Category Archives: Computing

Digital Media

Year 4 will be completing some photo editing in art and design as part of their digital media unit. We spoke about different perspectives you could take photographs from. Before the children go out and take their own photographs to edit, they had some time using the editing software to edit photos Miss Edwards had taken. The children really enjoyed having an experiment and seeing what they could do!

Consent online

What would you do if someone put a picture of you online?
Katie– tell them to take it off as they hadn’t asked permission.

You download a game and it asks for permission to know your location?
Megan- you need to get permission from an adult before you click yes.

Your older brother or sister posts an embarrassing video of you dancing on their social media.
Kezi- I would tell a trusted adult, like a parent.
Katie- if your parent wasn’t there you could tell another adult that is around.

Your friends parents won’t let them have their own phone, so they ask if they can have your old one.
Niah- even though she’s my friend, her mum said she couldn’t have it so I couldn’t give it to her.

Plagiarism

To kick off Safer Internet Week, Year 4 have been discussing the term plagiarism and finding out what that means.

The children started with a very good idea of what the word might mean and said they thought it was similar to copyrighting something. We then went on to discuss how plagiarism is when you copy/take someone else’s work and pretend that it is your own. The children straight away knew that this was wrong and that no one should take credit for someone else’s work.

The children then completed a short activity where they were provided with different scenarios and they had to state whether what the character had done was okay or no way, not okay! After making their choice, the children then had to explain why they chose that option.

Discussing the internet & network

This afternoon, Year 4 were discussing the internet. Miss Edwards started the lesson off by asking the children to draw her three pictures; an apple, a dog and the internet. After the children had done this, we then had a discussion about which pictures were easier to draw and why this might have been. We came to the conclusion that the internet was the hardest picture to draw and this was because it isn’t an object like the other two are.

We then discussed what the internet actually is and linked how it works to how you would travel to a different city along roads and motorways. This is how information is sent between devices through wires and cables, there are smaller wires and there are larger wires that all interlink and get the information to where it needs to be.

Online risks

As part of anti-bullying week Year 4 have been discussing online safety. They watched a number of short clips all based around the adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew. After each clip the class shared their thoughts about what they had just watched. Here are some of their ideas below:

Two player car racing games

During the last couple of lessons in Computing with Mr Baddhan, Year 4 Robins have been creating two player car racing games in Scratch.

The children have shown some fantastic understanding of the event and motion blocks, some even using variables to count each lap.

Controls
Press spacebar key to start the game.

Player 1 controls are – Up arrow, Down arrow, Left arrow and Right arrow keys.
Player 2 controls are – W, A, S, D keys to move the car.

Try some of their games below.

Lexi

Sophie

Megan

Online safety comic strips

In the last couple of Computing lessons, Year 4 Robins have been learning about features of a comic strip. They said the following features were important; design, colour, speech bubbles, thinking bubbles and key characters.

Robins then created a comic strip based on online safety – being an upstander or respect on the internet.

The app children used was Comic Life on the iPads.

Creating shapes in Hopscotch

During Computing with Mr Baddhan today, Robins used an iPad app called Hopscotch, where they learned how to program characters to perform an action using instruction blocks.

The app allows children to insert various programming blocks including motion, drawing and repetition.

Mr Baddhan asked the children to build a code to create three shapes; a square, rectangle and a triangle.

The triangle was the most challenging shapre to create however some of the children guessed the angle required for a triangle was 120 degrees repeated three times.