Year 5&6

Coding and Computing Fun

Mrs Wilson’s class have had a day of “cool stuff”, according to pupils! Xander H invited Dr Martin Bateman, a lecturer at UCLAN who previously visited Y5/6 last year, to spend the day in the class as an end of term treat – with lots of fantastic learning – and he was delighted to come back to Fishergate for a second time, this time bringing with him some young assistants.  Xander’s big brother – a former Fishergate student himself – also came along to lend a hand supporting the children’s learning.

This morning we wrote Minecraft mods using a programming language called Python, running on Raspberry Pi computers.  This afternoon we have been exploring Virtual Reality using the HTC Vive and taking on a whole range of coding and problem-solving challenges on the laptops as well as continuing with Minecraft, creating new worlds and writing mods.  It was particularly fantastic to see the support and mentoring given to the pupils by our young volunteer helpers, who were excellent role models as well as wonderful STEM ambassadors!

A MASSIVE thank you to Dr Bateman, from the School of Physical Sciences and Computing at the University of Central Lancashire, who drove all the way from Preston, together with his two marvellous assistants, to spend the day working with the class.

If you’d like to have a go at some of the coding and problem solving challenges, you can click on the links below!

Amended 2018-19 Term Dates/Training Days

Click here to download the updated 2018-2019 Term Dates Letter

The change is pupils will now return to school on Monday 29th April, and the training day will now be on Monday 22nd July 2019.  You can also find the term dates for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and the provisional term dates for 2019-2020* on our terms dates page

*Please note that the 2019-2020 term dates are the recommended term dates provided by City of York Council for schools in the City of York area; as usual, all schools will also be closed to pupils for a further 5 School Training/Professional Development Days in 2019-2020 and we will inform parents and carers of these training dates next year.