Day 2 is underway! Go! GB Kids Go!

By lunchtime yesterday, children from across the globe had collectively answered over one million questions! We thought that was pretty amazing until we took a look this morning…over three and a half million questions!

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This is an awesome achievement and everyone taking part has every reason to feel enormously proud. Of course it is made all the more special as every answer given represents another step a student has made towards mastering a new maths, literacy or language skill!

Whilst we are delighted with our collective performance, it is the accomplishment of individual territories that will determine the overall winner and our little island is ready for the challenge!

Scotland’s Kirknewton Primary School have rolled up their sleeves and are getting down to some serious maths and literacy learning with the added motivation of playing for Team GB!

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We’re really glad to have them on board and making a valuable contribution to Team GB’s score.

We asked Principal Teacher and Skoolbo advocate, Ms Anderson to give us the low-down on why students from Kirknewton are enjoying their learning so much. They are so taken with their Skoolbo avatars, they wanted them shown here!

“Fun For Friends and Family!” Heather

“I think Skoolbo is a great website because it lets you compete around the world!” LukeCameron

“I think skoolbo is great for children because it encourages children to enhance their learning in a fun way. You also get certificates for every 1000 answers you get right. You can add friends but you need to be sitting next to them to do it because you need to put in the other persons code but it only comes up on the other persons screen.” Cameron

“It helps you with all your subjects. This is one good game for adults and one great game for kids! Skoolbo is really good for learning and it is fun. It also helps if you are a little bit competitive because there is a leaderboard for your class, school, region, every school, every class and the whole world! We got to the top of the leaderboard, see if you can climb to the top!” Mia

“It is a good game to challenge yourself and is helping your maths.” Rhiannon

“This is a good app for everyone: Adults, Children, Teachers and it’s fun for toddlers. Fun for friends and Family!” Taylor

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“I think that Skoolbo is a very fun game to do your maths and languages and we have been first in the leaderboard 1 time it is the best game ever! “ Kyle

“I think Skoolbo is great as it helps you learn and also has lots of variety of games. You can do maths, literacy and languages. Our class were first on the leader board.” Leela

“Skoolbo is an amazing experience as it helps you learn and makes your skills better. Skoolbo is one fun game for adults and one amazing experience for kids Owen

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“This is a good game for alien but a great game for humans. But overall a great game for all kinds and parents can relax with a good safe game.” Ella

“I think Skoolbo is a very good game because you can learn a whole variety of skills like spelling times tables and more!” Callum

“Skoolbo is a great game it makes learning fun! Our class has been the of the leader board and it means that our class plays it a lot and we get smarter every time we play it. 2, on Skoolbo you can play language games, maths games and literacy games it teaches you everything in a fun way.” Elspie

“It’s an amazing game to play for maths, language and spelling (I’ve improved so much!!!)” Heather

“I LOVE SKOOLBO! It is a great game for everyone, every age, anywhere I think that more schools should be using Skoolbo to help children’s learning across the world! (Thank You to Ms Anderson who helped us get involved!)” Beth

We are thrilled to have this wonderful school competing for Team GB!

Team Australia passed the half million mark while we were snoozing and so there’s no time to waste!

Go! GB Kids Go!

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Carleton Primary School is ‘getting behind Team GB for the Skoolbo World Cup Challenge’!

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There are now only nine days remaining until the start of the Skoolbo World Cup on 2nd December and today we are shining a light on the marvellous children of Room 14, Carleton Primary School.

We recently got in contact with teacher Lynn Chapman as we couldn’t believe our eyes. Over 22,000 questions answered in a single day! Clearly these are children who mean business and who are totally dedicated to their learning. Exactly the qualities that will help Team GB to victory in the challenge. We asked them to give a few words of encouragement to all the Skoolbo-ers out there who are flexing their brains and getting in lots of practise ahead of the challenge. Here’s what they had to say –

“We love playing Skoolbo, it is fun and makes learning more interesting.  We’re getting behind Team GB for the Skoolbo World Cup Challenge and hope GB answer the most questions. We will certainly be trying our best to do this.”

