Category Archives: Computing

Bullying and Cyberbullying

Today in Year 2, the children have been talking about bullying and cyberbullying. The children discussed different scenarios of cyberbullying and what they would need to do. They were all very sensible and knew to tell a trusted adult or report to the social network.

The children worked in small groups to complete a Venn diagram to show where different forms of bullying would be placed. They could choose bullying, cyberbullying or in the middle for both. They realised that some forms of bullying can happen in real life and over the Internet.

Creating a conversation in Scratch

Year 2 Toucans have today been working on programming a conversation in Scratch Junior on the iPads. Scratch Junior is a free app available from the app store on the iPads.

Mr Baddhan asked the children to create a classroom scene with three children and a teacher. Toucans used the following blocks: green flag, conversation block, text block and the stop block.

The children showed fantastic understanding of coding and debugging. They also demonstrated wonderful understanding of putting together a sequence for the conversation.

Programming using Lego Fix the Factory

During Computing this afternoon, Year 2 Toucans further enhanced their knowledge on algorithms and debugging. The children used an app called Fix the Factory (a free download from the App store).

Mr Baddhan asked the children to work through the levels using their problem solving skills to move the robot from a start position to the end – the controls available include ‘move forward’, ‘turn right’, ‘turn left’, ‘pick up’ and ‘drop off’.

Alot of perseverance and debugging was requred to fix their mistakes in the code.

Learning about algorithms and debugging

During Computing this afternoon, Year 2 Toucans continued to learn about creating algorithms (instructions).

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 how important a sequence of code is for it work correctly.

Mr Baddhan also reminded the children about “debugging” – finding a fixing a mistake in the code.

Creating a branching database

Year 2 Toucans have today been creating their own branching databases based on animals.

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 “Does it have a tail?”, “Does it fly?”, “Does it eat fish?” etc.

Introduction to Scratch

During Computing today, Year 2 Toucans were introduced to the full version of Scratch by Mr Baddhan. The children have been using Scratch Junior this week and today tried some programming in the Scratch on the computers. They worked out that if the blocks are not snapped in properly, then the program will not run. And everything must be in order (sequence) otherwise the program will not work correctly. Alot of understanding on algorithms, debugging and sequence were shown by Toucans.

The children used the events blocks, sound and looks blocks.

Toucans also learned how the sprite and backdrops can be changed too.

Creating a sun set in Scratch Junior

Year 2 Toucans have once again been programming in Scratch Junior, this time creating a sun set scene.

Toucans had to inset a sun “character” in the top left screen and make it move down and then disappear using the hide block.

They then added a couple of characters having a conversation using the “say” block.

Once the children created their programs, they presented and talked about their programs to the rest of the class.

Scratch Junior is a free iPad app and parents should encourage to use their knowledge to program at home.

Programming using Scratch Junior

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

This morning the children explored Scratch Junior and demonstrated their understanding of building algorithms and debugging. Mr Baddhan tasked the children to use motion blocks and say blocks to program their sprite.

Once the children created their programs, they presented and talked about their programs to the rest of the class.

Scratch Junior is a free iPad app and parents should encourage to use their knowledge to program at home.

Creating shapes using 2Go

During this afternoon’s Computing lesson with Mr Baddhan, Year 2 Toucans used Purple Mash’s 2Go to create different shapes using directions.

They were challenged to create two shapes, square and a rectangle, using different line colours. They used many right-angles for the square and rectangles.

Toucans already know that a right angle is an angle of 90°, as in a corner of a square.

Don’t forget Toucans; you can access Purple Mash at home using your login.