Sep 23

Our First Meeting @RRIS

Didn’t those summer holidays whizz by quickly? We were all so excited to be back and find out who the Digital Leaders and Helpers for 2016 were and we made the announcement in a special Rec Road Radio broadcast – which you can listen to here.

Our new leaders are:

Millie, Mia, Archie, Leo, Bea, Alice

Billy, Percy, Bethany, Biba, Elizabeth, Elsie

William, Elliott, Marlie, Lola, Hanna, Tilly

Mia, Rosie, Jacob, Clara, Freddie, Ben

We are going to meet up in 2 groups once a week and in our very first meeting we needed to decide on our job role and the responsibilities we would have. We worked with a new partner and came up with a list then put all our ideas together – next week we will all sign the agreement. We really enjoyed getting to know new friends :)



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Jun 16

The Day Has Arrived @RRIS

After being teased all week with posters advertising a mystery event, the Year 1 children received an amazing presentation assembly by all 23 Digital Leaders! The DLs planned what they wanted to say and stood up bravely in front of 120 children to talk about being a Digital Leader at RRIS. We showed lots of pictures of all the things we had done since starting last September and finished the assembly with details of how you can apply. You need to be quick as the closing date is next Wednesday!

Digital Leader Assembly @RRIS Digital Leader Assembly @RRIS Talking about being a DL @RRIS

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Jun 09

And So It Begins @RRIS

How quickly a year has passed and here we are again!  Shhh, don’t tell anyone but this week the Digital Leaders have been busy making posters ready to advertise the start of the application process!  This time last year they were all thinking about applying and now they getting ready to help others with the process.  Next week we are going to be doing a special assembly presentation to all the Year 1 children – we can’t wait!  Will you apply?

DL Application Posters @RRIS

Making DL Application Posters @RRIS

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May 05

Debugging with Blue-Bots @RRIS

This week the Digital Leaders have been supporting children in their own class with using our new Blue-Bots to write and debug algorithms.  We used cards to write the algorithm and followed the steps as the Bluebot moved to check for bugs.  We then programmed the Blue-Bots again when we found a bug.  Some children managed to write an algorithm that was 20 instructions long!  At the end of the session we programmed all the Blue-Bots with the same algorithm and let them dance together!

Writing algorithms @RRIS

Blue-Bots Dancing @RRIS

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Apr 28

Special Visitor @RRIS

Waiting patiently!What an exciting week we had last week – in fact we could hardly contain our squeals of excitement to find that we were being visited by our local MP Clive Lewis!!! We had a briefing session before he arrived to think of some questions that we wanted to ask him (so that we didn’t waste the precious time we had with him.) We weren’t really sure what an MP did so we were keen to find out. When Mr Lewis arrived he had a tour of the school and then came to chat to us (the wait was almost unbearable!) He wanted to know about us and our radio station and then we got to ask him lots of questions like:

Why did you want to join Labour?
Where is your work and what is it called?
What does the Labour Party actually do? (how is it different from the other parties)
What do you do in your job?
Why do you think the Labour Party is fair?
Why is there a Labour Party?
Do you think it’s good that women have the vote now? (as they didn’t a long time ago)
What time does your job start?
Why can’t children vote?

We now know a lot more about what it’s like to be a politician and hopefully Mr Lewis knows a lot more about us too :)

Clive Lewis MP @RRIS

Clive Lewis MP @RRIS

Mr Lewis also wrote about us too!

“What a pleasure it was for me to spend time at the Recreation Road Infant School recently. This Norfolk County Council school is Ofsted rated as ‘outstanding’ and I can see why.

Miss Serena Dixon and Mr Michael Bunting, the job share head teachers, gave me an excellent and informative tour of the school, where I spent some time with one group of Year 2 pupils. These were preparing the weekly radio programme which goes out online. I was subjected to an intensive Q&A session: Why did I want to join Labour? Where did I work? What do I do in my job? Why is there a Labour Party? Why can’t children vote? It was easy to forget how very young they were, attentively listening to my answers.”

Thank you Mr Lewis :)

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Apr 21

Skype Chat to Junior School @RRIS

It might seem like we have gone quiet on the blog for a while but we have been working away in the background on projects! (especially Rec Road Radio)

This week, following work done in each of our Year 2 classes, we had 3 Skype chats with Year 6 from our feeder junior school, Avenue Junior as they are making us films all about the transition from infant to junior school and wanted our help. We worked in our classrooms coming up with 120 questions we were desperate to know the answers to! All the Year 6 classes took it in turns to Skype with us and answered as many questions as possible. Everyone from both schools really enjoyed the experience and RRIS children said that the prospect of going to the junior school now didn’t seem as scary :) We are really looking forward to seeing the finished film and look forward to keeping the Skype chats going.

Questions to Avenue Junior School

Taking it in turns to ask questions during Skype chat

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