Denise Lewis visits Coventry Challenge Champions

Skoolbo Ambassador – Denise Lewis OBE had an amazing day meeting children from three wonderful schools in Coventry. It was brilliant to hear from children, teachers and governors on the difference Skoolbo has made to the children’s enthusiasm for learning.

The Skoolbo Champions from Alderman’s Green Primary School

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The Skoolbo Champions from Spon Gate Primary School

Denise and the Skoolbo Champions

It was also fantastic for Martin Reeves the Coventry City Council CEO to attend the visit to Spon Gate Primary School. Martin had helped set the Coventry Challenge in October and the schools have certainly shown that Coventry can lead by example.

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But it wasn’t all handing out certificates – there was time to see Skoolbo in action in the classroom, watch a PE demonstration, take questions on the importance of hard work and having fun to achieve your goals.

Last but not least we saw Alderman’s Green deliver an amazing whole school Zippy Shake

Not to be outdone look at the amazing moves from Aldermoor Farm!

Thanks to everyone involved for an amazing day – we look forward to seeing all the schools involved featuring at the top of the World Cup leaderboard – Go Team GB!!!!

Challenge Success Stories: Aldermoor Farm – “Pulling together as a whole school”

In the recent 10 day Coventry Challenge (October 14th – 23rd) it wasn’t just Alderman’s Green who dominated the leaderboard their near neighbours from Coventry Aldermoor Farm Primary School had an amazing run to clinch third place.

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“Our children rose to the Skoolbo challenge extremely enthusiastically. The regular website updates inspired the children to utilise every available opportunity to improve not only their own scores, but also their collaborative scores as part of both a class and a school team. The Skoolbo experience enabled staff to hear discussions between the children as they shared their new learning opportunities. They were very inspired by the engaging reward system and bright animations and are now keen to continue using Skoolbo regularly in the future.”
Ms Gillespie – teacher class 5KG

The school showed dedication and motivation finishing in 3rd place overall, and in 6th place on the class leaderboard. They answered a massive 219,690 questions on Skoolbo, and had 15 classes playing!

The accuracy rate within Skoolbo reached an impressive 87.7 % by the end of the

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challenge, with individual students making fantastic progress.

Mrs Hardy’s class 5EH topped the school, with 39,360 answers on Skoolbo, achieving 6th place on the class leaderboard, with Ms Gillespie’s class 5KG and Miss Sellers’ class 4NS not far behind with more than 27,000 answers.

Aldermoor Farm Primary School , located in Coventry, is committed to working together to

provide every member of the community with the best opportunities to achieve their full potential. This multi-cultural school speak a variety of languages including, Swahili, Polish, French, and Arabic. The school believe this diversity enhances the school experience and they proactively celebrate their cultural diversity. The school also welcome children who have struggled in other settings, and give children with autism the specialist support they need to access the mainstream curriculum.

Challenge Success Stories: Alderman’s Green – Going the Extra Mile!

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Alderman’s Green Community Primary School Coventry topped the UK leaderboard for the 10 day Coventry Challenge (October 14th – 23rd) with a most amazing performance.

The motto of the school is ‘going the extra mile’ and this was certainly the case when they answered 288,964 questions on Skoolbo in 10 days with 19 participating classes!

Alderman’s Green place the highest importance on ensuring all children leave the school with a good level of knowledge and understanding in English and Mathematics and their passionate involvement with Skoolbo certainly showed that.

 

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Ms Millar’s class 6S have made the greatest impact in the Coventry Challenge reaching the score of 105,944 answers on Skoolbo from their class alone, coming in 1st place on the class leaderboard. Ms Johnson class 6R and Ms Sloan’s 5S were equally mobilised and answered over 30,000 questions each.

There was ample evidence of progress as by the end of the challenge the students’ overall accuracy rate within Skoolbo reached an impressive 89.4%! There were also some fantastic individual success stories.

Miss Cowcher – Year 1 teacher explains what Skoolbo did for her class ……

I was thrilled with the response and engagement from my children during the Skoolbo challenge. The children would bug me all day to find out where we were on the leaderboard. As a teacher it was really promising to track such rapid progress from the children; particularly where it noted that some children had “mastered” a certain area of learning. The competition alone in my class was such a driver for learning and the energy and enthusiasm to improve was infectious all day! I would often hear children shouting “I’ve got superhero status”, to which we would all applaud. The challenge also benefitted the teacher-parent relationship as I had a lot more parents coming to ask me about how to log on and how much time their child had been playing on Skoolbo the night before. One pupil from Year 1 showed notable progress and dedication throughout the week; he was the Skoolbo expert from our class! The Skoolbo challenge most definitely made learning fun and I would be keen for my class to join in similar competitions.”

