Netley Students Make it 2 Million!

Not content with becoming one of the first schools in the UK to join the Skoolbo One Million Club, the hard working students of Netley Primary School have joined Eastern Green Junior School, Barclay Primary School and Ark Oval Primary School in exceeding two million answers on the platform!

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We got in contact to congratulate them but it seemed that something had taken the shine off this fabulous achievement. The students were devastated because their treasured Skoolbo Super Champ trophy had recently sprung a leak. Despite some nifty patching up from teacher Gareth Morris it could not be saved and it seemed that celebration assemblies would never be the same.

These wonderful students have been consistently dedicated to their learning with Skoolbo and feature regularly on the UK and World leaderboards. Of course they also helped us with the launch of last year’s London vs New York Challenge and so we made sure that a shiny new trophy was soon winging its way to Camden. Within days we had received this lovely message and photo from Gareth.

“Thank you for the trophy. I’ve just blown it up and as I walked through school several children almost exploded with excitement at seeing a new trophy!!

I’ve included a picture of Bilal who has been using skoolbo an awful lot as a reward for working so hard in class.

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We are very pleased to have passed the 2 million answer mark on Skoolbo. Since joining Skoolbo, we have noticed that our children are more engaged at home and eager to talk about and share their achievements with their parents. It has helped children to consolidate their school learning through the fun, engaging and exciting platform games. We celebrate the children’s achievements in a weekly assembly. Certificates are given to the proud Top 5, but the inflatable trophy is what everyone wants to get their hands on!!​ “

Congratulations Bilal and congratulations Netley Primary School!

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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.

Skoolbo – improving focus and a sense of personal responsibility!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rhiannon (on the right) and her sister Niamh from Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park in North London.
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We were contacted by the sisters’ mum Caroline who has provided us with a valuable parent’s perspective on using Skoolbo in a home environment. Of course we also wanted to find out what the girls thought of Skoolbo. Rhiannon played a very important part in assisting Team GB in last year’s London vs NYC Challenge. Harris Primary Academy finished top of the schools’ leaderboard with over 287,000 answers. You can read all about their victory in our earlier blog ‘Going for Gold!’
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Rhiannon, who was in Year 2 at the time, finished 3rd in the school which was an incredible achievement. Her mum describes her as shy but she is clearly hiding a steely determination as she put in another incredible performance in the recent Skoolbo World Cup Challenge.
Here’s what Caroline had to say:

“Skoolbo gives them an added dimension to learning where it makes it fun and the competitions appeal to their competitiveness and makes them strive to work harder. They set their alarms each morning to do extra Skoolbo before school. They then rush home to return to it once again.  When Niamh (in particular) isn’t in the competitions she likes to brush up on the languages she learnt in her old school which is French and in her after school clubs at Harris she studied Spanish.  I like the way they have become focused and self aware planning and using skills outside the programme to be able to take personal responsibility for doing well and wanting to do well.  I don’t think they could keep up the hours and dedication they put in for the competitions but by having these competitions every now and then it reinforces the learning they do at school so its an added tool for me and they never complain of being bored which is an added bonus for any parent. 

Their father is serving in the Forces. He misses us in the week so the competition is a great way for him to support them from afar and not have the usual response to the enquiry “So what did you do today?” Girls:  ” Erm, Nothing”!
Thank you Skoolbo, Thank you Amanda.”
Can the web browser version of Skoolbo improve the experience of some learners?
You will notice from the photograph that Niamh and Rhiannon are playing the 2D web browser version of Skoolbo. We were interested to know why they preferred to play in this way as although the games are the same and the data syncs whatever version is being played, it is nevertheless usually considered less exciting than the full 3D version.
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The feedback from Caroline was enlightening as she told us that both girls are dedicated to their learning and very self-motivated but find aspects of reading challenging. Whereas many children find the fast animation of the 3D version exciting and motivating, the less colourful and stimulating interface of the browser version can make it easier for some children to concentrate on the tasks. Caroline also provided some insight on how she supports her children with their learning at home.
“Rhiannon is a whizz at spelling verbally but writing and typing she finds it difficult so she calls out the spelling.”
She was also full of praise for the children’s wonderful school and teachers who are clearly doing an amazing job of helping their students fulfil their potential. She gave a special mention to Rhiannon’s teacher, the fantastic Mrs James. We’d like to echo the sentiment and take the opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful schools and teachers who are enabling learners everywhere.
As always we’d love to hear your feedback and stories of how Skoolbo works in your home or school. Please contact us to share your stories.
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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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Sheringham Primary School – ‘Learning in Harmony’

