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  Newsletter 25  16 January 2019  


In this weeks newsletter:

Robot Rally Opportunity for Primary Pupils

For today’s primary school children their adult world will include autonomous cars, buses and trucks. Bradford is a leading centre for the development of self-driving cars and their software. Robot Rally's first steps will introduce your pupils to models of self-driving cars. You will get a working model car with basic software and a track. The challenge for your pupils is to hack into the Scratch software (developed for primary schools) to make it go quicker. How do you use the 5 sensors to keep on the line and react to sharp changes in direction without falling off the line and getting lost?

This opportunity is for Y5/6 pupils - if you are interested in taking part we have a teacher's introduction event on Tue 22 May at 4pm at the Innovation Centre Bradford. Click here to register. A Face to Face Event Robot Rallying First Steps will take place at The Innovation Centre on Thu 5 July at 9am. For further information contact John Baruch, Project Lead, on 07899022049 or email John on

Gaming Festival Confirmed - Mon 2 July 

Our inaugural Gaming Festival will be held on Mon 2 July from 12.45pm until 3.15pm at the Innovation Centre and will include a keynote from professional games creators, the chance to play games created by other pupils and a workshop. There will be 3 gaming competition categories comprising of Best Game, Best Character Design, Best Game Concept Design, or you will have the option to simply come along and join in the fun.  The entries will be judged by the pupil attendees on the afternoon of the festival and awards will be presented in each category. Each school will be invited to bring 4 pupils though you can submit as many entries as you create.

Further details are available here - If you did not express an interest initially but would like to take part please complete the form on the website to confirm your attendance.

Catholic School Partnership Subject Leaders Meeting - 21 May

As part of our remit to the CSP we are holding the first CSP Computing Subject leader's meeting on 21 May at St Joseph’s Keighley from 9:30-12:00. If you work in a CSP school and would like to attend, contribute or suggest an agenda item please email

Fortnite Online Game

Schools may be aware that many young people are actively engaged with a game called Fortnite ( - a multi-player online game where children can explore maps and battle against each other. The main game costs around £35 but many young people are playing a free element called Battle Royale where players compete against each other to be the last person standing in player vs player (PVP) combat. Childnet have recently released a blog post explaining the game and some of the potential risks to young people - We suggest you share this with your parents.

David Hockney Gallery shortlisted for prestigious award

Cartwright Hall’s David Hockney Gallery has been shortlisted for a prestigious Museums and Heritage Award. The Bradford Council art gallery is in the running for a Permanent Exhibition Award, which recognises excellence in the creation of a new permanent exhibition. The Curriculum Innovation team would like to congratulate the Museums team on this achievement and are delighted to have assisted in the production of the film which was submitted in the awards application.

Digital Leader Academy - Last 2 places remaining for May Cohort

Registration is open for the final Digital Leader Academy of this academic year.  A member of staff and 6 pupils attend 2 half day training sessions, a celebration event and receive a school visit. Included is full support for staff and children for a year through the online Edmodo platform and the award of Digital Leader virtual badges and certificates for achievements completed by the pupils. Visit here to find out more and to book your place. The dates of the final cohort are as follows:-

Session 1 01/05/2018 09:15 - 12:00
In school visit (TBC)
Session 2 03/07/2018 09:15  12:00
Celebration Events will take place on 17/07/18

BLN Schools - Annual Invoice

The annual invoice for your Bradford Learning Network services has been sent this week.  The breakdown for the invoice was sent via email to your designated contact at the end of last term.  If you have any queries regarding the invoice please call 01274 434835.

STEM CPD Opportunity - Using technology to create an engaging & purposeful Science Curriculum

This 2 day residential course to be delivered at The National STEM Centre York is being held on 21 & 22 June. Your school may be eligible for a bursary to cover the full cost of this high impact CPD - to find out more about how this works visit This CPD will allow you to explore various forms of digital technology and their applications for use in science. We will look at educational apps, recording, presenting and data handling software and examine how these tools can be used independently by children to support their own learning. This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. To find out more and to book your place click here.

In School Provision Opportunities

It is sometimes difficult to teach more complex parts of the Computing Curriculum, particularly certain aspects of Computer Science. As part of our service we can bring the world of computing into your school as we offer a variety of computer based activities to stimulate, educate and engage your pupils with the Computing Curriculum:-

Augmented and Virtual Reality, Film Making, Games Creation, Interactive Writing, Music Making, Physical Computing, Robotics

These activities can be delivered in a variety of ways:-

Whole class teaching , Coding Clubs during the school day or after school , School holiday sessions. Please visit our dedicated pages for more information.








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