Raspberry Pi – Minecraft

The year 6 Digital Leaders have been trying their hand at using a Raspberry Pi, which is a small computer. It allows the user to input code and ‘hack’ into games and programs. Naturally, the first game we wanted to hack was Minecraft!

Following the advice of Minecraft expert Martin O’Hanlon, who we met at the Digital Leaders’ Conference, we wrote a short piece of code to say hello within the game. This initially didn’t work but we realised this was because we weren’t saving the code in the right place!

We then moved on to trying trickier things. Sadie quickly programmed Steve to lay a diamond path wherever he walked:

In the background, you might hear somebody asking ‘why doesn’t mine work?’ This became a key question for the rest of the session.

Writing a piece of code that doesn’t work can be frustrating but is essential when debugging. We quickly came to learn that Python (the programming language) tells us where the bug might be, so we were then able to find problems and correct them.

Connor was able to edit his code himself:


We then started to write a piece of code that builds our own house in the Minecraft world. This will continue next week – watch this space!

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What we enjoy about being Digital Leaders


On Friday 16th March me and a couple of other Yr6 Digital Leaders from our school went to Solihull,Birmingham for the Digital Leader Kids meet.It was a time to see what Digital Leaders from other schools use technology wise.It was also a chance to meet other digital leaders and learn about different apps,games and orthotics.On the day we learnt about app smashing,using coding to play minecraft, 3d printing and sphero.

 App smashing is where you use multiple apps to produce something else.App smashing can involve many different apps.We used explain everything,green screen and two other apps

To use coding to play minecraft we used RasberryPi’s (a mini computer). It was really fun.We had to also use a tool called python to write down the code. 

 3d printing is really clever.At the bottom of a 3d printer it has a glass panel that needs to be heated.Strands of plastic are melted, then layers and layers of approximately 1 millimetre wire comes out of a handy tool that heats the plastic to temperatures of 200°c.

Sphero is a spherical robot that can be programmed by your tablet.You can draw and drive or your can control it yourself. (It is easier to draw and drive)Sphero has so many good things about it.It has an LED Light that can change to any colour,it is water proof,it has Bluetooth connection,it is durable,it has a 30 metre range and its only £100.

Whilst we were there, there was a competition for the fastest time around a 25 squared mat with a Sphero. The time to aim for was 16 seconds made by Systemed (programmers).The prize was a free sphero for your school and Connor (a Digital Leader from our school) won with a time of 16.80 seconds. 

 Overall it was a great experience, I enjoyed every minute and I would love to go again.Well done Connor 🙂 . Thank you all the staff from Arden School for a great day.


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Digital Leader Kidsmeet

Last Friday, the year 6 Digital Leaders visited Arden Academy in Solihull, as they had organised a Kidsmeet for Digital Leaders. This is an event where children lead the way, sharing their experiences as Digital Leaders. 

Our year 6 children were the first to present – they had created a slideshow all about how the Digital Leaders work at school. They were slightly nervous but delivered their presentation very professionally! 



After each school had presented, the children split off into groups to visit workshops. Our children were lucky enough to see 3D printing, Kodu and Sphero, but the most popular was the workshop that allowed the children to hack into Minecraft. 



Finally, the children gathered back in the main hall to collect a bag of goodies and to see if they had won any prizes. 

We were very lucky, winning a Sphero, a Minecraft book and an Easter egg! 

We would like to thank Mrs Allton and all at Arden Academy for their kindness and dedication in organising the event. Well done to our Digital Leaders as well – a real credit to the school. 



We are currently lucky enough to have Digital Leaders in all of our classes from year 3-6. Some Digital Leaders have been ’employed’ in the role for almost two years, and they are currently preparing to visit a conference at which they will speak publicly about their experiences. They are also exploring the Raspberry Pi, and we hope to Skype more experienced children about this soon. 

Our first foray into Raspberry Pis

New Digital Leaders were appointed in September and have been learning how to manage our iPads, use a variety of apps and testing new and old equipment. They are now training more new recruits – Mrs Kearney is helping children in y4 to improve their knowledge of all things blogging, iPad and Google. We are hoping that some of these children will be helping to lead staff meetings next term, and will hopefully be speaking to local schools about their experiences as Digital Leaders. 

New recruits looking busy!

Exciting times! 

Creative Commons

Tonight we have been learning about Creative Commons. This allows us to publish some photos from the internet, as long as we attribute the original owner.

For example:

Thanks to Ver en Vivo En Directo for the image.


Joshua’s Painting


Holly’s painting

Here is my painting!


Amera’s painting

Here is my painting! I made it using an aapp on the ipad called brushes. I hope you like it!


my painting

Here is my painting!I made it using brushes