What great fun!
Highlights from Year1’s computer science trip, lots of collaboration as they build their robots using Lego WeDo2. Planning & testing their bee bots , using the blue bots and the challenges on the app, having fun programming fish on 2code, designing own Beebot cover & our very own obstacle course.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working closely with all the KS1 and KS2 classes at Gilnow.
This was the first time that the year1s had used 2Code – Fun with Fish and Bubbles activities in PurpleMash. They were also recapping directional language as well as learning new tricky words such as algorithm, programming and debugging.
Year2s were also focusing on their computer science skills, again using 2Code – Guard the Castle activity in PurpleMash. It was great to see the children independently logging on and straight into their learning. Together we recapped CS tricky words and towards the end of the lessons, the majority of children were trying the Gold and Silver Coding Challenge cards.
Year3 wanted to focus on the children’s online profile; we discussed possible nicknames and designed their own avatar. Mrs. Lyons also read her current favorite book – Troll Stinks by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross – this book tells the story of two Billy goats that decided to play a trick on a troll. Because all trolls are horrible … aren’t they?
Their second session focused on developing their computer science skills, again using 2Code – Guard the Castle activity in PurpleMash.
Year4 also wanted to look at their online relationship & communications. There was lots of discussions around ‘friends online’ and are these real friends. Lots of the class agreed that they do share lots of their photos and have lots of friends online – following this lesson many agreed to look at deleting some of the ‘friends’ they really didn’t know. The second session was looking at their most popular vloggers – YouTubers – parents it might be worth a look, as when we looked some are questionable.
Year5 focus was to start using blogs to develop their writing skills and write for a wider audience
Year6 started their computing session doing some unplugged activities – Crazy Algorithm Character they soon found out how important clear and precise instructions are needed to give a particular outcome. They then used Scratch2 to code their own knock knock jokes. Many of the children were planning to download this free resource especially as they will be using this at their new secondary school.
Spent a full day at St Columbas RC Primary school this week, working with year2 , year4 and year6s. The focus for the workshops was using 2Code – we programmed our own bubble game and Newton was attacked by far more than just an apple. In the afternoon we investigated what is a variable? what the job of the variable when coding and then used the Genie task to help us to have more of an understanding when using variables.
This week saw our annual Hands On Purplemash. Lots of new staff attended that had not used Purplemash before, Phil from 2Simple, shared all that’s new in ‘mash’. Throughout the day there was lots of hands on – looking at resources to support English lesson , cross curricular writing and of course no session would be complete with out 2Code !
When year1s arrived at our centre, we could tell it was going to be a good day.
Like all the other classes from St Joseph’s they were a credit to the school, they listened work collaboratively and total absorbed in their learning. they even forgot their morning snack!
You can see some of the highlight from their trip.
Our kit was all packed up ready for a busy day at Harwood Meadows Primary School.
The plan for the day was to have a carousel of computer science activities with year3s in the morning and the year4 class in the afternoon. The activities included:
- Logging on to Purplemash to use 2Code – remember you can use this at home
- Using the BlueBots and iPads – using pauses and repeats in our programming
- Using the free Kodable app on the iPads
- Using the Beebots – to plan where the Beebots starts and finishes, plan the route, input the algorithm – did it work? If not we had to debug!
If you took part in these activities it would be great to hear about your favourite activities and why.
Sports day @GilnowPrimary so when we went in to deliver computing support for year1s and year2s, of course, we used 2Code in Purplemash and programmed our own snail race.
Can you watch this video & not say ‘ahhh’ ?
Highlights from todays school visit. We were working with the reception class, we had a fun packed afternoon, a carousel of computing activities.
We used direction cards to plan the route for our BlueBots, we logged on to Purplemash and used 2Go, we used Kodable and BlueBot app and we had great fun with the remote control cars.
We think the adults had as much fun as the children!
It was all about Computing in Year 3 at Holy Infants yesterday.
Year 3 learnt lots of tricky technical words such as algorithm, debugging and sprite. Using Purplemash the pupils learnt how to make fish move, make snails race and even create giant or tiny snails at a moment’s notice! Mr Eccles thought he’d seen a six pack of sprites in Asda, but apparently that’s a different thing!
A massive thank you to everyone who sent in entries for our Schools ICT Design a Christmas Card competition. We had a great time in the office looking through all your wonderful entries. They were all fabulous and made it very hard for us to choose but after some serious conversations the winner has to be Finley’s entry from St Saviour CE Primary School – Well Done!
Finley’s card will be the official 2016 Christmas Card from the Schools ICT unit so look out for it coming to your school soon. Finley has won a morning of Scratch programming for his class in January.
Once again thank you for all your entries and hard work.
Bring on the mince pies!