – we salute you!

Barclay Primary School is based in Leyton, East London. They want children to be happy and successful and they strive to develop confident, young people who want to learn and achieve their best but also with an understanding of others and the world around them.

Huish – Proving that Year 1 can be top of the school!

When you’re in Key Stage 1 it can sometimes seem as though the older children get all the glory. Well this Year One class were not going to let that happen! Class 4 from Huish Primary School in Yeovil have been outstanding on the Skoolbo platform, reaching 100,000 answers before anyone else in their school. In fact they are well on their way towards the quarter of a million milestone which is unbelievable!

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This represents a tremendous team effort with every member of the class active on the platform and all with the encouragement of their inspirational teacher, Mrs Pugson.

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Outstanding Improvement!

Of course we know how much fun learning can be and how easy it can be to get better at something when we’re enjoying ourselves. Class 4 are a wonderful example of this as they have made an astonishing 40% average  improvement in numeracy and 36% in numeracy on the Skoolbo platform!

It can be hard to stand out in such a strong team but these four members of Year 1 were the first children at Huish to reach 10,000 points on Skoolbo and so deserve an extra  ‘congratulations’ from everybody!

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Jesse Vickery: Skoolbo is my favourite thing in the whole world, I was very proud to be the first 10,000 Champion in our school.

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Emma House: My favourite game is London Glory. I like coming first in the games and I like getting lots of certificates and the trophy. I find it easy to remember my password.

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Jacob Stone: I love being a Skoolbo Champion, it makes me feel proud. Our class is the only class to join the 100K club so far.

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Aston Vickery: I like the Literacy, it has made my spelling better. I like being in first place.

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Class 4 you are amazing! Let’s see how many other children you can inspire.

We’ll leave the last word to their teacher, Mrs Pugson  –

“My Year 1 class absolutely love Skoolbo! The friendly rivalry within the class has helped us achieve the 100K club. We regularly check the Leader board together and constantly congratulate the many achievers. Thank you Skoolbo for making learning such fun!”

Huish Primary School is a two-form entry school based in Somerset. They aim to provide a safe, caring, happy and well-ordered environment where everyone’s contribution is valued, and all members of the school community develop their full potential.

St Anne Line learners are leading the way!

Those of you who like to keep up to date with the top performers on the Skoolbo platform will have noticed one school really making their mark in recent months.
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Students from St Anne Line Catholic Junior School in Basildon have collectively answered over 714,000 questions so far earning them a regular top ten spot on the School Leaderboard!
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All classes are very active and play regularly resulting in some terrific improvements in their Literacy and Numeracy skills. Three classes however, really caught our attention as they have each surpassed 100,000 answers on the platform. Therefore we are absolutely delighted to welcome classes 3, 4 and 8 to the Skoolbo 100K club! To have three classes reaching this milestone is a fantastic achievement and one that we wanted to help the students (and their teachers) celebrate by showcasing this amazing learning.

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We began by asking the children why Skoolbo appeals to them. These children love the competitive element of Skoolbo but also understand how they are learning and they have a wonderful sense of pride in their joint achievements.

“Skoolbo isn’t always about winning, it’s for learning.”

“I like Skoolbo because I get to play with my friends.” Kevin Class 3

“I like Skoolbo because it is fun and addictive. You get to play against people from other schools (around the world) and you can do maths and English. It’s really fun. Skoolbo isn’t always about winning, it’s for learning. Skoolbo is fun and awesome!” Daphne Class 3 

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“I love it when we get to race other pupils from other schools.”

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“I feel really proud.”

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“I feel proud of my class as we have earnt over 100,000 points (questions) as a team.”

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Well a definite ‘thumbs up’ from the children but we were keen to learn what their teachers think.

“It is a fun activity that children enjoy collecting points for to compete against others.” Mrs Hartnett Class 3

“Skoolbo is really excellent as it is easy to use and because the games are short it keeps the children engaged. It is great for consolidating work completed  in the classroom. I am so proud of my class for putting the extra time and effort into doing more work at home.'” Mrs Larrett Class 4

“Skoolbo is a wonderful way to motivate children and to get the best from them. Their tenacity and commitment is very commendable.” Mrs Slee Class 8

Who will be the next class to reach 100,000 answers? Who will make it to a quarter of a million first?

Well done to to all the children, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

St Anne Line Junior School opened in 1964 and is a two-form entry school. It was built to serve the Catholic families living in the West side of Basildon and those living in Wickford & Laindon.