Llanedeyrn Primary School flying the flag for Welsh Schools!

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Today we take a trip across the Severn Bridge to meet the wonderful students of Llanedeyrn Primary School in Cardiff. They are one of the top performing schools in Wales and terrific ambassadors for Skoolbo. A quick look at the home page of their website will tell you all you need to know about how far these students are prepared to push themselves to suceed as the photograph of some of them at the 886 metre summit of Pen Y Fan shows.

We have been following their astonishing story of achievement and improvement on Skoolbo as it unfolds and we thought it was about time we met the stars of the show!

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Using tablets, they have made an astounding 31% improvement in Maths and Literacy collectively since starting on Skoolbo and they are showing no signs of slowing down!

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Mr Price has been the driving force behind getting Skoolbo established in the school and he has even made a special Skoolbo widget for the school website!

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We think this is a great idea as it enables children to quickly sign in and begin learning whether they are at school or home. It’s also helpful for letting parents and carers know where they can register for a parent account so that they can keep track of their child’s progress.

If this isn’t enough, they have made this fabulous video highlighting everything they love about Skoolbo. Here you will see students ‘Zippy Shaking’ and taking part in the 60Sec Slime with Dr Weevil. Both available through the free Teacher App. They also showcase how much they enjoy their Maths and Literacy learning, finishing off with some personal feedback on what they love most about Skoolbo.

“I like using Skoolbo because it is fun and educational” Harvie R – Y5

“I like using Skoolbo because I keep winning!” Sam B – Y4

“Skoolbo is awesome and sometimes there are levels that are hard” Cody S – Y3

“Skoolbo is a challenging game, helps you learn and I enjoy playing it” Jibram – Y4

“I like Skoolbo because it has maths in it so I can challenge my brain and it will help me with my growth mindset.” Sunny M – Y4

“I like Skoolbo because you can earn points and unlock new things if you do good in the game.” Kallum R – Y6

“I like Skoolbo because you can decorate you own house and unlock new and cool things” Chloe S – Y6

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This is a wonderful example of both independent and collaborative learning and this feedback from the teachers makes for great reading as well –

“Skoolbo is the best interactive learning game we have ever used in our School. I love the fact the teachers can monitor the children’s progress and set them challenging tasks. The children also love looking at the weekly class reports to see how they did.” Mr A Price

“I love it when the children use Skoolbo in our class. They always want to show me their results and how well they are improving.” Mr L Jenkins 

“We love using Skoolbo in our class. It is a fantastic app!” Miss C Stone

Congratulations to all the amazing students and hard-working staff! You are outstanding!

Llanedeyrn Primary School caters for 419 students and is based in Cardiff.

Their vision is to create a unique, forward thinking school that sets and achieves high standards for its learners whilst recognising its responsibilities to the wider community.
They strive to ensure that everyone within the school is happy, healthy, safe and successful, ensuring equality of opportunity for all.

They believe their school is special because parents, staff, governors and the community work alongside one another to give all children the opportunities to develop their full potential.

The school values the contribution that ICT can make for the benefit of all pupils, staff and parents and governors. To this end, the school ethos actively promotes and utilises ICT opportunities across the whole school structure, with the emphasis toward the promotion of learning and teaching. It is their policy to keep abreast of new and innovative practices.

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Our latest 10K Super Champs

The list of students surpassing 10,000 answers on the Skoolbo platform just keeps getting longer which is definitely something to smile about. We’d like to say a massive ‘well done’ to everyone who has reached this milestone – a tremendous achievement and a huge step forward in securing those key skills in Literacy and Numeracy!

Here are some photographs of just some of the latest winners.

Matthew – Yr 4 student at St Aidan’s Church of England Primary School in the North East

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Cian Jones and friends all from Tycroes Primary School in Wales

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A fabulous effort – you are an inspiration to us all!

Ysgol Gynradd Ty-Croes – an interview with Adrian Turner

SA18 3QDTycroes School motto is ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ and one class in particular have been demonstrating that they know exactly what this means. Students from Blwyddyn 4 (Year 4) have all been incredibly active on the Skoolbo platform and their reward was a recent 1st place spot on the UK class leaderboard!

Ysgol Gynradd Ty-Croes Class

Every single student in the class has contributed to their amazing ‘questions answered’ total of over 137,000 and they have earned themselves a place on our 100K Honours Board in the process –

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Tycroes TrophyThere have been some amazing individual performances as well – Bethany was the first to receive the Super Champ trophy for answering in excess of 10,000 questions. An awesome effort, well done Bethany!

