Category Archives: Computing

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.

Collecting data

This week we are learning all about data in our Maths and Computing lessons. This afternoon we used 2Count on Purple Mash to make our own graphs. We collected data on eye colour as a class and discovered the most popular eye colour in our class in blue and the least popular is grey.

We then collected data about the roll of a dice. We had to roll the dice 20 times and use this to create a graph to find out which was the most popular number to roll. We all created our graphs but when we compared them we found that there wasn’t a common answer to this question. Everyone had different result so the roll of a dice really is random!

Writing letters to Santa

In our Computing lessons this week we have been learning how to open, save and type. Miss Williams then taught us how to use Publisher to insert text and pictures. We created our own documents, saved them in the correct place and then practised the skills we had been taught. We have been using our news skills to write letters to Santa. We are going to send them off today.

We have also been putting all our e-safety knowledge to good use to safely search the internet. We have been searching using Swiggle which is a safe search engine especially for children. We are beginning to plan our Healthy Snack Café (which is on 15th December at 3:00 – more details to follow next week) so we searched the internet for ideas and recipes. We were all able to find something we liked the look of!

Programming algorithms

Today we continued our Computing work learning about algorithms. We have already practiced programming Beebots so we put this knowledge to good use with something much harder today Our main activity was to use a program on the internet called Fix the Factory. We had to give the robot instructions by using the arrows and other symbols. The more levels we did, the harder it got! We had to debug some parts of our algorithms when we went a bit wrong. This was very tricky but satisfying when we got it right.

Don’t forget Toucans, you can use this game at home. Just click on this link: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/games/fix-the-factory

or Google Fix the Factory.

Keeping safe on the internet

Today we learnt a bit more information about being safe on the internet. We used the Netsmartz website http://www.netsmartzkids.org/RoutersBirthdaySurprise to look in more detail at keeping safe on the internet. We earnt a safety badge and a certificate to put up in our classroom!

We then watched Hector’s World which is about how to keep your details safe when using the internet. We used all our new knowledge to create our own internet safety posters.

Don’t forget Toucans, you can access these website at home if you want to learn more and try and get your very own certificate.

Debugging

Year 2 Toucans used the Rapid Router website to fix programming instructions during Computing today.

They used direction blocks and a move forward block to program a truck to get to the finish line. Toucans demonstrated alot of perseverance to program their trucks correctly. Mr Baddhan was impressed with some of the Toucans skills of debugging (fixing mistakes) in their code.

Megan gave a tip to everyone in the lesson, saying if you count the number of grey lines, it tells you how many ‘move forward’ blocks are required.