Good afternoon friends,
I hope you are all safe and well.
This week would have seen us celebrating the end of SATs for our Year 6! It’s just one of the many things that have changed since we went into lockdown in March. I guess it’s a mixed blessing for those children, they haven’t had the stress of those exams but then have not had the joy of celebrating their end. We all know SATs only measure a small aspect of our children though and we look forward to celebrating with our Year 6 all their formidable achievements as and when we return to ‘normal’. I did promise them a leavers Prom and that promise stands even if we do it next Easter!
Our plan for the new ‘normal’ is now being reviewed by our staff and this draft will be sent out to yourselves on Tuesday alongside a survey for your responses.
And just in case you’d like something to do over the weekend;
Robotics Drawing and Story Writing Competitions for Children
I am writing to let you know about two competitions inviting UK primary schoolchildren to share their creative works inspired by all things robotic. The competitions are hosted by the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network as part of UK Robotics Week (22nd – 28th June), a 7-day celebration of robotics science spanning hundreds of public events and activities up and down the country.
These competitions are designed for children to complete at home and we hope they will provide an opportunity for teachers to incorporate robotics into their remote lesson plans during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The “Once Upon a Robot” writing competition is open to all Key Stage 2 children (aged 7 - 11 years old), and challenges competition participants to write an 800-word story featuring any kind of robot their imagination can conjure. The story could take place on Earth, in space or even on another planet!
The competition will be judged by robotics experts from the ESPRC UK-RAS Network, plus award-winning writer AF Harrold, author of The Imaginary and the popular Greta Zargo series.
There are fabulous prizes on offer, including a Makeblock Programmable robot kit (courtesy of Pipebots), a Thames Komos Robotics Experiment kit (provided by Brains on Board), plus some unique and exclusive prizes courtesy of our guest judges.
The competitions close for entries on the 8th June 2020
For more information, details of prizes, judging criteria and to submit an entry, please visit https://www.ukras.org/school-robot-competition/.
Many thanks, stay safe and well