Could reading for pleasure be a game-changer?

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It is widely accepted that learning to read is an essential life skill, even if there is not total agreement about how this skill should be taught. Once acquired, reading is used everyday but it seems that fewer and fewer people are choosing to read in their leisure time. This decline is not restricted to adults who arguably have less leisure time at their disposal. Children are also choosing to read for pleasure less often.

But is this important? If children have the ‘basics,’ does it matter what they do outside of school? How can immersing yourself in a good book be beneficial, especially in a day and age where ‘reading for pleasure’ feels like a thing of the past?

There is a growing body of educational research evidence that links a number of benefits of children reading for pleasure. The key findings include;

  • reading for pleasure is important for both educational purposes as well as personal development and it has positive emotional and social consequences
  • there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment
  • there is a positive relationship between reading for pleasure and attainment in a wide range of educational areas including maths
  • reading enjoyment may be more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.

This last point is of particular interest as despite increased focus, and in many cases funding, a child’s socio-economic background stubbornly remains the single biggest indicator of a child’s future educational outcomes. What if developing a love of reading holds the key to levelling the playing field for so many children?

The research also examined children’s perceptions of readers. It concluded that a greater percentage of primary than secondary aged children view themselves as ‘a reader’ and a greater proportion of primary aged readers (than secondary aged) and non-readers believed that their friends saw readers as happy and people with a lot of friends.

It seems that the argument in favour of reading for pleasure has been won and so how can we encourage children to choose to read in their own time? One of the reasons cited for children avoiding books is a lack of reading confidence so removing some of these early barriers becomes essential. Introducing children to picture books with simple vocabulary is a great start. We know that once children can read a wide range of common words by sight they are more likely to go on to become confident, fluent readers. These common words are those that children typically recognise within approximately three seconds. Amazingly, fifty percent of our written material is made up of one hundred of these most frequently used words and this is where game-based learning can help. Games like Skoolbo enable children to learn these words effortlessly and in hugely enjoyable way. Children love games and are fascinated by new technology. Teaching these early reading and spelling skills in an exciting interactive learning environment allows children to get more from their reading. This builds confidence, freeing  them to tackle more challenging words and focus on the story or poem’s meaning which, in turn, leads to increased enjoyment.

Confidence, however, can be fragile and fleeting if we are not careful. Children love sharing books with friends and trusted adults and when very young they are often very happy to read aloud. Reading silently or ‘in their head’ is a skill that develops much later, but reading to an adult in a formal school setting can be daunting for some children. It introduces an element of judgement and can result in a drop in confidence. Innovations in educational technology can help children develop as readers independently and free of judgement until they are ready.

Zippy Shine is one such innovation which allows children to practise and record their reading independently. In this reading and performance app, children can choose from a range of exciting adventures with familiar characters or they can try their hand at telling a joke, re-recording as many times as they like until they are happy with their performance. As they listen back to their own reading, they instinctively self-assess, recognising where previously unnoticed punctuation may have indicated a pause or change of intonation. They begin to have an awareness of audience and develop their performance accordingly. Children remain in control of their own reading development and only share their performance when they feel they are ready. Teachers will soon be able to receive recorded performances via their online teacher dashboard, providing opportunities for encouragement and informing planning for the next guided session. Similarly parents will soon be able to listen to the recordings in their parent dashboard, involving them in their child’s learning. It can also be a great source of pride and enjoyment for both parent and child.

Technology may not be able to replace that special time curled up in your favourite place with a well-thumbed, slightly shabby, much-loved paperback but it can go a long way to helping us develop the skills necessary to get there!

New to Skoolbo? Register your child, class or homeschool now for FREE and join the Skoolbo movement!

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The Skoolbo World Cup is just around the corner! Let’s WIN UK!

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The Skoolbo World Cup is back for a third year! Children in the UK will be competing against other Skoolbo-ers in classrooms across the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Running from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th of December, your students’ avatars will wear a new Team GB uniform. Every question your students answer correctly puts the UK one step closer to victory! There will be an automated tally on the Skoolbo website homepage so you can see the results live.

This is a great way to motivate and engage students to learn by answering lots of maths and literacy questions.

Let’s have some fun as we join together to take on the world in the Skoolbo World Cup!

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup coming in the lead up to December 6th…

Go GB Kids! Go!

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New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class now to get involved in our highly motivating World Cup!

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Whale Hill Primary School – ClassBo Champions!

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A new school year is beginning full of excitement and new opportunities. We hope everyone has enjoyed the summer and is looking forward to the term ahead.