This week we are delighted to feature a lovely London primary school. Students from Sheringham Primary School in Newham, which is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, made a fantastic contribution to Team London’s victory over Team New York in the recent ‘city to city’ challenge and are frequent top ten guests on the UK leaderboard.
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Year 6 in particular were absolutely outstanding in their efforts as the class leaderboard reflected.
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We were over the moon when Year 6 teacher, Ms O’Reilly, got in touch to let us know what her students think of Skoolbo and the Challenge. It’s clear that the children are really motivated by the competitive element of the game and we love the fact that Aysha feels that she has grown in confidence.
‘Skoolbo is a fun game to play and it helps you revise! It’s best to play in school with your classmates as you can compete against them.’ Nabeel 
‘It’s really competitive between the two cities and we want to be the best!’ Alvi
‘It challenges you and makes you become more confident with your work. It’s shows you Maths and English and how you can develop more!’ Aysha 
The school motto is ‘Learning in Harmony’ which seems especially appropriate for the recent challenge where schools from London united in their effort to answer more questions than schools in New York. It’s also clear that the students of Sheringham Primary School understand how to work together and alongside one another as these images show.
In this photograph you will see that the children are really focused on their learning. Take a closer look and you will notice the young man at the back seems to be celebrating a personal best!
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Well done to all the students of Sheringham Primary School, it’s great to have you as part of the Skoolbo community!
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Sheringham Primary School is based in Manor Park in London and has 23 classes catering for children from Reception to Year 6.
“We believe that children work best when learning together, and that it is important everyone in the organisation values everyone else, and that we as staff are also always learning – striving to be the best school that we can be.” Executive Head Teacher – Gary Wilkie 

Day 5 – children from London & NY make it a cool million!

As we head into the final day of the Challenge it looks as though a victory for the children of London is inevitable. The determination and perseverance of all children involved has been astounding and we shouldn’t forget that they have been securing those important literacy and numeracy skills at the same time. Many children will also finish the Challenge having developed new French, Spanish or Mandarin language skills as well!

Yesterday evening saw the million question mark fly by thanks to the fabulous children of New York coming on line and London children playing at home, so well done everyone!

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We may see yesterday’s featured school, Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park, reach a quarter of a million questions today. They have been outstanding!

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We would like to congratulate New York student UW from class 501, PS 175 Henry H Garnet for reaching first place on the student leaderboard! As you can see Coleraine Park and Sheringham students dominate the other top places – fantastic effort!

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It’s a similar picture on the class leaderboard with Year 6 classes Horowitz and Shakespeare from Coleraine Park in first and second place respectively but with the addition of class 5PK from Netley joining the top ten.

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Today we have been talking to Orleans Primary School in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. They have done fantastically well in the Challenge and although they are unlikely to overtake Coleraine Park, they have a very good chance of finishing in second place if they keep going.

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Mrs Bennett, Literacy Leader, told us how the Challenge has inspired students to improve their literacy and numeracy.

It has really motivated the children to be competitive and I am so impressed with the amount of answers 100K+! WOW Orleans, keep it up!

Here we can see 10,000 super champs, Anushka, Billy-Rae and Sam J celebrating their achievements. Awesome!

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…and this it what some of the students told us.

I like how it is a really fun way to learn – Lara Fitton (LJG)

Winning points and competing against others makes me try harder – Ollie L (LJG)

Skoolbo is a fun way for children to learn and have fun at the same time  – Marija Trendafiloska (Erikson)

Skoolbo is lots of fun, and helps you learn more in a better way – Anushka Nag (Athlestan)

We love hearing how Skoolbo motivates students, thank you for telling us what you think.

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We hope you enjoy the final day of the Challenge!

Based in Twickenham, two-form entry Orleans Primary School aims to provide a happy, stimulating and secure community for every child. They believe that this, in conjunction with a rich and challenging learning experience, will ensure that all children reach their full potential, both emotionally and physically, and are completely prepared to take their place in our diverse world.

 

Day 4 – Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park are world leaders!

The morning of Day 4 has arrived and London still reign as Challenge leaders. The children of London must be beginning to feel confident as they pull further into the lead. New York children have answered a very respectable 209,990 questions and are looking as though they are on track for the quarter of a million milestone but London seem unstoppable now. Lon totaliser

If both London and New York continue at this pace then they should pass the one million mark sometime tomorrow so make sure you keep checking the Challenge page for the latest updates.

Of course this has all taken a tremendous collective effort but today our attention has been drawn to one school that is doing fantastically well. Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park in Tottenham is absolutely dominating most World, UK  and Challenge Leaderboards!

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Being number one in the world is definitely something to shout about –

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…but it is their performance in the Challenge that really has everyone sitting up and taking notice. These wonderful students have rolled up their sleeves and helped their school leap to the top of every Challenge leaderboard, giving London’s chances in the Challenge a tremendous boost at the same time !

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This success is especially amazing as they have only just begun using Skoolbo! Although the leaderboards reflect the number of questions answered, we know that usage equals improvement and top class 6Horowitz have made an average improvement of 27% in literacy and 22% in Numeracy just this week!

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We asked the school’s Vice Principal, Mr Thomas Shanahan how they use Skoolbo and why he thinks it it has been so successful in such a short time –

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.  
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It’s great to hear about children being given the opportunity to compete fairly in a healthy competition where everyone is answering questions at their own level. We were delighted to also receive this wonderful comment from a parent who has children at Coleraine Park who are clearly enjoying the Challenge.
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 home. It’s gotten very competitive in the school, not that they needed encouraging!! Caroline (parent)
We love getting this type of feedback from schools and we’d like to leave you with quotes from some truly inspirational students –

“This is brilliant; I’m actually playing for London! I feel so proud”

“I love this programme; it doesn’t feel like hard work because it’s so much fun!”

