Category Archives: Computing

Equality Thermometer

Year 6 were given a bank of names of different people (teacher, parent, farmer, YouTuber, etc.) and they were asked to place the names in order of who they think is the most important online. The children were asked to place the names beside a thermometer which went from 1 – 10 (10 holding the highest importance). Once the children had discussed their order and reasoning behind it, they were then asked to explain who they had put as the most important and who they had put as the least important and why.

Through the discussions that the children had, it was clear to see that they realised how everybody holds importance and has the potential to be equal online.

‘Free To Be Me’ Online

Today Year 6 have watched a video all about online identity. After watching the video the children were asked what they thought the key messages were and what they would have said about the topic of identity, if they were in the video.

What are the key messages in the video?
Miranda – you can’t compare yourself to anyone else online and what you see of their lives
Harley – being behind a screen doesn’t change who you are
Reuben – stay safe online and be prepared for situations you may face
Sneha – be yourself always

If you were in this video, what would you have said about the topic of online identity?
Ishmael – be confident
Llukan – do not copy other people, be yourself and do not hide who you are
Miranda – all people have sad and happy moments in their lives, they just might not choose to share them with the rest of the world

Staying safe online

This afternoon, year 6 have continued their work around Safer Internet Week and the importance of staying safe online. The children were given 5 different scenarios and had to choose a reaction:

• It’s not okay
• It depends
• I’m not sure about this
• It’s fine
• It’s okay if no one finds out

The children were very sensible with their responses and could all explain why they chose to respond in that way.

What does my avatar say about me?

To kick off Safer Internet Week, Year 6 watched a video focused around avatars that are used online. The film looked at a variety of different avatars that different people have created as well as talking about the choices that they make.

After watching the video, the children were asked a few questions:

How can avatars be used to keep us safe online?
Paris – it doesn’t show people who you actually are
Alfie – it stops people knowing more about you
Oscar – it hides your true identity

How can avatars help us express who we are?
Anastasya – they can help you show your personality
Luke – you can use them to share you likes and interests with people, for example your favourite animal

Why do you think avatars are good/important?
Khaltum – they give people a chance to be unique
Miranda – they can be used to reflect personalities
Ruby – they are used to show that everybody is different

Negative comments online

For Year 6’s online safety lesson this term they discussed negative comments online and how these can be turned into positive comments. Here are what some of the children think about the way people communicate online:

After their discussions, the children then went on to completing a worksheet where they were required to turn a series of negative comments into more positive ones.

What is the internet?

In Year 6 we have been discussing the internet and what it actually is. We have been talking about how there are lots of different services and parts to the internet, it is not just one thing.

The children then read more information on a designated website before creating their very own poster to explain the internet to others.

Speaking to strangers online

Year 6 have had their first online safety lesson of the year. In this lesson they watched a video from Newsround that was all about speaking to people online. This video told the children about real life experiences some children have had with speaking to people they do not know online. During the video, we had lots of discussions about why speaking to people we don’t know online is dangerous and what you must do in order to keep yourself safe.

The children made some great contributions throughout the lesson:

See our completed algebra style maths quiz

Today, Eagles used ‘pick random number’, ‘set value to’ blocks in their program so the user is prompted with random multiplication questions.

Some of the children added sound for the correct answer and a different sound for the incorrect answer.

A new backdrop was also added to show game win message if the user reaches a certain level of scoring.

Sophie M

Sophie S

Tiffanie

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