One Skoolbo school ended last year on a high and we’d like to share their success with you. We’re sure that these great students will inspire others to follow their wonderful example.

John Frost is the Computing Leader for Whale Hill and has been busy motivating students to improve their maths, literacy and language skills by rolling out Skoolbo across the school. The teachers are also brilliant at sharing students’ successes across social media which has helped to tell their Skoolbo story as it unfolds.

Year 4 were the first to appear on Twitter, demonstrating just how engaged they are with their learning on the platform –

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Each year group had been set a Mega ClassBo Challenge to answer 25,000 maths and literacy questions over a two week period and Year 4 took an early lead –

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The regular Twitter updates revealed some very close competition and Year 2 were also early ClassBo stars –

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By the end of term all this effort had paid off and not just in terms of the amazing learning progress, Whale Hill Primary School had shot straight to the top of the leaderboard –

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And it wasn’t just Whale Hill students who were winners as a result of participating in these ClassBos, WaterAid UK will benefit from every ClassBo successfully completed last term (more to follow).

As you can see from the fabulous comments below, the children are adept at reflecting on their learning and have come up with some great suggestions for developing Skoolbo in the future. We’ll certainly take these ideas on board so thank you!

What do you enjoy most about Skoolbo?

You get to play games and learn at the same time. (Y1)

It looks really good on the iPad. It doesn’t feel like learning but you are. (Y2)

The games are short so you can play for a long time or a short amount of time if you want. (Y4)

Where do you play Skoolbo most? at home, at school, in the car?

Almost half of children in Y2 and Y4 had used it at home including downloading the app. Y3 and Y5 was more than a quarter. All have had the opportunity to use it in school a number of times (Mr Frost)

How has the ClassBo challenge made learning more exciting?

It tells you how many points you have so you want to get more and be better. (Y2)

When the teacher shows us the points you can see your own score and you want to get the most so you play more. (Y3)

You get to see how close you are getting to the target and you only have 2 weeks which makes it feel like a competition. (Y5)

Do you talk to your friends about Skoolbo/ClassBo?

The children have said that they often talk about it with each other in school. More than half in Y4 and Y5 said they had talked about Skoolbo, even if it was to compare points (Mr Frost)

We are always looking for new and exciting things to add to Skoolbo. Do you have any suggestions for us? new lands, new languages, new rewards, new vehicles?

Rockets in space, underwater (on a shark’s back) and on the moon!

How do you feel when you master a new game?

I feel really proud. (Y1)

It makes me want to keep going and do even better. (Y2)

I feel more confident. (Y3)

It makes me feel like I’m good and getting better at maths and English. (Y4)

I want to master more topics and improve further. (Y5)

And here are some comments from the teachers –

It has been wonderful to see the level of enthusiasm for Skoolbo that children across the school have. We thought they would like it but they don’t. They love it.

I have seen children who lack confidence in Maths and English lessons fist-pump the air with pride as they achieve a personal-best score. Children who will easily disengage in lessons have tentatively asked when we will next be able to use Skoolbo in school. Quiet and timid children have flourished with the healthy competition that the year group leaderboard provides.

Furthermore, the opportunity to set targets as a ClassBo challenge has appealed to the children. It has provided them with a specific aim and given an explicit purpose for using Skoolbo as well as enjoyment and learning. The Water Aid focus and the resources provided have helped us as teachers to make cross-curricular links from Geography to Science to PSHCE.

On the last day of the year, the children were allowed to bring in their own toys and games to play. Within an hour, Y4 were asking if they could play on Skoolbo. That they would choose it over free time with their friends and their own toys says more than I could put into words.

Whale Hill Primary School – you are amazing!

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Whale Hill Primary School is based in Eston, Middlesborough. Here are their aims and expectations –

At Whale Hill we value all of our pupils equally, respecting their individuality and seeking to develop their fullest potential.

Our aim is:

  • To nurture happy, lively and well-balanced children with active and enquiring minds.
  • To develop childrens knowledge and enhance their skills.
  • To foster tolerance, respect for others and increase childrens awareness of moral and spiritual values.
  • To help children to become active participants and responsible citizens, able to live their lives as completely as they are equipped to live.

Our expectations of children are always high. We want them to work hard, enjoy school life, behave appropriately and take responsibility within the school.

“Continuous Improvement towards the very best imaginable”

Groggan Primary School’s Year 5 are ClassBo Champions!

