Computing: Blog items

Year 4 - Using and Applying in Computing

Date: 26th Jun 2022 @ 6:53pm

This half term our computing topic is 'Using and Applying'. This week we focussed on using a range of useful tools and shortcuts in Google Docs to create a table that will help us store information. We learned how to create a table with the correct amount of cells, changed the font and size for the subheadings, inputted our data and changed the orientation of the page. Some great computing skills shown by our Year 4's!

Year 2 Dazzling Digital Art

Date: 16th Jun 2022 @ 6:57pm

This week, Year Two began their new Computing multimedia unit which involves us using a variety of art styles to create digital art. We begun the unit by exploring pointilism, learning that this is creating a painting using lots of little dots that build up to create the overall picture. The children created their picture using Paintz and explored how to change brush size as well as learning to change the colour shades to create a piece they were proud of. The children loved the lesson and they all demonstrated patience and perseverance and created some lovely flower pictures using pointilism. 

Year 1 Position and Direction

Date: 23rd May 2022 @ 7:10pm

This week we have began our Computing unit 'programming and algorithms.' We began our journey by learning what these words mean and how they are used. Our first task was to then sequence a set of instructions correctly and identify the mistakes. We then moved onto describing position and direction using the key words, left, right, forwards and backwards. We used a treasure maze to help us explore direction pracitcally by both following instructions to reach a piece of treasure and giving our own instructions to reach an end goal.

Year 6 Computing - Programming and Algorithms

Date: 17th May 2022 @ 4:52pm

Today we began our new Coputing topic of animations as part of Programming and Algorithms. This involved using Scratch and coding different sprites to move across the screen. The children used different coding blocks to make the sprites move, make sounds and change costumes. Once the children were feeling more confident with using the coding blocks they were challenged to add other sprites and experiment with how to make the character grow, move, change colour etc.

Year 5 Amphibians and Insects

Date: 11th May 2022 @ 4:16pm

In preparation for our Year 5 visit to the zoo, we have been learning about different amphibians and insects. 

We first put a range of different animals into groups and discussed why we put them into those groups. Some children put the animals into blood types, land and sea animals or animals with a back bone (vertebrates). We will then go back at the end of the unit and re-classify them. 

For our lesson, we became young David Attenborough's! We used SafeSearch to research the animals and used our online knowledge of Google Slides to create an interesting slide show. 

 

Year 5 Web Wonders!

Date: 22nd Mar 2022 @ 3:37pm

Today we have continued building our own websites using Google Sites.  We have built the pages, and add text and pictures in previous lessons, and today was all about hyperlinks. Hyperlinks are buttons or text on websites that send you to another website when you click it. We discussed what types of webpages should be linked to our own and found good sources of information which were relevant to our websites. We added several hyperlinks to our science-based websites, to given more information to visitors.

Year 2 And I Present to you...

Date: 10th Mar 2022 @ 5:28pm

This half term, Year 2 are creating a Presentation based around our learning in Design Technology on Wheels and Axles. To make our presentation, we decided to use Google Slides as it saves the work as we go along. So far the children have learnt the basic skills to turn the Chromebooks on and sign in to their school Google account before moving on to some trickier skills. This week we focused on adding images to our slides to make it more interesting. The children are showing great perseverance and are becoming quite fast at this now! We cannot wait to see the finished presentation. 

Year 1 Safer Internet Day

Date: 9th Feb 2022 @ 7:40pm

As part of 'Safer Internet Day' we read the story 'Digiduck and the Magic Castle.' We listened and participated throughout the story, answering key questions such as 'how can you make a password strong, and hard to guess?' and 'who are the adults that you could talk to if anything online worries or upsets you?' We then completed two tasks. One was to give examples of our trusted adults and how they can help and the other was an online or offline sort. Through this we identified what information should be kept private and offline and what information is safe to share online. 

Year 6 Making Mobile Phone Cases

Date: 8th Feb 2022 @ 5:06pm

Today, we have had a full day of DT. Our project was to make a mobile phone case and today we have managed to create these. To do this we have followed a journey in order to make sure we have fully researched the product and had a chance to plan it. Today we have researched existing felt mobile phone cases, looked at developing a success criteria, planned and designed our product, made a prototype and then created our final product. To finish, we now need to evaluate our case against our success criteria.

Year 1 Exploring Shape & Line

Date: 26th Jan 2022 @ 7:41pm

This week in Computing we have been creating media using digital painting. Over the past few weeks we have been using the Paintz program during our Computing lessons and getting to grips with all the tools we can use. Today we looked at a piece of abstract art and discussed some key questions. We talked about the shapes we could see, the colours we could see and how we thought the art was made. We then had a go at recreating a similar piece of art work. We had 3 steps to follow to succeed and by the end of the lesson we had all followed these steps to create our own art work!

Year 4 Computing AND Lego?!

Date: 18th Jan 2022 @ 4:53pm

Computing and Lego? What a lesson that sounds like! Today Year 4 would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Goldie from EdTech who came and taught our computing lesson today. We had a fantastic time and learnt loads about coding. We got to build a Lego snail, and then all through the coding software make the snail make sounds, move, and light up! We can't wait for the next one! 

Online Safety

Date: 9th Dec 2021 @ 7:53pm

This week in our Computing lesson we have explored online safety through the story 'The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin!' We began by thinking about how we find out information on the internet and discussing these search enginges. We learnt about SafeSearchKids and how this is a safe place for us to search for information. We were then introduced to SMART and we learnt what each letter stands for in relation to online safety. We then read our story and helped Smartie to make some safe and smart decisions when using his device. We learnt a song to help us to help Smartie...

Before you tap and click...

You need to stop and think...

And TELL someone! 

We discussed who could help us if something happens online that we are not sure about. We then completed tasks to help us further understand information we should keep safe and what we can share. 

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. 

 

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