Meadowbrook Primary School – World Cup Super Learners!

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It has been a few weeks since the Skoolbo 2015 World Cup finished but we have not forgotten the tremendous performance of one Bristol school. Meadowbrook Primary School took our breath away with their sheer enthusiasm for learning!

Their energy and desire to win was contagious. These fabulous students logged on to Skoolbo at every available opportunity while their teachers and parents took to Twitter to rally support and keep everyone up to date with their progress. mb

 

Meadowbrook weren’t just competing with other countries and UK schools, they were also holding their own unofficial class-to-class challenge. When the challenge finished it was Voles class in first place with over 83,000 answers bringing their actual total to 237,861, so close to a quarter of a million answers! These are the World Cup scores for the top five Meadowbrook classes –

1st   Voles – 83,719

2nd   Otters – 62,472

3rd    Herons – 45,813

4th    Kingfishers – 34,889

5th    Fox – 19,166

We really thought that with dedicated schools like Meadowbrook on our team, the UK were going to claim the trophy. Sadly it was not to be…With only hours to go Team Australia swooped in, but the students of Meadowbrook had managed to finish top in the UK and 2nd in the World!

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Olympian and Skoolbo Ambassador Adrian Turner knows all about the thrills (and spills) of competitions and was keen to talk to these lovely children and their teacher Mr Rhodri Hopkins. They in turn had some questions for Adrian. You can watch their interview here –

And here is the full version –

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Meadowbrook Primary School is part of the Olympus Academy Trust. It is a two-form entry school based in Bradley Stoke, Bristol. Here’s what Headteacher Jon Barr had to say about the students –

Our children are a huge asset in our school and across their learning journey with us they take responsibility for many aspects of our school. The trust we have in them is a reflection of the relationships teachers have with their children. We have mutual respect and a shared view that all children can succeed and that it is our role to inspire them to that success. Our children’s behaviour for learning has been described as exemplary by visitors to the school.

Get ready for the Skoolbo World Cup with Adrian Turner

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Skoolbo World Cup 2nd – 8th December 2015

With just two weeks to go until the launch of the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup it’s time for Team GB to get practising.

‘Team GB – who are they?’ we hear you ask…

You of course!

All children (and schools) in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are invited to join together in an effort to become Skoolbo World Champions. Together you make up Team GB and your task is to try to beat all the other Skoolbo teams from around the globe by answering the most literacy, numeracy and language questions over the 7 day challenge.

During the challenge students’ avatars will be dressed in an exclusive Team GB kit and every question answered correctly will take us one step closer to victory! Keep a look out for the dedicated Challenge Leaderboard which will show live results in real time!

Former Olympic Swimmer and Skoolbo Ambassador Adrian Turner knows all about preparing for a big event and has recorded this special message to get us all motivated and ready to win –

If your school is registered then you’ll already know what to do. Make sure everyone in your class has their username and password and is practising by playing at home and school.

Spread the word about the challenge by downloading this cool poster to display around your school-

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Forgotten your login? Not a problem, we’re here to help. You can email us, call us, tweet us or message us!

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Not yet registered? Why wait? It’s fast and free, your school can be up and running quick as a flash with no training required.

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Going for Gold! – Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park

Anyone who followed the recent London vs New York Challenge will be very familiar with the name of this week’s featured school. The wonderful students of Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park proved that they have exactly what it takes to be winners by finishing in first place on the Challenge leaderboard amassing over 287,000 answers!

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No less than seven of the top ten class spots went to Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park!

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Coleraine Park’s motto is ‘Going for Gold’ and this proved to be very apt. When we spoke to the students during the Challenge they were convinced that London would emerge winners and they were absolutely right. The dedication these students showed to make sure this happened was admirable.

They (my children) got up at 6 & 7 am this morning to keep going before school and will no doubt continue tonight when they get homeCaroline (parent)

The Challenge may be over but the learning is not. These students’ total answers have now exceeded 575,000 with classes 5Bloom, 4Lewis15 and 6Horowitz all on track to join the 100K club very soon.