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We’d like to introduce you to the fantastic students of Groggan Primary School in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Despite being relative newcomers to Skoolbo they have quickly got to grips with the program to become one of the top performing schools in the region. It was therefore no surprise to find out that these super learners are also very articulate when it comes to describing what they like best about Skoolbo.

Year 5 Teacher and ICT Coordinator Mr Chris Robinson revealed that the sixteen wonderful comments we received from his students represented only a small selection! They were so overwhelmingly positive that we thought we’d use them to create this special word cloud. We think it describes their thoughts perfectly!

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And here are some of those comments in full –

“Skoolbo is the best learning game ever”

“I like the way you can personalise it”

“I like the way there are challenges, that way I can see how good I am at my Maths”

“Excellent Graphics”

“It’s great the way you can customise your character”

“ A safe way to play with people all over the country”

“ It can increase our intelligence”

“Skoolbo isn’t just an App for kids to play on, you can learn from it too”

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Mr Robinson explained more about how he is using Skoolbo in his classroom.

Skoolbo has only been in our school for 4 weeks, but it has made an impressively large impact on the classes in school. It is addictive to play and the customisable aspect engages children of all learning abilities and styles to play.

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As a teacher it is exciting to see children participating at home, this is where we see most of the Skoolbo games happening. I have also used to teacher function to set my class challenges, first of all I set a classbo 5000 challenge, and got 6,500 answers in 48 hours. I then threw caution to the wind and set a 14 day 25,000 correct answer challenge. I was completely blown away by the response, 25,000 correct answers in 6 days!

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It is one of the easiest administered Apps I have used also, as ICT coordinator, I found the set up quick and easy and the children’s login is also straightforward and accessible to all.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to this wonderful school for getting in touch to share their story.

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Groggan Primary School opened on its current site in June 1936. The school occupies a beautiful rural site on the outskirts of Randalstown. The school has been winner and runner-up of the ‘Best Kept Small School’ in recent years.  Currently the school has 117 pupils in 5 classes.

Principal Mrs Humphrey believes that community plays a big part in Groggan Primary School. They endeavour to hold events when their doors are open and everyone is made welcome. The school staff strive to help pupils discover not how clever they are, but  how they are clever. They help pupils use this to their full potential, regardless of ability,  through a range of experiences both in and outside school.

Digi-Eskwela Project helps raise achievement with Skoolbo!

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Few would disagree that the advent of new technology has the potential to dramatically change educational outcomes for all children. However, children who reside in economically disadvantaged households can still lack access to these vital tools. This is where Skoolbo can help and we are delighted to report on our involvement with a very successful digital learning project in the Philippines called Digi-Eskwela.

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We are very excited by the first set of results that have have come in from the project. The data shows excellent improvement across all areas.

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This data also shows very clearly how increased usage leads to increased improvement. The students from Bitano Elementary School began playing Skoolbo first and have therefore answered more questions resulting in the greatest improvement of the two schools so far.

Tiwala Kids & Communities and The Patatas set up the project with the aim of  increasing access to learning technologies for some of the Philippines most disadvantaged children. It was hoped that this would lead to increased student engagement and academic success. The Patatas donated the hardware needed for the project and Tiwala took responsibility for the implementation of Skoolbo in the chosen schools. The project ran initially from October 2014 to October 2015 and we understand that there is strong desire from everyone involved to extend the project due to its phenomenal success.

Digi-Eskwela involved children from the following school- based urban settings;

  • Legazpi Port Elementary School
  • Bitano Elementary School

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The schools recommended students most in need of assistance and Tiwala held tablet-based tutorials in the partner schools. Thirty students were accommodated in each class with three thirty-minute Skoolbo sessions per week per child.

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Of course everyone is delighted with the improvement in essential literacy, numeracy and language skills but these fantastic testimonials from parents, students, and teachers tell us more about the wider benefits of Skoolbo. They reveal increased student engagement in the classrooms and higher motivation to learn at school and at home. The children are really enjoying using both tablets and the Skoolbo platform, which is wonderful!