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All this dedication is bringing its own rewards. Room 14 are showing incredible improvements in foundational literacy and numeracy skills. A whopping 26% average improvement in literacy and 18% in numeracy! There are some names that stand out in this class of superstars. We’d like to say a special congratulations to Ryan, Codi and Luci who are the three highest scorers for the class – well done!

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Carleton finalCarleton is a two-form entry Primary School and was built in 1953. It is probably the oldest Primary School in Glenrothes.

The school strives to create and foster a secure, caring, stimulating yet supportive environment which is conducive to good teaching and learning, in which children can develop confidence and self esteem and where pupils can become self motivated learners who understand and enjoy all the activities in which they are engaged.

We’re so pleased to have these guys on our side and it’s really easy to join them. If your school is already registered then you will be automatically entered once the challenge begins. Just keep answering questions to help Team GB increase their tally. If you’re not yet registered click below and you’ll be up and running in a matter of moments. It’s free and you won’t need any training.

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P5 from Valley Primary School snatch victory!

You may recall we have been following the efforts of some very special children from classes P5 and P5/6 from Valley Primary School in Kirkcaldy. Well the challenge is over and the results are in! We were delighted to receive this report from Learning Support Teacher and challenge organiser Mrs Lesley Cameron –

“The children worked exceedingly hard over the week and it was a close race with a different class being in the lead each day. The final totals for the week were…….

…P5 with 32,262 and  P5/6 with 31,791 points. Only 471 points less!

The winning class were delighted to be presented with the trophy by Headteacher Paula Seiner. They got a group photo with the two children who had gained the most points, Bethany Massey and Leon Page holding the trophy. All the children got stickers, bookmarks a sweet treat and extended break to celebrate their success. The children were so excited they asked if they could get an individual photo holding the trophy.

Magdalena Antonik in the P5/6 class deserves a special mention for all the effort she put in at home to help her class. She personally achieved 16,000 points!

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All of the children were avidly following the Skoolbo leadership board and they were absolutely delighted when both the classes took the first and second position in the UK class board.

Some of the other classes are now thinking of setting their own challenges.”

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Wow an amazing achievement,  a huge ‘congratulations’ to all the students who took part but what about the headphones the children were hoping to acquire to improve their learning experience? Well Headteacher, Ms Paula Seiner and the members of the school’s Senior Leadership Team have been so impressed with all the enthusiasm around Skoolbo that they have invested in individual earplugs for all the children from P5 to P7 so a great result there!

Skoolbo is ‘making learning fun’ for Valley Primary School children!

Valley Primary School set their own Skoolbo challenge!

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Skoolbo is ‘making learning fun’ for Valley Primary School children!

We promised that we would be keeping an eye on the challenge taking place at Valley Primary School in Fife and so we were absolutely delighted when these lovely students were featured in their local press. Journalist Paul McCabe from the Fife Free Press visited the school last week to find out how the students were getting on and what the school was hoping to achieve with this unique challenge.

Skoolbo is ‘making learning fun’ for Valley Primary School children!

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It’s wonderful to hear how the teachers at Valley Primary School enhance their students’ learning with Skoolbo and how they have created a special Skoolbo Club. It’s clear that Lesley Cameron along with the other fantastic teachers work hard to ensure children develop their self-esteem while the rewards system and personalised learning is obviously helping with this. A quick look at this week’s new school leaderboard also reveals just how determined these students are to be successful. A brilliant start to the new week!

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The children’s dream of new headphones for the school may become a reality very soon!Valley finalValley Primary School is situated in Kirkcaldy in Fife. Their purpose is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for all their pupils. They encourage all their pupils to believe in themselves and to always be the very best that they can be.

The pupils, parents and staff  of Valley Primary School have chosen their values to be:

Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Teamwork and Honesty

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Learning together at Leigh CofE Primary School

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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!

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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).

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Leigh Church of England Primary School is a one form entry primary school situated in Tile Hill, Coventry.

Valley Primary School set their own Skoolbo challenge!

Recently we were thrilled to be contacted by Lesley Cameron,  Learning Support Teacher and Skoolbo enthusiast from Valley Primary School in Fife. The wonderful hard working students of this lovely school are in urgent need of new headphones to enable them to continue the amazing progress they have made so far and they have a plan of how to raise the money.

