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Dec 14

St Michael's Pipes of Peace, 2014 (17th December 2014)

Years 5 and 6 have had lots of fun making 'St Michael's Pipes of Peace, 2014' this week, a modern remake of Sir Paul McCartney's 1983 classic.


We thought this resembled Sainsbury's Christmas advert, which depicts the Christmas Truce (ceasefire) around Christmas 1914, when soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. 


The video was put together using the camera on an ipad/iphone and the app iMovie. Please enjoy and share our Christmas Wishes!



St Michael's Pipes of Peace, 2014

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The Christmas Story retold by Year 5 (16th December 2014)

The children in Year 5 have been using PowerPoint to retell the Christmas Story. First they set each scene, setting a picture as the slide background and then inserting characters. Next they wrote the accompanying text for each part of the story. Finally they gave their presentations some pizazz, adding transitions, animations and sound effects. Please take time to read the greatest story ever told by clicking below...

Snowflakes using Logo with Y4 (15th December 2014)

The last session with Y4 today and we were creating snowflakes in Logo. The children were using all they had learnt over the weeks (e.g. typing commands, using repeat commands, creating procedures, using variables) and pulling them altogether to create a unique Snowflake.

Watch the video below to see their finished attempts - well done Year 4!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Computing at Home... (12th December 2014)

It is always really great to see the children taking the skills we learn in school home, and 'playing' with what they have learnt. You always achieve more when you enjoy what you are doing! Please see Hannah's Angry Soldier animated GIF image.

Animated GIF's with Y6 (11th December 2014)

Today, Y6 were having fun making animated GIF's for Christmas. They used PowerPoint to draw their pictures (as last week) The children used www.picasion.com to generate animations of their pictures. 


It was great seeing their GIF's and each others come to life! Check out Ryan's 'Reindeer-In-the-box'...


Well done Year 6!

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Do you wanna build a Snowman? Well... Cedars did! (10th December 2014)

Cedars have been building snowmen today using Paint a Picture on Purplemash. The children have done really well this term. Back in September they did not know how to logon or type their names, but just look at their efforts today...


They are very pleased with their work as am I. Well done cedars!

Picture 1 Aimee
Picture 2 Aimee
Picture 3 Brandon
Picture 4 Chloe
Picture 5 Freya
Picture 6 Grace
Picture 7 Harry
Picture 8 Isaac
Picture 9 Joshua
Picture 10 Nicholas
Picture 11 Reece
Picture 12 Ruby-Mae
Picture 13 Ryan
Picture 14 Sasha

Willows and Pro-Bot drawing Shapes (9th December 2014)

Today Willows class were continuing their 'Control' work with Pro-Bot. We were writing a series of commands to help Pro-Bot draw some shapes, which included some maths work on angles!

The children were amazing and really showed they have come along way this term, moving on from simple commands with Bee-Bot to Written commands with numerical data (including angles). 


Please take time to look at the videos of their work below...


Pro-Bot draws a Rectangle

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Pro-Bot draws a Triangle

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Pro-Bot draws a Hexagon

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Purplemash 2Go Software

Willows class were also programming on-screen robots to complete a series of challenges. They had to guide the Robot to a target area. I asked the children to practice the skills developed with Bee-Bot and Pro-Bot, and to write the commands before testing them out. Have a look at the thumbnails below to screen their commands and outcomes.


Willows, keep up the programming in the Christmas break by downloading the free app Bee-Bot. Click on Bee-Bot to take you to the iTunes link.

Gabriella takes on the Purplemash 2Go Challenges

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Y4 Flowers using Logo (8th December 2014)

Y4 had a WOW moment today, when they saw their procedures combine to make some amazing patterns. What a great lesson!

The children have been exploring repeat commands and gave each command a name (procedure). They then wrote their scripts, calling and combining their procedures to create a Flower. Please check out their work by clicking on the documents below...

