We have had a lot of fun today! We started by creating posters or pamphlets for e-Safety. We then got the i-Pads and we were asked to recreate our posters digitally using whichever app or programme we wanted. This was great fun and we all achieved this in one way or another. The difficulty came when we were asked to e-mail our work to the Year 6 account. Some of us got close to doing it, but there were also problems like being able to save our work, not being able to access the e-mail account or the i-Pads freezing.
We then looked at algorithms. The first of these was to make a paper aeroplane using certain instructions. The difficulty was, there were some bugs in the instructions which needed to be taken out. If you see some crumpled papers, you’ll know that one of the bugs said ‘crumple your paper up’.
The next algorithm told us how to draw a house. Again, though, there were bugs. The children ironed out the bugs then past their new algorithms to a partner to test out. Some algorithms were more accurate than others as you will see.
We have several activities planned for today which include all the strands of computing from Year 5. These are:
. Programming – algorithms and debugging . e-Safety . ICT . Communication
Task 1 – algorithms and debugging:
On the right is how you would like the house to look. However, you suspect there might be some mistakes in the algorithm. The task is to use logical reasoning to work through this algorithm to detect and correct any errors – to debug it.
Task 2 – real life algorithms:
From the instructions below, make a paper aeroplane.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Task 3 – design a pamphlet or poster which tells people how to:
use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly
how to report a concern if a stranger contacts you
protect your privacy and respect the privacy of others.
Task 4 – turn your paper design into a poster or brochure using a suitable programme.