LI: To understand what Scratch is and how it can be used
- Open Scratch (either app on i-Pad or at scratch.mit.edu)
- Join by creating a suitable username and password
- Go to Create Project
- Answer questions from below
Have you used Scratch before? What is it? What did you use it for? What else can you do with it? How did you find using it? Why?
Scratch is a programming tool which will allow us to develop our programming skills by making stories, games and animations. A lot of what we’ll do over the coming weeks is to try things out and see what can be discovered, so when using Scratch have these two questions in mind:
- I wonder what happens if I do this?
- I want to do this. How can I do it?
Today, we’re going to start from the very basics ensuring we can all access Scratch and have a go at deleting and choosing a different sprite (or character).
Activity: click on the Scratch icon on the desktop (or go to https://scratch.mit.edu/). If on the web-based version, you can join by creating a suitable username and password. This way, whatever you do on Scratch can be saved (teachers: not sure this is the same on the app – any problems feed back in planning please). Next, go to Create Project and have a go at the questions below:
Do you left-click or right-click on a Sprite to delete it?
Which button will allow you to choose a Sprite from file?
Ext: Thinking about the two questions earlier, what can you do with your sprite?
LI: To communicate with the school community
- Open the school blog
- Follow the blog using your lgflmail account
- Find a blog post to engage with
- Create a reply
- Remain courteous and engaging
- Try to make your reply meaningful and interesting
Why do you think the school has a blog – what is its purpose?
Have you found it to be a useful tool – why?
How have you interacted with the blog – have you been passive or active?
Discuss with someone at home the importance of the blog throughout lockdown and how it acted as a tool for communication within the school community.
Today, we are going to actively engage with the blog by replying to a blog post which has been posted. What type of language should be used in a blog post? Why? Remember that, once your post is up, it is there for everyone to see and so must be appropriate.
Activity: to sign up and follow the blog with your lgflmail account, then to find a post on the Year 6 area that you are interested in and replying with a comment which is meaningful to the post.
LI: To communicate effectively using e-mail
- Open e-mail using your lgflmail.net account
- Include a title
- Send a file or picture
- Add text explaining what you are sending
- Include an appropriate sign-off
Last week, we looked at sending e-mails. This week, we build on this by sending something meaningful to you, either something appropriate you wish to share with your CT or a picture that is has meaning for you. You will also need to include some text to explain. At the end, choose a suitable sign-off
Activity: – go to https://www.lgfl.net/services/london-mail and the go to Londonmail at the top. Enter your lgflmail address and your password and then send an e-mail to the Year 6 account – Year6@selsdonprimary.org.uk – with a title (including Class and Name) some content and a sign-off.
Extension: create an e-mail signature which can automatically be added to e-mails you send.
As we are spending more time online during lockdown, it is important to remember about online safety! Below are some great activities for ages 4-13 to support parents and carers to use at home!