Computing: Blog items

Reception- Internet Safety

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 6:17pm

This week has been Internet Safety Week . It was launched on Tuesday with a whole school assembly followed by a story in our classroom about Smartie The Penguin. Here, the children learnt, along with Smartie, how to keep themselves safe on the internet by talking to a trusted adult if things didn't seem right when playing games or doing research on the internet. 

"I watch films on Youtube" Mathew.

"I ask my mum if I can watch Peppa Pig" Luca.

"Don't talk to a stranger on the internet" Oliver.

Year 4- Internet Safety Day

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 2:58pm

For Internet Safety Day, Year 4 discussed the positive and negative influences on the internet. As a class, we debated whether certain influences impacted our behaviour and views positively, negatively or both. We also talked about different uses for the internet and the differences it can make to our lives.  

Year 5 - Digital Literacy No Pen Morning

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 8:24pm

To develop our digital literacy skills, pupils at Boundary spent the morning completing maths and writing lessons using only digital devices. For reading into writing, pupils used their chromebooks to publish their creation stories from Aboriginal culture. For maths, pupils used the BBC Micro:bits to create a rock, paper, scissors game. This was the first time pupils have used these tiny computers, and they even improved the code to reset after each turn, display a welcome message when the device was turned on, and make sound effects! 

Year 4 - No Pen morning

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 1:28pm

In Year 4, we were introduced to a multiplication competition on a website called Emile first thing this morning and we did lots of times tables to gain points for our school. Then we went on a typing skills website ( where we put on headphones and practised some typing skills. After we learnt typing skills, we learned how to use some of the skills on Google Docs (e.g bold, italic). We then used these skills to highlight some of the features of a Newspaper report like we have been doing in Reading into Writing. In Maths, some children matched 3D and 2D shapes into the correct columns on a worksheet. Everyone else continued their work on multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers.

Year 6 - Digital Literacy No Pen Morning

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 1:26pm

Our No Pen Morning focused on digital literacy. We began by completing a skills session. We recapped on how to change the font, size of font, colour and background before learning how to add pictures and change the transition of slides. We then moved on to typing skills. We talked about why it is important to be able to type accurately and quickly. The children enjoyed our typing completion. We finished by completing a PSHE lesson about images we see on line and how it may affect how we feel about ourselves. 

Year 5 - Digital Learning in RE

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 4:46pm

To support the pupils' learning in RE, we have been using an online resource called Kahoot!. Kahoot! is an interactive quiz that engages the pupils and helps them to learn the facts and knowledge required in the lesson. Using the Kahoot! over time also helps the children to commit the new knowledge to their long-term memory.

Year 4- Finding Features of News Articles

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 1:06pm

In Reading into Writing, Year 4 have been identifying structural and language features of newspaper reports and online news articles. Firstly, we looked at some examples of newspaper articles and highlighted the features that we noticed. After this, we used our digital literacy skills to look at some news articles online and were given post it notes to label the features that we found. We will continue to read and annotate a range of news articles and will plan and write our own news article in the next couple of weeks.

Year 2 - Which ship can hold the most weight?

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 7:27am

Last week, we conducted an experiment as part of our Everyday Materials unit to test which ship can hold the most weight? We made different sized boats using tin foil and placed counters on the top, counting how many counters it took until the ship sunk. This week, we used our results to use an online program to record our data in a block chart. We thought about the axis and giving the chart a title as well as inputting our own data before we interpreted our results using the chart. We found that the biggest ship could hold the most weight whilst the smallest ship held the least. This is because we can spread the weight.

Year 5 - Quiz Coding

Date: 1st Dec 2023 @ 9:30am

This week, pupils in year 5 created a quiz game on Scratch. They coded an algorithm using 'selection' to make a 'true' outcome and a 'false' outcome depending on the user input. Pupils tested their programs and debugged it to make it run better. 

Year 4 - Retouching

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 2:12pm

Today we recapped what the internet is. Then we used our previously learnt image editing skills such as cropping and cloning to retouch images.

Year 3- Together Time!

Date: 23rd Nov 2023 @ 2:52pm

This week Year 3 had our Together Time in which children work with their adults to see what they could teach them about Climate Zones. We started with a match up activity and then used our digital literacy skills to create a slide on a climate zone- including location, temperature and precipitation.

