Sway – The Gelada Baboon

During our Skype call with Myles Connolly, the producer of Enchanted Kingdom, he mentioned that his favourite animal during filming was the Gelada monkey. Here, a Year 6 has created a Sway with detailed information about this fascinating African creature. Take a look by following the link below. 


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“Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps you do just that. It’s a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser. It is easy to share your creation and it looks great on any screen. Your ideas have no borders, edges, page breaks, cells or slides. Your mind is a continuous canvas, and Sway brings this canvas to life. Sway helps you focus on the human part: your ideas and how they relate to each other. Sway takes care of the design work—a Sway is ready to share with the world as soon as it is born.” – Microsoft Sway

Enchanted Kingdom/ Africa Immersion – Making a dent in the universe with Microsoft

Having already spent a term studying Africa, Year 5 became the experts leading workshops around the school and educating the children of Simon de Senlis on areas including: African Art, dance, cooking, Story Whooshing (drama), Geography of Africa and Learning Swahili.

Through immersion for Enchanted Kingdom, Year 5 were exposed to different viewpoints, perceptions and stereotypes associated with this area of the world. As part of this, a survey was sent around to the school on OneNote for children to complete in classes. They were asked a range of questions and asked for the majority view. Having this on OneNote allowed all classes to contribute to the survey and have one place for Year 5 children to analyse the results together. (see appendix 1) Once collected, the year group used Excel Online (through O365) to create pie charts and bar charts before summarising their findings. This made it easier to compare and contrast different questions and collate the mode data. (see appendix 2)

Most people at Simon de Senlis school think that Africa is

  • Mainly a desert
  • Consists of mainly people with black skin
  • People are poor
  • They don’t have much fun
  • They are all farmers and workers
  • Children play with animals all day
  • They don’t live in houses like us

Having looked at Africa in detail for 6 weeks, the children recognised a problem and soon started to become passionate about changing people’s perception. Quite rightly one child pointed out that not all English people live in Buckingham palace and drink tea. After an in depth discussion, many believed this opinion was down to the adverts seen on TV, appeals and articles. It became clear that although the children of Einstein and Dyson class were well aware of the positives Africa has and the many diverse opportunities available, this is not widely shown to the public. After hours of ideating, synthesising and questioning, it has become clear that we need to offer a way of showcasing all of these aspects of the continent and presenting it in a different light. The work carried out so far is completely child led and driven by their passion and desire to learn and educate others. Over the next three weeks they will take a different aspect of the survey and produce an Office Mix in the form of a tourist brochure and narrating throughout based on the information they have discovered. Linked in with the ‘Alien Sands’ this will also guide them through the world of the desert and the many discoveries there.

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Out and about with the Surface tablets – Year 2 trip to the museum

Last term, Year 2 went to Leicester New Walk museum as part of the immersion for their unit on Dinosaurs.

They used drama to find out about how the dinosaurs walked and what they looked like.  Using the surface tables, children were able to capture these moments and look back at them on their return to the classroom.

On the coach on the way back, a group of children even created a PowerPoint on what they had learnt, and imported pictures from their trip. Take a look at  Stanley, James and Oliver’s by clicking on the link below.

Our trip to the museum