This afternoon in Computing, Year 6 learned how to use a new program for coding – Logo.
Mr Baddhan showed the children how commands are put together in Logo e.g fd 5 (forward 5) and then rt 90 (turn 90 degrees). He asked the children to create several shapes including a square, triangle, octagon, pentagon and a hexagon.
The lesson required the children’s understanding of angles to ensure they set the right angle for the specific shape. For example a square, requires 90 degrees turns.
The children explored different commands including the pen colour, pen size and also refined their programs by using the repeat command.
This week, Year 6 Eagles have been working on creating social media databases with at least 5 records that contain specific information about the social media.
Mr Baddhan showed the children how to quickly search for information from their database based on the search criteria. And how information can be sorted and grouped depending on the data within record.
Whilst spending the week completing lots of different computing activities with Mr Baddhan, Year 6 also completed some online safety and technology in our lives lessons in the classroom.
Online Safety – Managing Online Information
Within this lesson, the children discussed the information that can be found online. They then went on to discuss how this information can be made up of facts, opinions or beliefs and is therefore not always reliable.
The children had a great time thinking of their own examples of facts, opinions and beliefs.
How does the Internet work?
For this lesson, the children completed their very own research online and created their own posters. These posters had the purpose of explaining to others in the school what the Internet is and how it works. Some of the lovely creations will be displayed in the school!
Understanding how searching works
Following on from the previous lesson about how the Internet works, Year 6 then learnt about how searching the internet works. They watched a very informative Google video that explained how search engines have their own index where they search for keywords. These results are then narrowed down (by asking lots of different questions) before being presented to you.
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.
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
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