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Challenge Success Stories: Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy

parboldSkoolbo is a really fun, exciting site. I get really excited when I win races. I love Skoolbo! Thank you!!” Annabel (Year 5)

Parbold Douglas CofE Academy is an Achievement for All ambassador school and has made huge strides in supporting all learners to achieve. Achievement for All and Skoolbo choose to work in partnership, knowing that together, we can open the doors to new ways of learning so that every child has access to great teaching, regardless of their background or their needs. Parbold Douglas is clearly a great example of turning this into a reality. This was most apparent when, during the recent 10 Day Challenge (October 14th-23rd), they finished 9th on the school leaderboard and answered 113,987 questions in total!

Mr Lawson and his class of year 6 students, joined the Skoolbo community in June 2014 and by September a total of 4 classes were learning on the Skoolbo platform. Another 4 are poised to begin any day now.

Year 5 led by Miss Diamond, answered nearly 50,000 questions and finished in an impressive 2nd place on the class leaderboard. The accuracy rate within Skoolbo reached an impressive 89% by the end of the challenge, with individual students making fantastic progress.

What Year 5 says about Skoolbo…..

I think Skoolbo is really good because it is a really fun way to learn things instead of writing in books” – Megan

Skoolbo is a really good game where you can choose how your character looks and then you can play the game. It is a race where you have to try and win by answering questions” – Matt

I like Skoolbo because you get to learn more than you already know” – Noah

Skoolbo is cool when you win and when you buy things” – Henry

To Skoolbo UK. THANK YOU!!! What I really like is how the questions get harder and harder the more you play. It’s fantastic and fun.” – Kate

Skoolbo is very good for learning. I love Skoolbo it’s very fun I think everyone likes it, I love winning races. Thanks for making Skoolbo” – Jack

Parbold Douglas is a medium-sized primary school that can be found in the quiet and rural village of Parbold, nestled in the countryside of West Lancashire. The school provides for 2-11 year olds and has excellent links with parents, governors and the local community.

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Challenge Success Stories: Brook Green Centre for Learning

In the recent 10 Day “Coventry” Challenge (October 14th-23rd) – one school powered from the back of grid and only just missed the number one spot!

It was evident that every one of the 92 pupils in the school were engaged with Skoolbo and it was tremendous to see them filling the leaderboards with children from all 10 classes.

In 10 days the school managed to answer an amazing 220,392 questions finishing in second place at the end of the challenge.

One of the Year 10 classes answered an astounding 34,055 questions with one student finishing in second place in the pupil leaderboard with 17,957 questions answered. A fantastic achievement well done!
brook greenMrs Jordan Headteacher at Brook Green noted:

In general, our students have thoroughly enjoyed joining the challenge, especially the competitive element. We could see that, as the competition progressed the numeracy, literacy and listening skills of a great number of our students improved. This will clearly have a positive impact on their achievement in lessons over time, especially if they keep practising in the way that Skoolbo demonstrates.”

Brook Green pupils had this to say about their Skoolbo experience….

Isaac “It was fun, enjoyable and addictive. I enjoyed seeing all the different schools taking part. It is cool because it gets harder as you get the answers correct.”

Matthew “It was fun because you get to play against other people.”

Ben “Skoolbo was very good and helped me a lot in Maths and English.”

Mr Nel noted that the other students had also been as impressed with Skoolbo

The rest of the students asked, all said much the same thing; that Skoolbo was fun and most said it helped them in their literacy and numeracy. All enjoyed the competitive element.”

Brook Green Centre for Learning in Plymouth is a purpose built Special school for young people aged 11-16 with moderate learning difficulties and associated behavioural emotional and social difficulties.

Its been fantastic to see such great feedback from schools regarding their Skoolbo experience, can your school share their stories? The Premier League Challenge is next, who will rise to the challenge?

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Learning with Skoolbo doesn’t stop for weekends and holidays!

Well it may have been the half term holiday for much of England and Wales but that didn’t stop children from getting in some serious Skoolbo learning time at home!

We were amazed to find that over the weekend of the Coventry Challenge and the half term holiday children answered an incredible 2,000,000 literacy and numeracy questions on Skoolbo! This has helped to boost our total number of questions answered to well over 13,000,000!

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This tells us exactly what we want to hear at Skoolbo. Children love learning with our game and it also explains why we’re seeing phenomenal rates of improvement (over 10,000 children have improved in at least one skill by 100%). To cap it all we’ve had some fantastic feedback from children and parents. We’d like to say thank you to Kenan’s parents for these photos of him enjoying his learning at home and collecting some well deserved rewards for his hard work!

