Dash and Dot Robots

A project by: Alex Bradley

pledged of £1,548 target

This project did not reach its target.

Completion Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
Dash and Dot Robots to develop computing and coding curriculum at school with high EAL deprivation


Number of students that will benefit: 450

Age of students: 5 - 12 

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 30% 


About us

We are a 2-form entry school in Bolton, Greater Manchester, which is a town with one of the highest levels of deprivation in the country. Our school is in one of the highest deprivation areas in the town measured by the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015.

Our 2015 OFSTED report found us to be Outstanding in all 4 areas and said: "Virtually all pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds and speak English as a second language." We believe that our pupils should be given access to the very best opportunities, and so we are always looking for new ways to get the very best teaching resources.  

What do we want?

We want to buy 6 Dash and Dot Robots by Wonder.

Who is this for?

We used our IT budget, in September, to buy 2 of these and the feedback from staff has been wonderful. However, only 2 of our pupils or groups can use them at a time. Therefore this project is for our whole school, to use across a range of subjects. The pupils have used the robots in numeracy and literacy as well as coding. Sadly though, we do not have the money to buy more. 

Why do we want it?

If we were to buy 6 more Dash and Dots robots, we could have a whole class working together in groups of around 4. At present, we have 15 pupils per robot in a class meaning that they are not getting enough exposure to the robots to adequately learn the skills that they need by trying and exploring with code. These are particularly good robots because the pupils can use them across the curriculum. Recently they have been used in Maths and English classes as well as to teach Coding. 


6 x Dash and Dot robots @ £1,289.70 https://www.tts-group.co.uk/dash-and-dot-robots/1013141.html 

Total: £1,547.64 incl VAT


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy a range of the compatible accessories priced between £15 and £35, such as:


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Please support us and help make a difference to our students and if you would like to find out more please feel free to phone us at school and ask for Mr Bradley.

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