Pupils’ IT skills are worthy of top awards

Lloyd Abbott and Daniel Simmons, right, overall winners of the ICT and computing awards 2014 after a primary school challenge, held at St Peter's Pavillion, Hindley

Lloyd Abbott and Daniel Simmons, right, overall winners of the ICT and computing awards 2014 after a primary school challenge, held at St Peter's Pavillion, Hindley

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PUPILS in Wigan have proved that they are outstanding in computer science.

A total of 100 school children from 10 primary schools attended Wigan ICT and Computing Awards at Hindley Pavilion to show their know-how in the field of technology.

The youngsters enjoyed an afternoon of computer games, animations, photography, videos, apps and e-books.

Host Lesley Simm of Smithills ICT Consultancy Ltd, said: “These awards have been designed to celebrate all the very best of primary pupils’ computing work throughout the borough and they have certainly done that. We have entries from all ages five to 11 and are so overwhelmed by the standard on show today.

“From September every school in the country will be required to teach Computing in place of ICT and I hope the wonderful examples here this afternoon will demonstrate the wide range of creative ways to learn about computers and inspire other schools to do so.”

Mayor Phyll Cullen who was one of the judges, said: “There were so many excellent pieces of work. The pupils had made a fantastic effort learning about the different ways computers work and how they are used by creating so many interesting pieces of work.”

Overall winners of the awards Adam Worsley and Lloyd Abbott, from RL Hughes, who were presented with a Windows tablet for their computer game Apple Cruncher.

Runners-up were St Joseph’s RC Primary, in Leigh, with a scary movie trailer The Disappearance; Marsh Green pupils who produced a news report using green screen technology about Boudicca; Hindley St Peter’s C of E children, for their timely World Cup video The Match and year one pupils from Hindsford C of E for their unique take on Talking Houses which was made using their secret computing technique.

All the work from the event will be published online on www.smithillsict.com