Trip to Microsoft Headquarters in Reading

Today we had an early start as we took 15 of our digital leaders to Microsoft in Reading. We joined the other digital leaders from NPAT schools and headed off.

Microsoft Headquarters

When we arrived we were taken into a room and had a quiz about Microsoft

We then spilt into two groups

The children were given an object that they had to design in a 3D art programme on the surface and had to market the item and give a presentation at the end.


Our object was a pair of glasses


The other group were also given a Surface to work on and had to design a piece of furniture for the future.

They then had to present their design to the other children.


We then had our lunch outside as it was a beautiful day


In the afternoon we went back into our groups the first group used a micro:bit to design a mask and learnt how to programme the lights to switch on and off.

The other group also used the micro:bit to programme a design to make out roads safe outside of school.


The children worked very hard during the day and throughly enjoyed the experience.


We would like to thank Paul Dredge our ICT Technician for organising the day for the digital leaders from NPAT schools.


Microsoft is a fun place to work at and we would love to have some areas like this in our school.

Internet safety day 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. We are going to continue our ongoing dicussions with the children about use of the internet and social media applications to ensure that they stay safe and report anything that they feel uncomfortable with. As part of this week, we are asking parents to have discussions with their children about their internet use and what they use it for. This is particularly important as many of the systems they are using are on mobile devices.

The Year 1 and 2 children were shown this video during our Monday assembly.

Later in the assembly, when the key stage 1 children left the hall, we discussed these two videos with the children from year 3 to year 6.

Collaborative learning

Today our digital leaders worked together with East Hunsbury’s digital leaders  to master the use of Minecraft on the Microsoft Surface devices. They learnt to move around, explore, dig and build within the safety of different Minecraft worlds.

Online Safety Drama – Add Me

This Morning Year 5 & 6 from both sites watched a drama performance about online safety. The students from Rushden Academy reminded us about accepting friend requests from strangers.

If you are concerned about any aspect of staying safe online please visit the CEOP’s Thinkuknow website

Pupils from Rushden Academy perform – Add Me

Digital Conference

What a wonderful opportunity for the children to work together today! The seven academy schools were given a great opportunity to create a vision of digital leadership in each of their schools. They were creative in using a number of tools from the Office365 application (Teams, Sway and Forms), supporting each other to develop their skills and working collaboratively to share what they had learnt.

Digital leaders

Class teachers are currently looking at all your brilliant applications to be a digital leader and those that have been selected will find out in the next few days.

I would like to thank all of you who have applied and hope you will continue to support you class teacher and all the members of your class.

A big thank you from Mr Whitfield, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Timmis and all the teachers.

Technical Revolution

Given the massive changes in technology in the last 100 years the Digital Leaders have been asked to complete a whole school survey on the use of technology today, how young people communicate digitally and what forms of entertainment are used online.

Have a look at the digital revolution from the perspective of a childs Grandad.

Makey Makey

Today some of us year 6 digital leaders went to Northampton university to do Makey Makey.

What is Makey Makey?

We are happy you asked . Makey Makey can be used as an alternative to keyboards. You would use different types of matireals ( conductors ) and attach the wires to the object you’re using.

First we got off into groups with one person from each school. After that we would go round in a circle and got to know each other. Next we chose our group names and some of them were really crazy like (red musical unicorns, debuggers and code crackers). Then off we went to start experimenting with lots of different materials to make a digital game using scratch. We used play dough, coins, water, bananas, apples, gummy sweets, tin foil and tins. We had to use or skin and a piece of metal, that would control the game. After that we all came up with some ideas to show to everyone at the end.


It was a really fun thing to do and if you get an chance to be a digital leader, I would take it. It’s an amazing thing to do. You get to meet new people.

Lexie, Mya, Ethan, James

Internet Safety Day

Today is internet safety day and all the children have been learning about why it is so important to give nice comments on line and report anything that they feel worried about. It is amazing the amount of access our children have to the internet: from laptops to tablets, from texts to chat rooms and from Xbox live to Playstation 4. Please feel free to look through the assembly PowerPoint and watch the Youtube