 

Furthermore, this amazing achievement helped the whole school secure 10th place on the UK schools leaderboard recently –

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This superb effort deserved a reward and so we asked Skoolbo Ambassador and former Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer, Adrian Turner to join the class for a Skype session.

Bronze versus silver

Watch the video below to find out why Adrian Turner is more proud of his Commonwealth bronze medal than his silver. You can also learn about Adrian’s other favourite sports and which football team he is completely passionate about. Can you guess which it is?

Keep your eye on the prize!

You can hear all of the well researched questions Year 4 asked Adrian by watching the full interview here. Adrian has some excellent advice on how to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential, whatever your aims in life. Adrian also talks about studying to be an actor, proving that it is possible to excel in different things.

Thank you Tycroes – you are wonderful!

Tycroes School is a small primary school situated in Carmarthenshire in South Wales. The school aims to bring each pupil into a welcoming and secure atmosphere where the self-esteem of everyone involved with the school is developed so that they can feel positive about themselves, about what they do and about the school.

Ewch tîm Cymru!

Fel Llysgenhadwr Skoolbo, mae pleser ‘da fi i roi fy llais i fersiwn Cymraeg Skoolbo, yn fyw ar ddechrau 2015.

Mae wedi bod yn anhygoel i weld cymaint o ysgolion Cymraeg yn defnyddio Skoolbo yn barod a rwy’n falch iawn, iawn o’ch ymdrechion.

Rwy’n gwybod y byddech chi i gyd yn chwarae rhan rhagorol yng Nghwpan y Byd Skoolbo.

Ewch tîm Cymru!

Topping The Welsh Class Table – Year 3 From St Helens Catholic Primary School!

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St Helens-2St Helen’s Catholic Primary School is currently top in the Class leaderboard in Wales with Ms Zamudio’s Year 3 class answering a fantastic 63,507 questions so far on Skoolbo!

 

 

The school currently has 11 classes active on Skoolbo. Since joining us in June this year, Year 3 have increased literacy by 21% and numeracy by 26% to date! There have been some great individual performances in the class with Wiktoria and Keira C mastering a number of numeracy and literacy elements.

Here’s what Teachers, Parents and Pupils say about Skoolbo……

Skoolbo holds everything you could learn‘ – Holly Year 4.

It’s so fantastic! It covers all topics‘ – Leo Year 4.

It is a fun, educational learning system‘ – John Year 4.

You can learn in an imaginary world‘ – Cari Year 4.

It helps me with my Maths and English and it helps me learn better‘ – Noah Year 3.

There are loads of activities to help you learn‘ – Kaytlin Year 4.

It helps me learn in a fun way‘ – Jewell Year 3.

I enjoy regularly sharing the scores with the class and seeing the progress my class are making, especially in their mental maths‘ – Mrs Zamudio – Teacher

One of the school aims is to ensure that children are nurtured through rewards and celebrations of their achievements, so Skoolbo is a great platform to support this.

Have a look at a St Hellen’s pupils giving the new Zippy Shake a go and having lots of fun …

Well done to all at St Helen’s from a great start to your Skoolbo journey. We look forward to sending on a further motivational pack to you soon!

St Helen’s is a Voluntary aided Catholic school with a small nursery and 317 pupils currently on role. It draws it’s pupils from the Caerphilly basin in the south to New Tredegar in the North from the Senghenydd Valley in the west to Machen in the East. 

The school has approximately 3.7 acres of ground, including several sports grassed areas and three hard surfaced areas. The school also has access to its own pond area, two wooded areas with log circles, a meadow, a sensory garden and two areas of play equipment. The school even has its own castle!

Wales and West Midlands fighting it out mid table today!

Mid table is dominated by schools from Wales and the West Midlands today, and its very close indeed…..

Good performances from Ysgol Hendre Residential and Bodnant in Wales, both with pupils featuring on the leaderboard too.

Well done to Ysgol Hendre who are currently today’s top performing Welsh school.

Greenwood Academy, Drakes Broughton St Banabas, Limberick Wood and Peters Hill are fighting it out for the highest mid table position today. Will any of you reach the heady heights of the top performing West Midlands school St Margaret’s sitting in 10th?

 Wales or the West Midlands who will win the mid table battle today????