Category Archives: Computing

Adding sound to create atmosphere

During the last few Computing lessons with Mr Baddhan, Year 5 Kestrels have been using a new program called Audacity – a sound editing tool. It allows children to edit their recordings and then add sound effects.

The children recorded their suspense stories from a previous English lesson, and then added sound effects downloaded from a website called Sound Bible.

The children were also reminded about the importance of downloading copyrighted files from the internet. Always ask permission from the website or owner.

Here are some edited recordings.

Llukan

Historical weather data in Excel

During today’s Computing with Mr Baddhan, Kestrels have been learning about Microsoft Excel and how it can do alot of Maths work for you.

The children worked through some historical weather data and added it into Excel. The date they were focusing on was the average rainfall for a specific year. They then were shown how to get the average, sum and create a bar chart.

Using email

During Computing today, Year 5 Kestrels learned about emails and how they work. They learned that an email always has the ‘@'(at) symbol.

Every email address looks like this:

Kestrels then discussed the following points:
– Why do people use emails?
– Which are the advantages of using emails?
– Are there any disadvantages?
– Do you have an email account at home?

The class then discussed the risks of having email. They all agreeed that keeping passwords safe was important to ensure that no one can check your emails. And they added that hacking was another big risk in having your email.

The children then were given their own email address, which they will keep until they leave school. They will be able to use and explore email. Kestrels were so excited having their own emails and looked at the various types of folders Inbox, Drafts and Sent Items.

Children can access their emails from school and outside of school. The accounts are restricted so they cannot receive email from outside of school. And they are not able to send emails outside of the school domain. All emails are monitored.

Click here to login to your email account.

Counting in Roman Numerals

Kestrels continued with their understanding of variables in Scratch with Mr Baddhan today.

Today they were shown how to get their sprites to count in Roman Numerals. The children were asked to work out an algorithm to get two of their sprites to count upto ten, one sprite in English counting and the other sprite in Roman Numerals.

The Kestrels were asked to use the variable blocks, repeat and if, else functions in today’s task.

Here are some examples of completed work:

Sneha

Miah

Ewan

Counting using variables

In Computing with Mr Baddhan, Year 5 Kestrels have been learning more about variables in Scratch and how they work in a program.

A variable is something that will change in a program for example, a score or points in a game.

Kestrels worked through some activities to show their understanding. The variable ‘count’ had to count upto 20, count backwards or count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Digital pledge

Year 5 Kestrels have recently had an online safety lesson where they were discussing a digital pledge. The children spent time discussing what different communities they are a part of, before discussing how communities can be made responsible and respectful.

The children all had lots of ideas of how people should behave in a community, for example being kind to one another, listening to every ones opinions and reporting inappropriate behaviour online.

The class ended the lesson by signing around they’re very online digital pledge, agreeing to behave in the right way when online.

Arts Week: Applying grayscale effects using digital media

During today’s digital media lesson, Year 5 Kestrels edited photos they took earlier in the week.

They used photo editing software to manipulate the photos to resemble the same style as their artist for art week – Ansel Adams.

The focussed on editing their photos to have the following features:
– Grayscale (black and white)
– Dark black edges
– Extra white tones in white areas

In yesterday’s lesson, Kestrels found our Ansel Adams is a photographer who works with black and white photos and usually captures events of nature.

Children’s work

Jamie and Callum

Daisy

Cara