Year 4 Robins have today been getting familar with programming using Kodu – a 3D game developing platform.
The children were asked to explore the program and see if they could insert a Rover to move around and collect coins. The coins should vanish once the Rover bumps into them. Points should also be awarded when each coin is collected.
Children were asked to add an apple to their games to take off points when the Rover bumps into them.
Some of the children grasped today’s task and really enjoyed Kodu. Robins will continue with their game making on Friday.
In the past couple of lessons, Year 4 Robins have been attempting to create 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.
Some children were then able to press different keys to change the pen colour and also change the backdrop.
Robins had an excellent English lesson this morning. They had written up some tales of fear.
Using a peer assessment sheet they looked for certain criteria in their partners work.
They looked for:
• clear paragraphing
• simple sentences to show fear
• subordinating conjunctions
• figurative language
We were very impressed with how they checked and assessed. Lots of children were ensuring their partners was good but they had ideas on how it could be better.
Samaiya asked if Mrs Sabir could re-read one of her sentences and she and her partner Kenny were struggling with choices of words for one sentence. Mrs Sabir asked her why she thought the sentence may not be right and she said “It just doesn’t sound right.” This is a great way to help edit. Usually if it does not sound right, it usually isn’t.
They worked on the sentence and discussed what they meaning the of the sentence was and they all came up with a suitable word choice.
This ties in with the guided reading we do, where we discuss what words mean and how the meaning changes slightly in a sentence depending on how it is used.
Well done Robins. Lots of children showed good learning behaviours in English and received silver cards!