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We believe that this level of commitment deserves recognition and Skoolbo Ambassador and former Olympic swimmer, Adrian Turner was on hand to congratulate some of the top Skoolbo performers from this incredible school. As always Adrian was happy to answer questions and share some top tips on preparing for big challenges.

Can yawning help you win?

In these videos Adrian and the students explore why our bodies react the way they do when we’re scared or nervous. Have you ever felt a big yawn coming on just before a test or a race? How does this help us prepare for what is to come?

skoolbo duelbo challengeOf course ‘Going for Gold’ can also apply to individual challenges. You can watch the children sharing what they think of our new ‘DuelBo’ feature where achieving a personal best earns you the option of challenging a friend to beat your score.

A reminder of what the school’s Vice Principal, Mr Thomas Shanahan had to say about Skoolbo –

The pupils here at Harris Primary Academy have been fully engrossed in Skoolbo from the outset. We have used the stickers and bookmarks as individual and class prizes in whole school assemblies and the pupils love hearing which pupil and class are in front every morning. The healthy, intra school, competition is driving the pupils to out do each other. This then culminates in looking at how our school is doing in relation to other schools and we can stress the importance of every pupil coming together, as a team, to make a whole school score. 
 
It is truly a whole school competition as one of our highest scoring pupils is in Y2. What says it all really is I have just walked past a student on her way home and the first thing she showed me was that she was already playing on her phone as she went. 
Well done to all the students, teachers and parents of this inspirational school. Keep on ‘Going for Gold’!

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Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park is a two-form ,multi-cultural, multi-faith Outstanding primary academy located in the heart of Tottenham. The aim of all staff  is to give every child coming through their doors an exceptional education full of support, care, enrichment, challenge and opportunities to enjoy and prepare them for future academic success and happy lives. 

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St Agatha’s RC Primary School rises to the challenge!

What a fabulous start! As we approach lunchtime on the first day of the Scottish Challenge the numbers on the totaliser are whizzing –

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Daliburgh School are still top performers on the pupil leaderboard but will they be toppled by Fife students? Kirkcaldy and Mountfleurie students are nudging their way through –

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Fife are looking incredibly strong with almost 17,000 answers so far. Eilean Siar are second, helped tremendously by the wonderful efforts of Daliburgh students, but they’ll be looking over their shoulders as North Lanarkshire pick up the pace to steal third place.

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So what is Fife’s secret? Skoolbo’s Malcolm Payton recently visited Fife’s St Agatha’s Roman Catholic Primary School to learn more about these wonderful students ahead of the Challenge. We’d heard that they were experts on Skoolbo and so Malcolm invited them to share their knowledge. You can listen to them explain how to use Skoolbo as well as what they think about the new Language Dragons here –

Olympic swimmer Adrian Turner was very keen to join them for a chat, answer their questions and to share the secrets of how he got ready for big competitions. You can watch the interview and pick up some great tips on keeping calm and being prepared.

We can’t wait to see what the children of Scotland do next in the Challenge. If you’re not yet on board, don’t delay, register now! It’s free and only takes a moment.

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Meet the pride of Lanchester!

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What have you sacrificed in your pursuit of sporting excellence? This is just one of the brilliant questions the children of Lanchester E.P. Primary School asked Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis recently.

We wanted to reward this wonderful school for their outstanding performance on Skoolbo and Denise was very keen to hear from the children who have made such amazing progress. Mrs Carr’s Year 1 class have improved by over 50% in both literacy and numeracy with other classes showing a similarly impressive leap forward in their learning. This astonishing improvement can only come with practise, lots of practise and the leaderboards show just just how much effort the children of Lanchester have put into their learning.

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This fabulous success is all the more impressive when you see their position on the world leaderboard. 4th out of almost 24,000 schools!

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It was clear that we were about to meet some exceptional young people and we were bowled over by these children’s supremely clever questions that really put Denise on the spot. For example ‘which three words describe how you felt when you won the Olympic gold medal?’ You can also find out Denise’s favourite ‘Strictly’ dance as well as her thoughts on having to perform it live where everyone will instantly see if you make a mistake.