Year 4 - Eid Al-Fitr research

Date: 20th Nov 2023 @ 1:44pm

In RE we are learning about Islam. Today, we researched more about Eid Al-Fitr. We found out lots of information about Eid from around the classroom and then we used all the information we gathered as a table to make a Google Slide. This gave us chance to practise our digital literacy skills too.

Year 6 - Coding robots

Date: 9th Nov 2023 @ 4:03pm

Today, pupils in Year 6 were given the oportunity of taking part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshop. Working in small groups, they had to build a lego robot, which incorporated a small computer, lights and motors. Pupils then coded algorithms to guide their robot around a circuit. 

Year 5 - Rampaging Robots

Date: 9th Nov 2023 @ 3:54pm

Today, pupils in year 5 were given the oportunity of taking part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshop. Working in small groups, they had to build a lego robot, which incorporated a small computer, lights and motors. Pupils then coded algorithms to guide their robot around a circuit. The final challenge was to collect an item in their robot using a scoop or magnet. All the pupils had a great experience and learnt a lot about coding and engineering.

Year 4 - Visual Notes

Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 2:12pm

Today we started our Storytelling through Drawing pathway. We research by ourselves using our digital literacy skills on the laptops about two illustrators called Laura Carlin and Shaun Tan. We then used all the research we found to make visual notes about one of the artists in our sketchbook.

Year 1 Grouping Data

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 6:52pm

This week we have been begun our grouping data unit of work. We have learnt that labelling, grouping and searching are important aspects of data and information and have begun to understand that to search data we need labels. Throughout the week we have completed different activities to describe objects using labels, match objects to groups, find objects with similar properties and compare groups of objects.

Year 6 - Composing with Computers

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 3:50pm

For the last two lessons we have used Charanga YUMU to compose and electronically transcribe our own composition using a 5-note set treble clef stave.

We reviewed our knowledge of note values and durations and created our own compositions using a mixture of crotchets, minims, dotted minims and semibreves. Some of us were able to create an ostinato (a repeating musical phrase).

Year 6 - Formulas in Speadsheets

Date: 12th Oct 2023 @ 3:25pm

We continued our computing journey through spreadsheets byt learning about formulas. We learned how to use formulas to multiply, add and subtract the values in different cells.

Year 3- Drawing on Scratch

Date: 5th Oct 2023 @ 9:05am

In computing we have been doing programming and we have been learning how to use Scratch. This week we focused on creating an algorithm to make our sprite draw. We first of all explored an existing algorithm and identified how it worked. We then created our own and made our individual sprites draw. 

Year 3- Perfecting programming!

Date: 14th Sep 2023 @ 8:41am

In Computing, Year 3 have been looking at using the program  ‘Scratch’. We looked at how the blocks moved the sprite and when we looked inside the program we throught about how we could improve it.

Year 2 - Computing - Budding Photographers

Date: 13th Sep 2023 @ 8:21pm

For our first Computing unit of the year, Year Two are focusing on Digital Photography.  We have been learning the steps needed to take a good photograph and how we can adjust the way we are holding our devices to improve the photographs we take.  We have also been learning the difference between portrait and landscape images and experimenting with these, thinking carefully about which option a photographer might prefer depending on the subject of the photograph.

Year 6 - Computing: Spreadsheets

Date: 13th Sep 2023 @ 3:53pm

Today we began our new unit of spreadsheets in Computing. Today's session involved inputting data into a given table. We did this by rolling a dice 5 times and repeating the task. We then added each roll to the table. 

Year 2 Representing Data

Date: 19th Jul 2023 @ 3:38pm

This half term, Year Two have been exploring different ways to represent data using an online system linking our Computing and Maths learning. Throughout the unit we have explored creating tally charts, pictograms and today we finished the unit by using data to create a block diagram. We have really enjoyed the unit and putting our Maths statistics knowledge into Computing. 

Year 2 Persuasive Adverts

Date: 18th Jul 2023 @ 4:24pm

Today, we used the computers to create our hot write of a persuasive advert. We thought about making it appealing by using bright colours and exciting shapes as well as using persuasive language to persuased someone to visit either Antarctica, the rainforest or the desert. We used our Geography knowledge from hot and cold places to make sure we told some facts. We had to have lots of patience but enjoyed using the chromebooks for our writing.

Year 3- Brilliant branching database!

Date: 6th Jul 2023 @ 8:28am

In Computing we have started learning about branching databases. We have looked at catogorising questions into ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions. The children uses software to explore and build their own branching databases.