ICT in Schools Bulletin

APRIL 2016

Two new fun apps for teaching coding.


Bomberbot is a digital learning tool that offers coding for kids aged 8 to 14. By solving logic-based puzzles with visual programming blocks, children develop basic programming knowledge and computational thinking skills.

We've been trying this out at OpenZone with Year 2 and think it's pretty good.

Social Media and Parents

Parents can be so proud of their children's achievements, and rightly so. They often post on social media images and videos celebrating success. However sometimes this can go wrong. Here are a few suggestions on keeping your children's privacy safe online:

  • don't post pictures of your child in their school uniform.
  • don't tag your child or other children in photos.
  • don't upload photos of other children without their parent's permission eg: at children's parties, school or sports events.
  • turn off location services.
  • don't give out personal information eg: name or how old they are.
  • make albums and share with close friends and family only.

Here are some links to blogs and useful websites that you may want to share with parents:

Things you need to STOP doing on Social networks

Social networking advice for parents

Don't post about me say children

Are you putting your children at risk by sharing?

The perils of being a social media child star


Hundreds of school pupils are being invited to experience the world of Cyber Security through a series of online games, activities and challenges, created and run by the Cyber Security Challenge UK.

Cyber Games is an established school age Cyber Security competition that has been running successfully in the UK for the past four years. Now for the first time, a Cyber Games North East is planned across the region, culminating in a live head-to-head final at the University of Sunderland.

Promoted by Dynamo North East and delivered by a number of high profile sponsor organisations and companies, the competition is a series of team based challenges. Teams are set tasks such as the breaking of codes and ciphers, or defending machines and networks from attack, sometimes known as Capture the Flag exercises.

Teams are comprised of four pupils from Years 8 to 10.

Click here to find out more.

To register a team of for more information, email schools@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk with the subject ‘Cyber Games North East’.

NEW Little Lunch App

Little Lunch is an Australian comedy series where every episode takes place during that highly anticipated school day break – morning snack time!

That 15 minutes when teachers are not close by, it’s just you and your friends, and school yard politics, rumours, competitions, mysteries, and fun. It’s all too short, but tomorrow there is always another ‘Little Lunch’ and another story to be re-told.

Little Lunch tackles the big issues in the school playground...It’s recognisable, relatable, funny, moving, and positive. And whilst some of the issues might seem small to adults, they loom large for kids. It’s comedy with a big heart.

The new FREE Little Lunch App enables students to create, deliver and share their own Little Lunch inspired episode, just like the TV series!

In this case study, students demonstrate how they have used the tablet app to tell their own Little Lunch story.

In addition, their teachers highlight the structured, planned narrative approach the app equips students with and emphasise the curriculum benefits of the Little Lunch: A Teacher’s Guide in planning how the app can enhance learning and teaching.

The Little Lunch App in the Classroom - Case Study

Life. Live It, teaching resource

The perfect tool for teaching children aged 5 to 11 life-saving first aid skills, suitable for all educators.

We all need help at times in our lives. We all have accidents now and again and we all get hurt.

When we are injured or suddenly unwell, what we want and need is someone to help us – someone who knows what to do. First aid is all about helping people in situations like this.

Th British Red Cross website will help you learn first aid so that you know what to do. It’s easier than you think, and there are simple things that you can do to help.

You can make a difference.

The website has videos, information, activities and worksheets to do. Try them. It has lots of ideas for teachers to help you learn first aid too.

Life. Live it. will help you stay safe and help others. Simple actions can make a big difference – you can even become a life–saver. Are you ready to help?

New Resource from SSVLB

A team of South Tyneside life-savers are turning to technology to teach the next generation a vital lesson on their rich sea-faring history.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade are going back to the classroom to tell the ‘Always Ready’ story of their life-saving heritage to school children as part of the group’s milestone 150th anniversary celebrations.

The online resource is packed with a raft of videos, activity sheets, support material for teachers and a slide show presentation. It is particularly aimed at primary school age children - but is being made available to all school across the borough.