Category Archives: Computing

Creating Surveys

Year 6 used Microsoft Office Forms to create their very own surveys all about living a healthy lifestyle. Once created, the children sent these surveys to each other to collect responses. The children really enjoyed answering all of the questions! 
They then spent some time looking at their responses and analysing the data that had been collected
 
 

Safer Internet Day

Year 6 have completed a lot of computing work this week.

Firstly, to celebrate Safer Internet Day, they completed an online quiz all about friends and frenemies and discussed the difference between these two online.

Then we had our usual computing lesson. In this lesson the children were using Scratch to create their own times tables games!

We then ended the day with a BBC Teach live lesson all about AI. This was very informative and useful for the children and they enjoyed watching the lesson and completing the activities along the way.

Watch the live lesson again by clicking here 

Online Safety

Year 6 started off the new term with an online safety lesson. In this lesson we were looking at the features of persuasive design and how they are used to keep users engaged. The children worked in pairs to identify different persuasive design techniques before discussing as a class how we could reduce or remove the effect of each technique. For example, notifications can be reduced by switching off a device. 

Anti-Bullying week

Throughout Anti-Bullying week, Year 6 started each morning with a check-in question. 
 
Monday: How can we make a noise about bullying? 
 
 
-speaking out
-talking to a trusted adult
 
Tuesday: What does school already do to help stop bullying and ensure all children are safe and happy?
-peacemaking
-behaviour system
-time out spaces like the sensory room
-communicating with parents
-having appropriate consequences in place
 
Wednesday: Who are the people in school who can help us to reduce and respond to bullying? 
-peacemakers
-headteacher or deputy head
-teachers
 
Thursday: What kind words have been said to you this week?
-thank you
-love you
-you are a good friend
-you are really good at that
-I have missed you
 
Friday: What have you learned this week?
-it is best to speak up if something upsets you
-you should take a screenshot of something online to show a trusted adult
-tell a trusted adult if you are worried or unhappy about something 
 
We also had our online safety lesson during this week. This lesson was all about what we could do if bullying was to take place online and spoke about taking screenshots/grabs. We spoke about the importance of doing this as having evidence as sometimes things that take place online can be removed and can no longer be seen. 

Computing

 
In computing so far this year the children have been receiving computing lessons based around technology in our lives. We have looked at how computers are connected and communicate with each other, including exploring how they communicate via packets. 
 
Our most recent lesson involved the children working together in pairs. The children used 2write on Purple Mash to create a document together. This meant that both children could see, access and edit the document at the same time on their separate laptops so were able to work collaboratively. We learned that this was possible because the computers were communicating though the network that they were connected to.

Completing our final products

Eagles have been through the process of designing  and making the exterior of their night lights, today Eagles worked carefully to understand and use electrical systems in their products . To make their night lights work they first connected up their Crumble Microcontrollers

They then had to apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products. 

 

They did this buy writing their own code using the Crumble software and loading it onto the Micro-Controller. Notice their use of repetition, careful sequencing of instructions and inputting the correct variable. 

To ensure their product was working as desired they tested it in a dark room.

 

Interested in Crumble Micro-controllers? Click here for their official website

 

 

DT Project

Year 6 have started a brand new DT project this term. The children are working in small groups to design and make their very own night lights. So far, the children have looked at a set of code for a nightlight and discussed what it makes the light do and have designed what they want their night lights to look like. They are super excited to start making them!