Category Archives: Computing

Computing unplugged!

This week, Bluebirds enjoyed an interesting “unplugged” computing lesson, to understand the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet. After learning about this, the class completed a close activity to check their understanding. Lots of children learnt new information so it was a really worthwhile lesson!

Writing a good email

Bluebirds compared the differences between writing emails and letters and created a vein diagram together. The children thought about the persuasive letter they wrote in English and considered what parts are needed in an email.

The class were able to spot the differences between an email and letter, find mistakes in an email and answer some final quiz questions to show their understanding.

Handling and Presenting Data

Bluebirds considered what information they would like to present using the programme 2Graph.

After lots of suggestions such as food, drink, colours, favourite country, icecream and lessons, the class voted to find out what was the favourite animal in Year 3.

First, as a whole class we created a tally chart to find out the favourite animal in Year 3. Then the children got to work to present the data in three different ways from a choice of vertical/ horizontal bar graphs, line graphs or on a pie chart.

Afterwards children composed questions for others to answer by referring to their graph.

Egyptian News Reports

After editing and improving their work, Bluebirds enjoyed transforming their reports using Purple Mash, to create some superb and authentic looking news reports. The class considered their audience and what the reader would need to know. They have to ensure the five Ws were included in the first (orientation) paragraph…
……do you know what these are?!

Can you spot their journalistic vocabulary to avoid their writing sounding like a story?
Have they included quotes from eye witnesses to add value to their report?

Read Shona’s news report – click here.

Read Amelia’s news report – click here.

Read Kaiden’s news report – click here.

Read Moharnab’s news report – click here.

Read Brooke’s news report – click here.

Read Frankie F’s news report – click here.

Egyptian Gods

Bluebirds used the iPads to research information on the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. In pairs they created ‘top trump’ cards where they filled out boxes such as:

► God / Goddess of
► Appearance
► Other interesting facts
► Power/skill/weapon/importance rating out of 10
► Then finally they drew a photo of the God/Goddess

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.