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“I get motivated in always attending Digi-Eskwela because my scores are getting higher and higher. I not only learn Math, Reading, English but also learn Spanish words.” John Carl, Grade 3, Bitano Elementary School

“I look forward to playing with Skoolbo and using the tablets during my tutorial slot. I enjoy the games and the different environment I get to play in. I love Math and also Spelling.” Danica Sevillano, Grade 4, Bitano Elementary School

“What I like about Skoolbo is I learn new words and also I need to do Math quickly. I also like the rewards I receive when I get perfect score. Also I get to compete with others in the class (duelbo).” Reasty Malangan, Grade 3, Bitano Elementary School

“I find Skoolbo enjoyable because I like the graphics and also the reward system. I also get motivated to continue playing because when I get high points, I earn ‘money’ I can use to ‘buy’ stuff. Also I always get highest scores in Math and Reading.” Mark James, Legazpi Port Elementary School

“I learn new words and I can solve Math problems quicker. I also like that I can race in different worlds, and also I enjoy duelbo and being a superhero when I get high scores.” Mabeth Gonzalez, Legazpi Port Elementary School

The enthusiasm from the children is fantastic and they were not the only ones who loved being involved with the project. The parents expressed gratitude that their children were chosen to be part of the class and reported that their children enjoy attending Digi-Eskwela and playing Skoolbo.

“My child always looks forward to attending Digi-Eskwela because she likes playing with the tablet. I don’t have to remind her about it. She goes to school early in order to attend the class and play tablet games. “ Marilyn Sepato, mother of Mary Joy Sepato

“Lyka comes to school early in the morning even if her class is still in the afternoon because she enjoys playing with the tablet. I am happy that she has a chance to have fun while learning. She is very focused and does not want to get interrupted while playing the games.” Richelda Jebulan, mother of Lyka Jebulan

“I am grateful that my child is enrolled in the class. We are poor so we cannot afford to buy a smartphone or tablet. But through this project, my daughter can play and use a tablet and learn.” Aileen Labanda, mother of Jobel Labanda

The classroom teachers attributed much of the increased classroom participation to being part of the project. The teachers believed that this is because children become increasingly confident as they answer more questions in the game.

“The conduct of Digi-Eskwela in Bitano Elementary School is a big help to the children enrolled in the said project. They show interest and willingness to develop their young minds. They have shown improvement in their Mathematics and English subjects. In behalf of our school, we thank you for choosing Bitano Elementary School as one of your Digi-Eskwela pilot program.” Ms. Teresita Barbante, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“The pupils, especially the girls, have become more participative and excel more in written work activities. They are also active when asked to do board work exercises. I noticed that their vocabulary skills improved. The could easily understand what the teacher was trying to teach.“ Ms. Margie Boticario, Legazpi Port Elementary School Teacher

“Ylaiza Arnaldo has improved in her decoding skills in reading. I could sense that she’s becoming more confident. She actively participates in classroom activities.” Mrs Marino, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“Heidi Joyce Esquivel has improved in her reading skills. She is now more eager to read aloud in class. She has also become more confident in participating in class discussions and in spelling words.” Mrs. Teresita Barbante, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“Bea Yape has shown remarkable improvement. She solves Math problems in class easily and shows improved reading fluency. This quarter she received an achiever merit award for doing well in class.” Mrs. Liezel Marino, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

“Jowella has become very active in class discussions. She participates in doing board work in Math and in read-aloud sessions. Her accuracy in calculations and decoding words have significantly improved.” Mrs. Marino, Bitano Elementary School Teacher

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The organisers hope to extend the project to involve more children by increasing the number of tablets available. We look forward to writing an update on how the project is progressing in the near future.

Withinfields Primary School Joins the One Million Club!

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Today we take a look at a wonderful school from the Yorkshire and Humber region. Withinfields Primary School recently became a Skoolbo SuperSchool when they collectively answered over one million questions on the platform!

We knew there had to be some very special individual efforts that deserve recognition and so we were delighted to receive this lovely photograph of the marvellous Molly from Year 5.

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This is what the school had to say about her –

Molly Broughton is a brilliant student! She has taken Skoolbo on board from the first day we’ve introduced it in school and she has been very enthusiastic in using it extensively to improve her Maths skills, Literacy – reading, spelling and comprehension.

Her parents are impressed with the way her skills have improved and are encouraging her to keep on using the platform.

She is our school champion at Skoolbo with an impressive amount of 27,000 answers.

You may recognise this young man as he recently helped his dad (Nick Negoita) deliver a wonderful presentation all about Skoolbo in front of a large audience. You can read all about this in our earlier blog post  Meet Mihai – Our Newest Skoolbo Presenter

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Nick has now left the school to take up a new post. A little bird told us that he is busy introducing Skoolbo to his new students meanwhile Mihai remains at Withinfields to carry the Skoolbo flag!

