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

Democracy and voting

This week have learnt about how the government works, how they make up the rules for the country and how democracy works. We had a debate about whether we thought it was fair that you are only allowed to vote when you reach the age of 18.

This is what we thought…

In this lesson, we then looked at other laws that affect us. We discussed the positives and negatives of this law.

Rules and laws

This half term in PSHE, we have been discussing rules and laws. In our circle time today we came up with a list of rules for a range of different things in our daily lives.

We discussed who makes up the rules such as; parents, friends, siblings, the government or even ourselves.

Respiration in the leaves

In science we have set up an investigation looking at respiration in the leaves.

We have learnt that leaves produce water droplets when they respire. We are looking to see if covering the leaf’s surface will affect respiration.

We have covered the leaf with a layer of Vaseline and will monitor how much water is lost over the course of the week.

Observational drawings

Year 4 Robins will be spending two weeks studying plants and photosynthesis in science.

In today’s lesson we studied leaves by making careful observational drawings and looking at them under microscopes.

Below is an example by Dalila who has shown an amazing improvement in her writing and spelling since joining us