Our Lady’s Convent School (OLCS) in Loughborough regularly runs outreach activities with local primary schools and this year launched an exciting animation and coding competition which reached its nail biting conclusion this week.
The challenge, designed to support the teaching of computer coding and promote British values to students in Year 5, was to create a short animation using Scratch. The purpose was to educate other Year 5 students about the meaning of the term “British values”. The schools approached the competition in different ways, some included it within their curriculum teaching time, others ran extra-curricular clubs but all the pupils enjoyed the opportunity to learn and showcase their new skill.
At the Grand Final hosted by Our Lady’s Convent School, two submissions from each of the participating schools were scrutinised by the panel of four judges including The Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood. The flair and creativity demonstrated by all entries made the judges’ job an unenviable task, with them ultimately requesting permission to award a joint runners-up position.
Anika and Zoe and Jessica and Jae comprised the two teams from Loughborough C of E Primary School who scooped the joint runner-up position. The overall winners’ trophy was presented to Jonty and Harrison from Plumtree School. Speaking after the event Jonty said, “I really enjoyed taking part in the binary coding activity and making the animation.” Harrison added, “I really loved doing coding, I’m very grateful to have been able to take part – thank you to OLCS. It was great to be able to shake the Mayor’s hand and receive a trophy.”
Mrs Jo Wakefield, Teacher of ICT at Our Lady’s Convent School, said, “These children are the computer programmers and designers of the future, and from what we have seen of their creativity and understanding of basic coding they have skills which they can now develop and grow for the future.”
Photo caption: Students from Plumtree School proudly display their trophy presented by The Worshipful Mayor, Councillor David Gaskell.