Category Archives: Computing

Typing our non-chronological reports

This week we are combining our English and Computing skills to type up our non-chronological reports. We are learning how to use Publisher to type our reports to send to Professor Pole. We are learning keyboard skills including where to find the enter key and punctuation keys. We are also learning how to change the size and font of text.

Later in the week we will learn how to add pictures to our reports and then we will send them off!

Safer Internet Week – Digital trails

For Safer Internet Week, Year 2 learnt all about digital trails. We shared what we use the internet for. We learnt that every time we use the internet it leaves a footprint showing where we have been. We did an activity where we investigated someone’s digital footprint. We were surprised at how much information we could learn about someone from their digital trail. We reminded ourselves how important it was to stay safe online by not giving out personal details.

Consent online

Today we had an online safety lesson about the importance of having people’s consent to send photos on the internet. We read a story about Digi-Duck who was sent a photo of Proud Pig which was a bit silly. He nearly sent it to all his friends but then he had to go to bed. When he was asleep, Wise Owl came and showed him what might happen if he sent it. This is what we thought:

We then thought about this question: How can you be a good friend on the internet?
Anaiyah – Don’t send pictures to anyone without asking first.
William – Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings by sending things they wouldn’t like. They will be upset.
Krista – Only send nice messages.

We learnt you should be as kind on the internet as you are in real life.

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.