Category Archives: Computing

Online Privacy – GDPR

In online safety we reminding ourselves of the importance of understanding what is our personal information.

We also talked about what are internet cookies and also the digital age of consent. Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are used to store information about your visit, such as your preferred language and other settings. Cookies can also be used to track your online activity, such as the websites you visit and the ads you click on. In the UK and mainland Europe, the digital age of consent is 13.

Testing our programming

Today in computing we had a programming lesson.

We discussed computational thinking and the importance of having perseverance when programming as the instructions we give may not always work the way we want.

We were given the task to create a program that can give a knock-knock joke. The children added two sprites and then added a backdrop.

Have a look at some of our work below.

James had a go using the text to speech coding.

Extension:  Click here to try the project at home. 

Digital footprint

For our Personal Health we talked about the importance of understanding our “Digital Footprint”

Your digital footprint is a traceable log of your online activity.

This includes any websites that you visit,

  • social media activity,
  • emails you send,
  • searches you make in a search engine
  • and any information you submit to online services.

We discussed how we would have a digital footprint and how we use online services.

Roman Research

We have now started our new topic; Ancient Romans and the Empire.

Our first lesson included using atlases to recap our knowledge of European countries and their location.

With us all showing curiosity , we then carried out our own research to find out facts about the Romans.

Digital surveys

In computing we have discussed ways to collect data. We then talked about how data can be collected digitally to efficiently get the information we need.

we created our own digital surveys and then emailed them out to be completed. We then produced a graph of our results.

Digital Wellbeing

Today we recapped online safety focusing on Digital Wellbeing.

We discussed whether it would be ok to play games all night! (As a joke, some said Yes!)

Anren mentioned it wouldn’t be a good idea as it would hurt your eyes, make you feel tired and possibly weaken your immune system.

Alex S mentioned your energy would go down and you wouldn’t listen to class well.

Amudha said concentration would drop, you wouldn’t be able to do your times tables well!

We then thought of important points to ensure we have good digital wellbeing.

Shriya suggested we should set timers.

Amudha suggested playing only at weekends.

James said it was important to get enough sleep and go to bed on time.

Anren thought that it’s a good idea to always have your adults with you to monitor.

Alex R said you need to have good and a good diet.

Finally we made a poster to remind us.

Online Bullying

In computing we discussed the importance of online safety and how online bullying/ Cyber Bullying can happen.

Well done to Shriya, Reva and Alex Hill who came up with the following answers
1. When someone tries to be mean to someone online.

2. Tries to hurt someone emotionally online.

3. Intimidates or makes threats online.

We then talked about needing the right tools to fix a problem with online bullying.

  1. Elias – Let a trusted adult know
  2. Shriya – You could talk to a digital ambassador.
  3. Anren – Don’t forget you can always let Miss Williams or a another teacher know.

Finally we discussed how we should never respond to negative messages online and try to take a screenshot of the mean message as evidence.

Hopscotch Coding

During Computing , 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.

Today they used their prior knowledge of giving a sequence of instructions in Scratch and Blockly, to code their Hopscotch characters.

Click here to find out more about Hopscotch

Be Internet Brave

In PHSE we have been discussing how people may behave differently online including pretending to be someone they are not. The class were very active and several of us (Elias, Alex H, Alex S, Alex R, Jacob, Charlie, James, Olivia, Ryan, Anren,) shared their personal experiences. Discussions included:

  1. Racist or negative comments online.
  2. Strangers talking to you online.
  3. Video adverts and content inappropriate for year 4 children.

Finally we all agreed different ways to talk / deal about anything that is not right online. This included.

  1. Telling a trusted adult.
  2. Pressing the report button for videos.
  3. Blocking and ignoring strangers online.

    Just remember, When it doubt, Discuss with a trusted adult!

Computational Thinking

Today in computing Robins recapped the importance of computational thinking. Both the attitudes and skills are helpful to us in learning.

Today Robins applied previous taught knowledge using Scratch to another programming tool called Blockly.

Using their skills of decomposition and pattern recognition amongst block coding they managed to work out how to give instructions (algorithms to code) to ensure the man could reach the target.