Yesterday and today we have been enjoying taking part in the World Education Games. So many children have been inspired to logon to Mathletics and Spellodrome to challenge themselves and their international friends to a game to see who can calculate or spell the answers in the least time. Whilst only mildly competitive, it has been so lovely to see how the children’s mental maths skills and excitement for maths and literacy have progressed and developed throughout the week and I have no doubt that this level of enthusiasm will continue throughout the year. Moreover, many of our children blogged about their experiences yesterday and you can find them here : clover.westwoodblogs.org. They would LOVE a comment, if you have time, please.
For the duration of the games this week I have run a lunchtime club for children to take part, logon and have fun. Consistently over the three days I have had over 30 children joining me, giving up their lunchtime to be a part of it. At nearly a third of the school this has been so encouraging and a joy to coordinate. Well done everyone and thank you for your efforts.
Here we all are in action, with some audio from the children, describing what they have achieved:
What a fun afternoon we have had today! I had the real pleasure of working with KS2 and we have been testing our spelling and mathematical skills using Spellodrome and Mathletics as part of the three day World Education Games. Children experienced the excitement of challenging friends from all around the world to spell the most words in the fastest time and to answer as many maths questions as they could in one minute. As a mental maths activity, Mathletics is fantastic and allows the children to develop their skills when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Plus, with the gently competitive element, there is the challenge to perform at your very best! Some seriously good spelling and calculating took place and I’m looking forward to tomorrow with Clover class. We certainly have a lot of talented spellers and Mathletes at Westwood!
This was made by one of our Digital Leaders during the afternoon.
The children’s reaction to international learning.
An exciting opportunity is available just next week for us to take part in the World Education Games. As a school, all of our children have access to Mathletics – login details are in the back of your child’s HASP book – and for three days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, children can play against other children from all over the world. Testing their maths and also English skills, through using Spellodrome, which we have access to for just this week (same login details), children can develop their mental maths and spelling and their ability to answer questions quickly and accurately. It would be great if your child took part, so please encourage them to login and ‘warm-up’ with a few questions in readiness for this week coming. It will be great fun!
This week I have been enjoying teaching all of our wonderful children once again. On Tuesday in KS2, with Lotus and Orchid Class we have been looking at Scratch. With the government expectation that all children can program their own algorithms, Scratch is a great (and free) way to learn. You can login here: https://scratch.mit.edu/ and all of our children in KS2 now have their own login. Give it a go!
With Thistle and Clover class this afternoon we have been learning how to login to Mathletics and practice our Maths skills. All of the children worked incredibly hard and are now much more independent. Well done everyone!
Today we have been celebrating three mega mathletes who have worked hard to achieve their Silver certificates! For more information on Mathletics, hop over to our school website and please encourage your children to have a go. It really does help their mathematical understanding.