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Please keep us smiling by continuing to send us your successes and stories and please watch this space, we’ll be sharing some more of these with you very soon…

Congratulations to you all – Don’t forget to record your activity, fruit and veg!

Thank you to all of your who participated with such fervour in the Coventry Challenge. Don’t forget to record your activity, fruit and veg today, tomorrow will be too late, and the children will get their 2000 Bo points added.  

We have seen some great achievements by individuals, classes and schools across the country.

45 schools in the UK answered over 25,000 questions and received a motivational pack for their school. This is great engagement on Skoolbo, and we have seen fantastic improvements in levels of literacy and numeracy over the course of the challenge with some schools improving overall by 89%!

Special mentions to those to Finton Hill, St Augustines, Little Heath, Ark Oval, Sybourn, Knutswood, Kempshott, Stag Lane, Christ church CofE Downend, St John, Fisher Catholic and Whoberley Hall who all had fantactic days within the challenge, and achieved over 25,000 answers as a school.

In first place, with an unnassabilable lead for the last few days were Aldermans Green Community Primary School in Coventry who answered an incredible 288,964 questions on Skoolbo!  They also achieved top spot in the pupil leaderboard with Ellie from class 6s and Class leaderboard with class 6S.  Well done to you all!

This is a truely amazing feat and we take our hats off to all of you at Aldermans Green!

In second place Brook Green Centre for Learning in Plymouth, who after starting late in the challenge, reached second place with a particularly strong performance in the last few days, it was great to see so many classes playing within the school and individual students like Nina from class 10JSP and from class 10HP finishing in second and third place.

Brook Green showed how a joint school effort can really make a difference to the overall score,  Great work Brook Green!

In third place were Aldermoor Farm Primary, with a fantastic 219,690 questions answered. They really entered into the spirit of the challenge, Thank you and Well done.

Leading from the front in London were Sheringdale Primary with an amazing 142,266 questions answered. A brilliant job to finish at the top of the pile from the Capital. Well done Sheringdale!

And in 5th place were Spongate Primary with 4 classes in the top 100, and an impressive 136,790 questions answered. A great joint school achievement. Congratulations!

The challenge told a great story and outside of the 5 schools in who finished at the top many other schools made impressive scores on the board. Huge progress was made within many schools, with individual classes shining across the country.

Aldermans Green Year 6, Parbold Douglas Church of England Primary Year 5, Clifford Bridge Primary class 4s, St Patricks Catholic Primary Year 6 and Leigh Church of England Primary Year 5.

Fantastic class achievements, we’d like to hear from you about your classes Skoolbo experience, please do get in touch and let us share it with everyone! 

To all of you a huge thank you, and well done, and please do send us your success stories, we want to hear from you!

The final day – less than 500,000 questions left to answer to hit the target!

Its the final push to reach the 5 million answers, can you do it?  Remember to keep on playing at home before 8pm tonight.

We have a brand new totaliser for you to see how close you are to the end goal, and we now have the functionality to upload your physical activity, fruit and veg.

On the leaderboard for today we have seen some great achievements by Brook Green Centre for Learning, wow what an impressive day you’re having, 15 pupils on the top of today’s leaderboard!

Not content with taking over today’s leaderboard Brook Green have also jumped up the leaderboard into second place, above Aldermoor Farm in the school leaderboard. Their efforts show how having multiple classes playing can move you up the leaderboard at speed.

Sheringdale Primary are heading up the London schools in 4th place.

In the class leaderboard we see Alderman’s Green still leading the pack, followed by Parbold Douglas CofE Academy and Clifford Bridge primary, who have just tipped over 40,000 questions answered.

There are also a number of schools who are close to the 25,000 questions answered,  remember your school receives a motivational pack when you get past this milestone, all of you in the table below will make it in the next week if you keep on playing!

We are now calling on all schools – share your success stories with us, it would be great for us to celebrate achievements on the blog, quotes, information about how this may have been beneficial for individual students and photographs. Please do send them onto us and we can publish them on our blog and share success!

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Its the last day of the Coventry Challenge and its all to play for!

The leaderboard currently stands at nearly 4,400 000, answers, so to reach 5 million today is going to have to be your biggest yet!  It is still absolutely achievable but will require some focus today, and some game play at home or in clubs after school!

