Category Archives: Computing

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.

Introducing ‘Sound’ and ‘If Else’ blocks

During today’s Computing lesson with Mr Baddhan, Year 3 Bluebirds have continued to put their understanding of coding into practise using Scratch.

Today Bluebirds used the “If Else” and “Sound” blocks to introduce sound to their program. They have started to work on creating a dancing sprite program where a sprite will dance over some sound.

We hope to have some of the children’s work on our class blog this week.

Owning our online identity

As part of Safer Internet Week, Bluebirds class have been discussing areas about online identity. Mr Baddhan showed the class a video about owning your identity online. The children discussed:

► What they liked and disliked about the video?
► What the key messages about online identity?

The video is here – click here to watch it.

The children then put together a brainstorm of different ideas that relate to owning your online identity. The children suggested the following ideas…

► Be yourself.
► Don’t try to copy others.
► Keep your personal information with yourself.
► Don’t be a keyboard warrior.
► It’s not all about getting more followers.

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!