Those of you who follow us on social media will know all about the challenge Leigh CofE Primary School teachers set their students over the summer break.
Year 6 teacher Ellie Conroy came up with the idea of a competition to see which class could answer the most questions on Skoolbo helping to avoid the dip in learning that commonly occurs during the longer holidays. This was just the latest challenge in this marvellous intiative that saw children determined to help their class become victorious.
“The children get very engaged in Skoolbo competition and we set up competitions of our own. Last Easter we set up an individual competition for the children who could get the most points on Skoolbo. Children were getting up early and playing before school to try to beat their rivals (who were also playing at the same time). The top 10 children in the school received chocolate prizes!
This summer we set up a Skoolbo competition to ensure children were developing their literacy and numeracy skills while they were away from school. The winning class were promised £10 to spend on whatever they wanted. We began the challenge just before the summer to start the class rivalry. When we got back we revealed the results and discovered Year 6 had won! They began the summer on 71,100 and finished on just over 89,000. We did have many individuals who were working very hard (a child in Year 3 got 1,309 in just 1 night and came first in the leader board).
It is great to see children so excited about playing an educational game! They beg for more time on Skoolbo and love the Skoolbo challenges.” Miss Conroy, Year 6 teacher
What a fantastic way to motivate students to keep on learning even when they’re not in the classroom and it seems that the parents agree –
“My child really enjoys playing on Skoolbo and it has helped to improve her letter sounds.” Parent
After a tremendous effort from the whole school, Year 6 emerged as the final victors giving them a wonderful start to their secondary school careers. We’d like to congratulate them and wish them well.
And lastly, some words from the children…
At Skoolbo, children are at the centre of everything we do and we firmly believe that learning is most effective when it is fun. Here are the children of Leigh CofE Primary School describing what they like best about Skoolbo –
‘Amazing, I love it!’ Kiera
‘It’s very good for your learning’ Myles
‘It works out your brain’ Emrys
‘You have fun and learn more’ Libbie
‘You can play games and buy your own pet’ Eddie
‘It’s really good for maths and English’ Harvey
‘Best game I’ve ever played’ Dylan
‘A cool way to learn’ Bethany
‘It has helped me with my times tables’ Darcy
‘I like making my own world. Mine has a treehouse’ Lilli
We like to give a huge pat on the back to these marvellous students – well done!
“Our School is a special place where everyone is dedicated to providing a stimulating and exciting environment in which everyone feels valued, ideas can flourish and pupils can realise their full potential.
Our Mission Statement is ‘Aim Ever Higher … Together We Learn and Grow’. We are committed to developing independent, successful and confident children who have high aspirations, who gain a sense of achievement and leave our school with a wealth of happy memories.” Head Teacher Debbie Middleton
Leigh Church of England Primary School is a one form entry primary school situated in Tile Hill, Coventry.