Other things to remember  – RECORD YOUR FRUIT, VEG AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.The functionality to do this has now become live so you can do this today or tomorrow each individual account will receive 2000 Bo points!  Please note it is the act of submission that will add the Bo points, not the amount of fruit & vegetables eaten or physical activity completed.

You will only be able to input your results on the browser .

Please do be honest about the figures, teachers will have the ability to amend or input figures so do keep this in mind when recording!

Below is an example of what an individual will see when they login to their account, this screen will appear only once so will need to be completed and not closed. Once completed it will disappear.

As a teacher, once you have logged into your teacher dashboard, there will be an additional tab for the Coventry Challenge which you need to go into. Below is an example of what you will see as a teacher,  if a pupil has already uploaded their results you will see them next to their name, if they have not the result will appear as zero. To record or edit the result you simply click on the pupils score and input the details. Don’t forget to press submit when the results are completed!

Good luck in the challenge you’re doing an amazing job so far!

Updates on who’s climbing the board later!

 

 

Day 9 – Look who’s flying in the Coventry Challenge today!

Today we have a cracking new function on the leader board, you can see who is making the most progress, since midnight to now……..

Well done Ellie 6s at Alderman’s Green, a phenomenal 4415 questions answered, in one morning. Amazing progress.

and a special mention to Jayden at Westminster Ark Oval Primary, who is leading up the London pack with an impressive 1035 questions answered.

Also good to see Riley of year 5 at Leigh Church Of England Primary School in the top 5 pupils for progress made today.

Will anyone catch Ellie today? Will it be her classmates Leah or Charlie?

Great progress by year 6 of Filton Hill Primary school, who also have 8 pupils in today’s leaderboard, and have now answered over 25,000 questions altogether!

and there is a very close battle at Brook Green Centre for learning between classes  10JSP and 10HP who have answered over 50,000 questions between them, with 10JSP leading by only 46 questions!  Who will win the battle?  Will class 7MA1 at Brook Green come from behind to compete with the two Year 10 classes?

We have several schools who are now approaching the 25,000 questions answered, once you go over this threshold you receive a motivational pack for your school, it’s possible to reach this by the end of the day!

Alderman’s Green are still leading the pack overall, will anyone catch them? Who will win the battle for the London schools Sherringdale or Sybourn, or will Ainslee Wood or Ark Oval manage to catch them by the end of the day tomorrow – don’t forget to play at home to see your school progress up the board at speed!

You only have until close of play tomorrow to make your mark on the challenge! Good luck.

 

Day 8 – Hold on to your hats, we’re speeding towards 3.5 million answers!

We hope you’re all enjoying flying your new planes. If you don’t have yours yet it should be landing very soon. Have you changed your avatar’s costume lately? Click on your avatar in the play screen and choose a new outfit or hairstyle to celebrate your joint achievements.
Our top ten schools are unchanged but the questions answered are growing steadily. Brook Green are narrowing the gap and gaining ground on Sybourn. Watch this space…

Well done to Year 5 of St Patrick’s for moving into the top ten this afternoon. Class 6S from Alderman’s Green have now reached 75560 answers and have put a considerable distance between first and second place. can anyone catch them now?

It’s a far closer race on the pupil leaderboard but Ellie seems determined to stay top!

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Day 8 of the Coventry Challenge and it’s wild and windy all over the UK!  The fantastic new Coventry planes are coming to you today and everyone who has participated in the challenge should have one by the end of the day. It’s a good job you are flying them in the safe Skoolbo race worlds! Don’t forget that with all the questions you have answered you will be stacking up your number of Bo Coins. You can always go to the shop and buy yourself a new world to fly your new plane around. Have a fun day!

There are some slight changes in the leaderboard this morning. Ainslie have overtaken Parbold Douglas and Kemshott have overtaken Clifford Bridge.

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The classes race is looking like this. Look how many answers the indestructible 6S from Alderman’s Green have answered now! Year 4 from Sheringdale are very nearly on 30,000 and still ahead of Year 6. Well done to you.

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The region with the most schools in the top 100 is understandably the West Midlands all supporting the Conventry Challenge but well done to the other regions for joining them in trying to reach the goal of 5 million answers by Thursday. East Midlands now have three schools in the top 100, well done Abbotsholme, Cantrell and Crompton View.

Nina and Bobby from Brook Green Centre for Learning have knocked two of the Alderman’s Green girls out of the top three. Ellie is still in first place with an amazing 10637 answers but the Brook Green pupils are putting in excellent effort and are catching her fast.

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The most exciting news is that of all the millions of questions answered so far we are seeing that on average you are getting 90% of them right! Excellent work everyone, enjoy your new planes and fly safe in this weather!