Computing: Blog items

Terrific Typing

Date: 29th Nov 2021 @ 8:00pm

Throughout our computing lessons this half term we have been working hard to log on to the Chromebooks independently. This week we have been practising using a range of tools on the 'Paintz' programme. Our task was to create a winter snowman picture. Whilst creating our picture we also practised using drop and drag to create shapes of different sizes. Finally we used our typing skills to put our name and date on our work.

Computer Coding

Date: 25th Nov 2021 @ 8:39am

This half-term we have been learning how to code animations and games, using a website called code.org.  In this lesson we had to code part of a Minecraft game and could even add sound effects and music to make it more realistic. These skills will help the children as they move through school, as computing skills and coding have become part of our everyday lives.  Pupils move from 'block-coding', to 'free coding' and eventually may be able to write their own lines of code.

Flying through the UK

Date: 16th Nov 2021 @ 4:13pm

In Geography we started our journey learning about the UK. We went on ariel tours of England, Northern Island, Scotland and Wales and we were fascinated by the beautiful landscapes and spectactular buildings that the UK has to offer. 

We also used atlases to find the UK on a world map and compared it to other countries in the world. We enjoyed looking for places we had visited and those we long to visit. 

Computing WOW!

Date: 1st Nov 2021 @ 7:19pm

As an introduction to our first computing unit Year 1 spent some time today using the Chromebooks. Using our own individual user names and passwords, we each logged onto the laptops and practised showing some of our essential skills. We then had some time to get used to the tools on 'Paintz.' We used the drawing, line and shape tools and began to try typing a short sentence on the keyboards. We all displayed our characteristic of the week, growth mindset, to keep trying our best even when we didn't necessarily find it easy! We can't wait for our next computing lesson!

Digital Artists

Date: 20th Sep 2021 @ 12:48pm

In computing this half-term we are becoming digital artists. So far, we have learned how to make digital images using shapes in the drawing function in Google Docs.

Staying Safe Online

Date: 14th Sep 2021 @ 4:13pm

Having spent much of the past year learning remotely and spending much more time online becuase of lockdowns and isolations, this week in our computing lesson we have been learning about Online Safety. We have been discussing how we can all stay safe online and how we can teach others to stay safe online. We worked in groups to create a big sider diagrams outlining the dangers of not staying safe online and how we should behave when accessing the internet. We have all also logged on to our new Google Classroom and completed our independent task through there so we now know how to use it and to log in!

Grouping and Sorting!

Date: 11th Sep 2021 @ 8:08am

During our first week in year one we have been grouping and sorting! We have used a number of different objects and talked about what is the same and what is different. We have learnt we can sort by colour, by shape, by type and by size. We have learnt how to log into our own Seesaw account and post pictures of our learning! We have also been exploring our new classroom environment and completing lots of maths challenges in continuous provision.

An introduction to spreadsheets

Date: 7th Sep 2021 @ 4:01pm

Today we began our new unit in Computing - Spreadsheets. We discussed what a spreadsheet is and why people use them. We were also introduced at the following key vocabulary that we will be using through the unit:

  • Data
  • Cell
  • Input
  • Output
  • Format

Our task today was to first have a practise at inputting simple data into cells and then add borders, changing text colour and adding colour to cells. We were then taught how to add add formula to cells in order to add, subtract, multiply and divide inputted numerical data. 

Pixel Perfect

Date: 16th Jul 2021 @ 1:17pm

As part of our Computing curriuclum, Year Two have been experimenting with the program Paintz.  We have been practising how to use the different tools such as draw, paint, fill and make lines.  We looked at different styles of artwork from famous artists including French artist Georges Seurat and Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.  We then used these pieces as an inspiration for our own artwork.

Programming with Turtle

Date: 25th Jun 2021 @ 12:36pm

Tihis week we have been learning how to program with Turtle. We recapped on the definition of an algorithm and learned various commands to make the Turtle move, including forwards, backwards and left and right turns. We also leaned how to use the repeat command to so that we could reduce the number of lines of code needed. Finally, we learned how to debug an algorithm when the Turtle did not do as we expected. 

Now Press Play - Under The Sea

Date: 17th Jun 2021 @ 3:04pm

The Nursery chilldren took part in a "Now Press Play" activity. Each child had a set of headphones (which they tried so hard to turn on by themselves) and listened to a story set under the sea! They had to listen carefully and follow some instructions and we all went for a swim in the sea, rowed a boat and became a pirate, a jelly fish and a crab! 

Now Press Play - A Viking's Tale

Date: 16th Jun 2021 @ 4:53pm

Today we took part in an immersive listening experience where we listened to a story about the Viking's. We had to follow the story and use actions throughout when prompted. These made us have a better understanding of what was being told within the story as well as it being incredibly fun! We can't for our next 'Now Press Play' experience! 

Digital Music Technology

Date: 15th Jun 2021 @ 4:29pm

We have been creating our own musical rhythms and accompaniments for tunes using Music Lab on the Chromebooks. We have been looking at keeping the pulse and beat and using different long and short notes to create the rhythms. We changed the pitch and created texture in the melodies by adding layers of sound. Some people used different types of instruments and created synth effects, strings or glockenspiel sounds. 

 

Terrific Typing

Date: 7th May 2021 @ 11:46am

In our computing lessons, we have been improving our typing and presentation skills.

We have used our computing skills across the curriculum too by manipulating shapes in maths and writing up our Hot Write from Reading into Writing.

