Category Archives: Computing

Two player car racing games

During Computing, Year 4 Robins have been creating two player car racing games in Scratch.

First the children had to create a racing track using the paint tool. They then inserted two car sprites for player 1 and player 2. Once the cars were inserted, the children started to program each car. The important thing was to use the motion blocks and assign keys to move the cars around. They also had to think about the start coordinates for when a car touches the red fence, it took the player back to the start of the game.

The children will finish off by adding variables, which will be used to score each time a car completes a lap.

Robins are close to finishing their games and we’ll have a few examples on our blog next week.

Variables and If, Do, Else statements

Year 4 Robins have today been continuing their understanding of programming by building algorithms with variables and If, Do statements.

The children use a website called ‘Code for Life’ to program a van to drive on a road but wait at traffic lights if the red light appears and move forward if the traffic light is showing green.

Robins were asked to use the least amount of blocks as possible to ensure they get a higher score at the end of the challenge. Some children impressed with Mr Baddhan with their debugging and programming skills.

Creating Etch a Sketch using Scratch

Robins class enjoyed working with Mr Baddhan this afternoon creating an Etch a Sketch game. They were shown how to program their chosen sprites to use the pen up and down blocks. They were asked to create two shapes; a square and a rectangle.

Mr Baddhan also set a challenge, he asked some children to create an instruction screen which explains users how to play the game. They were shown how to do this by using the switch backdrop block.

Ava and Miranda’s Etch a Sketch

Ishmael’s Etch a Sketch

Virtual expedition

Besides enjoying an interesting trip to the Sikh temple this morning, Robins have “virtually” travelled around the world this afternoon. The children were truly amazed to visit the Seven Wonders of the World, the Egyptian pyramids and Sphinx, the ocean and outer space. Using special visual equipment provided by Google, children were able to look around all these places in 360 degree format. This was such a fantastic experience!

Real or fake photos

This week Year 4 Robins have been taking part in Safer Internet Week with alot of learning through lessons and assemblies.

This activity linked nicely with our our current Art theme of digital media. Children had to view 6 different images. Some had been edited, whilst some look like they have but are actually real.

The children voted whether they thought the images were real or fake, and explained their choice. The activity also encouraged critical thinking (one of our behaviours for learning) around the images.

Being an “upstander”

This week Year 4 Robins have been taking part in Safer Internet Week with alot of learning through lessons and assemblies.

Today Robins discussed their understanding and thought of examples of what a bystander is. Afterwards, they learnt all about being an “upstander” and discussed how to be one.

In groups they looked at some examples of scenarios which could occur using technology such as text conversations and forwarding of photos and emojis. Children learnt how upstanders deal with situations positively.

Mrs Knipe came into class at the end of the session and Sophie Memory explained to her what the class had learnt.

Debugging an e-Safety game in Scratch

Today Robins were lucky to visit the Samsung Digital Academy at Harborne Academy where they continued with their Computing lessons learning about debugging – fixing errors in a program.

Mr Whitehouse from the Samsung Digital Academy led the lesson going through some of the SMART e-Safety rules whilst the children tried to fix the errors in Scratch.

The children continue to develop their understanding of Scratch programming today and found the lesson very enjoyable.

Well done Robins.