Category Archives: Computing

Our finished Ancient Egypt eBooks

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.

Mrs Parry and Mr Baddhan were delighted with the children’s work and design of their eBooks.

Here are some examples of children’s work.
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Ke-Xin-Z’s eBook
Read Kai’s eBook
Read Nathan and Mason’s eBook

Asking for consent or permission

During Circle Time, Year 3 Bluebirds continued the Safer Internet Week theme – consent – Miss Timerick asked Bluebirds for examples of when they have to ask a parent or carer for permission. To do or have something.

After, we talked about when someone has to ask US permission to do something! Answers included:

Taya – my friends have to ask to use my glitter.
Dayne – my brother has to ask to go into my bedroom
Ryan – I asked Nathan if I could play at his house one day
Moharnab – My brother asks permission to borrow my book

We also had quite a few children say their Mums asked if they could have some of their chocolate!

In school, we thought about asking for permission in school such as asking for the toilet, whether you can have a drink, use a dictionary, go in the book corner, change a book, use coloured pens and if you can sharpen a pencil.

Finally, the children were asked when do they need permission to do something online.

Esmay – to go on the internet
Leo – ask if I can talk to someone else on line in a game
Lewis – ask to play on line games
Dayne – I ask to borrow my brother’s XBox
Alexi – at school we have to ask Mr Baddhan if we can go on the internet or download/ print photos from the internet.
Nyeema – children ask to go on social media or over age games

Some children ask parents if they can go on to a game with an age restrictions.

Drawing the internet!

It’s Safer Internet Week!

Bluebirds had a tricky challenge from Miss Timerick. To begin with, they had 30 seconds to draw an apple and then a further 30 seconds to draw a dog. Afterwards, the children were asked to draw THE INTERNET!

The children looked at all their groups of pictures and discussed their similarities and differences. They realised that it was much trickier to draw the internet as it is not a physical object. Children shared definitions of the internet and decided we don’t really know what the internet looks like! We also made links to our current Science lessons. It’s like electricity! We use it and know it’s there but we can’t actually see it!

The internet is all about connections and other things you can’t always see, but if we remember that it’s all about connecting with people and sharing information then this can help us make the most positive and respectful choices online.

Powerful passwords

Bluebirds have been learning how to create powerful passwords. To begin with, Mrs Parry showed them images of combination locks that are used on bank safe doors and bike locks. The children remembered the money box that Sandra, who works at the Bank, showed them when they first came into Year 3.

Mrs Parry explained how Bluebirds could ensure they create a password that is SECURE.

The children each thought of their favourite number, pet or character, symbol and food and scrambled them up to create a memorable and unique password, ensuring they had also used upper and lower case letters.

Afterwards, the children were able to complete an activity of do and don’t statements. There were some very interesting passwords!

Esmay – You shouldn’t use your personal information because it is easy for someone else to guess and is also giving out personal information.

Creating Databases

During today’s Computing lesson, Year 3 Bluebirds continued learning about databases. They created a class database, adding information into each record. They added various fields within the database including, Name, Hair Colour, Eye Colour, Favourite Teacher, Favourite Lesson etc.

In the next lesson, the children will complete these databases and will then be able to search and find information quickly for each record.

Egyptian Research

Today, Bluebirds chose an area of Egyptian life to research for themselves. Once they have gather information from both websites and books, they will be able to create some fantastic e-books with Mr Baddhan in Computing. They chose categories such as mummies and the afterlife, food and drink, homes, daily life, the River Nile and Pharaohs and pyramids.

Dancing sprites using ‘If Then’ block

During the last few Computing lessons, Year 3 Bluebirds have been programming a sprite to dance using sound and different costumes.

The ‘If Then’ block is included in the program so if it touches the second sprite, then the first sprite will go back to the start.

The children have started to build their algorithms. They are using the control, motion, sound and looks blocks to have a dancing sprite with music in the background.

How do Search Engines work?

Bluebirds discussed what search engines were today. They could name some such as Google, Chrome, Firefox and Bing. They watched a great explanation on BBC Webwise which explained how search engines were like a huge electronic library containing billions of pages of information. With books we use the index to find information quickly. To focus our searches we learnt how to refine our searches for more accurate results.

Kai – I found out by adding keywords you can find better results such as adding the word KIDS.
Kerris – You can use inverted commas to search for two keywords together.
Moharnab – You can add a dash to exclude certain information.

We also need to consider whether information found in a search engine is reliable and be aware that some companies pay to make sure their information is in the beginning of results found.