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Nov 14

Bee-Bots and 2Go with Willows Class (25th November 2014)

I really enjoyed working with the Willows class today, because of their shear enjoyment and excitement when they managed to program the Bee-Bot around the course! We had been discussing how to make the Bee-Bot move and decided we could give it more than one instruction at a time to make him move in different directions!

Watch and listen as they realise their program will work...

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BeeBots

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I love this video. Just watch their excitement...
The children went on to practice programming Bee-Bot on larger grids. Whilst The rest of the class had a go at the on screen version by Purplemash, 2GO. They were giving the onscreen robot commands in the same way as they did Bee-Bot. Please take a look at some of their efforts...
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MSW Logo with Year 4 (24th November 2014)

Today we were using a free piece of software called FMS Logo. The children had already played at human robots, giving commands to make each other move along a set path. The robot could only move as commanded by the programmer!

We then moved this onto writing commands, before eventually the robot had to read the commands without the programmers input. See the video below.

Human Robots

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Watch our Robot follow the commands written out by the programmer.
We then moved into the Computer suite and began transferring the skills onto the screen in the program Logo. We used basic commands to move the robot (turtle) around the screen, just the same as the human robot in our classroom. Next we tried our new skills out on a series of mazes (courtesy of Simon Haughton). Please check out our attempts below.
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Mr Callow also set up a challenge of programming the floor pattern on the screen. First the programmer walked it through and wrote down the commands, step by step. He repeatedly tried it out himself before giving the sequence of commands to another to follow. It worked and the celebrations were loud! Check out his efforts then watch another follow his commands successfully.

Floor to Screen Challenge

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Watch the human robot follow the commands written by the programmer.
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Willows learn 'The Cyber Five' (17th November 2014)

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The children in Willows learnt the Cyber Five rules with the Polkadots today. Do you know how to stay safe online? Please watch the video link below.

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The Polkadots present 'Googly Eyes'
Dooby Wop the Robot teaches the Polkadots about Cyber Safety

'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' with Year 5 and 6 (13th November 2014)

The children in Year 5 and 6 were taught about the government E-Safety awareness campaign using this slogan:

They then made some e-safety leaflets for the rest of the school, to act as a reminder about staying safe. Please click on the links below to see some of their efforts!

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Jigsaw

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Remembrance Day Poppies by Willow and Cedar classes (11th November 2014)

Willow and Cedar classes have been remembering the fallen soldiers of all conflicts, by creating their own unique Poppies using Purplemash. We have displayed them as a wreath, as we felt it important to mark the occasion.

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Code Club (11th November 2014)

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Members of Code Club had an introduction to Scratch tonight. This is a free piece of Software that enables the children to start programming their own games. Please click on the sprite above, to find out how to download the software safely, and start prgramming at home, or use the online version of scratch instead!

 

**You can now download the new Scratch Junior App from iTunes for your tablet**

Fireworks Night pictures with Cedars (5th November)

Remember, remember the 5th of November....

Cedars have enjoyed making their own Fireworks pictures using 2PaintAPicture software by 2Simple. Please take a look and enjoy the show!

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Algorithms with Willow Class (4th November 2014)

Today, Willow class looked at algorithms (sequence of instructions). They helped me, a.k.a. Sandwich Bot, to make a Jam Sandwich. We discovered that robots don't think for themselves! We had to be very precise when giving instructions and tell Sandwich Bot exactly what to do. We eventually made a sandwich, or something that resembled it! We then became Human Cranes, moving building blocks from one pot to another in a logical step of instructions.

Finally we finished off playing 'Rommy the robot'. Try programming Rommy through the mazes yourself!

 

There are some apps available on iTunes that are very similar to Rommy the Robot: Bee-bot (free) and Bee-bot Pyramid (£0.69) . Try downloading these for your tablet and completing the challenges they offer.

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Firework Code with Year 4 (3rd November 2014)

Today, Year 4 worked with Mrs Burling, to produce some fantastic Firework pictures using 2Simple's programme '2PaintAPicture'. They saved their pictures and then imported them into Powerpoint, where the children then added a caption, reminding others 'how to safe safe' around fireworks.  I think you'll agree that the final pictures look amazing. Well done Year 4 and Mrs Burling!

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