Year 3 What are your children learning in Computing Lessons Term 1
The children are introduced to computer programming using Scratch 2 coding. This is an unbelievably brilliant computing language and has now been adopted by Google. Do have a look at some of our projects on the ICT site. How are your children taught to program? Staff are encouraged to use a Problem Based Learning Approach which basically means that instead of the teacher telling the children what to do at each step of the way the children decide what they want to achieve and then work out how they can achieve this. They are expected to help each other, move around the classroom to get ideas from their peers and of course they can ask me. Each lesson I will ask one child to tell me what they would like their game or project to achieve. Every child then comes up with their own ideas for delivering this.
How can you help your child. By half term every child will have a Scratch account. Basically they go on the Scratch website www.scratch.mit.edu. They can then click on create to use Scratch. However your child can sign into their account. Children are given a simple username roselyon21 (roselyon followed by a number) the password is roselyon. Keen scratchers create their own accounts but alas young children often forget them or cannot spell. Children can now go onto their home computers and add to the work that was started at school.
This link shows you what we did in our first child led lesson. Crystal asked to see her name on the screen doing amazing things. I showed them how to turn a name into a Sprite but then the children made her name revolve, make sounds, jump up and down, change colour etc. I have combined all of the children ideas on this theme into one program.
Each computer lesson and in some history lessons we make a dictionary of Ancient Egypt. The children will take part in a short workshop to ensure they understand what each object was for. They then locate the appropriate authentic image on Google images. This may involve changing the search parameters as well as using judgement to discard the unsuitable images. The images are copied using the right hand mouse button. The image is then pasted into a Microsoft Publisher document. (Later we will use Apple Pages). Text is then added and later a sound file to explain what the object does. Children are then encouraged to improve the layout by changing the size of images ect...the first steps to becoming graphic designers.
How can you help your child? Children need to practice using both the right and left mouse buttons. Clicking the right button brings up an appropriate menu. Children should also confident in using a mouse to move and resize an image. Children should practice using the keyboard and learn the basic functions of Word processors such as how to change font size, colour and font type.
Children will also be introduced to a variety of word processors including Word and Pages on the Apple. All are basically the same.
Children will be introduced to many other programs. They will learn how to change date from a table to a graph using Excel. They will be introduced to simple graphics programs such as Paint and even Adobe Photoshop.
Year 4 What are your children learning in Computing Lessons Term 1
The first two weeks of term will be spent creating a Scratch account for your child and then showing them how to use it . Basically they go on the Scratch website www.scratch.mit.edu. They can then click on create to use Scratch. However your child can sign into their account. Children are given a simple username roselyon21 (roselyon followed by a number) the password is roselyon. Keen scratchers create their own accounts but alas young children often forget them or cannot spell. Children can now go on their home computers and add to the work that was started at school.
Children will continue to work on their own projects-
How you can help your child. I am dependent on your input. You may have a digital photo which you can help your children put into their project.
We now have a suite of Apple Mac computers. By the end of term your children will confidently be able to switch between Windows and Apple as well as gaining familiarly with Apple Software such as Pages.
Year 5/6 What are your children learning in Computing Lessons Term 1
The first weekof term will be spent creating a Scratch account for your child and then showing them how to use it . Please see the Scratch page for details
For the first lesson of term your child will learn how to use our Apple computers. Especially the Pages Word Processor.
Children will then work on an interactive game showing how copper is mined in Scratch in preparation for their visit to Morwellham Quay.
Children will then design their own website. In the past we have used Serif to do this but this does not work on Apple and so I have spent time looking at the alternatives. We will now use Adobe Spark. The school has an Adobe account which your children can sign into to work on their projects. Do see the Spark page for details. If time permits I may show the children how to use Adobe Spark to make their own videos.
Children will then work on a poetry presentation. Nobody teaches rhyming poetry any more and so Years 5 and 6 have been learning the Mr F method! Children were tasked with getting a Scratch character to write a limerick based on the name of a peer or friend.
Last term we started to write educational games. This term your children will be set the task of designing a game to show what happens when different solids are heated-
Year 6 over the past few years has covered most of the key elements in writing simple games. We are entering a gaming competition. Each child must design and construct an original game based on their theme of conflict. Do see my site for ideas. The best of the year 6 games will be entered into a national competition. Past runner ups were Alec Rashford and Joel Cutler!
Year 5 will be working on their theme-