Game developers

In the past few days, Year 6 Eagles have become game developers by planning, developing and then testing their games. The children then designed front covers for their games with an online safety PEGI rating provided for the game.

The games were created in Kodu.

Once completed, the children started to create front covers for their games including key elements, age rating, description, title and screenshots.

Eagles creating their games

Eagles creating their front covers

Katie’s front cover

Kieran’s front cover

Kayleigh’s front cover

Scratch “If Else” and variable blocks

During Computing today with Mr Baddhan, Year 6 started to look at the ‘If Else’ blocks and how they can be used in a gaming scenario. The example the children used was a variable as a points score – every time a question was answered correctly, the variable would change by one point. And if the question was answered incorrectly, then the a message would appear incorrect answer.

A variable is a data block which tells the program this will change once programmed.

KS2 SATs revision resources

Below is a link to some useful information on how your child can prepare for their KS2 mathematics SATs whether they are in Year 5 or 6.

There are topic boosters and past papers with video tutorials to help target specific weaknesses. For Year 5, there is a mini-maths (less than 5 minute) video for every day of the year to help establish a daily routine and encourage thinking-outside-the-box puzzles. The resources can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones via the website. Students who have used the resources in the last couple of years have said how it has helped them understand and be more successful in their Maths.

Remembering roots and commitment

Year 6 discussed what they thought “Roots and commitment” meant. It was a very interesting discussion.

We also discussed how roots and commitment are shown in this country. The children quickly remembered that we have “Remeberance Day”. This is a day the country has committed to remembering World War II. Remembering the past ensures we don’t forget the hardships or victories and how they were achieved.

The class then looked at commitment and what they felt people can and do and commit to.

We decided these were among the most important things to commit to:

► Family
► Friends
► Job
► Hobbies
► Behaviour
► Pets
► Chores
► School

We also read and discussed the story of Noah. He showed a lot of commitment as he worked for over a year to build the boat for his family and all the animals. His commitment to God was rewarded. His family survived the flood. We discussed how he would not have known that and and yet he committed regardless of his eventual “reward”.
We often commit to things for lots of reason and not always because we will gain something from it.

That is why a commitment is so hard yet satisfying.

Research and design our own product

Year 6 have been looking at money over the last few weeks.

We looked at why we need money, how it can be earned and used for different jobs.

We then went on to research and design our own product. We looked at all the different specifications that needed to be considered:

► Size
► Function
► Materials
► Durability
► Cost
► Aesthetics
► Safety
► Target market
► Weight

All these are very important when thinking about making a new product.

The class had a lot of fun thinking about a variety of functions to put into their designs.

We had designs such as:
• A floating bed with some super features,LED lights, rocking motion and phone charger
• A smart watch that has a strap which changes with your heartbeat
• Boots that help you boost off the ground
• A jacket that keeps you heated in the winter and cool in the summer
• An advanced car
• And some others…

Here are some of the designs.