“I’m leading in our school. I want our academy to win and make Boris Johnson proud of us; we are a team!”

 

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs with us and we look forward to seeing where you finish in the Challenge.

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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Day 3 – over half a million answers!

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They’ve done it! Less than 3 days into the Challenge and the children of London and New York have exceeded 500,000 questions!

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Today also sees the first school to pass the 100K milestone. Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park have answered 103,557 questions with no sign of slowing down. We’ll be hearing more from these Skoolbo Superstars later in the week. Orleans and Sheringham Primary Schools make up the rest of the top three this morning.

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It seems that the students of London have not lost any of their fighting spirit overnight and have opened up an even greater gap on the leaderboard. Will London reach half a million answers today?

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We should mention one New York school who are battling hard to reach the top three. PS 96 Richard Rogers School are sitting in a very respectable fourth place  with almost 39,000 answers, just behind Sheringham Primary School. Despite being four hours behind London schools, they have maintained this top spot and we’d like to say ‘congratulations’ on behalf of Team London.

This is what the student leaderboard looks like today. Well done to everyone! Who will be the first to reach 10K?

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Today we’d like to shine the spotlight on one London school who have been featuring regularly in the top ten on the Challenge leaderboard. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School in Brent have been quick to show that they can respond to any challenge. These incredible students have answered over 28,000 questions since the launch and have even created a dedicated Challenge page on their school website!

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In these photographs you can see the school is taking full advantage of the multi-platform versions of Skoolbo available. Take a look at this student who has the live leaderboard to hand while playing, now that’s competitive!

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We have also had this wonderful feedback from Headteacher, Mary Bickerstaff

“Skoolbo has enabled our children to enjoy a rich variety of Maths and English games, while all the time practising these fundamental skills.  We’ve used it across the school from Reception to Year Six and have had very positive feedback from the parents about how engaging the activities are.” 

Well done to these marvellous students!

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School has a vision to ensure that every child at the school is provided with the best opportunities to be successful citizens of the future through an excellent education with access to the best teaching, curriculum resources and learning environment possible.Lady of Lourdes is a small one-form entry primary school based in Brent in London.

Team London are giving it their all but which London school will be in first position tomorrow?

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Day 2 and London are Challenge Leaders!

We’re only halfway through day 2 of the Challenge and the amazing students of London and New York have already surpassed a quarter of a million answers!

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As you can see London has built up a very healthy lead and there is a determined effort from the students to widen the gap and take full advantage of the time difference. New York schools will be beginning their day about now and a quick check of the leaderboards will tell them exactly what they need to do to stay in the race.

London schools have been taking to social media to encourage their students to be involved at home as well as school. We loved this tweet from Brent school Our Lady of Lourdes –

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What a fantastic way to rally support for Team London! Judging by the contact we’ve had from parents, they are just as excited about the Challenge as their children.

This wonderful effort has meant that Our Lady of Lourdes are hanging on to a top six place but it is Orleans Primary School in Richmond who are top of the tree today. We hope to be hearing from them later in the week. Sheringham Primary School and Harris Primary Coleraine Park are in second and third place respectively with Hanover and Roding Primary Schools below them. Our stars of yesterday’s launch, Netley Primary are in seventh place.

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With New York now wide awake, who knows what the leaderboards will look like this evening? Be sure to keep checking the website for updates and let’s get behind Team London.

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Spread the word… London vs NY Challenge – only 4 days to go!

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4 days (that’s only 2 school days) until the schools of London take on the schools of New York to see who can answer the most literacy, numeracy and language questions over 5 days. We think the children of London have got the determination and perseverance to prevail and it’s clear that there’s a concerted effort going into being ready on time. Just look at the UK Schools Leaderboard today, 4 London schools in the top 8!

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Spread the word and get as many London school children taking part as possible.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson Supports Skoolbo’s New York vs London Challenge!

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Students from all over London are warming up for the New York vs London Schools Challenge. Who will answer the most literacy, numeracy and language questions on Skoolbo over the 5 day period?  Skoolbo UK is firmly behind Team London and with 10 days to go (that’s only 5 school days) we need to make sure that every London school, class and student is ready to represent their city from the 15th – 19th June.

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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, recently threw his hat into the ring by declaring his support for London schools –

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“The great cities of London and New York share an incredibly close and historic relationship and through this challenge I hope our schoolchildren can pit their wits against each other in this ultimate technological numeracy and literacy battle. Come on London, let’s get our thinking caps on and show New York what we can do!”  

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London has a famous ability to rally support when it’s needed and you can really make a difference by inviting your friends and colleagues to join in.  We’ve taken a sneaky look at how many New York schools are taking part. Their numbers are looking good and so we need to make sure London is ready to respond.

Help build the London team and let’s do this together!

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