Year 4 Robins have today been continuing their understanding of programming by building algorithms with variables and If, Do, Else 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.
In the last couple of lessons, Year 4 Robins have been getting more 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.
Year 4 Robins have been learning about features of a comic strip. They said the following features were important; design, colour, short snappy titles, speech bubbles, thinking bubbles and key characters.
Robins then created a comic strip based on their PSHE lesson of climate change and being environmentally friendly.
The children suggested the following facts could be included in their strips:
► Switch lights off when not in use
► Ride a bike to school instead of being driven to school
► Read a book instead of using a computer
► Recycle rubbish
The app children used was Comic Life on the iPads.
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.
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.
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.
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!