Games Based Learning within the classroom……

Tonight my LA hosted it’s 1st Games Based Learning meeting – aimed at all the schools that they have given a set of DSs’ too.  We all shared our experiences and they are planning to hold/host a DS challenge in the summer term aimed at all the child who have been part of the pilot project.

This has got me thinking – how to use the advancements in technology within the classroom – it seems I am running behind a few pioneers who constantly thrive to push it within the classroom, so I have taken the plunge…….

I am going to take my own (Wii) into my class and allow the children (& myself) discover the learning possibilities linked to Wii sports initially.  I am going to keep asking and watching my PLN through twitter to see what other games could have an impact on learning – many thanks already to @dawnhallybone, @icklekid, @tombarrett and @primarypete_ for their inspiration……

CEOP training…..

CEOPCEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) today I took part in my LA training.  We were introduced to the thinkuknow website and given a talk about all the online resources including Hector’s world aimed at 5-7 yr olds


along with the thinkuknow cyber cafe aimed at 8 – 10 yr olds.

We were introduced to reporting abuse and the suggestion to use the report abuse button to be linked to school websites so that children have an easy access point.


After such an informative and useful session – I’m eager to get into school and share with both the children and the staff making sure they are all aware of the potential pitfalls about being on line……..

Creative Curriculum….

Although it maybe the Summer holidays a teacher work is never done……

In September, I start at my new school, staying in Blackpool.  I will be in Yr6, leading ICT.  One thing I want to do is enhance the children’s learning experience.  The school is supported by LA and has access to a number of days at the local CLC.   I want to incorporate ICT into the classroom, develop a creative curriculum (including digital media), improve usage of VLE and provide opportunities for the children to experience something different from the traditional …….

Ideas so far :-

1) using Skype to contact other schools working on a collaborative project

2) developing writing using online games – Samarost / Anikas Odyssey (thanks to @simonhaughton & @porchester)

3) developing my use of VLE / Edmodo

To name a few, I will be blogging about anything else I find/ use within my first term along with my experiences from CLC.  Maybe at TeachmetNW in October I will be also able to share my findings along with gaining some ideas from those who will be present.

Digital Media Awards 16th June 2009


This the 6th Year my LA (Blackpool) has staged the Digital Media Awards, hosted by the local Odeon Cinema.  In that time the awards has developed into an annual event showcasing the high quality ICT and its practises that are taking place within the Authority.  This year my school created a number of entries (particularly for the Podcasting category) 3 of which made it through to the event.  Over 80 entries for the 8 categories were put forward to the audience vote (using Active voting system)

The categories were:








PODCAST YOUR PROJECT [including images]

Our entries were as follows:

Numeracy Triangle Revision enhanced podcast –

Year 6 Science Revision mp3 track about Teeth  –

Thames News Report

Thames News Report from Thomas Sale on Vimeo.

Every school that had an entry should be really proud of what they achieved and although as as school we didn’t win, the winners were the children who had been given the opportunity to be creative within the classroom setting, plus it just makes you want to try harder for next year……..

Does your LA have such an event to showcase the excellent range of ICT that takes place both within your setting and locally?

Newly Appointed……

Following a lesson observation and formal interview I have been appointed the head of Yr6 with a TLR at another school within Blackpool.  The school is one form entry and looking to raise standards in achievement and attainment.  Hopefully the experience that I have gained from teaching in Year 6 for the previous 3 years should stand me in good stead!!

Many thanks to @HGJohn (my twitter network) for the suggestion to use Samorost 2 for the lesson – the children were blown away, as was I with the fantastic descriptive writing that they produced!

There is also the opportunity to lead/develop/implement and maintain ICT across the school – just where to start.  I have so many ideas/thoughts following on from my Twitter network.  I will keep you posted in regards to anything that happens …..

I’m now a Blogger …….

Here I will post my thoughts and share my ideas and resources that have enhanced my classroom practice.  This will all be my own opinion and not that of my school or my LA.  Hopefully I will be able to share something that you’ll find interesting and useful…..Happy reading