The Fluffy White Cloud Is Just Someone Else’s Server

Look what Marce made for us at home last night! Isn’t she the best?

What a great way to demonstrate to everyone that “The Cloud” isn’t a vague concept made of white fluffy stuff and lovely unicorns but is just, in fact, someone else’s server. Which has access to all the data you upload. I like the interactive question too.

I’ve added it to the inventions display board -thanks Marce!

(PS Tim and Miss Gillan would like one for their displays too and I know you have Wednesdays free..)

Year 5 Green Goblins competition

I promised year 5 I would tell them more about the car kit competition so here it is!

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), is passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers in the UK, and is currently running a competition which will lead to the funding of eight Greenpower Goblin kit cars, for primary schools, ages 9-11. The electric kit cars are funded with support from engineers to help the students build their vehicles.

Three of the engineers that we met a couple of years ago through I’m An Engineer Get Me Out Of Here, now work at DETC, which is involved in this project that is designed to engage young students with maths and science in a fun way, promoting equality regardless of economic background and gender. Students from the winning schools will receive engineering support and be mentored by the DETC team and its affiliate companies on a regular basis. This is so students can work together to design, build and race two electric cars in the Greenpower competition in Dunton, July 2018.

Greenpower is an educational organisation whose aim is to inspire young people to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects at University and, hopefully, bolster the industry with greater knowledge, expertise and skill. The racing of electric cars not only encourages sustainable engineering and technology, it also encourages teamwork, innovation, problem solving, and technical aptitudes.

Good Luck year 5!


Micro:bit First Birthday competition

How could the micro:bit help us to celebrate our 1st Birthday?

Join the party!! It’s been an amazing year and we’ve loved sharing it with you. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way on this incredible journey and what better way to mark the occasion than with a Birthday Challenge!

We have seen some fabulous micro:bit creations over the last year and we can’t wait to see what amazing ideas and devices you can come up with to help us to celebrate our first birthday. Whether you’re inventing the micro:bit birthday candle or maybe a micro:bit controlled disco ball…we want to see your ideas!

We will give prizes for the:

  • Best idea
  • Best working device
  • Best instructions

Who can join the party?

Anyone with a great celebration idea can participate.

How to enter?

Please send your entry with any attachments to with “Challenge” in the subject line.

What to include?

Entries must arrive to us by 25th November 2017. The winners will be announced by 9th December 2017.

  • Describe your idea in a document, scan, video or photo
  • Take photos or a video of your device
  • Include instructions on how you made your creation, including the script plus the hex file

And the winners…

Sponsored by our friends at Kitronik, the winning entries will receive a goody bag full of micro:bit swag, be published on and will be showcased at the micro:bit stand at the BETT Show 2018.

Good luck!

Festive project

Well done to Remy & Evan who are making this project in html, which they are learning themselves – a great start last week!

Please use the comments section to update me on what your project will look like, which programming language you are using, and what makes your project special. Also if you think you will need help with anything in particular (eg if you need to make your own sprites we could learn how to make backgrounds transparent – any suggestions for how to do this?).

I’m really looking forward to seeing your finished projects, you seemed very excited by this challenge!

Mystery plant

My sister needs help from my Code Club detectives! She’s trying to identify a plant in her garden (she’s a qualified garden designer so her knowledge is pretty good already -maybe it’s rare?)

This is the plant – how would you start trying to identify it? Please list what you’d do. Prize for anyone who identifies it!

Leo’s animation

Over the holidays, Leo made a great animation – Have a look at it and then comment on what parts you like!

I’m sure he wouldn’t mind answering a few questions about it – Write them here so you don’t forget, and then we will have a look in class.

Code Club Festive Message

Code Club Festive Message – we will be doing this in Code Club for the next 3 weeks, so have a creative think about some ideas in advance – Who is your audience? What message would you like to send? Could you write a short poem? And remember that, often, simpler is more effective. Look at these lovely new sprites we can use! I suggest you use the Scratch Chatbot project, unless you’re keen to learn HTML & CSS but this may take you a little longer.. (If you want to do this in HTML then please comment asap so I can get ready!)

(If anyone who missed Code Club this week, because they were representing the school at football, wants to have a go with Micro:bits next week then get started on this festive project at home so we’ll have time to lolok at Micro:bits on Tuesday)

Step 1: Create a festive message using one of the following projects as a starting point
Use the HTML & CSS project Happy birthday, or the Scratch project Chatbot.
We’ve created some special Christmas images for you to use. You can find out how to access them below.

We don’t expect participants to spend weeks on their entry — we’re looking for creative, fun remixes, not for super complex programs which took half a term to complete. You should be aiming for something short that can be turned into a short festive gif or video and shared with the Code Club community.

Your club members can work on their project individually or in small teams, and you can only send us one entry per person or team.

Step 2: To be eligible to win, send us your projects using the entry form
You’ll need to send an entry form with details of each project you are submitting for your club. Find the entry form at .

Step 3: Make sure the entries arrive before the deadline!
The deadline is 5pm on Friday 24 November 2017, and late entries will not be accepted.