Computing@Crowlees

Posted on December 2, 2015 in News Archive

Coding

There is lots of exciting coding being taught at our school, from Reception to Year 6, using hardware such as ‘Beebots’ and software such as ‘Scratch’ and ‘Python’. Do you enjoy coding? Do you think you could teach a parent or grandparent to code?

Discovery Education is having an ‘Hour of Code’ week from the 7th – 13th December with the intention of getting the whole family coding!

There are four different themes:

  • When the dinosaurs roamed the Earth
  • Mission to Mars
  • Fairy Tale Wonderland
  • Under the Sea

There is a pdf pack for each theme which gives full instructions on how to take part.

Click on the images below to download the instruction pack.

Hour of Code Under the sea

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You can also visit www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/hour of code.

You will need our school username – student68356 and password – hoc2015.

NOTE: This is only valid for the week stated.

You can also visit the ‘Hour of Code’ website at any time for free (code.org) where there are lots of other fun ways to get involved with coding. Currently there are ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Frozen’ projects which you might like to have a go at.

During the next half term, Year 6 will be using this website to learn another coding language, Java, with a little bit of help from ‘Star Wars’!

Blogging

Did you know that as well as Mrs Woods’ Headteacher’s blog, we have a school blog? Can you stop Miss Wright from hogging the blogging?

The school blog is there for you to share your thoughts and feelings about our school, sharing with everyone things that you have enjoyed. You can also leave comments on existing blogs as well as posting your own. To leave comments (but not to blog), you need a password which you can get from your class teacher. I am going to be looking out for interesting blogs and award house points for them. So get blogging!

Online Safety

As more of you spend more of your time on the Internet socialising and playing games, online safety has never been more important. Do you know what to do if you experience something you don’t like online?

There is lots of advice on our school website for you and your parents and links to other useful external websites. More will be added soon so keep taking a look.

On top of this, I want Year 6 to help me keep all our pupils safe online and with this in mind I will be asking for some of our oldest children to become ‘digital leaders’ in our school. More details will be given to Year 6 in due course.

Curriculum

All the teachers are always delighted with the enthusiasm with which you approach Computing lessons. There has been some real superstar work this term.

Reception have been busy making their own movies using ‘iMovie’ on the iPads.

Year 1 have really enjoyed making talking books and using ‘2paint’ to paint a winter scene.

Year 2 have been emailing Katie Morag and receiving replies!

Year 3 have been filming their gymnastics lessons and then adding the sports commentary to them using ‘Moviemaker’.

Year 4 have loved using ‘Garageband’ on the iPads, making up some of their own tunes and learning how to layer sounds.

Year 5 have been using ‘Google SketchUp’ to design their own 3D buildings.

Year 6 have produced some amazing apps and have recently been getting to grips with ‘Python’

Links to some of the resources we use in our computing lessons can be found on the Curriculum Links page.

As you can see, there has been a wide range of different Computing skills being learned this term and you have all done a great job!