Category Archives: Computing

Creating polygon shapes in Logo

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.

Making music by creating an algorithm

In Computing this afternoon, Year 6 created musical algorithms to represent a piece of music in Scratch.

Mr Baddhan showed the children a piano made in Scratch. They looked carefully at the different colours representing different notes of a piano.

The children were given the colour sequence to the music of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” – they then created the music in Scratch using the correct notes.

Mr Baddhan reminded the children of using repeat blocks and also to make the song play more than once.

The class were then given colour sequence of “When the Saints go Marching In” and “Row Row Your Boat”.

See some of the children’s work below.

Lexi – click on any sprite to begin

Sophie – click on any sprite to begin

Kennie – press keys 1,2 or 3 to begin

Our finished social media databases

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.

Here are some examples of children’s work.

Kennie’s Database

Evie’s Database

Amber’s Database

Learning and researching about databases

During Computing this afternoon, Year 6 Eagles have been learning about databases. The children discussed the various places a database is used and the types of information they hold.

In the next couple of lessons, Eagles will be creating a social media database with the following fields.

– Social Media Name
– Age Rating
– Purpose
– Child friendly?
– Number of users

Eagles class today researched on five different social media sites to find the above information.

Tomorrow the children will be creating their databases in 2Investigate in Purple Mash based on this information.

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.

Some of the children exceeded further by displaying a different backdrop on a correct answer and another for an incorrect answer.

Naly

Lexi

Niah

Digital literacy and online safety

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.

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