Welcome back!

Welcome Back!

It has been so lovely to see our children back today, there were lots of smiling faces from both children and staff. All children settled  into school life so quickly this morning it was great to see.

There has been a lot of excitement over the new extension and the children have enjoyed exploring it today and finding their friends.

A  special mention to our new children and families who have joined us today, we are so pleased to have you as part of the Ladywood family.

Thank you for your support

Susan and everyone at Ladywood

 

App of the week 15th May

This is a simple and really effective app aimed at developing attention and concentration skills, and improving working memory. You get a few seconds to view where the monsters are hidden and then have to click on their hiding places.  The difficulty grows, the better you get!  It’s free and effective, so well worth having!


Click on one of the icons to see more in the iTunes store.

 

App of the week 08th May 2017

This weeks app of the week is once again a group of apps. These apps focus on maths.

Monster Math can be single or multiple players. When playing Duels pro two children play at the same time by rotating the iPad and using a split screen. These apps target multiplication, addition and subtraction. By clicking on any of the icons below will take you to the itunes store for more information.

App of The Week 27th March

This is the second time we have featured a group of apps. These apps developed by Toca Boca. Click on the image to go direct to the Toca website, which has the full range of apps and more about the idea behind developing Toca apps for children. These apps cover a variety of curriculum areas. Use the Toca shop app to develop money and life skills. The Toca Tea Party app develops organisation skills along with counting and naming.

Toca School lets children visit different areas of a school like the dinning hall and classrooms, during each visit children have to complete various tasks. Well worth taking a look.

Tip! Using guided access is a great feature built into the accessibility section of the iPad. This keeps children in the app so keeping children safe when using the iPad

App of the week w/c 20th March

This app is based on the original Bee-Bot classroom-friendly floor robot.

Using the same keypad as the in school floor robot version, the aim is for children to solve various challenges by programming a cartoon bee to move around different levels through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns. Whereas the physical Bee-Bot requires actual floor space, the Bee-Bot app lets children work either individually or in a group on iPad.

The app has three levels of play mode: The flower mode with 12 levels, the Sheep Herding mode with 3 levels and the Egg collecting mode with 3 levels. Each level has a scoring system of up to 3 stars depending on how successful you are in solving the problem in the time given.
This is a great app to teach basic level entry coding.

Tip! Using guided access is a great feature built into the accessibility section of the iPad. This keeps children in the app so keeping children safe when using the iPad.

App of the W/c 13th March 2017

This week we have a set of apps that we hope you will find useful. This is a set of eight story books. Each book has a read to me, a read by myself and a story creator section. The books use a narrator with an English accent. There are opportunities for all parts of the books to be discussed with children e.g The illustrator, author and narrator. Children can create their own version fo the story in the story creator section. Click on the image to find out more from the Collins Big Cat website.

Tip! Using guided access is a great feature built into the accessibility section of the iPad. This keeps children in the app so keeping children safe when

App of the week W/c 27th February 2017

The app of the week for the W/C 27th Feb is. Popplet.

 

The Popplet App is great for all areas of learning. It is a mind map app but really simple to use so children can create maps in minutes. it can be used for revision, building self esteem, note taking, creating topic maps and many more. The free version of this app lets you see if this app is what you are looking for before buying the full version. In the full version you can save as many maps as you like. There is also a web site linked to this app. Click the app Icon to go straight to their website.

Tip! Using guided access is a great feature built into the accessibility section of the iPad. This keeps children in the app so keeping children safe when using iPads.

App of the Week for W/C 06th February

The App of the week is      Writing Wizard. 

This app is brilliant for promoting writing skills for letters and numbers. It also has a section for early mark making. It can be used with a stylus. This app can be personalised for multiple user’s. This means that children can be learning to write the words you want them to. All the letter and word sounds are with an English accent.  Settings can be changed to remove sounds and some of the visuals, so they are less stimulating. In the settings you can see the tracing history and replay this, as well as emailing or taking a screen shot. There is also a parents section.

Tip! Using guided access it  is a  great feature in the accessibility area of the iPad settings. This helps  keep our children safe when using iPads.

writing wizard

We look forward to hearing any comments on experiences using this app.

Check in again for next weeks app.