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The challenge is on!

Children from P5 have challenged their peers from P5/6 to a class challenge! We’ll be following the challenge to see which children achieve personal bests and make the most progress during this exciting battle. We expect to see the Duelbos flying in and the class totalisers whizzing.

“Skoolbo has become so popular that many of our pupils are now playing at home. The school has even set up a Skoolbo club after school.”  Ms Cameron

Of course these children are no strangers to success. They made a flying start to the new school year and went straight into the top ten on the school leaderboard.

Schools 02.09.15We love the fact that these children are prepared to put in some extra hard work to achieve their goal. They’re hoping that the challenge will earn them the donations they need to replace their tired old headphones.

“I’ve been playing Skoolbo loads at home” Leon from P5
“I was really excited when I became a Superhero.” Chloe P6

There’ll be special Skoolbo stickers and bookmarks to reward and motivate the children during the challenge and a giant Skoolbo trophy for the winning class.

We’ll be getting back in contact with the school to find out who the star learners were and which class earned the title of ‘Skoolbo Challenge Super Champs’ so don’t forget to keep checking the website for updates. We hope to be able to report that the children have earned the much needed headphones.

‘Good Luck’ to all the students taking part.

Go Valley Primary School Go!

Valley Primary School is situated in Kirkcaldy in Fife. Their purpose is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for all their pupils. They encourage all their pupils to believe in themselves and to always be the very best that they can be.

The pupils, parents and staff  of Valley Primary School have chosen their values to be:

Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Teamwork and Honesty

Skoolbo features at ICT Showcase in Fife

Last week the Skoolbo Team spent a very enjoyable day at the Fife ICT Showcase to learn what schools in Fife were doing with technology. Of course they also took the chance to chat with ICT leaders and pupils about how they were getting along with Skoolbo.
Watch the video to see Skoolbo’s Malcolm Payton chat with some delightful Fife schoolchildren about Skoolbo and other educational software. You can also see the children interview leading Scottish educationalist, David Cameron about what he thinks of ICT in education.

 

The Scottish Challenge is over and a good time was had by all!

At the end of a fantastic week the children of Scotland have answered over 600,000 literacy and numeracy questions on the Skoolbo platform. They may have not quite reached the target but the reports we are getting back from schools have highlighted just how much everyone has enjoyed taking part and at Skoolbo we really feel as though we have made some new friends.

We have heard all about the tiny school of Burravoe on the Shetland Islands. Despite having only one class and fourteen pupils, they managed to finish in tenth place on the class leaderboard! …and they have a zip wire in their playground!

Class P61 from Kirkcaldy West Primary School were rewarded for their outstanding effort and were crowned champions on the class leaderboard followed by the very deserving Paradykes and Busby Primary Schools.

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We have spoken to lots of lovely schools in Fife and we fully expected a Fife school to finish top of the leaderboard. However a public holiday and an amazing effort from Busby Primary School in East Renfrewshire saw them finish first when time was called on the Challenge. Kirkcaldy West were superstars throughout the Challenge and deserved their top flight finish. Paradykes, St Agatha’s, Daliburgh, Mountfleurie, Ashley Road, Avenue End, St Paul’s RC and Marykirk all deserve praise for finishing in the top ten – we salute you all!

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The top three positions on the pupil leaderboard were taken by Katie Parrish (Busby), OB (Kirkcaldy) and YF (Paradykes). Well done and congratulations to the other pupils who made it to the top ten.

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So how did your Local Authority do? Take a look at the top ten here –

1st – Fife

2nd – Aberdeen City

3rd – East Renfrewshire

4th – Midlothian

5th – Eilean Siar

6th – North Lanarkshire

7th – Glasgow City

8th – Aberdeenshire

9th – Shetland Islands

10th – Orkney Islands

For the full leaderboards, please take a look at the Challenge page and remember wherever you came in the Challenge, you made an important contribution to the shared total and made some wonderful progress with your literacy and numeracy skills.

To all the children of Scotland who took part in the Challenge we think you are all…

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It’s Day 6 of the Scottish Challenge and Burravoe like to boogie with dragons!

