Category Archives: Computing

Creating a Scratch Knock Knock program

Year 4 Robins have been programming their sprites to tell each other Knock Knock jokes in Scratch. The children added two sprites and then added a backdrop.

Robins also once again used the coordinates block – learning about the x and y axis of their sprites and program them to start at a specific position on the screen.

They then used the say and wait blocks to pause between the say block conversation.

See some examples of their work below.

Amelia

Lewis

Dayne

Creating Etch a Sketch using Scratch

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.

Some children were then able to press different keys to change the pen colour and also change the backdrop. Some children even managed to add an instruction backdrop before the game loaded.

Here are some of their finished games.

Nyeema

Moharnab

Kai

Video: Bystanders

Today Year 4 completed an online safety lesson all about bystanders. To begin with the children had to think about how a bystander would feel having witnessed or read unkind behaviour online. We then spoke about how the bystander could deal with these situations and what the best thing to do would be.

The children were then asked to create a little rap or a poem to give people advice on how to deal with unkind online behaviour.

Presentations on the Earth’s layers

After learning about the Earth’s layers, year 4 were given the task to become an expert on just one of the layers. They spent time with a partner researching on the internet and created a presentation to share with the rest of the class.

The following day the children then presented to their peers. During this time the children were learning about all of the different layers from each other.

Reliable or fake website?

This afternoon, Year 4 looked at a website called ‘The Dog Island’. This website is a fake website that has been specifically made for children to explore and question the reliability of it. After looking at the website for a short amount of the time, the children’s immediate reaction was that it sounded great and was a good place for dogs to go to so they can be free.

Evie and Megan then remembered something that Mr Baddhan and Google had told them. They remembered that if the website was safe to use there would be a locked padlock next to the URL. The class could not see that padlock there so they decided that the website was not secure and probably wasn’t real. The children then spent time looking at what other clues are on the website to give you the idea that it is not genuine.

Digital Media

Year 4 will be completing some photo editing in art and design as part of their digital media unit. We spoke about different perspectives you could take photographs from. Before the children go out and take their own photographs to edit, they had some time using the editing software to edit photos Miss Edwards had taken. The children really enjoyed having an experiment and seeing what they could do!

Consent online

What would you do if someone put a picture of you online?
Katie– tell them to take it off as they hadn’t asked permission.

You download a game and it asks for permission to know your location?
Megan- you need to get permission from an adult before you click yes.

Your older brother or sister posts an embarrassing video of you dancing on their social media.
Kezi- I would tell a trusted adult, like a parent.
Katie- if your parent wasn’t there you could tell another adult that is around.

Your friends parents won’t let them have their own phone, so they ask if they can have your old one.
Niah- even though she’s my friend, her mum said she couldn’t have it so I couldn’t give it to her.

Plagiarism

To kick off Safer Internet Week, Year 4 have been discussing the term plagiarism and finding out what that means.

The children started with a very good idea of what the word might mean and said they thought it was similar to copyrighting something. We then went on to discuss how plagiarism is when you copy/take someone else’s work and pretend that it is your own. The children straight away knew that this was wrong and that no one should take credit for someone else’s work.

The children then completed a short activity where they were provided with different scenarios and they had to state whether what the character had done was okay or no way, not okay! After making their choice, the children then had to explain why they chose that option.