Category Archives: Computing

Creating surveys

This week in Y6 the children have been using Google Forms to create their very own surveys. The surveys have all been focused around lifestyle choices. Once the had completed their surveys, the children sent them to their peers in the class to respond to. They have then been completing the surveys in order to provide data for their class mates.

Creating a game using Kodu

Year 6 Eagles have been showing off their creative skills by utilising their programming knowledge in Kodu.

Mr Baddhan showed the children how to create a game by adding several objects to their world and collecting them using a rover. Each apple represented one point and once three points were added, the game would end by saying ‘Winner’. Some of the children even created a second level to their games.

Here are some of the children working on Kodu.

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.