Quest Stories

Date: 2nd May 2021 @ 11:11pm

In Reading into Writing we have been reading and writing quest stories. We based our story on the picture book ‘The Quest’ and our job was to write the text that went with the pictures. We spent a lot of time discussing the story as a class and took part in modelled writing sessions and shared writes. Our Hot Write was completed on the chromebooks and we are really proud of the stories that we have written.

Beebots!

Date: 28th Apr 2021 @ 11:25am

In computing this week we used the Beebots! For the past few weeks we have looked at algorithms, creating step by step instructions and saying why it is important to be precise when writing an algorithm. We have tried hard to learn our left and right from different points and which way is clockwise or anticlockwise.  This week we put all our prior learning into practise to program Beebots. We used the terms algorithm, sequence, debugging and programming to explain what instructions we were giving to our Beebots, to get them to move from one point to another. We had to remember to clear each previous instruction before giving our Beebot a new instruction, or our Beebots went off in the wrong direction! We worked in small groups to program the Beebots and then on the IPads using the Beebot app. 

Computing

Date: 23rd Apr 2021 @ 4:55pm

Year 4 have started to learn how to program in computing. The children went onto Hour Of Code to complete many computing challenges in a Minecraft style game. The children had to debug some of their coding if they did not complete the challenge correctly. This was to ensure they went onto the next level. 

Website creation including hyperlinks

Date: 22nd Mar 2021 @ 4:02pm

This week we continued our Computing lessons and spent more time cerating our own websites. The theme of of our work is the Ancient Greeks. This week, we learned how to insert a hyperlink and how to evaluate digital content to check for authenticity. 

Computing with Scratch

Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 2:58pm

We all logged into the Chromebooks and went onto:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor

Firstly we changed the background area and found a sprite to match our setting. Then we used the script area to begin to programme our characters to move forwards and backwards, make a sound and change colour. Everyone worked really well and had great success manipulating the blocks. We also talked about online safety because its really important that everyone stays safe using the internet - it's a great resources and lots of fun, when used sensibly. 

EXCEL-lent Spreadsheets

Date: 13th Jan 2021 @ 7:58pm

It's not easy being without our teachers but we are doing a great job with our home learning by listening to and following video tutorials that Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Rose make for us. In Computing, we have completed 2 lessons on spreadsheets - both with a video tutorial to follow. This included learning how to add data to cells, change colour and font of text as well as the size of text and cells. We then progressed to learning how to use formulae in cells to complete calculations. In today's lesson, we learned how to turn data into graphs and how to add a filter to sets of data so that we could order it smallest to largest and vice versa. We think we are doing well with our work!!

Year 1 - Our Learning This half-term

Date: 17th Dec 2020 @ 3:10am

Year 1 – Our half term!

We have had a very busy half term! From exploring 2D and 3D shapes in Maths, to balancing and creating routines in PE, and listening and appraising reggae songs in Music! 

In Science this half term we have been learning about animals; learning lots of new vocabulary including carnivore, omnivore and herbivore and the five animal classifications.

In Computing we have been creating our own Christmas artwork using Paintz, exploring the different tools to create shape, images and text and on the 1st December our class elves arrived in Beech and Hazel with a letter - he asked us to find out everything we needed to know to write back to him! So, in Reading into Writing we explored the journey of a letter, finding features, piecing together the layout, and reading the letters from our class elf, before finally writing our own letter.

It has been a very exciting half term, filled with lots of learning and fun!

 

Online Safety Talk

Date: 2nd Dec 2020 @ 10:58am

Today, Year 6 took part in a 90 minute online safety talk with Bernadette from WIRED. The session talked about how we can stay safe online and the dangers of being on social media sites. She went through ways in which APPs like Tik Tok can be dangerous/inappropriate for children and what children should be looking at if they do go on these sites.

We are also having another talk next week to go further into online safety.

Cracking Computing!

Date: 28th Nov 2020 @ 3:09pm

Each week our Year 1 children cannot wait for Thursday to come around! They know that Thursday afternoon means it's computing time!

We began our first session of computing by discussing the devices and technology we use both in school, and at home. We discussed how we use each device, and how they can be important in day to day life. We then discussed what we need to remember when accessing online devices, and introduced SMART. We discussed the importance of staying safe, not meeting up, accepting files, reliability and telling someone.

We have then been practising our essential skills. We have learnt how to turn the Chromebook on and off, click and scroll on the mousepad and type with the keyboard. When using the keyboard to type in our personal log in details, we have also had to get used to the fact that some letters look slightly different to the ones we are used to seeing, but we have all been trying really hard to do this independently.

We have also explored the program Paintz App. We spent some time exploring the different tools available, and we found out we could do things like change the background colour, add 2D shapes, and even add text! During our Reading into Writing sessions we have been exploring the book 'Aliens Love Smelly Jelly,' creating invites to an alien tea party from an alien. We then linked this to our computing session, and we designed the alien using the Paintz App!

Year 3's busy week.

Date: 13th Sep 2020 @ 7:08pm

Welcome back to Year 3. Not only have we been busy learning about each other, but we've also been starting to learn about our new topics in Computing and Science. We looked at the vocabulary needed for Forces and Magnets and learnt how to use our new email accounts to login to the Chromebooks. We completed some self portraits in green and we talked about Year 3 expectations. We were all very smart and organised in our first week back and have lots of great things to learn and look forward to!

Researching the past!

Date: 9th Mar 2020 @ 3:04pm

In our history, we have been using Chromebooks to research about houses and lifestyles and how they have changed since 1066. The children have focussed on four periods of time, Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians and Victorians and answered questions from different areas. Children, diet, jobs, housing, clothing and they discovered a fun fact. We finally compared them as a class to see how they have changed or remained similar over time.  

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