Mihai Negoita, Year 3 has been conquered by Skoolbo even before the launch of Skoolbo UK and he has been very keen in reading all the stories on Zalairos adventures, as he found the game even more interesting after he lived so many adventures with the characters from Bo City and the surroundings. He also helped me present Skoolb platform in a CAS Meeting inn Kirklees back in  December 2015, being an amazing assistant.

He has managed to answer more than 13.000 questions on Skoolbo UK, and his reading skills have been immensely boosted by using the app.

He has also adventured in the Language Dragons section, learning most of the Spanish units…

I think this platform has been the best app/learning platform used in our school since I started working for Withinfields Primary School back in September 2015. It had a tremendous impact in our learning, children relations and behaviour.

It was specially useful in raising confidence levels in using computers and other devices for our EYFS and KS1 pupils.

Finally, I just want to add that we found Skoolbo extremely useful in working with small groups targeting the gaps in their achievement in Literacy and Maths.

Before he left Nick made this fabulous poster to celebrate the great achievement of reaching one million answers!

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Congratulations to all the students of Withinfields Primary School. We can’t wait to see what you achieve next!

Withinfields Primary School is a happy and inclusive school where inspiring teaching and learning supports all children in recognising and achieving their potential. They have 6 Core Values which are central to their school community:

  • Friendship
  • Forgiveness
  • Fairness
  • Happiness
  • Trust
  • Respect

Meadowbrook Primary School – World Cup Super Learners!

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It has been a few weeks since the Skoolbo 2015 World Cup finished but we have not forgotten the tremendous performance of one Bristol school. Meadowbrook Primary School took our breath away with their sheer enthusiasm for learning!

Their energy and desire to win was contagious. These fabulous students logged on to Skoolbo at every available opportunity while their teachers and parents took to Twitter to rally support and keep everyone up to date with their progress. mb

 

Meadowbrook weren’t just competing with other countries and UK schools, they were also holding their own unofficial class-to-class challenge. When the challenge finished it was Voles class in first place with over 83,000 answers bringing their actual total to 237,861, so close to a quarter of a million answers! These are the World Cup scores for the top five Meadowbrook classes –

1st   Voles – 83,719

2nd   Otters – 62,472

3rd    Herons – 45,813

4th    Kingfishers – 34,889

5th    Fox – 19,166

We really thought that with dedicated schools like Meadowbrook on our team, the UK were going to claim the trophy. Sadly it was not to be…With only hours to go Team Australia swooped in, but the students of Meadowbrook had managed to finish top in the UK and 2nd in the World!

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Olympian and Skoolbo Ambassador Adrian Turner knows all about the thrills (and spills) of competitions and was keen to talk to these lovely children and their teacher Mr Rhodri Hopkins. They in turn had some questions for Adrian. You can watch their interview here –

And here is the full version –

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Meadowbrook Primary School is part of the Olympus Academy Trust. It is a two-form entry school based in Bradley Stoke, Bristol. Here’s what Headteacher Jon Barr had to say about the students –

Our children are a huge asset in our school and across their learning journey with us they take responsibility for many aspects of our school. The trust we have in them is a reflection of the relationships teachers have with their children. We have mutual respect and a shared view that all children can succeed and that it is our role to inspire them to that success. Our children’s behaviour for learning has been described as exemplary by visitors to the school.

Learning Maths and English is so much more fun at Bells Farm with Skoolbo!

“Learning Maths and English is so much more fun at Bells Farm with Skoolbo.” This was the fabulous message sent to us by the school’s IT Co-ordinator Mr Baddhan and these lovely students are certainly living up to their school motto –

Enjoying our learning…
…aiming for excellence.

Bells Farm was recently recognised for the great efforts of their students and staff when the school was named in the top 100 performing schools in the country, based on their sustained improvement in attainment at the end of KS2. We’d like to add our congratulations for this tremendous achievement.

Of course it came as no surprise to hear how well the school is doing as they were already on our radar for their committed contribution to the recent Skoolbo World Cup. Those of you on Twitter will have seen their regular Tweets commending their Skoolbo stars and offering encouragement to everyone taking part.  Now that the challenge is over, Bells Farm have dedicated a whole page on their school website to celebrating all the fun and learning that took place.

 

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We are delighted to share this photograph of the wonderful Daniel from Year 6 who achieved the highest score during the challenge. He was rewarded with this fabulous t-shirt created specially for him by the school.

 

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Mr Baddhan, who organised the event at Bells Farm said;

“Our passionate and enthusiastic children took part in the challenge during their lesson times, breakfast and after school clubs and break times to help Team GB try and beat the other countries however they fell short just behind Team Australia.

