Writing tally marks


The children were fully of energy today! They decided the wanted to count how many runs each person in their group did. They wrote the initial sound of their name. Then every time a children ran across the playground and back they put a tally mark. At the end they counted up the tallies. I wonder who did the most?

Mission 2097 – creating work inspired by the future

My name is Emma and I have been working with students at Hobmoor again this term to create videos, animations, comics and other visual work based on our theme of what the world might be like in the future: ‘Mission 2097’.

I make videos and lead workshops teaching others how to make their own films and animations using whatever technology they have access to. There are so many great apps out there for our phones and tablets that make it easy for us to flex our creative muscles!

This term I have been working with years 1, 2, 4, and class 6D – I had already worked with the year 4s when they were in year 3, so they already had a bit of a head start on the apps we have been using.

At the beginning of term we talked about what we thought the world might look like in the future, including the homes we would be living in, the vehicles and other technology we might have, and how we ourselves might change.

Future house and guard robot
Future house and guard robot – made using Huepaint


Robot eyes!
Robot eyes!

 Moving images

Once we had talked through some ideas of how the design of our future houses, appliances and vehicles might look and what features they might have, we also talked about our own appearances and how human bodies might change. Could we find a cure for ageing? Would prosthetic limbs and body parts be improved? Would we be able to even change our biology, or that of other animals?

To explore this, we used drawing animation with iPad app I Can Animate, an affordable and very simple to use animation app. The app has an ‘onion skinning’ feature which allows you to see the ‘ghost’ of the last picture you talk, so it helps users to line up their object or drawing in the right place for each photo.

Robot car – made using I Can Animate

Robot friends – made using I Can Animate

Interviews, ads and trailers

For the video work, we used iMovie, a very simple app for filmmaking. We interviewed eachother about our future predictions, made trailers for futuristic movies, and also advertisements for future products.


Most recently, we have been using the app Comic Life to create comic strips and posters trying to teach people ways that they can change or things they can do to make the future better. The messages we have concentrated on the most are bullying, dropping litter, and racism.

Comic about littering - made in Comic Life
Comic about littering – made in Comic Life

On Wednesday the 7th of December we will be putting all of this work on display in the hall and innovation studio, so watch this space!

Virtual Futures

Hello! Ben Neal here, I’m a Creative Coder and Gadgeteer who’s been working with years 5 and 6 to create futuristic computer controllers to navigate around virtual worlds filled with our artwork.

During last term we used the LittleBits kits and MakeyMakeys to create our own Human Interface Devices made from recycled cardboard boxes and padded envelopes to replace the mouse and keyboard.

We made drawings of what we think we’ll look like in the year 2097 and added these to an interactive 3D world around which we can navigate and explore.

Below you can see some screenshots of what we’ve been up to and an animation of a virtual wall full of students work.

Click play to watch the video above

LittleBits kit
LittleBits kit
3D World
Inventor’s Schematic
Interactive vitual boxes


Group 1 Reflection

Loeeza: I had a amazing day today i did high ropes and zip wire and I really enjoyed it

Areeba:  I had a fabulous day! I am really enjoying it! I did high ropes, abseiling and zip wire it was a really good experience and I will remember this for my lifetime.

Ismail: I loved the archery it was a fun time and the abseiling also the team games!

Usman 6S: today zip liner was awasome, it was amazing like  I was flying! Tommorow I want to do good in the problem solving.

ZULQURNAIN: I have had an amazing day, best day ever!  So sad going home tomorrow. I had an awesome time at archery along with the abseiling,high ropes and the zip wire was phenomenal.

Kabeer: Today i had a good day also yesterday we have done many fun activities and we have done very scary stuff such as rock climbing and high ropes bye and thank you for viewing this comment                                                                                                    

Fayzan: I have had so much fun and I went on the high ropes and I went abseiling also, zip wire and I had an absolute fun time here at Whitemoor lakes! Thank you for bringing me!

Patrick: Today I did a challenge course and I did archery. I can’t wait for tomorrow because then I am going home. It was fantastic.

Kaleem: I have loved what I have done today. I went to the to the top of the climbing wall. I really liked the zip wire, I let go of the rope on the zip wire and I showed my muscles back at the  place that I jumped off and I went to the top on the high ropes . I also did the leap of faith and I jumped from the top of the high ropes and caught the bar that was hanging in mid air with one hand.  Can’t wait to come home

Armaan: I had a really fun time i think the abseiling was the best and i liked the zip wire 2nd best . Can’t wait for tommorow because I will go home.

Ali: it has been a really fun day we been abseiling and going on the zipwire we done archery that was really fun and extreme teams was really good and we won it has been a really good day.

Group 2 Reflection

Group 2

Megan: Today was great but scary because  group 2 had to do : High ropes,rock climbing and much more it was really fun. See you tomorrow all at school we’ve had a great time at Whitemoor lakes😎

Amelia:I’ve had a lot of fun see my family tomorrow

Taiefah: Today was one of the best days,we got to do challenges like the high ropes and fencing.I am looking forward to see my family✌

Maleeha: Today was such a good day, but I also can’t wait to go back home!✌

Fizzah : I’ve had so much fun i had got scared 😳 of everything I kinda had a turn on the balance bar…

Zorha: I had sooooooo much fun today I went rock climbing and I went to the very top I was so proud of myself for achieving my goal it was my favourite I miss you mum 😍

Tas: Today was an amazing day. Dreading tomorrow for our departs .👍

Ryan Towle: I really enjoyed today. I wish we could stay for longer. I loved everything.😀

Hurain: I really enjoyed this day today. We did high ropes and rock climbing. The rock climbing was the scariest because I didn’t know where to go and I slipped twice. Any way it was very fun. Also, SEE YOU GUYS TOMORROW AT 🏡 AND SCHOOL!!!!

Mahdi Bird: I miss all my family I hope to see you all soon. Today I climbed the rock climbing which is a big achievement for me.

AWIAS😎My favourite part was the high wire  and I’m looking forward to challenge course 2.

Shabaz: My favourite part was the rock climbing and the high ropes.the extreme team games was very fun I am looking forward to the challenge course 2.

Group 3 Reflection

Group 3

Layla Banaras 6S: today we did high ropes and zip wire and we did absailing car to wait till tomorrow

Renae Francis 6s: today has been very fun Carnot wait till tomorrow when I will see my family

Faith 6S 😜

Today has been fun we have done abseiling and zip wires all sorts of fun!

Sarah Bibi 6s: Today was so awesome we had a go on the zip wire (most of us) we also did abseiling (again most of us) we also went on the high ropes which was kinda scary. Can’t till tomorrow we’re we do rock climbing and we get to see our family’s.

Iqra 6s: I loved today.First we went on the high ropes and they were soooooo high!!!!!! Then we did the abseiling,first I didn’t do it but then I did it also there was a zip wire it was so coooooool’!!!!!!!!!!😜Finally we did problem solving it was very interesting and loads of fun. Cannot wait to go home to my family❤

Damique 6d: I miss my family but I had a fantastic time here can’t wait to go home😊

Ritika 6s: I can’t wait for tomorrow because I am going to go home 🏡 and see my mum because I’m missing her

Saif 6S: I can’t wait for tomorrow because I’m going home and I can see my family  i miss my family

Ali 6D: The best part about today was definitely the zip wire,and the abseiling was really fun!Also, Mr Darnley and Mrs Rollins let us have tea!😎

Shah 6D: Today I have learned about how to abseil and zip wire so I really grateful about it🏡