In the video you will hear that Mr Stephenson’s Year 2 class are top performers in the school with almost 100,000 answers. We are very happy to announce that they have since smashed through that target and have now joined the Skoolbo 100K club – amazing!

Once you’ve watched the video be sure to scroll down to read some quotes from the teachers and students. There is also a wonderful piece Year 6 wrote for the local village newspaper about the experience of interviewing Denise.

You can watch the extended highlights here –

On Wednesday 29th April we had the exciting opportunity to talk to Denise Lewis – a famous gold medal athlete for Team GB, who is now a patron for Skoolbo (an educational app that we love to use on our iPads in school and at home). We asked lots of questions, which she answered in detail. For example: If you came to Lanchester EP to seek a future athlete, what would you be looking for? She then answered by explaining how you need to be strong-willed, determined and patient to be a world-class athlete like she was. This was an inspirational, unforgettable experience that everybody involved enjoyed. Fortunately, Skoolbo made this once in a lifetime opportunity possible. Thank you Skoolbo and thank you Denise Lewis!  By Verity, Georgia-Kate and Grace – Year 6

What a wonderful article, well done girls! I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from these budding journalists in the future.

This is what some of their teachers had to say –

An engaging and stimulating app that encourages independence and is tailored to meet the needs of every individual!

Our children love using Skoolbo! The fact that it is programmed towards the individual allows every child to succeed, gain rewards and have fun. They are stimulated to learn through the games, love the competitive aspect where they play against others and can see the leaderboards.  Feedback from parents has also been very positive towards the app.

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Lanchester 3I think Skoolbo is really cool! It helps you learn but in a fun way! Ava Year 3

 

I like how we can use Skoolbo at home and at school. It’s a really fun app!

 

 

Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School is based in Durham with two forms per year group. Their motto is ‘One Team, One Aim, Many Goals’. They have a positive, caring ethos founded on Christian beliefs, where all children are valued, respected and encouraged to maximise their potential. Every child matters and every success is celebrated.

Pupils at Christ the King have their say!

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Christ the King Roman Catholic Primary School have made frequent appearances on the leaderboards over the last few months including reaching the coveted number one spot on the world leaderboard –

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This is a major achievement especially as they are a small one-form entry school competing against schools several times their size! We were intrigued to know the secrets of their success and how teachers integrate Skoolbo into their busy timetables. Mr Stell, Year 4 teacher explained –

Skoolbo has been a great addition to our school. It has been an exciting tool for the children to use to help re-enforce areas such as times tables and spellings. As they are able to access it home as well, the children are enjoying having this as part of their homework. Although, some parents have said that it has become more difficult to get their children to actually do their other homework, they are glad that the children are enthusiastic to learn and practice these key skills.

 In class, we aim to give each group some dedicated ‘Skoolbo’ time at least once a week  and they certainly never forget to mention if they have missed their turn. In the computer age that we are in, it is an up to date way of engaging the children in a fun way.

The added competition of point scoring between individuals, siblings, classes and counties adds to the enthusiasm of our children.  It is easy to manage from a schools perspective and hassle free.

‘Basically it’s homework that we like!’

The students also had wonderful things to say about learning with Skoolbo and about their interview with Olympic swimmer Adrian turner. We were overwhelmed when they decided to put their thoughts into these fabulous letters –

‘I felt excellent that I was talking to a real famous celebrity.’

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‘When you play you can play against people from all around the world.’

‘(Skoolbo) is a fun game because you get to play while you are learning.’

‘I know that it has made everyone better in school work including me.’

 

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A big ‘thank you’ to the students and teachers of Christ the King, your wonderful letters have us all smiling in the Skoolbo office! We look forward to seeing more of you on the leaderboards really soon.

Christ the King is a one-form entry Roman Catholic primary school based in Burnley, Lancashire. The school aims to develop the full potential of each child spiritually, socially and academically, encouraging a sense of love and respect for each other and the world around us.

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.

Busby Primary School – keeping their eyes on the prize!

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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!

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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 –

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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.

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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.