Team AC have really enjoyed their computing this term. Following the Purple Mash lessons, the class started by looking at how they can keep safe online and why it is so important. The children had fun creating their own avatars and learnt what they could share online and what they shouldn’t share with others. Team AC learnt how to open and send emails safely. Their favourite lessons have been ‘Making Music’ lessons where they have had great fun changing simple tunes. They experimented by adding different instruments and varying the speed and volume to see how their new version sounded when played back. The children can't wait to see what else they can learn next term.
For their computing focus this half term, Team CB have been busy learning all about internet safety. They discussed the importance of staying safe online and the need for passwords which are secure and unlikely to be guessed by others. They then delved deeper into this to consider why it is necessary to have different passwords for different accounts and the implications of not keeping our passwords private. The class explored different forms of communication online, before looking explicitly at blogging. They discussed how blogs are often personal perspectives and that this can result in people expressing views that others may not like or agree with in some instances. In further sessions, they posed the question ‘Can we always trust the internet?’ This led to the children exploring spoof websites to assess whether or not the information on the site was true. They discussed why people may not always write factual information. To support their understanding of this concept, the class created their own spoof webpages before recapping how it is important to not always trust the sources they read and to double check the validity of the site we are getting information from. Finally, Team CB have investigated the purpose of age restrictions in managing content that children may see online or in games. They looked closely at BBC file classifications and PEGI ratings for games, thinking about the purpose these symbols serve with helping parents and children. They then discussed the effects of experiencing inappropriate content in both physical and emotional ways.
This half term, Team LF have focussed on Spreadsheets throughout their computing lessons. The children have worked on the following:
Team LF have used 2Calculate (on Purple Mash) to format numbers and add formulas to cells in order for cells to automatically create calculations. The children have combined tools (timer, random number, spin) to make fun ways of exploring numbers. They have also used a series of data in a spreadsheet in order to create a line graph.
Team CW planned a route for their Beebot to follow on a track by drawing arrows. They then followed their plan by programming their Beebots. Team CW LOVED it!
Team JF have continued their computing learning on Purple Mash this week. The children logged on independently and were able to edit their profile with ease. From this, they started exploring the ‘topics’ section on the site. The children found their topic, ‘The Great Fire of London’, and started creating their own story board adding text and pictures.
Our oldest pupils in school have thoroughly enjoyed being back in the ICT suite and developing their computing skills. Pupils have applied their coding skills to create online games. We have worked on a range of Internet safety projects including: educational games, identifying risks and creating projects to help pupils keep themselves and others safe.
This half term, Team LF have been using 2Logo (Purple Mash) to write code in order to control an on-screen marker, incorporating their mathematical knowledge, in order to draw shapes and letters. Throughout the unit the children have:
There were strong links between 2Logo and maths, and it was beneficial for the children to think about their knowledge of angles when creating their coding language.
This week, Team JF have started their new scheme of learning. They started off by discussing key vocabulary of computing such as login and passwords. The children then discussed the importance of this information and how they could handle it. The children received their new login details and were able to log onto the system independently. When they were on, Team JF created their own avatar to use on their profile going forward.
The children really enjoyed their learning and can't wait to see what's in store for them next!
As part of their computing lessons, Teams AF and LL have been using Purple Mash for coding. They first started by coding a game called ‘Splatty Bug’. The children had to create an algorithm so that the timer would work, the player would get a score and the bugs would splat if you clicked them. Teams AF and LL then made these their own and changed the background and some other aspects. Throughout this task, the children had to use their computing skills to debug any errors. Here is an example:
After this, the children were given the challenge to make their own game. They have started to design their games and thought carefully about what will be needed in the algorithm to make the game work.
We want to make you aware of a LIVE assembly we have organised for our pupils (both those in school and at home) linked to the importance of online safety. The assembly will take place on Thursday 9th July at 2pm and will be linked to ‘Be Internet Legends’, an online safety programme fully funded by Google.
‘Be Internet Legends’ is a multifaceted program developed by Google and Parent Zone to teach children the skills they need to be safe and confident online. The live assembly is developed by Google and Parent Zone’s expert teams and live-streamed from their studio by experienced presenters. The assembly is a bespoke session and aims to be an interactive educational adventure through the world of ‘Be Internet Legends’. The session will be presented live so that pupils at home and school can both get involved – and take part in the fun!
The platform used to live stream the assembly on is Youtube. The developers of the assembly will send us a link prior to the scheduled date, which we will forward on to parents/carers by email.
The assembly is designed for Key Stage 2 students; however, it is entirely up to you if you would like your child to take part – the more pupils the better! This is a chance to involve the whole school community.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Mr Fidment and Miss Garratt
(Online Safety Leads)
Wombwell Park Street Primary School,
Telephone: 01226 752029
Office staff will be happy to assist you with any enquiries and direct you to the relevant staff as necessary. Our Leadership team will always be happy to help, as will our Parent Support Advisor Carol Hitchens.
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ECM Trust: http://www.ecmtrust.org/index.html