Category Archives: Computing

Viking life presentations

Year 5 Kestrels have been spending time researching Viking life using the iPads and various information books. Once their information was collected and recorded in their History books they teamed up with a classmate to create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. The children loved making their presentations, especially when it came to adding the transitions and animations to their slides! Some of them even included sound.

Today the children presented what they had created. It was really great to see how much hard work and effort all of the children had put in! All groups worked really well together and helped each other through the performance. Well done Kestrels.

Spam fake emails

Today Kestrels have been discussing what spam email is and how you should deal with it. We started off discussing what we thought spam was. The children came up with lots of ideas such as it being something that you receive that you don’t want or someone repeatedly sending you the same message.

We then looked at a scenario where a young boy had received an email telling him he had won a prize. We discussed what the boy had done, why he made those decisions and what he should have done to deal with the email. After discussing these questions we came to the conclusion that you should not open emails that are off someone that you do not know and include suspicious content. The message should be deleted straight away and you should inform your parents or carers.

Online behaviours

Over the past few days Year 5 have been discussing not only how to stay safe on the internet, but also how online behaviours can have an effect on young people.

We started by discussing what things people (our friends and family) do online that make us feel good. From this we had lots of ideas including being sent a nice message, being helped on a game and being complimented on how well you are playing a game.

After this we discussed things that people do online that do not make us feel very good. These were some of our ideas:

• Unkind messages
• Inappropriate pictures being sent/uploaded
• Blackmailing
• Cyber-bullying

We completed 3 different activities all around different online behaviours and how these can have a positive or negative effect on young people. One of the activities included the children thinking of an online good deed that they could do. Some of the ideas we had included sending a nice message to someone or helping someone on a game. We have all decided what our good deed is going to be and we will check in this time next week to see if we managed to complete them!

Video: Presenting our findings

Year 5 continued their research on famous chemists this afternoon. It was a great chance to make sure they had all the details sorted, ready to present their findings. Some of the scientific words were baffling at first so using a dictionary effectively and efficiently was important.

The children went on to present some of their finding. Our presenting skills are getting better and better.

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.

Writing weather scripts

In preparation for this week’s Computing lessons, Year 5 have been preparing their weather forecast scripts. First we watched a video to give us a better understanding of how to present a weather forecast.

Click here for a BBC weather forecast.

We then looked at key terminology and presenting styles and areas of maps ready for when we use the green screen.

We will present these in our Computing lesson in front of the green screen.

Historical weather data in Excel

During Computing, Year 5 Kestrels have been looking at historical weather data using the Met Office’s archive website. The children learned about the closest weather station to Birmingham was Sutton Bonington. They also learned about what the weather stations are used for.

Mr Baddhan introduced Microsoft Excel to input some of the weather data. They were asked to use the sum and average formula in their spreadsheets. They then created various graphs to demonstrate the average rainfall in a specific year.

Our finished Ping Pong games

Today Year 5 Kestrels finished programming their ‘Ping Pong’ games using Scratch.

Mr Baddhan was very impressed with the final versions of their games.

At the end of the lesson, Kestrels tried each others games out giving feedback on each.

Here are a sample of a few completed games.

Sophie Memory’s Ping Pong Game

Will’s Ping Pong Game

Nila and Christos’ Ping Pong Game

Cara’s Ping Pong Game