Lots of fab computing lessons at Gilnow

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.

The trip that never was!

Panic, the school minibus has broken down; school may have to cancel the yaer6 trip! Without further ado, we packed our equipment in our cars and off we set off to school. Masefield had a full STEM day planned using Micro:Bit and InOBots neither of which they had used before.

Throughout the day, the children were set a range of computing challenges using both devices, they particularly enjoyed the Micro:Bit as were pleased to know that they would be using these at their secondary school. Below you can see highlights of the day.

 

Making Christmas Games using Scratch

Maria has had a busy run up to Christmas delivering Christmas theme workshops – here are some highlights from St Brendan’s RC Primary.

We had a great afternoon making Christmas games on Scratch with Maria Temel from Bolton SICT. We added flying objects, changed variables such as the speed and added timers and scoreboards to our games. (Ref: St Brendan’s School Blog Yr6)

Lots more online safety learning @stthomascep

Following last week’s workshops with year3 & year4 pupils, lots more online safety learning going on at St Thomas Chequerbent with year5 and year6. Looking at the types of apps & games we play & the game’s suitability.   

Following workshops with yr5 & yr6 classes, we then had workshops for staff & then an evening session with parents.

Lots of support & interesting discussions.

Digital footprints @ St Thomas CE Primary

Had a great afternoon at StThomas Chequerbent working with Year3 and Year4 we looked at all the different websites, games and apps we used.

There was a lot of discussion about how, on some sites, strangers may try to start conversations with young people; we looked at the difference between compliments based on appearance and our personality.

Some children agreed that some of the games they were playing where not suitable and will talk to their parents about no longer playing such games, we all agreed to check the privacy setting of such apps as this will help to keep us safe as well.

 

Lights, camera action…

This week we went into Harwood Meadows to work with their year5 pupils. Together we had a full day of animation planned, the aim was to produce their only version of Walking through the Jungle written by Julie Lacome.

They planned their animation , tested the cameras and then started… they soon realised the secret was to keep the camera still and take enough still shots so then they can be edited.

We all really enjoyed the day already Mr Johns is already planning his next animation project.

Online Safety @heathfieldcp

It’s a record for us this week – seven schools supported in one week – three of which were full days!

Timetable was planned an hour sessions working with every class – our activities included looking at our digital footprint and discussing the vast array of games the children play on whilst online. Some classes looked the book Chicken Clicking and discussed good things we can share vs. things we should not share, which also included actually sharing and eating fruit at the same time!

In the afternoon there was some thought provoking discussions around GTA and COD – should our children heads really be filled with such content?

Our final discussion topic – Should children under the age of twelve take their mobile device to bed?  Some heat discussions but the school bell rang before we could really get to grips with this discussion, one for another day!

Busy Blogging

Last week was St Joseph’s year6 blogging workshop, this weeks its year5’s turn. They’ve not done alot of blogging previously and were keen to share their very best writing linked to their WW2 topic.  Click here to see their blog comments.

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