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