Year 5 have started their Computing topic of ‘Spreadsheets’. They are using a tube of smarties to check whether the colour distribution in each tube is even, or whether there is a random colour selection. They have started compiling the information and will reveal the results after half term.
This week it’s Safer Internet Week and the children have taken part in lots of activities already.
They have been given an assembly by our very talented Digital Council team and have been learning about the importance of asking for permission, understanding the reply and listening to the answer. Today they played a game, all standing in a circle with a beanbag, they had to throw it to another person by asking for permission. They had a lot of fun and it really got a very important message across.
This week year 5 have been discussing ‘Phishing’ and how important it is to be safe when using the internet.
Phishing is when companies try to obtain personal information from individuals by methods that are not genuine. The children were asked to look at lots of scenarios where personal information such as: bank details, passwords and addresses had been asked for and had to use their initiative to work out whether the websites involved were genuine. They are extremely knowledgable on the subject and demonstrated a real maturity in discussing their views.
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.
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.
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.