Category Archives: Computing

Anti-Bullying

During Anti-Bullying week Year 6 took part in lots of different check-ins and activities. We discussed who we could go to for support if we felt bullying was taking place, what kind words had been said to us during the week and more!

We also took part in a special anti-bullying live lesson and a Children in Need mood booster! This was a great way to end such an important week.

Safer Internet Day

In computing, Year 6 completed their online safety lesson for this term. The lesson was all about copyright and ownership. The children started off watching a video where they were given different scenarios and they had to discuss whether the actions of people were right or wrong. Miss Edwards then demonstrated how to use Google to make an advanced search where you can specify that you only want results which are free to use and share. The final activity for the children to do was then to decide whether a series of statements about online content was true or false.

Using Scratch

In computing today the children have been using Scratch to create and play their own musical sequences. The children had to begin by creating a piano where each coloured key would play a different note. They then used this piano to play well-known songs such as Twinkle Twinkle.

Once the children had achieved this, they had to figure out how to get the song to play on its own with the click of one button. The children had so much fun experimenting and making the program their own!

Online Safety

This week in computing, Year 6 have had their termly online safety lesson. The lesson was focused around how to manage online information, particularly looking at how search engines work and how results are selected and ranked.
The lesson began with a video all about online purchases. The message of the video was that there is sometimes untrustworthy information online and we have to be careful when deciding what is real and what is fake. We also spoke about online influencers on social media and how they can influence to purchase new things, even though they might not actually have liked the product themselves and may have been paid to advertise it! Again, this is asking ourselves, is it genuine or has this been paid for? Is it fake?
The main focus of the lesson was then on search engines and how they work using different algorithms that sort different webpages into categories. These are then stored in a database called a Search Index and are stored there until a search is completed. The children also learned how some of the top results from a search are paid advertisements, which means that a company has paid to be at the top of the page and is not necessarily the most relevant or accurate result.