Year 6 have been using Tinkercad to explore 3D Modelling. They have designed mazes and houses using a range of manipulation tools and techniques.
Year 5 have been investigating selection and conditions in programming. We explored selection, if….. then ……. else ….. in order to create their own quizzes. We have been looking at conditions and what happens when the condition is true and when the condition is false. We have been using branch diagrams in our designs to plan the desired outcomes.
After investigating selection and conditions, Year 5 went on to making their own quizzes using what they have learnt.
Year 6 have been studying about the World Wide Web and have explored many facts like who invented the web, why and when. We looked at the first ever web page created by Tim Berner-Lee in 1991 for documents and research projects ran by CERN (Nuclear Research Centre) to be communicated to other scientists.
The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
We discussed how it was made of just text and hyperlinks and that nowadays web pages contain images, videos, logs, headers etc. Year 6 then went on to plan and create their own websites. Their theme was to share information and support an animal that is under threat or is endangered of becoming extinct.
We discussed many things during this project, for example copyright of images we use on our site, making hyperlinks to other websites for further information. We also explored the role of web crawlers on different search engines and how this affects page rankings of our websites. Here are some of our webpages we created:
This half term we have been looking at the computer. We discussed and labelled input and output devices like keyboards, the mouse, touch screens, monitors, web cams, microphones, speakers, projectors. The children discovered that the device needs to have an Operating System to work like Windows, Apple ios or Linux. Year 2/3 then looked at the difference between hardware and software on a computer. Subsequently, the children built their own laptops, thinking about the hardware, software, inputs and outputs on the device. We then looked at special keys on the keyboard and carried out some keyboard typing practise on the ipads.
Year 4 have been looking at The Internet. We have explored how the internet is a global network of networks. We discussed the role of routers in the network and how the internet offers multiple services like email and the World Wide Web. The children have produced diagrams of the internet and have looked at the many services it has to offer. Year 3 then used the World Wide Web as one of the services to create their own content on the web. We considered our online safety responsibilities by exploring the advantages and disadvantages of creating our own online content.
Year 3 have been inventing their own digital devices whilst thinking about what the input, process and output would be. They used buttons, touch screen, microphones, web cams as inputs and invented a range of outputs which included buns being baked, different flavoured ice creams produced, a cleaning robot which would do chores as an output.
Activity : Who owns this content?
Activity : What can you do with the content?
The task is to decide what they you can do with the content on the following websites. Think about who owns the content. Ask the questions:
- Am I allowed to view this content?
- Am I allowed to download this content?
- Am I allowed to use this content?
https://www.google.co.uk/imghp?hl=en-GB&tab=ri&ogbl (Google Images)
Year 4 have been exploring what makes a good podcast. They have listened to several podcasts on various themes. They recognise a podcast includes a variety of features like an introduction to who they are and what the podcast is all about. It has jingles, music and sometimes sound effects. This half term, children will be planning and creating their own podcasts using Audacity.