Monthly Archives: November 2016

Critical thinkers

Robins were critical thinkers today when they were given the question “What would happen if it snowed every day?”

The class brain stormed their ideas about the positives, negatives, any questions, other comments and observations.

There were lots of interesting discussions and really thoughtful ideas shared.

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Repetiton and tilting

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Year 4 Robins continued with their Hopscotch work today during Computing with Mr Baddhan. They today learned the function of the repeat block to use blocks more than once instead of adding them separately.

Mr Baddhan showed the children an easy way to create equilateral shapes like a square using a repeat block.

The following is an example of a square shape in Hopscotch.

Move Forward 300
Turn 90 degrees
Move Forward 300
Turn 90 degrees
Move Forward 300
Turn 90 degrees
Move Forward 300

Bu the simpler way was to use the repeat function on the following blocks instead:

Move Forward 300
Turn 90 degrees

After this task, the children were introduced to the tilt function. They were asked to move their character left to right on the iPad screen using the tilt function.

Algorithms and debugging in Hopscotch

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

The children explored the app initially, then used their previous programming knowledge to move characters around the screen. The children showed good understanding of building algorithms and Mr Baddhan was pleased to see children adding different algorithms to different characters. They also showed their knowledge to debug their code to fix mistakes.

Importance of being curious

In today’s RE lesson, Robins read a poem by Rudyard Kipling (the author of the Jungle Book) entitled “I keep six honest serving-men.” In his poem he highlights a really important aspect around the growth of children and the importance of being curious by asking questions to find out about the world.

Robins shared some questions they had asked as toddlers and also thought about how younger siblings always ask lots of questions too! We discussed that just accepting things as they are can stop curiosity and cease our reasoning ability from growing. Life is about solving problems. Without the ability to question or reason we can’t find an answer (solution).

We considered the six forms of questions (who, what, where, when, why and how) and children got into groups to generate questions which they would like to find out the answers to!

Here is a selection of some of the questions Robins are curious about…

Why do we need flies?
Why do people drink?
Why do we die?
Why can’t we breathe in space?
Why do people want to be rich?
Why do people cry when they’re upset?

Who first invented school?
Who invented hospitals?
Who made the first burgers?
Who made the earth?
Who invented cars and cups of tea?
Who is the tallest person in the world?

When is the world going to end?
When was the first icecream made?
When was the Queen born?
When was God made/born?
When will I die?

How do I walk and stand upright?
How was the world mad?
How am I am to talk?
How is a whirlpool made?
How come when you tickle yourself it doesn’t tickle?!
How do you get poorly?
How are keys, pencils and rubbers made?

Where Brean within the UK?
Where does God live in the sky?
Where does space end?
Where are all the dinosaur fossils?
Where does money come from?
Where is the sun and moon exactly?

What is the sun and moon made of?
What was it like to live a hundred years ago?
What is the best thing in the world?
What is the meaning of Christmas?
What happens when we die?

Bullying poems

Today, Robins decided to read and discuss a variety of poems about bullying during their guided reading session.
They looked at the layout of the poetry, the language used and rhyming words. Children also shared words and phrases of interest, explaining why these created pictures in their mind.

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