Category Archives: Computing

Non-chronological report researching

This week we are preparing to write our own non-chronological report. In our English lessons we have been learning about what reports look like and what they need to have.

In our Computing lessons we have been learning how to search safely using the internet. We talked about using the internet at home and some of us said we use it on our own. Miss Williams told us Google can be unsafe to use on our own as it searches the whole internet and sometimes brings results we shouldn’t see. Instead we learnt about using Swiggle which is a child-friendly search engine.

We practiced using it and adding facts to our research mats.

Giving instructions using 2Go

Today in Computing we discussed our new class charter for using the internet. We shared ideas about each rule and then signed to say we will follow them.

We then used 2Go on Purple Mash to practise giving instructions. The challenges started easy and then got harder! We had to persevere a lot with some of them to get them correct but we really enjoyed the challenge.

Art Week – Repetition using stamp tool

As part of Art week, Year 2 Toucans have been learning about the artist William Morris.

Today as part of their Digital Media lesson with Mr Baddhan, Year 2 Toucans looked at one of his drawings and they used the stamp tool in a photo editing program to repeat his style.

The lesson looked at how repetition is used in William Morris’ drawings and how easily this can be integrated using photo editing software.

William Morris’s original drawing

Alexi and Kexin’s work

Dayne’s work

Esmay and Shona’s work

Leo’s work

Lola’s work

Ryan’s work

David’s work

Zaynab and Frankie’s work

Programming using Scratch Jr

Year 2 Toucans have continued with programming during Computing today by using Scratch Junior on the iPads.

The children demonstrated their understanding of building algorithms and debugging. Mr Baddhan tasked the children to use motion blocks and say blocks to program their sprite to cross the road, say something and then carry on walking.

Some of the children introduced two sprites and add similar code to them too.

Creating a branching database

Year 2 Toucans have today been creating their own branching databases based on food and drink.

Toucans learned that that a branching database is a way of sorting different types of information into groups.

Toucans sorted their items into groups by asking questions based on the group of pictures e.g “can you eat it?”. “Is it dairy?”. “Does it grow on trees?” etc.

Learning algorithms, sequence and debugging

During Computing today, Year 2 Toucans learned about creating algorithms (instructions) and then debug parts of a code which don’t work as intended.

The children used a website called Rapid Router to program a van to move to a finish line. They were using forward, turn left and turn right blocks.

The children learned that a sequence of a code is very important for it to function properly.

Video: Reporting from the North and South pole

Today we are making our own videos from the North and South Pole! Of course we are not really going to travel all that way but we are going to use the magic of technology to send us there! This morning we used our non-chronological reports as a basis for our presentation. We planned together what we were going to say and then practiced until we were ready. We had to rehearse to ensure we knew what we were all saying and we also had to practise using loud clear voices.

When we were ready we went to the media centre a group at a time and Mr Baddhan recorded us in front of the green screen. We hope you enjoy our reports.

Databases

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In our Computing and Maths lessons this week we have been learning all about data. We have made pictograms, block graphs and today we stared to use databases. We learnt that databases are a useful tool for sorting information in different ways.

We practised using a database by searching for information in different ways. We had a set of questions about aliens to answer using the database.

We then added our own alien and practised filling in a record for it.

Databases are fun! Don’t forget you can log in to Purple Mash at home and practise adding your own if you want to.

Purple Mash can be accessed by visiting the main school website – Apps & Websites section – click here.