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Cargo Bot with year 6

Year 6 have also been developing their problem solving skills after creating some fantastic times tables games in Scratch. They have been using the CargoBot app, which really tests their ability to think through solutions to complex problems using logical thinking.

Despite not having used this or any similar app before, the children were willing accept and learn from their mistakes and improve their skills. The sound around the room progressed from initial groans as solutions did not work, to moments of elation as breakthroughs were made. It’s great that the children have the determination to keep going – this will serve the well not just in computing, but across the rest of the curriculum too.

As with most of the apps and websites I use, Cargo-Bot is free and available now to download from the App Store for IOS devices or from Google Play for Android devices. Please download it if you can and play the game with your child, you will see that it’s addictive and frustrating in equal measure!

Here is a link to a video of Cameron’s optimum solution to one of the trickier levels and pictures of the children attempting some of the other levels.

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Lightbot with class 4L

4L have been applying their programming and problem solving skills which they developed during their Scratch projects. Problem solving is a fantastic skill, not only for computing, but across the whole curriculum and is a great way to encourage higher order thinking in children.

We used the brilliant Lightbot Hour of Code app to practice simple instructions, repeats and loops. The app is free and is available to download from the App Store for IOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.

Please support your child’s learning by using these apps with them, you will be amazed how skilled they are!

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