Category Archives: Computing

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.

Online Safety

For our first computing lesson Robins talked about the importance of online safety.

First we discussed about what makes our Identity

  • Where you live
  • Passwords
  • Name / family name
  • Age
  • Where you go to school
  • Phone number / e-mail
  • Address
  • Personal Information- where you were born

We then discussed information you should not share online with strangers

X address – postcode

X Don’t give full name.

X E-mail address

X Photos

X Don’t reveal your private spaces.



Digital Media

In Art, Robins have been learning about Joe Cornish, a landscape photographer and Ansel Adams.

Today, they learnt about how to use an iPad to capture images.  Mr Lo mentioned about focus, brightness and how to use the zoom. He also showed how to ensure the device is held properly to avoid shake.



After taking the photos, Robins learnt how to transfer the photos onto our school shared area wirelessly.

Next week, we look forward to editing them in the style of Joe Cornish or Ansel Adams.