We’re almost at the end of the Scottish Challenge and today we are showcasing a wonderful school on the island of Yell in the Shetland Islands. Yell is the second largest of the Shetland Islands with a population of about 800 and it is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, especially birds.

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The terrific students of Burravoe Primary School have answered almost 60,000 questions despite having only 14 students playing! They have made an amazing contribution to the Scottish Challenge and we think they are quite simply awesome!

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These hard working learners deserve lots of credit especially as we can see that they’re making fabulous progress with an average improvement of whopping 38%!

It seems that the Language Dragons have been a particular hit as you can tell from these fantastic quotes –

“I like Skoolbo because I get to play with different schools and different people.  I like the French and I have played on the Spanish.” By Rosie, P3.

“I like Skoolbo because you can play with different languages and it helps me with maths.  I learned that you can do French on Skoolbo.” By Neil, P3.

 “When I play Skoolbo I can learn French and if you master the skills you get to boogie with your dragon.  My favourite thing about Skoolbo is that you get super hero costumes and you can buy different costumes.”  By Sonia, P3.

 “I like Skoolbo because you can beat other people. I like playing games with different sums.  It helps me with my maths.” By Emer, P2.

 “I like when I get to be a super hero on Skoolbo.  I like playing the games.  It helps me with numbers and words.”  By Hannah, P1.

Well done Burravoe Primary School!

If we take a look at today’s leaderboards we can see that it is Fife’s Kircaldy West Primary School still holding on to first place closely followed by Busby Primary School in East Renfrewshire. It’s shaping up to be a real battle on the last day!

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Katie Parrish seems determined not to be toppled from first place on the student leaderboard and so Busby are winning this particular battle for now as OB from Kirkcaldy has to be content with second place. We have had a lovely communication from one of Katie’s parents letting us know how hard she is working and how much she is learning so well done and keep it up!

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Tomorrow is the last day of the Scottish Challenge so let’s make it a good one!

Day 5 of the Scottish Challenge – St Paul’s RC Primary are Fife’s superstars!

Day 5 has seen Fife strengthen their lead on the Local Authority leaderboard and it is a Fife school and class currently sitting at the top of both the school and class tables.

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Student Katie Parrish from class 7 in East Renfrewshire’s Busby Primary School has bucked the trend however and has built up an impressive lead on the student leaderboard.

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With almost 175,000 answers it’s looking as though Fife are going to be very difficult to overtake although, of course, anything is possible and there are still two days left.

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The amazing students of St Paul’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Glenrothes are committed Skoolbo learners and they have answered almost half a million questions on the platform! Their top performing class is Primary 4 with over 120,000 answers, followed by Primary 5 with over 86,000 answers. We were absolutely delighted when they got in touch to tell us exactly what they enjoy about playing –

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“Skoolbo is really fun.”Cole (Primary 4)

“Skoolbo helps you with your school work.” Rosie (Primary 4)

“I really like playing skoolbo on my iPad.” Mohammed (Primary 5)

“I like the way it gives me harder questions to help me get better at maths, reading and spelling.” Garry (Primary 5)

“Skoolbo is an interactive and fun way to learn.” Finlay (Primary 7)

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The teachers of St Paul’s have told us that they integrate Skoolbo into their curriculum planning and regularly set it as homework. Here they give us a wonderful insight into why they feel Skoolbo is a winner with both teachers and students alike.

“It’s great to see the children grow in confidence as they play the games. The whole class are motivated by it and want to see where they are placed individually, as a class and as a school on the leaderboard.” Mrs Ripley (Class Teacher)

“As a teacher I have loved how easy it is to set up and manage pupil progress through the dashboard. I often set skoolbo as a homework task. The pupils love it when I put the leaderboard up on display, so they can see who the leader is.” Miss Tindal (Class Teacher)

“Skoolbo is a great way for the children to learn. They are really motivated to use it in order to move up the leaderboard and to get the class certificates. The questions are set at the right level to give the children a challenge while also ensuring they achieve and grow in confidence.” Mr FIsher (Class Teacher)

St Paul’s Roman Catholic Primary School aims to provide a caring, secure and stimulating learning environment which will enable all children to learn to the best of their ability, providing opportunities for all children to reach their full potential.