Black Gold 2015 Competition Day 1

Day One Darran Park Primary School

This week has been the most amazing week of the Black Gold 2015: Hearts, Souls and Mines project so far. Pupils from the schools involved in the project have been taking part in a week of ICT workshop days in collaboration with Technocamps, the Penrhys Partnership and Microsoft.  As well developing digital competency, these days were designed to promote school-to-school working with pupils collaborating throughout the day. In addition, the events were organised in cluster groups to strengthen cluster working and Year 6 transition.

The week began with the Ferndale cluster in Darran Park Primary School on Monday 6th July. In addition to the cluster schools (Darran Park, Maerdy, Penrhys and Tylorstown Primary), Williamstown Primary School attended the day. As the theme for the Black Gold project was coal mining, the pupils came to the event dressed as people from Coal Society. Technocamps delivered Kodu and Lego Robotics workshops linked to the theme of coal mining. In the Lego workshop, pupils used computing skills to manoeuvre a coal dram across an imaginary mine shaft. The children also developed their coding skills using Kodu to create their own coal mining themed games.

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Ben Treharne-Foose from Penrhys Partnership led Makey Makey workshops. The children loved creating piano keyboards and games controllers using household items, such as: bananas, celery and tin foil.


Darran Park Primary also welcomed Sarah Snowdon (Microsoft Business Support Services), who led an Office Mix workshop. The pupils used the work they’d produced throughout the project to create a presentation documenting their learning throughout Black Gold 2015. They enjoyed using the new features, such as recording sound, and plan to share they finished presentations next week.

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As a major part of the project was to create the Rhondda Heritage Park using Minecraft, the pupil digital leaders from Darran Park Primary led a series of workshops using Minecraft EDU. Pupils from each group work collaboratively, each building a specific section. The digital leaders took complete ownership of the sessions by planning each session themselves and effectively communicate the objective throughout.


The first competition day was a huge success, with the teachers from the Ferndale Cluster already planning a similar project for next year. The pupils will now be sharing their experiences on the shared Black Gold 2015 Hwb + page before their showcase event next Wednesday.

A huge thank you to Laura Roberts and the whole Technocamps team, Sarah Snowdon and Ben Treharne-Foose  for making the day such a success.

Next stop Ysgol Gyfun Y Cymer for Competition Day Two.


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