Y4 drawing Flowers with Logo

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Y6 using drawing tools in PowerPoint (4th December 2014)

Working with year 6 today, after a fab Pantomime at South Hill Park, and really getting in the Christmas mood with our Christmas pictures! We learnt a few new skills when using PowerPoint such as:


  • editing multiple objects at once using CTRL+click or Group tool
  • moving, rotating and flipping shapes
  • layering objects on screen by bringing them to the front or sending them to the back
  • duplicating with copy and paste


The children were challenged to draw a realistic looking picture (position and proportion of features) of Father Christmas. Take a look at some of their efforts below...

Picture 1 Alfie
Picture 2 Ben
Picture 3 Guy
Picture 4 Ashlyn
Picture 5 Mark
Picture 6 Mark
Picture 7 Maxx
Picture 8 Megan
Picture 9 Archie
Picture 10 Hannah
Picture 11 Julia
Picture 12 Holly
Picture 13 Jessica
Picture 14 Louis
Picture 15 Oliver
Picture 16 Owen
Picture 17 Eve
Picture 18 Maddie
Picture 19 Ryan
Picture 20 Sean
Picture 21 Amelia
Picture 22 Hope
Picture 23 Luke

Christmas Pictures with Cedars (3rd December 2014)

Today, Cedars class were getting into the festive spirit. They were creating Christmas pictures using the 2Simple programme - 2Paint A Picture. The children used a variety of tools including: pens, fill, undo, shapes, colours and lines.

I am very proud of their work as these children could not find their way around the keyboard to logon and had limited use of a mouse (touch screen technology!!). Please take a look at their efforts below...

Picture 1 Aimme
Picture 2 Beau
Picture 3 Brandon
Picture 4 Chloe
Picture 5 Freya
Picture 6 Grace
Picture 7 Harry
Picture 8 Isaac
Picture 9 Issac 2
Picture 10 Jack
Picture 11 Jamie
Picture 12 Joshua
Picture 13 Nicholas
Picture 14 Patrick
Picture 15 Reece
Picture 16 Ruby
Picture 17 Ryan
Picture 18 Sasha

Twitter @stmicheast (1st December 2014)

I'm so pleased to have reached 71 followers on our school Twitter feed, but we could still do with more! In ICT, we have put up a fantastic display (as you can see in the picture) to promote our Twitter feed.


At the end of the ICT lesson with Year 4 today, I asked for volunteers to share their comments or thoughts regarding:

What have you been learning about today?

What did you enjoy doing today?

What did you find challenging today?


Three children were chosen.  They wrote their comments, in no more than 140 characters, on post-it notes and placed under the correct heading. I then 'Tweeted' their comments for them on our school feed. If you would like to see what they said, please go tohttps://twitter.com/stmicheast


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Willows working with Bee-Bot and Pro-Bot (2nd December 2014)

Willows have been programming with Bee-Bot and Pro-Bot today, and thoroughly enjoyed it (Please check out their comments on our Twitter page!).  We did 3 activities this afternoon:

1) Bee-Bot Wars!

This was great. The children were playing marbles (Bee-Bot Wars) with the Bee-Bots. The first person had to program their Bee-Bot to a safe hiding place. The next person then had to program their Bee-Bot to try and hit the other one. The first then had a chance to hit their opponent and so on. Kimi is our reigning champion, he even beat Mr Davies!

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2) Drawing with Pro-Bot

The children were also introduced to Pro-Bot (Bee-Bots big brother!). This was a little more advanced as we now had to enter commands using numbers and angles. However, the children got the hang of this quite quickly...

Drawing with ProBot

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3) Drawing with Purplemash's 2Go

The children programmed the on-screen robot to draw shapes just as they had with Pro-Bot. They then took on the Purplemash Challenges, of programming the robot around different routes and negotiating the obstacles along the way.

Logo with Y4 (1st December 2014)

The children were totally enthused today in Logo! They were creating regular polygons, but to save time using repeat commands e.g. repeat 4 [fd 150 lt 90].  We looked at example commands and tried to predict what shape would be created when the 'Execute' button was pressed. Can you predict the following?

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