 The children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the tournament. They came in everyday to see how Team GB were performing and were determined to do well for Bells Farm and their country. The enthusiasm and dedication to learn and win was a pleasure to see! Well done Bells Farm!”

We’d like to add our own ‘well done’ to Bells Farm. It’s inspiring to hear how much these children are enjoying their learning with Skoolbo.

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Bells Farm is a one-form entry primary school situated in Druid’s Heath in Birmingham.  Headteacher, Barbara Butterworth has this to say about the school;

“We are a happy, friendly and caring school in which every child is encouraged to be their best and do their best. We offer a rich curriculum underpinned by education in values for life, and use every opportunity we can to celebrate all of our children’s achievements: academic, sporting, creative and social.”

Heathlands CofE VC Primary – 40% improvement with Skoolbo!

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They may have only recently joined Skoolbo but the students of Heathlands CofE VC Primary School have made a cracking start, answering a total of 25,000 questions in a single day during their first week, which they then topped by answering 45,000 the following day! Since then this wonderful school has been a regular fixture on the Schools’ Leaderboard.

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This incredible start did not go unnoticed and we thought these marvellous children would make great ambassadors for Team GB in the Skoolbo World Cup which begins on December 2nd. It’s great to see that the whole school are getting behind the challenge

“Skoolbo is making a big impact on our school after I introduced it.” Ross Turver, Maths Coordinator.

                                                                  “It’s really good! I kept trying and got lots of points and now I’m a superhero! I really like itOJ because you can fly ships against other people and improve at Literacy.” Olivia Jacobs, 2F

“I really like Skoolbo because I want to improve at learning. It is fun and it helps me a lot. I am improving at telling the time and at maths, I think it’s really helpful!” Faiza Kafala, 4B

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“It’s really addictive and fun to play – it makes you happy when you win! It’s really fun to see other people’s costumes. It helps you to learn and it helps with times tables, number bonds and English.” Ida Webb, 6H

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All classes from Year 1 to Year 6 are active on the platform with class 4B currently holding the title of top scorers with over 52,000 answers so far. 5C, 3T and 2D are not far behind them making it very difficult to predict who will be the first to reach that coveted 100K milestone.

As we have heard, the children of Heathlands love the fun aspect of Skoolbo but they are also completely switched on to how it can help them improve their maths and literacy skills. Together they average over 40% improvement on the platform!

It’s great to know that Team GB will be entering the World Cup with these amazing students on side to give us the best possible chance of winning.

Would you like to join in?

If your school is registered then you’ll already know what to do. Make sure everyone in your class has their username and password and is practising by playing at home and school.

Spread the word about the challenge by downloading this cool poster to display around your school-

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Forgotten your login? Not a problem, we’re here to help. You can email us, call us, tweet us or message us!

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Not yet registered? Why wait? It’s fast and free, your school can be up and running quick as a flash with no training required.

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Heathlands finalHeathlands is a Church of England village school established in 1858 to serve the village of West Bergholt in Colchester (Essex – England). It now has over 350 pupils and has expanded over the years with the growth of the region and the choice of parents because of its very good reputation.

Heathlands School’s mission is to develop fully the knowledge, skills, faith and self confidence of all our children in a joyful, enthusiastic and Christian environment.

Get ready for the Skoolbo World Cup with Adrian Turner

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Skoolbo World Cup 2nd – 8th December 2015

With just two weeks to go until the launch of the 2015 Skoolbo World Cup it’s time for Team GB to get practising.

‘Team GB – who are they?’ we hear you ask…

You of course!

All children (and schools) in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are invited to join together in an effort to become Skoolbo World Champions. Together you make up Team GB and your task is to try to beat all the other Skoolbo teams from around the globe by answering the most literacy, numeracy and language questions over the 7 day challenge.

During the challenge students’ avatars will be dressed in an exclusive Team GB kit and every question answered correctly will take us one step closer to victory! Keep a look out for the dedicated Challenge Leaderboard which will show live results in real time!

Former Olympic Swimmer and Skoolbo Ambassador Adrian Turner knows all about preparing for a big event and has recorded this special message to get us all motivated and ready to win –

If your school is registered then you’ll already know what to do. Make sure everyone in your class has their username and password and is practising by playing at home and school.

Spread the word about the challenge by downloading this cool poster to display around your school-

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Forgotten your login? Not a problem, we’re here to help. You can email us, call us, tweet us or message us!

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Not yet registered? Why wait? It’s fast and free, your school can be up and running quick as a flash with no training required.

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