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.

Using communication skills

In PSHE, Year 5 have been working on our communication skills. Through discussing a question we have engaged in discussion and listened to each others opinions.

We decided to discussion the question ‘Should we wear a school uniform?’ From this we had a mixture of votes for both yes and no and many reasons for each. Take a look at some of the ideas below…

We then had a go at some role play. In pairs each child had a go at being Mrs Butterworth and a child trying to persuade her to either keep or get rid of school uniform. Year 5 got really stuck into this and I heard some interesting debates.

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

Role Models

In PSHE Year 5 have been discussing role models and what makes a good role model. First of all we identified what a role model was, with the lovely suggestion that is is someone that you look up to.

Keeping that in mind, we began to discuss what features a role model should have.

The children were then asked to write about what a role model should be and who their role models are. Take a look at some of the work…

Creating a Ping Pong game – part 3

Year 5 Kestrels are close to finishing their Ping Pong games in Scratch. Today in Computing, Kestrels finished programming the ball sprite. The sprite was programmed to set score to zero when you click the green flag to start the game. The ball was then programmed to change the score by one point each time the ball touched the opposite side of the background colour.

The children used the variable block for the first time to create a score block for each player, naming the variables as player 1 and player 2.

Later this week, we will put our completed games on the blog here.

Starting something new

In PSHE Year 5 discusses how you might feel when they beginning something new. We had lots of ideas and soon figured out that there was a mixture of both positive and negative feelings, from feeling excited to feeling worried and nervous.

We then moved on to looking at ways we could overcome these feelings…

Callum also moved us on to coping strategies with his idea of counting to 10 and started a whole new discussion! Well done Year 5!