Year 5/6 Spreadsheets

Prep 6 have been exploring the power of spreadsheets. We used Google maps to calculate distances to places to work out costs for a school trip. We also used a spreadsheet model to model an event we planned. We’ve been learning to:

To explain that objects can be described using data
To explain that formulas can be used to produce calculated data
To apply formulas to data, including duplicating
To create a spreadsheet to plan an event
To choose suitable ways to present data

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Year 2/3 Introduction to Databases

Year 2/3 have been exploring databases. They have been learning:
To explain that data can be recorded as text, numbers or images
To recognise that we can sort data and read it in different views
To recognise that a record contains fields and field types
To add their own records to create a class database
To create a graph to represent their data

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Year 3 Branching Databases

Children in Year 3 have been exploring branching databases. We made paper branching databases (see bottom images) and then went to the screen and used an online database. We had to design yes/no questions using given attributes.. We discovered that questions need to be ordered carefully to split objects into similarly sized groups down the upside down branches of a tree. We sorted a range of objects from food, minibeasts to dinosaurs.

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Year 4 Photo Editing

Year 4 have been using a photo editing program to edit photographs for different purposes. We explored how easy it is to make a fake photograph which we could see online. We discussed the reasons why someone may edit photographs. For example, to win a competition, to scare someone, to enhance a model on an advertising photograph etc….

Key Learning:
To explain that digital images can be changed by cropping
To change the composition of an image to make a new image
To describe how images can be changed for different uses (tints, vignette, black and white, saturation)
To make good choices when selecting different tools (retouching and cloning)
To recognise that not all images are real (making a fantasy fake image)
To evaluate how changes can improve an image

Here is an example of one of two of our pupils portfolio.

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