Computing at Cotsford.
Computing at Cotsford is a combination of digital literacy skills and key computing skills. As the technological world advances, Computing at Cotsford will equip your child with all the necessary skills and experiences to excel in the world around them.
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This term the children in Early Years have used iPads to take images of their own creations in the areas. They have used the interactive whiteboard on lots of different games including Phonics Pop and Gingerbread Man counting.
Year 1 have explored Purple Mash. They have learnt how to open the app, use their own password to login and to go to and use tools abc. They enjoyed creating a poster to share their knowledge of the seasons.
Computing this half term has been amazing in Year 2! They have excelled in their research skills using a search engine. They have realised that they can’t just type a word in, instead they need to make it into a question to get the best results. The children researched St Cuthbert to support their work in RE and animals to help them write a report as well as find out about the different stages of an animal’s development. They have used Ipads in nearly all Geography lessons alongside atlases to research continents, oceans, mountains and rivers. As well they have continued to log into Nessy regularly to support their reading and have enjoyed playing the spelling games. Using Purple Mash they have created lifecycles of animals using To Publish. They can confidently save their work, open it and make necessary changes before printing.
Year 3/4 have used research skills to find out about physical features of rivers and how they are formed. They have also used the Ipads to look at maps and also Google Earth, which has really helped them in their Geography lessons. The children have also used the web to research the river dolphin – they couldn’t believe it was pink! The children have also began looking at coding, through 2Code on Purple Mash.
I have been so impressed with Year 4’s coding work. They used Purple Mash to improve their coding skills starting with the Chimp challenges and some children were even able to move on to the Gibbon challenges. You can try their favourite challenge here-https://www.purplemash.com/app/code/timers/clock.
In Year 5 have had a great half term looking at coding. They have been able to complete some difficult challenges and developed a great amount of resilience when it comes to debugging their codes. They have learned about binary form and how to write and solve codes in their computational thinking sessions.
Year 6 have also improved their skills in coding. They have learned to create algorithms both plugged and unplugged. They have created a set of instructions to guide a tourist around New York and have programmed a sprite to move in different directions. They have also debugged algorithms to ensure the intended outcome is achieved.
In Early Years this term the children have used the interactive whiteboard to create pictures using a drawing program. They have begun to use a camera and iPad to take photographs of our friends.
Computing in Year 2 has been a rollercoaster ride! The children enjoyed exploring the bee bots and creating different paths for the bee bot to follow. Creating an algorithm practically was fun as the children kept sending their friends in the wrong direction. Writing their own algorithm however was something they found tricky!
The children have worked really hard logging onto a range of apps. They have had to learn the importance of resilience and independence. The more they did it the better they became! They used Purple Mash for drawing, typing and saving work. They linked some of this to their History topic about Horden. From this the children used the ipads to take pictures and create a pic-collage. The most impressive part is, printing. The children have followed several complicated steps to print their work but were so proud of their achievement. I have promised it will get easier and it did!
In the Year 3/4 class, the computing lessons focused on using Microsoft Word. The children spent some time getting used to the basic controls of a computer, then they began opening and saving word documents. They then typed up some notes and were able to change the font, size and colour of their text.
Year 4 have used Computing to present their understanding of the Roman’s topic. They have created PowerPoint presentations about the Roman Empire. Their favourite part was adding animations and transitions to each slide. They have also tried to add pictures and hyperlinks.
Year 5 have linked their computing learning with their science topic this half term. They have created PowerPoints about space, starting with safely and effectively researching using a trusted search engine; this was important to make sure the information they recorded was accurate and reliable! After creating their presentations, they learned how to change the design and layout, insert pictures, change the font and insert text boxes. Finally, they found out about hyperlinks and how to insert these into their presentations.
In Year 6 the children have improved their computing skills using Microsoft Word and Power Point. They have used the word programme to draw and fill shapes and have been able to manipulate these into clever interpretations of homes from the past. They had fun and lots of laughter using an aging app to show time travelling, seeing what they could look like as they get older.