During Computing with Mr Baddhan, Year 3 Bluebirds used their creativity skills to build aeroplanes using Lego blocks. They then used Scratch program them to move.
Each aeroplane had to be constructed carefully so that it was solid and did not break during motion. Mr Baddhan explained that they will be using a motion / distance sensor in their program too, which will detect motion for the aeroplane propeller to spin.
In Scratch, the children were introduced to the motor blocks, which allow the motor to be controlled. Motor on, Motor off and Motor Power were the key blocks used during the lesson.
They were then shown how to use the motion / distance blocks in Scratch using the sensing container.
Year 3 Bluebirds have completed their eBooks based on Ancient Egypt. During the last few lessons, Bluebirds have researched, designed and created a book based on a specific topic.
The children have been exploring and creating their eBooks using a website called Book Creator. They typed their facts and also inserted related images. The children tried various font styles and backgrounds to add further design to the page.
Some children managed to also add some audio to their books by reading the facts from each page.
Here are a few examples of children’s completed books.
In Computing with Mr Baddhan, Bluebirds have started to create their eBooks in a program called Book Creator by designing their front covers and then working on the inside pages. Bluebirds will insert all the research they have found on their chosen topics into their books.
The children were asked to think of choosing the right pictures for each page and ensuring the pages look appealing to readers. Next week we will have the finished designs on our blog.
Bluebirds talked about friends they chat to or play games with online.
Next, they considered who are real/true friends and listed the qualities a good friend should have.
Children thought about what people can say or do on-line to feel good or happy such as sharing funny photos, liking and commenting on photos or posts and meeting up in games together.
After that, Bluebirds looked at a scenario where Jo had posted what she thought, was a funny photo of her friend. However her friend found it embarrassing and was even more upset to find out another person had shared it. The children considered how each party was affected and how it could be rectified.
Bluebirds discussed how combination locks can only be opened by turning the dial in a secret combination of numbers that is hard to guess. This is to keep belongings safe and protected. They went on to talk about how passwords prevent other people seeing your private information on the internet. Bluebirds thought about how passwords would be useful in later life when they keep track of their bank account or shop online.
To put this into context, Bluebirds considered how they would feel if someone else used their password to steal points they had collected in a video game.
Evie – I would feel worried someone had my personal information. Katerina – I would feel scared as that means someone is stealing my information/account. Melissa – it is invading my private information a bit like reading my locked diary would be. Chandler – Someone could change my personal information. Amber – Someone could send messages and pretend to be you. Sumaiya – I’d be angry and upset as they might pass on my passwords or details to other people too.
The children then played a “Do or Don’t” game. There were some surprises with the answers which was great as we all learnt more about keeping safe online!
The children then set to work in making a secure password. They wrote down their favourite number, pet/favourite character’s name, a keyboard symbol and their favourite food. They rearranged these in various ways to create secure passwords that they were able to remember. Lexi and Joey thought about writing words in reverse too!
During Computing, Year 3 Bluebirds explored different ways they can start their code in Scratch without using the ‘when the green flag is clicked’ block. The one we were interested in today was using different keys to start the program. We wanted our sprite to move using the directional keys on the keyboard.
The children then added different sounds to each different direction.
During Computing with Mr Baddhan, Year 3 Bluebird have been programming dancing sprites using motion, repetition and looks blocks. They also added sound from the library.
The children put together a sequence of instructions using the above blocks to make their sprites move across the stage. They then used the switch costume block to change the dance move of their sprite.
During today’s Computing lesson, Bluebirds were introduced to the coding website Scratch. Mr Baddhan showed the children how individual objects can be programmed and a set of programming instructions are called an algorithm.
The task of today’s lesson was to get children familiar with the various programming blocks in Scratch including motion, repetition and looks blocks. They were asked to move the sprite from one end of the screen to the other side using motion blocks and switching between two costumes.
Here are some some examples of children’s work in their first couple of lessons using Scratch.