Category Archives: Computing

E-books

Over the last few weeks, Bluebirds have  collected lots of facts about Ancient Egypt to help create their own online E-books. The children found this fun and informative, learning so much more about Ancient Egypt and how their community worked. They used all the information they had gathered to help with their own lift-the-flap hide and seek book which Bluebirds are writing in English.

Copyright and Ownership

Bluebirds this afternoon looked at copyright and ownership as part of Safer Internet Day. Mrs Parry told the children the following statement: Just because I have a copy of an image or song that does not mean it is mine. The children then talked about if they thought this was true or not.

They looked at Yusuf and Ayra’s work and talked about if that work belonged to them or if it belonged to anyone who had a copy. As Ayra had worked so hard on her picture, it means that it belongs to her only and if you wanted a copy then you would need to ask.

The class watched a video about two characters that were disagreeing about who owned a picture, both felt they had created the picture on the computer. The children came up with ideas to help them solve this problem. First the children talked about having a name on the image. When no name could be found, the characters looked at other ways to prove who owned the work. They came up with looking at a folder on the computer to see whose folder it was in.

Like the character in the video, the children all save their work in a folder with their name on.

Using Swiggle and Safe Search

During Computing, Bluebirds have started research their history topic Ancient Egypt using Swiggle or Kids Safe Search. Bluebirds used both search engines for research on Ancient Egypt.

First, they wrote a question they wanted an answer too, such as – Who was the first Pharoah?  After they typed in the question, they found the answer from one of the many websites.

They then thought about another question they wanted answers to on their topic and looked them up, in a safe online environment.

Here are some ideas the children could use at home, ​Mummies,  Afterlife, Pharaohs, Daily Life, Food/Drink, School and Education. How many answers can they find?

Swiggle.org.uk – Child Friendly Search Engine for Kids

Using Scratch

During Computing,  Bluebirds have been coding using Scratch.

They learned about algorithms and how to use motion, repeat, looks and sound blocks within their program.

Bluebirds created their own Scratch program adding their own background and sprites.

Watch year 3’s sprites dance!

 

Branching Databases

For the last two weeks in Bluebirds class we have been doing Computing in our topic lesson. The children have been using J2E Branch to create a branching database. This software included asking lots of yes and no questions which we did at the beginning of every lesson.

Before we started using the branching software the children started with organising different things into groups. The children worked in pairs and organised things such as sweets into colours and patterns. They also cut out lots of different food types and grouped them accordingly. A lot of the children put them into healthy and unhealthy food groups.

Then it was time to get the laptops out and have a go for ourselves, the children had options of animals, food, dinosaurs and aliens. They have to drag all the objects across and then begin to organise them through asking yes or no questions.

Andy Warhol Pop Art effects

During Computing with Mr Baddhan today, Bluebirds learned about Pop Art and the artist Andy Warhol. They learned about his work and how he made things look interesting using some of his artistic work. We looked at the type of effects he used to make everyday things look interesting and coourful.

Bluebirds used a Pop Art website to add Andy Warhol effects to their own photos. Have a look at the wonderful work they produced to make their photos look interesting.

See our Dancing Sprites

During Computing with Mr Baddhan, Year 3 Bluebirds 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.

See some of their fantastic work below.

Harvey’s Program

Rawan and Imogen’s Program

Eason’s Program

Online reputation

As part of Anti Bullying Week, in our online safety lesson we were looking at our online reputation and the things that we should share online and the things that we shouldn’t. We discussed different things that could be shared and decided that anything that was our own personal information shouldn’t be shared with others.